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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 276 traveller reviews
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Good 3 star hotel, good service, great central location.

23/08/2015 Sophylady,

We stayed here for 5 nights in August, a family of 3. The decor of the hotel suits the history of the building. Our room was really quiet (we stopped in room 105) the room was on the back of the hote... more


Old Historic Inn

14/08/2015 GwladyrHaf, Somerset

A good old coaching inn with spacious and comfortable rooms, this hotel is friendly and relaxed. A good-sized car park is to the rear of the hotel and, although I had no problem driving my largish car... more


Relaxing night

13/08/2015 johnpO3376TO, Cambridge, United Kingdom

The King's Arms is an old building but the room was large and very comfortable. The staff helpful and the breakfast excellent. The only downside was the lack of hair dryer. When we asked for one we we... more


Convenient location

10/08/2015 Simon554, London, United Kingdom

Conveniently located in the heart of Dorchester, and with a car park at the back for hotel guests. Check in was straightforward and friendly. There is a lift in the hotel but, depending on your room n... more


An historic inn with a number of problems

10/08/2015 OlderGuy1956, Derby, United Kingdom

The Kings Arms in Dorchester has been an inn for many centuries, receiving horse drawn coaches and hosting Thomas Hardy and Nelson amongst many others. It's historic, and this is perhaps reflected in ... more