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“Great views but becoming a little more shabby than chic?”

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The Falmouth Townhouse
Ranked #21 of 24 Hotels in Falmouth
shropshire
Level 4 Contributor
17 reviews
12 hotel reviews
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“Great views but becoming a little more shabby than chic?”
Reviewed 29 October 2013

I stayed here with my daughter when visiting the university for an open day. The position opposite Rick Stein's and a stroll from the main shops and restaurants was great.We arrived at 6pm and the free parking had gone but there is apple parking across from the hotel although you do have to pay. The staff were friendly and helpful and the breakfast was great and inclusive. The 1970s vibe went down very well with her although it reminded me rather too much of my parents decor for me to be in love with it. We has a deluxe room which was incredibly spacious with sofa and chair and great view of the harbour. The TV was large and easy to watch from the bed but not from the sofa. The bath room was large and very well appointed with great shower bath and lovely toiletries. Sadly however the sash window had dropped and there was a 5cm gap at the top which made it particularly cold at night and stopped me enjoying a long soak in the very tempting bath.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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Bedford, United Kingdom
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21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 October 2013

This place was lovely and had a friendly, warm atmosphere. The staff were very chilled and friendly, the decor is obviously shabby chic although I am personally happy to overlook that it has seen more than it's fair share of wear, especially walking up the stairs, all I care about is the room is clean and the staff are nice! I found it quite charming all in all. Location was perfect, within a stones throw to the Maritime museum, the harbour and Falmouth town itself with its cute little shops and pretty steep hills!

Our room (number 8) overlooked the street which gave us a great view of the harbour with old slide windows, because it is quite set back from the street, the only noise we heard was from the Cutty Sark next door as the locals were kicked out at closing, after that, it was really quiet and the bed was comfy. Good tea making facilities and I was especially impressed with their choice of biscuits - Tunnocks Caramel Wafers.... my favourite :-) The shower was great too, very warm and great water pressure - my only real complaint was the shampoo they provided, it smelt of chicken noodles!!

My personal favourite part of my stay however was the breakfasts!!! Really great tasting bacon and eggs and we could have whatever we wanted from their rather extensive breakfast menu. The guy who served us breakfast was very humorous and courteous.
It is worth noting that I was allowed to park out the back in a tiny little spot because I have a very small car - maybe because we came at a quiet time of year so make sure you check the parking situation first, there is a huge car park out the front anyway but it means you have to pay.

Basically, it was a pleasure staying here.

Room Tip: Number 8 room is right in the centre at the top of the townhouse overlooking the front. Nice view bu...
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Byron Bay, Australia
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73 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 September 2013

Stayed one night in September 2013.
I agree with the previous reviewer, Littlebear, who said that the hotel is starting to be shabby. The room was comfortable but there are dirty marks on the walls all the way up the stairs from the lobby and in the room. Water stain on the ceiling and the building on the whole needs some TLC.

Service - A kind of laid back vibe amongst the staff which was ok. It can be nice to have that chilled out kind of service vibe, but they need to be careful here not to be too chilled about it.

Room - My top floor double room at the front of the hotel was compact but comfortable. Tea and coffee, nice bed, great harbour view, TV. No space in this room for a work desk. Bathroom was modern and great. A beautiful hot rainshower and nice organic soap and shampoo.

Wi-fi - Free but there was a problem. At check-in I specifically asked, "do you have wi-fi and does it work in all the rooms?". Was told, "yes". So not happy when it didn't work and upon enquiry was told, "sometimes it doesn't work on the top floor". Run a cable and install another transmitter then. Fix it. Don't tell me you provide it and it works when it doesn't.

I wanted to give a 3.5 star rating. It's better than 3 but the lack of building maintenance, service that was at times a bit too casual and the wi-fi issue makes it less than a 4 for me.
I'd stay here again. Good value but heading towards being shabby.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled solo
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Bristol
Level 4 Contributor
35 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 September 2013

We have stayed in this hotel several times over the past few years. This time the hotel was starting to show its age. Instead of shabby chic the rooms and public areas were just shabby.
The staff were friendly and service was good, the breakfast was particularly good. It's a shame the decor is starting to show its age as otherwise this quirky hotel makes a pleasant change from the standard tourist accommodation.
We will stay again, but not for long if shabby becomes the norm.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with family
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Gravesend, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 September 2013

We booked this hotel to take our daughter back to Uni, brilliant staff , really friendly couldnt do enough for you and we had an amazing breakfast both days cooked however you liked and they were happy to accomadate my 12 year old and her bacon muffins.
A little tatty in places and the beautiful building could do with some TLC but the rooms were clean and large.
Top tip ask for room at front of hotel as no air con means not much air comes in from courtyard garden and the seagulls like to have a chat during the night. However very impressed and would def book again.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with family
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Reading, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
33 reviews
21 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 27 August 2013

We have stayed at the Townhouse many times, and loved it every time. Easily the most laid-back and friendly staff in any hotel anywhere - and we've stayed in a lot of hotels! Décor is an eclectic retro chic which gives the whole hotel a relaxed feel you just don't get in the perfectly planned boutiques up country. Comfy beds to lie back in and listen to the seagulls, and absolutely the best breakfast on the planet. You're in the middle of the buzziest end of town, so there's plenty going on - if you get bored with people-watching the comings and goings around the Maritime Museum quarter from your window then there's always the view across the harbour. Minor downsides - Wi-Fi and phone signal are both ropey and patience is needed in finding a free car park. Overall though the Townhouse is unique in Falmouth, a town that is packed full of dated chintzy blue rinse hotels and B&Bs. This is the only affordable hotel that caters to the under-80, trendier, surfier, laid-back kind of crowd that are filling Falmouth today.

Room Tip: Go for a sea view room.
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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exeter
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18 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 August 2013

Our waiter was a sculptor, the barman, a fashion photographer and the cook, an accountant - all looking after the hotel while the owner was surfing in North Devon - groovy. The Falmouth Townhouse is a charming, arty hotel with that relaxed atmosphere found in places where the people who work there like the place. The bar was humming in the evening but the only noise I heard in our room (contemporary with retro accents and a huge bed) was the squawk of seagulls, though the cocktails might have had something to do with that. Our breakfast of American pancakes with maple syrup, bacon and poached eggs and my husband's eggs with black pudding and smoked salmon (cured by the chef) were faultless. Excellent Bloody Mary. We will definitely return, these kinds of hotels are rare. A fun place to go, probably without the kids, though I'm sure they'd be welcomed too.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: The Falmouth Townhouse
Address: 3 Grove Place, Falmouth TR11 4AL, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Cornwall > Falmouth
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking
Hotel Style:
#8 Romantic Hotel in Falmouth
#9 On the Beach Hotel in Falmouth
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Falmouth Townhouse 3.5*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A contemporary hotel and bar in the centre of Falmouth. Occupying a grand Georgian townhouse, overlooking Falmouth's busy seascape and marina. Kick back, relax and enjoy some of the hippest rooms in Falmouth. Ten rooms with huge beds, luxury bathrooms, flat screen televisions and all the normal hotel comforts you'd expect. ... more   less 
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