Coming to IoT13 – book your accommodation now!

If you are coming to IoT13 (and if not, why not? Just take a look at our programme and panellists!) then you’d be well advised to book your hotel options as soon as possible. Cambridge is particularly busy in late June with conferences and the University Graduation ceremony, and it’s not a city that is rich in good hotel deals.

Here’s our (not exactly impartial) set of recommendations for all budgets and links to what the good folks at TripAdvisor say


The cheapest option would be to stay in Robinson College itself, which has a range of student rooms available. Basic but very, very close. Alternatively, quite a lot of colleges have rooms available for visitors, but the rule vary on whether you need to be connected with the university to book them.

Mid level/business hotels:

The Regent Hotel is small and affordable. Gets good reviews (and burnt down – and rebuilt – about 6 years ago, so its facilities are quite new)

The Best Western Gonville is rather short on charm but generally well run, clean, good service.

Cambridge City Hotel (ex Crowne Plaza). Bit dated, but big and very central location.

Bit of charm, more upmarket, more expensive

Doubletree is right by the river, and closest (10 min walk) to the actual conference venue.

Hotel du Vin is lovely and priced accordingly

Varsity has best roof garden in town and some stunning views from the rooms higher in the hotel.

Finally, an interesting alternative is a short stay apartment, such as this one which is very popular.

There we have it: hopefully there is enough variety here to meet all needs and budgets. Please note we don’t recommend sleeping on a punt – the ducks have a nasty habit of trying to come aboard at 1.30AM.