Luxury Venues: A classic in Cambridge

Hotel du Vin's tenth UK property brings a retreat feel and urban chic to the academic city.

Where is it? Set on historic Trumpington Street, this former university building dates back to mediaeval times and has been transformed into one of Hotel du Vin's latest contemporarily designed offerings. The Grade II-listed building still contains vestiges of its past that are combined with modern touches to form a quirky yet opulent retreat.

Who's been there? Diageo and other drinks firms are among the corporates to hold events at Hotel du Vin's tenth property in the UK since it opened in September 2007.

Getting there: The hotel is just by the city centre, so groups can either enjoy the valet parking on offer or use the city's park and ride scheme. Trains from London run every 15 minutes from both Liverpool Street and King's Cross stations, taking 45 to 90 minutes depending on the service. European delegates can take advantage of the links from Stansted airport, which is just a 30-minute drive away.

Group check-in? Groups can be taken to the library or private dining room for a welcome aperitif and speedy check-in.

Meetings menu: The hotel caters well for small groups of 30. The private dining room, the Abbey Well, can be hired for functions and can also be set up for meetings for up to 24. Other meetings spaces include the library, which can be used for drinks receptions for 30, and the snug area in the bar for around 20.

Techno talk: The hotel offers wi-fi throughout and can cater for any additional AV requests.

Cocktail cabinet: The Hotel du Vin prides itself on using locally sourced ingredients and its French-styled Bistro, which seats 80 and features the group's first open-plan kitchen, offers a daily-changing menu that includes dishes such as roast Pollock with brown butter and shrimps, or steak hache with bois boudran sauce, fried egg and potato rosti.

Sleep tight: The 41 rooms include 12 standard doubles, 20 superior rooms, five studios and four suites. Exposed brickwork, plasma screens, DVDs and modern lighting give the rooms a sense of urban chic, as do the en suite bathrooms that feature monsoon showers, freestanding baths and Arran Aromatics products, made exclusively for Hotel du Vin.

Adding value: After a hard day at the conference, delegates can unwind with a wine-tasting session in La Roche room or head to the vaulted cellar rooms that form the convivial bar.

Incentives nearby: The city of Cambridge, with its academic appeal lies on the hotel's doorstep, and activities include punting challenges and literature trails - authors from AA Milne through to Wordsworth all studied here. Venues such as the Fitzwilliam Museum and the Botanic Gardens also provide a backdrop for groups wanting to venture off-site for an evening.

Day-delegate rate: £65 including a working lunch and AV equipment.

Contact: Marie Mountain, events.cambridge@hotelduvin.com, 01223 227330.

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