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The Falstaff in Canterbury
Ranked #13 of 16 Hotels in Canterbury
Reviewed 14 October 2013

This hotel was booked for us as part of a tour. We stayed in the Wood Mill part of the building which is across the car park from the historic hotel. It had an electronic lock go get in, a challenge the first time, but got used to it. The room was a standard, older, motel room. The room was fairly large with chairs to sit. The bathroom was small and had a leaky toilet which we reported. It had not been fixed by the time we left so we had a towel on the floor to sop up the water. The plus was the location, close to the train station and close to the heart of Canterbury. We were able to walk to the Abbey, by day or night, and walk to St. Augustine's Abbey as well. Being so close to the tourist area, there is a wide selection of restaurants to choose from. The breakfast buffet included with the room had a wide selection and was hot.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 October 2013

We took a train from London and walked a very short distance to the Falstaff. This old structure is clean and well maintained. We preferred the annex (Old Woodmill) for 2 nights because it was extremely quiet. Our room, unlike another review, was not huge but it had a desk, coffeemaker, upholstered chair, good TV, and comfortable bed...fine for 2 people. We walked to the cathedral, the riverside park, shops, and the bus stop with ease, taking local bus 6 to the bus terminal to pick up bus 15 to Dover for a cruise.
Breakfast was very nice. It was a buffet because of the large amount of diners, and changes to table service when less crowded. The little bar area has a fireplace and charm for a quiet drink.
This is a pleasant hotel for a pre-cruise stayover instead of Dover, or perhaps for parents visiting the nearby colleges. (I saw no gym or business center...not that kind of place.) Overall, we enjoyed our stay. The attached picture is of the annex entrance.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 October 2013

Very old building which adds something to the stay. Helpful friendly staff make this hotel have a feel to it that is one step removed from the "typical" predicatable chain type of hotel. Rooms were reasonably priced and very clean.

There was no food available when I stayed and the small bar is not for a rave night out at all but that is more than made up for with the excellent location in the middle of Canterbury. There are loads of other restaurants, nightclubs and bars there with a very lively atmosphere.

The free carparking at the hotel right in the middle of town was also very useful. I would have prefered the main building to the annex as it was piddling down when I stayed but the annex was very quiet and this may suit better for a family stay.

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  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 12 October 2013

My husband and I stayed here for two nights in mid-September; it was our jet-lag recovery spot and it couldn't have been better. The location is excellent, close to everything, but just outside the hustle and bustle of the center of Canterbury, so the room was quiet. The room was good sized, bed was very comfortable, and we had access to a small walled garden. The breakfast was excellent. The staff was most accommodating: when we had to catch an early train, they provided us with coffee and several of their FABULOUS sausages, even though the dining room was not yet open. Now that is service! Should we visit Canterbury again, we will definitely stay here.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 October 2013

The historic Falstaff building dates from the 1400s, though there are much more recent additions. Its location is just a short walk to main street, shopping area and Canterbury Cathedral.

We stayed just the one night prior to embarking on a cruise at the nearby Port of Dover and it was very convienent for our needs. Our excellent ground floor room was in a separate annexe at the rear of the property - it had a huge amount of space and was beautifully presented.

As noted by other reviews the hotel does not have an evening dinner restaurant but there are plenty of pub and other options close by.

The staff were friendly and helpful making our short stay even more pleasant.

Breakfast (included in the tariff) was adequate without being spectacular, but it set us going for the morning.

Overall the Falstaff was an enjoyable experience.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 October 2013

The Falstaff affords a very convenient place to stay in Canterbury, particularly taking the train to the West Station, but won't be confused with a luxury hotel.

Quick Pros and Cons

Pros: excellent location, historic nature of building, terrific and accommodating staff, comfortable bed linens and duvet, good breakfast, well-priced

Cons: fixtures are old and tired, decoration needs to be updated, low water pressure in shower and somewhat dated set-up

I want to point out that although normal check-in time is 15:00, I e-mailed the hotel indicating that we would be arriving after a trans-atlantic flight and asked if they could have our room ready for us around noon. I promptly received a courteous response to the effect that they would try and arrange for our room to be cleaned in the morning, but could not guarantee anything. In any event, when we arrived the desk clerk checked and our room was ready within 5 minutes of us completing our registration. Our room was a basic double room (#16) and was medium sized with a standard double bed but limited storage. It was certainly adequate but not luxurious by any stretch, but as we travel for the sites and not our accommodation, this was not a major problem for us and we got the room for a very reasonable price.

I had read prior reviews and yet was somewhat surprised to see a fair amount of duct tape patching worn carpetting on the stairs. I think at a minimum the hotel should invest in re-carpeting ASAP to provide a ready lift to the look of the premises. The hotel is not really run in a shabby way and is a comfortable stay (albeit a little like staying at your Grandmother's old house) so I think it should make some investment in modernising the decor and the bathrooms.

All in all, provided you are content with serviceable but not luxurious accommodation, I think you will find the Falstaff to be a solid choice all things considered.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 October 2013

We stayed here in August 2013 on our mini-moon.
We had booked the fourposter room and we were not disappointed! The bed was huge as was the room, it was like a small apartment!
The decor is a little tired but you expect that from a hotel as old this one! We loved it as it was really old worldy with lots of quirkiness about it!
It was a great base for exploring the city and the staff were fab.
The poor night porter was kept busy by us until the early hours and he was just brilliant.
All in all, we couldn't fault this place and would gladly go back.

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  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Address: 8-10 St. Dunstans Street, Canterbury CT2 8AF, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Kent > Canterbury
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #13 of 16 Hotels in Canterbury
Price Range: £65 - £94 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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