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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

  • 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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Comfortable stay in a hotel with old English character

28/06/2015 RedQuince, Fleet, Hampshire

My room (300) was cosy, and I liked the large bathroom. The hotel is quaint, with squeaking floorboards and uneven floors. All adds to the atmosphere. We were a group of runners doing a marathon the n... more



12/06/2015 GymBunny1954, Tring, United Kingdom

Originally staying for 5 night break at this Hotel. The staff were very nice and friendly, our room (102) was adequate and we were expecting some road noise as we already knew the Hotel was on a main ... more


Lovely friendly staff

07/06/2015 brooks_7, Banstead, Surrey

Stayed for one night in an upgraded room. Room was spacious, lovely bed, good sized TV, nice bathroom. Sofa seen better days, but overall a good room. Lovely feel to the place. The best thing this... more


Very Different

03/06/2015 Valettaboy, SouthofEngland

One night stay here- room was old and has a mish mash of old and new. Wooden window frames so didn't manage to get windows open because they were so stiff so room was a bit too warm. Nice bathroom an... more


Nice Hotel & Friendly Staff - Good food too

03/06/2015 SingaporeSling077, Bournemouth

A very pleasant hotel (Has a lift). Looks like it has recently been refurbished. Nice main entrance - has an old colonial look to it. My room was small (but it is a very old inn), but the decor was lo... more