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Review of The Falstaff in Canterbury

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The Falstaff in Canterbury
Ranked #13 of 17 Hotels in Canterbury
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“Good Stay”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 19, 2014

Location: 5/5

2 minute walk from Canterbury West station, 10min walk from Canterbury East Station, 5 minutes from the high street, 20min from the UKC Campus. Perfect.

Price: 4/5

Stayed in January. Averaged £60 a night. Similar to other hotels.

Rooms (single): 3/5

More subjective. The building is very old and has a lot of character. The rooms reflect this and show their age. Don't expect the latest amenities and furnishings. Not very soundproof. Lots of creaking from the people on the floor above and in the next rooms. Good heating in winter.

Good for short breaks away? Yes. business travel? No.

Breakfast: 4/5

A lot of choice. Fried breakfast, lots of drinks, yoghurt, fruit, cereal. The usual large choice you'd expect from the bigger hotels. Self service (aka all you can eat).

Staff: 5/5

Very good.

Overall: 4/5

Good hotel and one of the better ones in Canterbury.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 13, 2014

In a great position just across from Canterbury’s ancient West Gate, The Falstaff Hotel is an historic building that has been tastefully refurbished, is well maintained and employs friendly and efficient staff.

We were situated in rooms located to the rear of the main building in a converted old wood mill positioned at one end of a nicely laid out and well-maintained courtyard. Rooms are well appointed, warm and comfortable, and have everything you need, including plenty of electric sockets for the modern traveller and their assortment of phones, laptops and kindles. There’s a car park to the rear, but spaces can be hard to find sometimes.

The building is situated next to a Wetherspoons (The West Gate Inn). Some guests complain about noise from the pub after closing time, but if you stay in one of the converted wood mill rooms, they are peaceful and quiet.

There’s a cosy, old residents lounge with an open fire and a nice bar

Breakfast is self-serve, but there are plenty of hot and cold food items and everything is good quality.

All the main sights of historic Canterbury are just a short stroll from the hotel.

Recommended.

Room Tip: Quieter rooms are located in the converted wood mill.
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 5, 2014 via mobile

Warm, friendly, and thoughtful.

The accommodations were comfortable with attention to detail. The bedding was high quality down quilting! The architecture was historical and yet the care with upkeep I.e. Molding, painting and bath, was of high quality. Staff was warm, inviting and anticipated our needs. Breakfasts were delicious, traditional English fair, and again, service was excellent. The location was also excellent, with a brief walk to trains! cathedral!and theater. I recommend this hotel highly!

Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2014

We loved this place - lucky to have found it from research on the net. A wonderful cosy, warm room in one of the new annexes. We had a bit of a problem with the key, but staff were very helpful. In fact, all the staff we came across were responsive and very pleasant indeed. The room was so nice that we chose to end the evening with drink on the sofa rather than in a pub! The breakfast was outstanding with a huge delicious choice of all the usual suspects - hot and cold. Highly recommended. Will stay again when in the area.

Room Tip: We were happy in the newer rooms.
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2014

Even though the staff on the desk were busy with other guests when we arrived they still made us feel very welcome. They were very friendly and helpful. It was a very positive start to our stay.

The room itself was very clean with possibly the most comfortable bed possible. There are sufficient sockets for chargers etc (an absolute necessity in the age of the smartphone). The bathroom was clean with lovely Dead Sea toiletries. Even better were the huge fluffy bath sheets as opposed to the scraps of towel that are sometimes provided.

Breakfast was a vast array of every food that could be asked for. From fruit and cereals, cheese and cooked meats, to a full English breakfast with the eggs being cooked however you wanted.

What really impressed us was the dedication of the staff to ensuring the guests had a good experience. For instance, one member of staff who finished at 11 o'clock, stayed in the bar until gone 12 pm, even though he had to be back on duty at 7 am the following morning.

We 100% recommend The Falstaff. With its perfect positioning for the city centre literally just a stroll away and the numerous restaurants and pubs on the doorstop it is perfect. Even more, it has a car park for guests too.

If we wanted to nitpick, the bathroom fittings are a little tired, but given a coaching in dating back to 1400's it is nothing to put us off looking forward to a return trip very soon.

A big thank you to all the staff who helped us have an extremely pleasant stay over New Year.

Room Tip: The Falstaff has such character that it doesn't matter which room you get!
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2014

My wife and I stayed at the Falstaff and thoroughly enjoyed it. The room was clean and comfortable, with a good powerful shower and cosy bed. The location was ideal, literally one minute walk to the Westgate Towers leading into the city centre of Canterbury. The service from reception staff and waiting staff in the breakfast room was faultless. The breakfast buffet itself was well-stocked and of good quality. At only £79 for the room and breakfast, it was also excellent value for money. Well worth it!

Room Tip: Try and get housed in the Old Woodmill, this annexe building is set back from the main road so will...
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: The Falstaff in Canterbury
Address: 8-10 St. Dunstans Street, Canterbury CT2 8AF, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Kent > Canterbury
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #13 of 17 Hotels in Canterbury
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — The Falstaff in Canterbury 3*
Number of rooms: 45
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Just metres from Canterbury's medieval West Gate, this charming building dates back to 1403. A former coaching inn, it offers free WiFi and free parking, 2 minutes' walk from the city centre. The Falstaff still retains many original features, including oak beams and an open log fire. Each room has a TV for guests to use, and facilities for making tea and coffee. The hotel offers a cooked to order full English breakfast as well as self service buffet option. The bar offers a range of wines and variety of exclusive cocktails. Canterbury West Rail Station is a 3-minute walk from the building. The city's spectacular Norman cathedral can be reached in less than 10 minutes on foot. ... more   less 
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