The glitz and glamour of Cheltenham Festival and the Grand National might be over for 2019, but the first two English Classics of the year are just around the corner. As ever, British flat racing season begins with the 2000 and 1000 Guineas and both meetings will be held on the first weekend of May.

Racing fans will be doing their best to get one over the bookies, with The Classics boasting some of the best ante-post markets owing to their year-long popularity. Paddy Power has all the latest horse racing results right here but once you check those out, take a peek at our guide for the best places to stay near Newmarket ahead of the Guineas.

Bedford Lodge Hotel & Spa – Newmarket

The Bedford Lodge Hotel & Spa continues to be a popular choice amongst racing fans, with its luxurious setting and ideal location tempting guests.The Bedford is the only 4 Red Star hotel in Newmarket and offers a perfect mix of a contemporary interior with classic elegance throughout.

Guests can expect exemplary service from hotel staff throughout their stay and there are plenty of attractive features, too. You can make the most of the hotel’s swimming pool and spa, which can certainly go some way in helping you relax after a day at the races. 

University Arms – Cambridge

Similar to the Bedford Lodge, the University Arms is arguably the most luxurious hotel in Cambridge and remains very popular amongst tourists and racing fans. The hotel has recently undergone a two-year refurbishment via Royal architect John Simpson, and guests have access to Parker’s Tavern – a famous British brasserie.

There are over 190 rooms at the University Arms and its location on Regent Street make all the local amenities easily attainable. Guests can take full advantage of all the features and benefits the University Arms provides, and you can rest assured you won’t forget your stay in a hurry.

Jockey Club Rooms – Newmarket

The Jockey Club Rooms have been at the heart of racing for over 250 years now, and those thinking about staying in Newmarket will want to look no further than here. Based in the very center of the Suffolk town, the Jockey Club is laced with racing artifacts and memorabilia and offers a world-class experience for all guests.

As you’d come to expect, the Jockey Club caters for all of your everyday needs and the cuisine and dinner service provided is truly stunning. Thinking about booking? You’d need to act fast as the Jockey Club only offers 18 country house-style bedrooms but the elegance and beauty make it worthwhile.  

Nine Jars Hotel – Haverhill

Although based 10 miles from Newmarket Racecourse, the Nine Jars Hotel has always been a prime establishment for racing fans and has proven popular with those looking to indulge in food and drink. The Nine Jars is a hotbed for entertainment and prides itself on the service provided to guests.

Whether you’re looking for a somber experience or fancy letting go slightly, the Nine Jars has everybody’s requirements catered for and the staff will ensure your stay is as pleasant as possible. There’s always plenty going on at the Nine Jars, so be sure to check out their Facebook page for more details.