Presiding over Carrick Roads, the River Fal’s estuary, Falmouth is an idyllic harbour town in the heart of Cornwall, offering everything from coastal walks and water sports to historic sites and Michelin-starred restaurants. These are the best hotels in Falmouth to book for your next visit.
Facing Gyllyngvase Beach, this chic, contemporary hotel is a far cry from the tacky seaside B&Bs that often spring to mind. Kitted out with soothing, oceanic colours, sleek king-size beds and walk-in rainfall showers, the rooms at St Michael’s offer a truly comfortable stay for the discerning traveller. Booking into a sea-facing room is a must, but the real jewel in the crown here is the spa, which features a 17-metre indoor pool and a bespoke treatment menu. Serving up incredible views and some of the best freshly caught seafood for miles around, an evening at resident Flying Fish restaurant will be one well spent.
Laid-back and supremely elegant, The Sandy Duck is one of the most stylish boutique hotels in Cornwall. With white walls, minimalist modern furniture and simple decorative touches, it oozes all the effortless charm of Scandinavian design. Each of the seven uniquely designed bedrooms welcomes you in with Egyptian cotton sheets and Hypnos beds, homemade treats and Meraki toiletries. Down in the lounge, you’ll find intriguing artworks, a carefully curated book collection and oversized cushions propped up on every soft furnishing. At breakfast, sit back in the vintage rattan chairs and opt for the homemade granola and freshly baked sourdough.
Is it the south coast or is it Amalfi? At The Royal Duchy, it’s hard to tell thanks to the palm trees, marble floors and stunning sea views, which give it a distinctly exotic feel. Founded over 100 years ago, it’s one of Falmouth’s first hotels and still maintains its status as one of the best today. Golf lovers have full access to the hotel’s course, whilst those more inclined to recline will love the sprawling spa facilities. Head up to the sun terrace when the weather is fine and down into the Champagne bar when it takes a turn for the worse.
From the outside, Merchants Manor doesn’t look like much – just a simple white house on top of a hill – but once you step through the door, you’ll be welcomed into a world of roaring fires, cosy corners and Cornish feasts. Whether you’re after one of their cheery, modern double rooms or their newly opened timber-framed luxury residences, this thoroughly modern hotel offers a perfect weekend away. Whether getting a massage, heading out for a surf or sinking into the fireside armchairs, Merchants Manor feels like a home away from home – the kind of place you want to spend all of your weekends curled up in.
If you book a stay at the Greenbank, you’ll be treated to an uninterrupted view of the sailing boats, lapping shores and rugged coastline that make up Falmouth harbour. For those who’d rather be on the waves than looking at them, there are several sailing options to satisfy your inner adventurer, from traditional Cornish sailing boats to Falmouth water taxis. With plush king-size beds, velvet armchairs and dark green brick tiled bathrooms, the rooms are anything but stuffy and old-fashioned. Featuring one of the best and most reasonably priced afternoon teas in the town and a cracking brunch menu, you certainly won’t go hungry at the Greenbank.
If you’ve come to Cornwall to soak in the county’s rich maritime history, Chain Locker is a good place to start. A restored 17th-century sailor’s tavern, the walls of both the pub and the bedrooms are peppered with memorabilia, photos and artwork collected over the past 300 years. Now one of the most popular pubs in Falmouth, its recent restoration has added new life to the rooms, which combine a rustic seaside charm with a modern flair. A new seafood restaurant has also been added, and it’s perfectly located to enjoy the shops, galleries and museums that Falmouth has to offer.