April 22, 2024

Hyatt Centric Cambridge

With its sustainability credentials and a funky vibe, this hotel is ideal for younger business travellers. 

THE LOCATION

In the ultra sustainable Eddington district of Cambridge, an easy 10-minute bike ride from the city centre, the Hyatt is next door to Turing Locke serviced apartments. Both are owned by Edyn and opened in summer 2021. Sharing a large, leafy courtyard and all communal areas, their roofs are 80% solar panels, with leftover energy fed back to the grid. Other eco initiatives include LED lighting, 200 bike parking spaces, 20 EV charging spots, and the UK’s first stormwater recycling scheme.

THE CHECK-IN

The Hyatt lobby was buzzing with people when we arrived. The receptionist explained that the restaurant was in the process of changing hands, but pointed us to the the lobby café, Brew, which serves expertly-crafted coffee and artisan pastries, and the adjacent Douce, a hair salon which doubles as a café and funky bar with craft beers. We were also told about various activities, including DJ yoga on the rooftop and free bike hire. A new restaurant operator is expected to take over the restaurant soon. 

THE ROOM

There are 150 rooms. Our deluxe kingsize was on the first floor and, like most rooms, had views over the courtyard. The bathroom had a large walk-in rain shower with BeeKind toiletries. There was a 43” Smart TV, super thick bath robes, iron and ironing board, a safe, kettle and a decent-sized fridge. The style was modern with velvets furnishings, rich walnut and art deco touches. Accessible rooms are available on request.

THE FACILITIES

As well as the other eating options, the complex has a popular bar, Dutch, with a daily Happy Hour and with Mexican-inspired bar snacks and charcuterie. Hyatt guests can use a small but well-equipped 24-hour gym at Turing Locke, where bikes can also be hired on a first-come-first-serve basis. They’re free but a £100 security deposit is required. There are no bike helmets. Pets are welcome and there’s even a weekly dog yoga class.

FOR BUSINESS

Our bedroom lacked a desk but Turing Locke has a great co-working space in its lobby, with floor to ceiling windows, and private meeting rooms for hire.

THE VERDICT

With its sustainability credentials and a funky vibe, this hotel is ideal for younger business travellers. 

THE DETAILS

Rooms available from £99, hyatt.com

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