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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
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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

  • Thomas Hardy's House - Max Gate (1 miles)

  • Thomas Hardy's Cottage - National Trust property (3 miles)

  • Seaside/beaches (8 miles)

  • Monkey World/Tank Museum (15 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


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TripAdvisor Traveller Rating: Rating: Based on 288 traveller reviews
Rating: 5 68
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Rating: 1 9

No hot water and the bed was a bit naff.

02/10/2015 Kriss C, Weston-super-Mare, United Kingdom

The only thing that wasn't up to scratch was no hot water for a bath after a day at work, it was warm. The food in the restaurant was from a printed off a4 piece of paper, not a huge choice but the fo... more


Not living up to the Best Western standard

23/09/2015 Butterflyflip, Frederiksberg, Denmark

First of all: the personnel was smiling, friendly and helpful. I have no criticism for the personnel as such and both breakfast and dinner was very nice. When that is said: the rooms were not nice at... more


Business visit

23/09/2015 Hoppy735, Cambridge, United Kingdom

Historic coaching Inn in centre of Dorchester. Clean, minimalistic environs with historic features. Room was fine, bed comfortable, bathroom great, quaint creaky floorboards. Evening meal simple, coo... more


Good position Friendly staff

22/09/2015 Jennifer S, Staines, United Kingdom

The hotel is in a good position the room was clean and the staff are very friendly and the food good. The hotel is old and the floor boards creak a bit no more than you would expect from an old buildi... more


Definitely recommended

21/09/2015 Angela P, Bristol, United Kingdom

An attractive, comfortable, relasing and friemdly hotel. Right in the centre of town, ideal for exploring the town and area. Plenty of car parking too. Very comfortable room, good food and attitude an... more