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Join us at the BEST WESTERN King's Arms Hotel.

A traditional coaching inn at the heart of Dorchester.

The BEST WESTERN Kings Arms Hotel is perfectly placed and wonderfully kept. Offering traditional coaching inn character, yet providing all the mod cons you'll need, the hotel really is a class apart.

In the centre of Dorchester, Dorsets county town, the BEST WESTERN King's Arms is steeped in history. Retaining all the charm of yesteryear, the hotel promises to live long in the memory, just like the many points of interest you'll find nearby.

From thrills and spills (courtesy of hydro-zorbing) and more peaceful pursuits (thanks to the many Thomas Hardy attractions), you'll have your pick of things to do. Then, when you return from a day out, you'll receive a wonderful warm welcome from the staff at the BEST WESTERN King's Arms Hotel; especially if you join us in our lounge bar for a relaxing real ale.

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30 High East Street


Bars, Free WIFI, Restaurants, Lift to some floors
Free internet available throughout the hotel
There is free parking available onsite.
Pets: No Pets accepted Guide and hearing dogs only
Check-in & Check-out
14:00 | 11:00

Rooms & Rates


Dining and Bars

Chef Rachel Winterflood



Our traditional Bistro bar is the perfect place to mingle with fellow guests, spend quality time with someone special or simple enjoy your own company. The area boasts a warm and cosy atmosphere, while mouthwatering restaurant/pub style meals to suit all tastes can be enjoyed with a drink or two.

Opening hours

Weekend times may vary


Our impressive hotel building, city centre location and large car park make us the ideal choice for big days and big guest lists!


Wedding service and reception venue

Dance the night away with a disco or bop til you drop to the sounds of a band. The choice is yours!


Whether you want a relaxed buffet or a more formal dining experience, we'll cater for every taste.

Honeymoon Suite

You'll be spoilt for choice when you spend your wedding day with us, and on your special night too! We have 2 honeymoon rooms, The James and Elizabeth rooms, each with an impressive super king sized bed and spa bath.


Registry office:

Just call us on Tel 01305 265353

For any enquiries please call on 01305 265353

Location and Attractions

Getting there.

Sat nav users: type DT1 1HF

Send to Tom Tom

Nearest motorway: M5, J25, 37.00 miles
Nearest train station: Dorchester South, 0.50 miles
Nearest airport: Bournemouth, 30.00 miles
Free parking on site (37 spaces)

30 High East Street

What's nearby?


  • Dorchester FC (1 miles)

Cities & Attractions

  • Seaside/beaches (8 miles)

  • Dorchester historic market town (2 miles)

Meetings, Conferences and Events

With a good range of equipment available, we can help you host a great meeting, conference or training seminar.

Available room set ups

U shape

Room Theatre Classroom U-Shape Boardroom Banquet
Casterbridge 70 30 30 30 0
Have an enquiry?
Contact events on 0845 620 0506


  • Trip Advisor
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating: Rating: Based on 239 traveller reviews
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Pleasant hotel in good location

23/03/2015 Melissa_Global, London

The hotel is a bit scruffy on the outside but has been nicely refurbished inside. The staff are friendly and helpful. The rooms are very comfortable with all mod cons but best avoid a street facing... more


Comfortable and relaxing stay

18/03/2015 Barry K, Gillingham, United Kingdom

A really comfortable and convenient stay. There is a large car park (easier to access by turning right into the driveway). WiFi was quick and efficient. Excellent breakfast. Room 103 was very... more



18/03/2015 Ben L, Northamptonshire, United Kingdom

Lovely Hotel with character, friendly and helpful staff and fabulous breakfast. Huge bedroom and bathroom. Only complaint was proximity to building next door from window, but as it is a town center... more


Excellent location and stay

15/03/2015 Donna-and-Roy, Fareham, United Kingdom

We found this hotel to be very comfortable having stayed two nights in room 103. The staff we attentive and very helpful, the breakfast was excellent. The bed was exceptionally comfortable and... more


Disappointing Lunch

13/03/2015 Colin H, Poundbury, United Kingdom

We had not been in the restaurant for some months and we were pleased to see that it had been decorated and ungraded. It is an even more pleasant setting than before. We remembered it for the... more