Canterbury, United Kingdom

The Falstaff

Price per night from$110.37

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (inclusive of taxes and fees) available in the next 60 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (GBP85.50), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Re-inn-vented rest

Setting

A canter from the Cathedral

Revamped from a 15th-century coaching inn, the Falstaff have traded in stuffy stables and rickety rooms for boldly-toned textiles, cloud-soft beds, bespoke furnishings, and abstract artwork. Since stage-coaches no longer pitch up at this Stourside stay for those looking to dismount, dine and dream, the central courtyard now houses three separate buildings (the main house, the Tap and the Windmill) and a beer garden. The main house has been spruced up with a lengthy steel-cast bar (where cocktail masterclasses are hosted), a cosy lounge for afternoons spent sipping, and a pastel-panelled pub where locally-brewed pints are poured. The perfect retreat for present-day Chaucerian pilgrims. 

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

50, including seven suites.

Check–Out

10am; check-in, 3pm. Both are flexible for £20 a room, subject to availability.

Prices

Double rooms from £85.50, including tax at 20 per cent.

More details

Rates usually include a full-English or Continental breakfast.

Also

Some of the rooms have been adapted for those with limited mobility, and hotel staff are happy to assist guests where needed.

At the hotel

Lounge, beer garden and free WiFi throughout. In rooms: TV with Freeview, tea- and coffee-making kit, free bottled water, and Verdon Spas bath products.

Our favourite rooms

Each of the rooms are individually designed with brightly-hued panelling and abstract artwork, so you’re bound to bag a characterful hideaway whichever you choose. Some of the Classic rooms are set in the eaves of the Tap, and you’ll find others in the beamed main building. Junior Suites will suit those seeking some extra space, and have been kitted out with super-king-size beds and comfy sofas.

Packing tips

A craving for Kentish wine and a copy of The Canterbury Tales.

Children

Welcome, but the hotel is geared towards adults so there’s little to keep them entertained. An extra bed can be added to some Junior suites for £20 a night; please contact our Smith travel team to arrange.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

For that cosy countryside feel, ask for a table in the pastel-hued lounge. In the summer, if the weather abides, take your pints porchside.

Dress Code

Cashmere and cords will blend best with Canterbury’s traditional touch.

Hotel restaurant

Breakfast is a full-English (literally) affair at the Falstaff, where bright blue banquettes are set by reclaimed wood tables and exposed brick walls. A little beyond the bar, you’ll find the beamed lounge set up for afternoon tea, where you can enjoy a selection of homemade cakes, sandwiches and scones. 

Hotel bar

Follow the exposed brick walls and you’ll stumble on cocktail-making masterclasses and spirit-shaking mixologists at the reception’s steel bar. Themed drinks are dreamt up, classic cocktails are taken with a twist in the lounge and pints are poured where you please.

Last orders

Breakfast is served until 10.30am and reception will book you in for a slot on arrival. Afternoon tea is from 12.30pm to 2pm and 2.30pm to 4pm; pizzas are plated Friday to Sunday, 5pm to 8pm.

Location

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Address
The Falstaff
8-10 Saint Dunstans Street
Canterbury
CT2 8AF
United Kingdom

The Falstaff is set opposite the Westgate Towers in Canterbury, a 10-minute walk from the Cathedral. It’s also just an hour inland from the Kentish riviera.

Planes

Most international flights will arrive into Gatwick, which is just over an hour’s drive away; otherwise, Heathrow and Stansted are both a 90-minute drive. Private transfers can be arranged from Gatwick for £100 each way.

Trains

Trains go straight from London’s St Pancras to Canterbury West, a four-minute walk from the hotel, on the line to Ramsgate.

Automobiles

If you’re bringing your own set of wheels, the hotel has a small car park that costs £12 a night and is filled on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Worth getting out of bed for

In a town whose birth predates the Romans, you’re unlikely to struggle finding historic hotspots. Start strong at the famed Canterbury Cathedral, whose tall golden turrets poke through the town centre, and be sure to wander its surrounding gardens. If you’d rather a quick rundown of Canterbury’s past, hop aboard a guided boat tour along the River Stour that floats under the Eastbridge Hospital – or, there’s a walking tour. The Beaney House Art & Knowledge centre has a little bit of everything (exhibitions dedicated to 19th-century artist Thomas Sidney Cooper, wildlife tableaux, traditional Asian art collections, a contemporary gallery, a workshop-fuelled learning lab, library, and the original Bagpuss). Greyfriars Gardens and Westgate Gardens make for scenic strolls, and Sir John Boys House is a must for book buffs.

Local restaurants

Set the 14th-century Westgate Towers that formerly housed Canterbury’s prison, the Pound Bar & Kitchen usually serves tapas-style dishes (crispy patatas bravas, pork belly with ‘nduja sausage and saffron-salted squid are a few favourites), but things take a traditional turn on Sundays (between October and April), when tables are topped with all the trimmings of a family roast. Just down the road, Café du Soleil dishes up wood-fired fare along the canal.

Local cafés

Brunchers will find full fry-ups, breakfast burgers, homemade waffles, buttermilk pancakes, and eggs any which way at Refectory Kitchen on Dunstans Street. And, the Moat Tea Rooms serve scones and sandwiches for those keeping things quintessentially British.

 

Local bars

Canterbury’s oldest pub, the Parrot, has been pouring traditional tipples and locally-brewed beers since 1370. Or, if you’re searching for something with a bit of a beat, the Lady Luck pairs pints with live music and barside bites.

 

Reviews

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Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this humble hotel in Kent and unpacked their locally-brewed beers and Cathedral keepsakes, a full account of their very British break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside the Falstaff in Canterbury…

The stories of pilgrims flocking to one of Kent’s most historic towns may have been well-documented by Chaucer in The Canterbury Tales, but today's pilgrims might tweak the details a bit after a stay at the Falstaff, which is for a more modern audience. Set steps from the River Stour, each of the hotel’s 50 brightly-appointed rooms reside in three (soon to be four) separate buildings; some sit in the eaves, with patterned wallpapers and pastel tones, while others are calmer in colour with traditional vaulted ceilings and slightly askew woodwork from the Inn’s former 15th-century self that’s been restored. Perfectly mismatched furniture, courtesy of co-owner Katie Clarke’s set- and prop-design past, fills snug fireside nooks in the lounge, deep-blue banquettes amp up exposed brick walls in the restaurant, and a cosy cocktail bar faces famed St Dunstans Street for an evening of picantes and people watching. So, pilgrims of the present, now you’ve a comfy place to rest after your travels, duck-down duvets and all, living up to Chaucer’s promise of a heavenly Canterbury. 

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Price per night from $110.37