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Best Western Wessex Royal Hotel
Ranked #4 of 6 Hotels in Dorchester
Cardiff, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
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“good experience”
Reviewed 26 November 2012

the room was clean and warm in a very cold day..
the dinner meal was quite nice and tasty.. the staff were very friendly and helpful
it is nice to have wireless in the room and a free parking for you car
I got only two bad points 1. you can easily hear any movement out in the hall..
2. the check out time is at 11 which i found a bit early
I actually don't mind going back again..

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Maidstone, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 19 November 2012

15 of us stayed here for my grandson's wedding.
Very warm welcome and excellent service throughout our
3 night stay. The courtyard room for my husband, 91,
was ideal as there were no stairs and equipped for more
disabled people and scooter accessible, with care.
Would certainly recommend and we hope to return for
another trip to Dorchester.

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  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 135 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 November 2012

Business in the area took us took historic Dorchester, and this characterful old hotel.Rooms were comfortable and well appointed, and the public areas have obviously been refurbished.....even if this has not been completely successful!. The Dining Room in particular is lacking in atmosphere.
That said, the food was very good. Steaks were generous, tasty and properly cooked. The chicken dish was pronounced very acceptable, and our vegetarian colleague was also pleased. The starter of Thai Fish Soup attracted substantial praise, as did the puddings.The wine list is adequate, and Maria and her colleagues worked hard to make us feel welcome. This hotel makes an effort, it is not 5 star but its staff are courteous and pleasant,and we would certainly use it again.

Room Tip: The superior rooms are undoubtedly superior!!. Request a room on the first floor as there is no lift...
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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled on business
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Grays Thurrock, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 September 2012

Having stayed here before it was an even better deal booking on the day through booking.com.
Had to travel to Dorset on the spur to visit parents after my mum had a fall and broke her arm.
Booked room 107 online two hours before we checked in and only paid £49 for a double room, The usual warm welcome and fast book in.spotless, warm comfortable room and excellent location for all the local amenities.
queit weekend so unlike our last visit we even managed to park on site, previously we had to use top of town car park 400 yards away.
lovely breakfast though maybe some background music would make you feel less conspicuous having conversation overheard.

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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with family
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1 Thank christopher g
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 September 2012

eight of my In-laws recently came to Dorchester from Cornwall for a 1 night stay, to attend my husbands retirement/birthday party, they were very impressed by the helpful .ness given to them and my Mother-in-law who has great difficulty getting around, she was immediatly offer a room in the coutyard which she was extremely pleased with and found it very comfortable. breakfast was aslo very good,all in all tey really enjoyed there week-end and a very pleasant hotel and staff, thank you Wessex Royale,

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 19 September 2012

So my wife and I decided to book for a meal at the Minotel Wessex Royale, upon arrival we did notice the small car parking facilities but we found a space fairly quickly. We have eaten in many places majority being 4 to 5 star restaurants, noticing the Minotel in Dorchester was a 3 star I didn't really know what to expect not only from the food available but also the level of customer service. My wife and I were so very impressed! Every member of staff smiling and happy in their work... Something you don't get even in the highest top end establishments. Moving on to the food we were even more satisfied with our visit, dishes arrived promptly again with great service. Meals were priced well and drinks also didn't damage the wallet. Overall a wonderful time, we don't normally review places but credit where it's due. We will be making another visit very soon. Compliments to the Chef and the welcoming staff.

  • Stayed August 2012
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 18 September 2012

The location is wonderful for historic Dorchester but the setting and many of the guests date back to the sinking of the Titanic. Thank goodness they survived to return year on year. The public rooms certainly need a face lift and the dining area appears to have an entrance from the street. The kitchen offers traditional English cooking at an affordable price and acceptable and well priced beverages. Staff are attentive but the bedrooms are small and rather cramped although overall I'd say this is value for money for business. Not a place for honeymooners but after all mine was 32 years ago so who knows?

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled on business
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Property: Best Western Wessex Royal Hotel
Address: 32 High West Street, Dorchester DT1 1UP, England (Formerly Wessex Royale Hotel)
Region: United Kingdom > England > Dorset > Dorchester
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 6 Hotels in Dorchester
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Best Western Wessex Royal Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 27
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Wessex Royale Hotel is a delightful Georgian era hotel located in the centre of Dorchester. With classically designed rooms and an excellent central location, The Wessex Royale is ideal for a relaxing break.The Hotel was built in 1756 and features all of the elegance and classic features you would expect from such a property, including fireplaces, panelling and a magnificent grand staircase.Bedrooms display a charming and traditional character with supremely comfortable furnishings to help you feel well rested.All rooms have modern en-suite bathrooms with a bath and power shower, premium digital channels and Wireless Internet connections to help you wind down with “home away from home” comforts and little touches that truly make you feel welcome. The á la carte restaurant is open each evening and offers a variety of traditional and exciting new dishes. The meals on offer are of a consistently excellent standard, making the restaurant popular with guests and locals alike. Fully refurbished with air conditioning, offering a wide range of traditional and new world wines to compliment your meal, you are assured a meal of the highest quality.The Wessex Royale Hotel is a family friendly option near the many activities and attractions in the area, including Maiden Castle, Roman Townhouse, Thomas Hardy’s cottage, the Tutankhamun Exhibition, and Dinosaur Museum.Food and wine aficionados will appreciate the in house restaurant, which offers specialty cuisine, homemade desserts, and an impressive wine list. There is also a locally popular bar and lounge, perfect for afternoon tea or a quick glass of beer. This hotel is a popular venue for weddings and other intimate occasions. Limited free parking is offered. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Minotel Wessex Royale Hotel Dorchester
Minotel Hotel Wessex Royale
Minotel Dorchester
Dorchester Minotel
Best Western Wessex Royal Hotel Dorchester, Dorset

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