My room was so small that I had to walk sideways to get around the bed, there was no table or desk where I could do the work I had to do, and the bed was uncomfortable. The furniture was old, there was a sickly smell in the room which was very noisy until the bar closed downstairs. The TV worked most but not all of the time, and it had an extremely limited selection of channels; no BBC channels were available at all. The room was generally very clean but the bathroom could have been better.
When I booked I was aware that breakfast was not included in the price, which is quite common nowadays; I had not imagined I could not get breakfast at all, and I had to go into town for breakfast.
When I arrived and booked in I was told that they would be having parties until 3 o'clock in the morning on my second and third nights, which is no good when you have to be at work early the next morning. To their credit they did offer to find me alternative accommodation for those two nights.
Their ir location is very central, but the publicity saying that there is on-street parking nearby is, in my opinion, a misrepresentation as the on-street parking is for limited periods and expensive. There is a relatively inexpensive long stay car park a few hundred yards away.
The only reasons I am giving them a second star are that they were very helpful and friendly, the Wi-Fi was free and worked perfectly, and their hygiene rating for food (not breakfast), awarded independently, was the maximum.
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- Also Known As:
- The Old Ship Hotel Dorchester
- The Old Ship Inn Dorchester, Dorset