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The Royal Duchy Hotel
Ranked #4 of 24 Hotels in Falmouth
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed November 24, 2013

We enjoy using this hotel,it is clean,warm and welcoming.The bedrooms are comfortable,the swimming pool area is very pleasant.The hotel has a great view of the bay.My only concern this visit was that the food could have been hotter and the portion sizes larger.We mentioned this to the hotel on the fist evening and they worked very hard to please us all.

Room Tip: Room 226 is an excellent bedroom.
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  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed November 20, 2013

Yes, it was a luxury (for us it was anyway)...and it was cheap for what we had. Admittedly it was even better as we were upgraded two steps (without asking...a complete surprise!) from a standard inland facing room - to a deluxe sea facing (the one on the corner on the second floor...212)...but all in all it was good value for money. It was a special occasion and we stayed three nights. The staff, in our experience, were excellent. The dining room staff, the reception staff...and the cleaning staff were all good. The room was beautifully appointed. The breakfast was fabulous!!!! (didn't try the evening meal) but we did get a free cream tea and a free pasty as part of the special 'winter warmer' offer and they were served up just as though we were royalty...a nice touch! Looking at what you could pay elsewhere it wasn't outrageously expensive (but it was November, remember)...I guess it would be pretty dear in the middle of summer and if you paid for the sea facing deluxe room it really would mount up if you stayed more than a few days. But we loved it and would recommend it....providing you either don't mind paying a bit extra for this level of luxury...or you get a good offer on a room due to being out of season etc.

Room Tip: We were in 212 on the second floor on the corner and it was quiet, next to the lift, fabulous view...
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  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 18, 2013

The hotel is in a lovely location and overall is fairly good. There was a "function" on in the main Dining Room on the Friday evening when we arrived so the rest of the guests were placed in the Lounge for the evening meal. This wasn't a problem from the room point of view, however the service and the food were poor, having been told it is "fine dining". We tried desperately to get a drink prior to the meal and we had to wander around trying to get somebody's attention for quite some time before actually being served. We had a meal at Samphire in Falmouth on Saturday evening which was faultless - absolutely fantastic. On Sunday evening we ate in the hotel restaurant and it was a completely different experience (from the meal point of view!). Generally very good food and service...until we wanted drinks after the meal. Yet again there was nobody around and we drifted around the bar/dining area for around 15-20 minutes trying to find someone to serve behind the bar, which then closed at 10.20 pm, when we were told the "night man" would be somewhere around if we wanted any more drinks! Breakfast is served between 7.30 - 9.30 am. As we are people who get up very early every day during the week it would have been nice to have had breakfast served until, say, 10 or 10.30 am rather than our having to be up and downstairs by 9.30 am at the latest at a weekend. The staff were mostly polite although not altogether chatty nor did they smile much, except for Alan who was most attentive and interested in what our day ahead held. We like to think we would visit again, but it certainly isn't top of our hotel list.

Room Tip: We were "ungraded" to a Superior Deluxe Sea Facing Room. Apart from the view of the sea, t...
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  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 15, 2013

Like a luxury liner cruising the oceans of the world knowing its destination and clear on the course to set Brend hotels sail the seas around the coast of Devon and Cornwall . well OK not actually on the sea but mostly occupying enviable cliff top locations looking out to sea, and those that don't are all within a minute or two walk of water of some kind or other, and as on a liner passengers are quick to notice any deviation from the norm and quickly start eying the position of gangways leading to the lifeboats. To their great credit crew members Chris and Amir in the dining room by seizing a pair of oars and paddling furiously attempted to regain control and steer in the right direction. So what went wrong , starting with dinner on the first night Leek and potato soup made with undercooked pieces of leek served in an oh so creamy liquid I shuddered to think what this would do to anyone's cholesterol level, followed bream fillet, tasty but so overcooked as to make it dry and slices of beef so tough they could neither be cut or chewed, all served tepid in temperature and barely lukewarm plates. Despite being less then a third full service was disappointingly slow. was there a saving grace yes the desserts but more of them later.
Dining room staff attempted to make emends for the disappointment with the meal and to their credit their efforts were appreciated but declined. we laid the blame on Cornwall experiencing the worst storms in decades, with the storms abating we looked forward to the following nights dinner , Weigh the anchor sound the hornpipe and cast off what's happening the captain must be aboard or have they picked up the channel pilot. this dinner was as good as the previous nights was poor Pea and mint soup so delicious in taste consistence and colour we had it the following day for lunch. Crispy duck leg followed so tasty and tender it fell off the bone, and served on hot plates, things were starting to look up and this was the pattern for the rest of our stay and in the main the dinners were good with the crowning glory being the desserts more about them later. however we never succeeded in getting hot vegetables served in hot dishes to the table. what is the problem with temperature on serving food am I the only one who wants hot food on hot plates and cold food on cold plates is the Chef not getting the feedback he needs and deserves from the servers or indeed the restaurant managers his job is hard enough as it is don't spoil his best efforts. Our favourite Brend hotel gets it right every time and the waiting staff warn you the plates are HOT which they are Sorry not going to tell you which one it is as it will become to busy and I may not be able to get a room. However in fairness here's a clue the first three letters make a mischievous person.
Ambience apparently relates to the atmosphere of a place and in this hotel dining room this is achieved by turning the lights down low, highly commendably in itself if the objective is to reduce energy consumption , reduce global warming, and carbon emissions. when I raised this with our waiter his reply was it helped create a romantic atmosphere. I did however notice his tongue in cheek look. Fifty or more years ago a romantic level of lighting would have been more then welcome to me, but now moving my stick to one side and glancing at my fellow guests I thought at the very least it required a lighting level sufficient to identify what was on the plate and where on the plate it was to enable one to remove gristle from meat or bones from fish if only for the dreaded health and safety reasons.
what are the strong points for staying at the Duchy Hotel, starting with the location which is hard to beat cliff top overlooking the sea but with a gentle almost level ten minute stroll to Gyllyngvase beach attractive municipal gardens with seating and usual facilities, nice café restaurant . Cliff path around headland to adjoining beach. Fitter guests could walk from the hotel into Falmouth in about fifteen minutes, we prefer to drive to the maritime museum park there then have a stroll around the town. Within half an hours or so drive from the hotel many of Cornwalls best gardens are to be found , also St Mawes reached by car across the Helford river ferry lovely scenic drive or on foot by boat from Falmouth either way the views are delightful and well worth a visit, try Newlyn or Penzance for a change, at this point Cornwall is much narrower bringing the north coast St Ives etc within easy reach

The hotel follows the usual Brend style and standard being comfortable well furnished and nicely decorated in a similar style making one feel at home whichever hotel is being used.
without exception the standard of staff, their commitment, and the training given to them is a credit to all involved and can only add to the enjoyment of guests. the hotel is adequately staffed.
many of the staff have many years service each which adds to the family feel on subsequent visits. The Brend group of some eleven hotels is still very much family run and a guest is as likely to meet with a second , a third, or maybe even forth generation of family. These connections encourage a sense of loyalty from guests a significant number who appear to stay several times a year and over many years, perhaps one day we may even see a loyalty card appear .

Bedrooms first and second floor front enjoy splendid seaward views and are probably the best , rear facing can be a little dark in the winter months but not so noticeable in the summer. adequately lit when all the lights were on creating a warm ambiance in the room we occupied 102. try 103 slightly larger. Cleanliness bathroom absolutely spotless, bed most comfortable, and the bedding, and pillows etc I can only imagine the person servicing the room when making the bed must use a tape measure, spirit level, and flat iron we were reluctant to sit on the bed to read the papers for fear of spoiling the effect of pristine sheets so carefully folded and pillows positioned with care and thought a credit to whoever was responsible. did I find any dust yes but minimal and involved me on hands and knees or standing on the chair not recommended so don't do it, after all its not the T V programme four in a bed
At the front of the hotel and overlooking the sea the terrace is an attractive area for coffee, light lunches , afternoon tea etc, Leading down to a lawn area particularly nice in the summer months.
Ample parking and a first class concierge service with a personalised luggage trolley and welcoming smile make for a warm welcome on arrival. Light lunches are served in the conservatory by the long serving and pleasant Daisy and taking the plunge one day we opted for sandwiches , Dear oh dear call up the coastguard, send for a tug to get us back on course put the R N I L on standby created with shipwrecked sailors shipwrecked off the Cornish coast in mind or maybe to plug holes in lifeboats the bread was so thick it could easily be cut in half or even with care three Egg mayonnaise and spring onion, the mayonnaise was wet and sloppy was there any egg at all and the spring onion totally overpowered everything, second sandwich prawn yogurt and mint, same thing again sounds delicious but again bread too thick and the mint overpowering not a good combination at all. But all is not lost help is at hand from the sandwich lifeboat in the shape of our next favourite Brend hotel Sorry no names I don't want them to get so busy and they nearly always are that I can't get a room OK here is the clue the first three letters could make you peal with laughter. The sandwiches there are always good so send a sample to Duchy what food did we enjoy the most, undoubtedly the desserts which never failed to impress us with the presentation and flavours , complete with all the whirls and swirls so beloved of chefs attempting to make a small portion look so much larger. was that really a coffee bean and two sultanas as part of one of the desserts. The dark chocolate soufflé was absolutely delicious served on a dish the shape and size of which could probably accommodate a seven pound salmon so that even with all the embellishments it looked somewhat lost, the following night we had cold rice pudding sounds uninspiring but getting to know what this chef was capable of I went for it , result superb dish lovely texture and full of bits and pieces adding to the flavour, a dish I shall look forward to sampling again on a further visit

Overall impression remains of a good hotel in a nice location, public rooms , bedrooms, parking, staff, service, etc good to excellent. would I recommend it to a friend undoubtedly, will I return most certainly, in the words of one new waiter Quote in the language of the young, You guys, no probs, there you go . recalibrate the compass to fine tune the course and set sail for the destination of excellence , you have only gone a degree or two off course.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 14, 2013

We had to make a quick trip to Cornwall for a Graduation. We stayed at the above and had a very good time. The staff were very attentive and helpful, as usual. The rooms and the food were excellent. The hotel is very well kept and extremely clean. Nothing is too much trouble for the staff. All in all an excellent weekend.

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed November 12, 2013

We spent one night (Saturday) in early September. We booked a room-only offer as we wanted to enjoy walking into Falmouth on Sunday morning for breakfast - which we did as its an easy walk (10-15 minutes), along with the views from the front of the hotel (lounges and bar), the Royal Duchy sits in a perfect location!
All reception staff were excellent.
Our room was compact but comfortable, furnished to a high standard as was the en suite bathroom.
Disappointingly our room overlooked the rear yard of the hotel (a tad scruffy), if we had being staying for more than one night we would have requested to change.
The swimming pool, sauna and 'hot-tiled' loungers are great facilities - we used them twice and had them to ourselves both times!
The bar staff were inexperienced (spilling a drink over our table as it was served), but it was sorted promptly.

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  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 5, 2013

Lovely hotel with fantastic views. All of the staff were very helpful. Nice rooms with everything in them. Breakfast very good selection and quality. There is a pool but I forgot to take my trunks to try. Next time.

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled on business
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Address: The Royal Duchy Hotel Cliff Road, Falmouth TR11 4NX, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Cornwall > Falmouth
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#4 Luxury Hotel in Falmouth
#9 Family Hotel in Falmouth
Price Range: $158 - $337 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — The Royal Duchy Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 43
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