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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


  • Trip Advisor
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating: Rating: Based on 246 traveller reviews
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Quirky hotel with fabulous food.

15/04/2015 Donna158, Dorset, UK

I have stayed here a few times and had different experiences. Overall a lovely old hotel, with a great chef. The room was ok, clean however dated. The only letdown was the bat taps had to run for... more


Great stay in Dorchester

06/04/2015 John H, Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom

Lovely old hotel, good service, good food, nice spacious rooms, car park, all round a most enjoyable stay. Hotel well placed for town amenities and for main road leading to other local places of... more



01/04/2015 Secker1,

Pretty worn and tired decor, only luke warm water out my bathroom tap, shower head was leaking and spraying all over the shop. Internet was out which I can't think of anything worse. The lounge had a... more


Not up to standard

31/03/2015 Norman M, Cardiff, United Kingdom

Beds were uncomfortable and the service was slow. The hotel was clean and the rooms decorated to a good standard. Being a period hotel the wooden windows tended to rattle in the wind and when the... more


lost souls

30/03/2015 bcorelse, Osoyoos, Bc

Sometime ago, after New Years, we wondered to Dorchester without a reservation, not sure where we would stop. We happened to be on their main street and spotted this hotel so we stopped in to see... more