One of the most pleasant coastal towns in a county of pleasant coastal towns. Falmouth is peak Cornwall, a warren of cobbled lanes that make a perfect stomping ground for hipsters and pirates alike, and all lead down to a beautiful azure sea.
The naturally deep harbour brought money here in the 18th and 19th Centuries, then the students and tourists picked up where the maritime trade left off. This means plenty of really good accommodation, which offers considerable luxury at a value price. We’ve picked the best of the best for your stay.
From £70/ night
This charming hotel inside a Victorian town house is a great and reasonable place from which to launch your stay. The bedrooms are bright and airy (and fitted with all the mod cons), the quay is just a short walk away, and the breakfast – served in a trendy dining area – is made with all locally sourced produce. Not flashy, exactly, but certainly a hidden gem.
Chellowdene Guest House
From £65/ night
Cornwall was once famous for its pirates, but the only steal here is the price! That’s right, Chellowdene Guest House is one of the real buried treasures amid Falmouth’s hotel scene. It’s stylish and comfortable, right in the centre of town, and with beautiful views from most rooms looking out over the bay. Shiver me timbers, as they say. (Oh, and book early, particularly in high season… Yar har!)
The Falmouth Hotel
From £101/ night
A hotel that says: Come to Falmouth for the beaches, stay for the amenities. The Falmouth is practically a resort, with a gym, pool, and even a putting green to keep you entertained long after the Cornish coast has finished with you… Which, by the way, will take a while, what with this hotel’s great location in town, and that it boasts beautiful views out over headland, harbour, and sea. In fact, edit that first remark; this is a hotel that says: Come to Falmouth, stay.
From £65/ night
A good value, clean, and comfortable bedding post, complete with very friendly staff and rooms that are cosy in the very best of English ways. Pendennis Castle is just a short walk from the front door, and likewise the harbour and sea. Offering an authentic slice of Falmouth life, flat screen TVs and en suites come as standard.
From £105/ night
Located smack bang on the harbour itself, the trendy nautical themes of this hotel, plus is exposed beams will have you almost convinced you’ve put to sea in some 18th Century tea clipper – albeit one with WiFi, TVs, and oh-so-comfy beds. It’s also fair to say that most tea clippers didn’t have on site restaurants of quite this quality either, but still, it can be nice to dream.