This was the first of four hotels during this years trip to the UK, touring by car with our 11 year old daughter with us. The short trip to Canterbury from Dover, got us to the easy to find Hotel which is on a pretty busy road. It is best to park shortly in the public carpark opposite the hotel first and then check in. We arrived early as favourable wind had found us getting re-booked on the earlier sailing of the brand new Sprit of France. She made the trip in brilliant sunlit seas in good time, so consequently we arrived well prior to the 3 o' clock book-in deadline. The very friendly young lady in reception fully understood and ave us an entry code for the excellent hotel parking. I collected the car from accross the road and left it in the parking.
After a pleasant lunch and a first impression walk in town - the hotel is right on the edge of the city center, very convenient- the friendly lady in reception checked us in in no time and we were allocated to a good size double bed room on the ground floor right opposite the bar entrance and th open space used as a smoking area. That sounds worse than it actually is.
The room was very cosy and of a good size; specially in the bathroom some fittings are rather tired. However: everyting works fine and we did not expect the latest interiour suite anyway, All is well cleaned and very useable which is the ain thing.
The staff are very friendly and all give the impression they actually enjoy their job, it creates the right atmosphere. The do not do meals except for morning breakfast which is a well stocked buffet affair. The staff here are efficient and friendly, the breakfast room is rather crowded and though nice enough here and there a bit worn. There is a hotel bar if you would care for a quick drink before retiring to your room and well stocked it is however if you fancy a nice pint: best shop along the street as there are several nice pubs.
I understand the hotel recently changed hands and the new owners are in the process of setting up plans for a major rethink. It may ewll result in the re-opening of the restaurant which would be good for those who would like to dine at their hotel rather than shop around i the city. The uilding is old but certainly not tired, it has a certain charm, do not expect tremendous luxury. Th estaff make up for a lot and perhaps I can illustrate this best with a small example: one morning I was checking my e-mail on my laptop - there is excellent free Wifi available- in the smoking area catching the morning sun whilst my wife and daughter remained in the room. I had barely set up my laptop when a very nice gent asked me if he could get me some tea or coffee. I thought this was rather excellent and sums up this friendly place well: will definately use this hotel again if I am in the area.
- 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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