I stayed at the Falcon as part of a group at the start of July. I had requested an en-suite room, however when I arrived I was taken to room 1O which had no en-suite but instead had a key to a separate toilet and shower in the corridor outside the room. Upon enetering the room I was greeted by an overwhelming smell of fresh paint and the carpet was covered in fresh paint chippings. I requested that the floor be hoovered, which it was.
That evening I wanted an early night as I had had a long day and a long drive to get to Whittlesey. However, I was to discover that it was 'band practice' night directly beneath my room. The volume was heavily amplified and the floor literally shook. This went on until 10pm.
The next morning I asked the owner what was going on. He told me that there was band practice every Monday night. He also told me that my room was still being painted and would therefore offer me a discount off the rate of £55 reduced to £40 per night.
The owner explained that he was fully booked and hence the need to paint my room whilst I was staying in it. Fortunately I do not suffer from any bronchial conditions as it would have been quite dangerous for an asthmatic to remain in that room with the fumes.
I stayed in room 10 on two particularly hot nights and the room is airless and grubby. The 'painting' involved bright colour on one wall of peeling woodchip. My bedding was ripped and the chairs had nasty cheap throws over them.
When I returned home I had access to the internet again and the website bears no resemblance to room 10. I also discovered that the advertised room rate for a non en-suite should have been £35 per night. So I had actually being overcharged for the pleasure of staying in such an awful room!
I immediately emailed the owner and requested an explanation. I am still waiting for a reply, two weeks later.
On the plus side, the breakfast was tasty and the staff friendly.
I will not be staying here again and I would not recommend it.
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