Hotels & Guest Houses in Dorchester
If you are searching for hotels in Dorchester, you really have your pick of the bunch. The accommodation in Dorchester is plentiful – with a range of hotels and guest houses offering various benefits. Whether you’re just stopping over for a night, or you’re planning a holiday in the county town, you’re guaranteed to have a peaceful nights sleep in a friendly, comfortable hotel. From budget-friendly to premium, central to quiet location, we give you an overview of the best places to stay in Dorchester.
Premier Inn – 5 Pope Street Brewery Square Dorchester DT1 1GW – 08715 279376 View more
Look no further than the Premier Inn if you’re looking for cheap hotels in Dorchester. The king of comfort on a budget, the Premier Inn at Brewery Square offers superb value and tasty food at their Thyme Bar & Grill.
The Casterbridge – 49 High East Street Dorchester DT1 1HU – 01305 264043 View more
The Casterbridge Guest House is a reasonably priced, charming Georgian town house which is situated centrally in Dorchester on High East Street. Here, you’ll find bucket loads of character with periods furnishings, conservatory and courtyard gardens. You’ll have free WiFi, generous breakfast options and an ideal location to explore Hardy country.
The Junction Hotel – Great Western Road Dorchester DT1 1UF – 01305 755000 View more
The Junction is one of the most popular pubs in Dorchester – it is located in the perfect position to access both Brewery Square and the town centre. Owned by the Marstons chain, The Junction do food and drink like few others. Aside from being an excellent pub, they have cosy rooms which are reasonably priced. We highly recommend a sit down meal here, whether you’re lucky enough to get a room or not!
The King’s Arms – 30 High East Street Dorchester DT1 1HF – 01305 238238 View more
The four-star Kings Arms is one of the most popular hotels in Dorchester. It is held in high esteem by all that visit, including The Sunday Times, who included it in their ‘Best Places To Stay: Top 80 British Hotels’, stating that it was “part of the UK’s smartest boutique hotel collections. Grand II listed gravitas, a welcoming glow, theatrical moodpboard and a menu that is food mile friendly and fuss free”.
Wessex Royale Hotel – 32 High West Street Dorchester DT1 1UP – 01305 262660 View more
The Wessex Royal Hotel is another staple of Dorchester. The long-standing hotel offers outstanding value – with comfy, classically designed rooms, brilliant freshly cooked breakfast options, and a charming setting in what used to be a coaching inn that was built in 1956. The Wessex Royal is owned by the Best Western group. For historic accommodation in Dorchester – look no further.
Westwood House – 29 High West Street Dorchester Dorset DT1 1UP – 01305 268018 View more
Westwood House dubs itself as ‘a grand but informal place to work, rest and play’ – and we have to agree! The Georgian townhouse’ strong suit is comfort. On a stay here you can enjoy king-size beds with 1500 pocket sprung mattresses, Egyptian cotton bed linen, luxury power showers and fluffy bath towels. After a blissful sleep, you can enjoy a freshly cooked breakfast.
This hotel is conveniently situated on High West Street, so you are just a stone’ throw from the breadth of museums, independent shops, restaurants and pubs that Dorchester has to offer.
Aquila Heights Guest House – 44 Maiden Castle Road Dorchester DT1 2ES – 01305 267145 View more
Aquila Heights is another fantastic guest house in Dorchester. The south-facing Edwardian house only had 6 bedrooms – so you’re guaranteed a peaceful, quiet stay here. The owners pride themselves on offering ‘home from home comfort’ – with large extra-length beds, an indulgent Aquila breakfasts which boasts quality Dorset ingredients, free parking and a quiet, easy-to-find location. Aquila Heights is situated on Maiden Castle Road – which is a quieter location just outside of the town – but within a convenient walking distance.
Bay Tree House – 4 Athelstan Road Dorchester DT1 1NR View more
Bay Tree House is stepped in history. The late 19th century house has been lovingly and imaginatively refurbished to a very high standard. The family-owned Dorchester b&b boasts 7 spacious, well-equipped rooms. Each has either an en-suite shower, sink and toilet, or a private bathroom with the same facilities. Bay Tree House is rated four stars by AA, and is situated just away from the noise on Athelstan Road.
Bramlies – 107 Bridport Road Dorchester DT1 2NH – 01305 265778 View more
We finish our list with Bramlies Bed and Breakfast. The family-owned b&b price themselves on offering excellent service, beautifully furnished en-suite rooms and a varied breakfast menu. It is situated 10-15 minutes walk from the town, and only a 5-minute walk from the nearest pub – The Poet Laureate.
Things to do in Dorchester
If you are planning a stay in Dorchester, take some time to explore the many things to do in the town. Whether you are enjoying a couples getaway in Dorchester or a family staycation in Dorset, you’re sure to find a fun activity to enjoy in our county town.
With Dorchester being so rich in history, we highly recommend a visit to our range of museums. We love the Dinosaur, Keep and Teddy Bear museum, to name just a few!
Places to eat
From light bites to four course meals, you’ll find a menu to tickle your fancy here.
If you are travelling with your partner, we recommend a romantic sit down meal! There are so many options to choose from. To make the choice easier, we’ve put together a list of our favourite romantic restaurants in Dorchester.
If you are planning a romantic meal with your other half, why not make a full date night out of it? Here, we give you the locals’ scoop for date night ideas in Dorchester.
Alternatively, if you’d prefer a quick informal bite, check out the cafés in Dorchester Or, is a pub is what you’re after, then view our list of Dorchester Pubs.
Finally, if you are travelling to Dorchester, you’ll be pleased to know that there are a number of car parks that offer generous parking.
Find out more about Parking in Dorchester.
Download the Discover Dorchester Smartphone App!
The ‘Stay in Dorchester’ section includes an easy to view set of accommodation providers in the town, with links to bookings pages.
The ‘Things to do’ section will show you a wide range of local activities as well as shops and attractions in and around the town.
Select your favourites from the Things to do and create your own personal itinerary of activities for your visit to Dorchester.
To help with your visit to Dorchester, this app also includes a town map, full FAQs section to answer any questions you may have and an up-to-date five-day weather forecast.
The information is stored on your device so you can use it OFFLINE if you do not have data access.