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Best Western Wessex Royal Hotel
Ranked #4 of 6 Hotels in Dorchester
Sussex
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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“Good quality for price”
Reviewed 14 April 2014

I reserved a single room at the last minute one Sunday. I was greeted and shown to my room,a very pleasant little double on the top floor. However, it did not have a clock radio (as all rooms had according to the hotel brochure). I asked for one and was told that they would have to take one from another room as several rooms didn't have them. I ate in the bar Sunday night. It was very good. Breakfast too was good. I was only charged single rate. Well done. Had trouble getting out of the tiny car park, a helpful manager guided me out but it took ages. All in all a pleasant stay.

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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled solo
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Reviewed 14 April 2014

Very comfy traditional hotel well placed for the sights of Dorchester and not too far from the railway stations. Note that there are no lifts to upper floors, so you need to bear this in mind when booking if you have mobility problems.

I had a nice single room on top floor, cosy and clean. Hot water prtessure in shower not very good, so had to have a bath, rather than shower.

Excellent breakfast.

Professionally run

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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled solo
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Louth, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 March 2014

5 of us stayed at The Wessex Royale for our book club trip. First of all, the staff are absolutely lovely and made us feel so welcome. The rooms were fresh and spotlessly clean. We had dinner on our first night, which we asked to be served in the bar area, [a nicer space than the dining room] and they were only too happy to oblige us. The food was DELICIOUS! Equally, breakfast which was cooked to order was lovely - especially the eggs florentine.

It's not a luxury hotel, and the bath towels are a bit on the small side but this hotel has the charm factor.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
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Bristol, England, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
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Reviewed 16 March 2014

Well where to start with this hotel, starting with the accommodation we went for one of the suites and if gave us the best nights sleep we have ever had. The room has a four poster bed, nice big bathroom and a separate lounge area. The rooms were very clean and came with all the thing s you would need for example flat screen TV, iron and kettle. The staff really do go the extra mile to ensure you have a good stay, they are really polite and do anything for you. For the food, the food was out of this world, cooked and presented to perfection by far one of the best places we have eaten and really good prices too. The restaurant was nice well presented and clean and the other areas of the hotel are also nice. The hotel is ideally situated in the middle of Dorchester and i would say you wouldn't get this type of service from a chain hotel great effort thanks.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Northamptonshire
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33 reviews
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Reviewed 10 March 2014 via mobile

We have just stayed at the Wessex Royale for the weekend we cannot compliment the staff enough, the hotel is spotlessly clean, the staff are professional and very friendly they do all in their power to make everyone feel at home and comfortable nothing is too much trouble for them. The breakfast was great all that you could wish for was offered and the service brilliant.
We will definitely be staying here on all our future trips to Dorchester I cannot praise this establishment highly enough well done to all concerned and thank you

Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 9 March 2014

a 3 star hotel with 5 star staff, we had a lovely, comfortable stay, lovely room and facilities and will certainly stay again, Staff were always very friendly and helpful. they ensured we wanted for nothing. Would recommend with no problem at all...We look forward to staying again...Thank you all you made our stay enjoyable......

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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32 reviews
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Reviewed 5 March 2014 via mobile

What an absolutely brilliant hotel.

Stayed at the plastic Prem Inn around a month ago... Wanted something completely different; what an amazing find.

Hotel - Excellent.
Staff - Excellent
Food - amazing value, excellent and amazing wine selection.

Sorry, can't say enough about how pleased I am.

Clean, well maintained and brilliant service.

Hope breakfast is up to same standard... I will comment if not!

Any criticism? Struggling to find anything....

Stayed March 2014, travelled on business
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Additional Information about Best Western Wessex Royal Hotel

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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