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The Royal Duchy Hotel
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Reviewed 1 August 2011

We dined here one Sunday but were not staying in the hotel. We were disappointed with the changes. The menu, whilst very tasty was limited and the portion sizes small. We had coffee on the verandah - my coffee was forgotten! The tables were not wiped between guests (spilt sugar on ours). Whilst enjoyable it was a lot of money for what we got. If you want great views (sea opposite) and attentive service (mains served with domes and lifted off at once) and not bothered about cost this will suit. If you want a good size roast with reasonably priced drinks perhaps not the best choice. Lunch for 4 with drinks before but not with dinner £100.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with family
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2  Thank DrS_10
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Reviewed 17 July 2011

Having just returned from six nights holiday we would certainly recommend this hotel as one of the best we have stayed in over the last twenty years.Ideal location within walking distance of Falmouth centre yet in a quiet location with outstanding sea views.

The rooms do vary but the inland superior rooms and the sea facing rooms are of a good size and extremely well equipped and maintained.If you can stretch to a sea facing room then it is well worth the extra.

The restaurant staff are very obliging and nothing even down to a special diet for my wife was too much trouble.The DBB option is good value but on a B & B board dinner on a occasional basis can be expensive.The cream teas are excellent.

The leisure facilities including the indoor pool are well presented and maintained.

Perhaps a shortage of sun loungers in the gardens but there are adequate tables and chairs on the patios.

For us an excellent holiday and we will return.

Room Tip: avoid room 123 as there is an extractor fan from the kitchen which is noisy and stays on from 6am to 10pm everyday
  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank Edmundengland
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Reviewed 15 July 2011

Myself and the wife have stayed a few years on the trot so know what to expect really.It is a great base to explore Cornwall. The hotel is clean if not a bit dated and the rooms are small. All we want though is good food and a good nights kip as we dont use a hotel for much else.. Most of the guests are over 60 so if this an issue for you then go elswhere. At at times it seems like a care home, sorry i dont mean to be disrespectful. We stayed in July 2010 but the Brend management introduced a two tier dining system that just didnt work,not for me and the wife anyway so we thought we would give it a miss this year. We did check first though before we booked this year to be told they had done away with dining split so booked again. Delighted to find we had been given a refurbished room 228 on arrival so here's to a great holiday we thought.
Only problem though was the gulls on the roof. At the crack of dawn everyday they started yelping, running up and down the flat roof and eating the satalie dish for breakfast. The noise was awful. What i would have given for a shot gun at that moment. I know the hotel cant do a lot about this and you are on the coast after all but sleep for us was out of the question.
Food was of a good standard, when they didnt run out of main courses, and all the staff were super especially in the dining room.
This seems like a negative review but i still think it one of the best on offer in the area and would stay again, not in 228 though.

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank mercmanY8
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Reviewed 2 June 2011

I had longed to visit Cornwall after reading Rebecca at school and convinced my mother that we leave a week before the group tour we were taking began in France and spend it in Cornwall.
After poring over the map and various places I wanted to visit I thought Falmouth would be the most central waterfront location. And it was - never more than 90 minutes from anywhere in the county.
I booked the Royal Duchy in November getting a great rate from Laterooms and our twin-bedded room looked right over the sea as I hoped it would. The hotel was built in 1896 as a grand Victorian seaside hotel and its dining room still has the same grandeur - lots of gold and red with Mum noting they've spent heavily and recently on the curtains. There are a couple of drawing rooms and a smart bar upholstered in red and cream.
Dinner features a little too much of the classic heavy, five-star fare (roasts etc) but the breakfasts are wonderful, ranging from fresh fruits, yoghurts, pastries, salamis, cheeses and cereals to hot cooked dishes.

Room Tip: Stay outside the weekends which are full house
  • Stayed: April 2011, travelled with family
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1  Thank visitrequisites
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Reviewed 14 April 2011

Clean white cotton napkins, thick carpets, high ceilings, quiet unassuming warm environment, and calm polite friendly staff - perfect setting to relax and enjoy beaufitul Falmouth. Thank goodness the kids weren't here !!!

The dining room is grand and classic, with a pianist tinkling away. The food, served with smart aplomb, was delicious.

I was searching for a cheap B&B, and reluctantly decided to go with a single room costing slightly more than my £45 budget - but it was cetainly the right decision.

There is nothing about the place that is unsuitable for kids / children, but for me this was an adult environment, where drifting into easy conversation with other residents would have been harder and more distracting with kids - maybe its just my kids !!!

I'm only 40 but this place is an old school hotel that have retained all the things we all treasure about staying in hotels - Travelodge and Premier inn have their place in the world - but the slight price differences do not compensate for those comforts lost from staying in a real hotel.

My single room was cosy with an ensuite. The Lady who complained that her hotel room was smaller than her room at home, with a mere 4ft 6in double bed may have a point in relation to modern expecations for bed and room size. At the time when this gorgeous hotel was built the population weren't as spoilt as today, with super king this, and acres of that. And the things that have been moved aside to make way for the bigger beds and larger rooms are the things (as said above) that make this place such a treasure.

oooh and also there is a free golf course fo residents and a pool.

CDP McDonagh
Thaxted

  • Stayed: April 2011, travelled on business
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3  Thank JohnandMargaretB
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