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BEST WESTERN Wessex Royale Hotel
Ranked #4 of 6 Hotels in Dorchester
Halifax, United Kingdom
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37 reviews
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“Home from Home (in difficult times)”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2013

A last minute trip to Dorchester, meant I needed a Hotel.
Having lived in Dorchester I knew the Wessex and its location was handy.
The rate was ok - but more important was the confirmed booking since I was travelling 9 hours to get there. I also booked for my sister.
Arriving at 2320 a warm welcome and a night porter awaited.

This place is like a miniature grand hotel. I particularly felt the service was good - all staff from breakfast on Saturday, the night porters to check out when they called me a taxi were first class. This made a huge difference in what could have been difficult circumstances

The Night porter stayed up serving drinks in the bar till well after midnight. Thank goodness for BRITISH cider on draught (Thatchers)
The complimentary paper next morning was welcome and the room was really good - I loved it.
Yes the place is old - I think its called character - the creaky floors, no lifts and slight drains smell in one small area on the ground floor.
The plusses on this trip were far ahead:
Breakfast cooked to order, Gluten free bread and on check out day I asked for lots of breakfast and got it with a smile:-
A shower that surprised me, because it worked well on the third floor was hot and more powerful than other hotels I have stayed in with Shower cubicles!
There was tea in the room, Irons on each floor and limited parking at the back.
The bed was comfortable and nicely dressed and the furniture in the room was suited and appropriate -with character and details.
The built in wardrobe was spacious and had enough hangers
The Bathroom had toiletries which were pleasant, soft large towels and I thought it was really great. Nicely fitted out -simple functional but comfortable.

I didn’t have a meal at the hotel but having read the menu on the last night would be very tempted next time, yes there will be a next time.

Booking at short notice and based on a quick look at TA - with some limited local knowledge -this was a pleasant surprise and both my sister and I decided we will stay here next time.
Finally the location at the top of Dorchester is very good all the shops are in walking distance and the new development (the Eldridge Pope site - sadly) is easily reached.
This small hotel made a big impression - and is recommended for comfort charm and service.

Room Tip: I suspect in summer it could be warm - I had a top floor room at the front - in summer Id ask for a...
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with family
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Kariong, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2013 via mobile

Recently stayed whilst travelling in the UK.
Food & service were excellent.
Room was well appointed.
Location was convenient.
The only drawback was the limited car parking.
Would definitely stay again & would recommend.

Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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louth
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2013

I stayed here as a single lady breaking my journey while visiting friends and family. It was a welcome retreat, very comfortable with every facility I required. Very friendly and helpful staff. I dined next door in a conveniently located Thai restaurant, also excellent, and retired to my perfectly comfortable bed. I found the room overheated and never figured out how to adjust this, other than opening the window, but I'm sure that could easily have been rectified. Breakfast was varied, plentiful and inviting, with complimentary newspaper, ordered the day before, and the Tutankhamen exhibition is just along the road.
Alround a very good value for money and most enjoyable stop-over.

Room Tip: Rooms out onto the parking area behind, where I was, will be quieter I expect.
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled solo
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Hook, United Kingdom
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25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2013

I stayed for business and the hotel is on a very good location, the hotel building is very old and a little renovated but please note rooms are very small, just enough for a double bed. The breakfast is good and hotel offers very good value for money. There waster temperature is not so persistent and you could have a very hot water burning yourself without touching the tap. The internet WIFI connection in the rooms don't usually work due to the old building and walls being very thick. However in lobby and reception is just fine.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled on business
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2013

The hotel is clean warm and friendly; although the building is obviously dated the rooms are modern and brightly decorated. My only criticism is the creaky floors, but hey, you get that with buildings of this age. Parking is limited and a tight squeeze if you have a 4 x4 or van. I stayed here on business but I wouldn’t hesitate to stay here with the wife, the people where very friendly and the breakfast nicely presented.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled on business
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horndean
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36 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2013

Arrived late however a most helpful receptionist made us feel welcome. The restaurant bright and spacious the food was excellent and the waiter very amusing. The room was clean and well presented, the four poster bed certainly was comfortable. After a good nights sleep the breakfast was just the thing, love to know where the sausages came from. As this booking was very last minute I'm very pleased with my choice and would certainly recommend it and revisit. Happy from Horndean.

  • Stayed September 2013
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Winchester, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2013

I stayed in a single room on the top floor of the Wessex Royale Hotel to attend a weekend seminar. The hotel staff were very pleasant and when I asked for a sheet and blanket instead of a duvet, which I found too hot, this was done very quickly.
Every staff member I encountered was helpful, friendly and polite (and at the risk of sounding politically incorrect) best of all, they were British!
Breakfast was served promptly and was well cooked and presented.
The waiting staff were kept busy providing tea and coffee to those of us attending the seminar and always seemed pleasant.
I would definitely return to the Wessex Royale and recommend it to others.

Room Tip: Room numbers from 300 are at the top of the hotel and as there is no lift,it is a long, tiring haul...
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled solo
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Property: BEST WESTERN Wessex Royale 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 Royale 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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Minotel Wessex Royale Hotel Dorchester
Minotel Hotel Wessex Royale
Minotel Dorchester
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