We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Want the lowest hotel prices? You're in the right place. We check 200+ sites for you.

BEST WESTERN Wessex Royale Hotel

Show Prices
Book on TripAdvisor
Trusted partner. We work with to make your booking as easy as possible.
Secure payments. We use industry-leading practices to keep your information secure.
Enter dates for best prices
powered by PriceFinder
Check In Check Out
1 room 2 adults 0 children
Compare best prices from top travel sites
and 3 more sites!
Professional photos
BEST WESTERN Wessex Royale Hotel
View Map
{"widget":{"name":"ibex_photo_carousel","template":"ibex_photo_carousel__widget","dust":{"nav_controls":"ibex_photo_carousel__nav_controls"},"js":{"handlers":"(ta.prwidgets.getjs(this,'handlers'))"},"divClasses":"prw_rup prw_ibex_photo_carousel","moduleList":["handlers"]},"scriptFlags":null,"containerClass":null}
Add Photo Write a Review

324 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
Showing 324: English reviews
PORTLAND
Reviewed 2 days ago NEWvia mobile

Stayed overnight as we attended a dinner with some colleagues. Our accommodation was a courtyard room and was a lovely room. Parking can be an issue so early arrival is a must! Our evening was of high quality and breakfast very good. The staff were very helpful and very professional.

 Report
Helpful?
Thank modan45
Cardiff, United Kingdom
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Stayed in one of the suites with a dinner, bed and breakfast deal. Absolutely lovely place, one of the most comfortable beds we have slept in. Dinner was fabulous and nothing was too much trouble, my husband is limited to his diet and they were more than happy to change the main from restaurant to bar menu. Breakfast was equally...

 Report
Helpful?
Thank Perky50
Manager W, Manager at BEST WESTERN Wessex Royale Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Perky Thank you for rating the Wessex Royale Hotel so highly and for all your lovely comments. We look forward to seeing you again.

Wiltshire
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were looking for somewhere to have breakfast at 8.00 am in Dorchester and as this appeared to be the main hotel and in the High Street it was a no brainer to call in. Sadly the hotel entrance was shut and although there was a bell for the night porter, when I rang it no-one came and so after...

 Report
Helpful?
Thank WilliamWiltshire
Manager W, Manager at BEST WESTERN Wessex Royale Hotel, responded to this review

Dear WilliamWiltshire We close the hotel over the Christmas period so that our hard working staff can enjoy the Christmas period with their families.

Dorchester, United Kingdom
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had our wedding reception here last year and returned for our anniversary in September. We were disappointed, having had such a great wedding reception here. The management contacted me and offered to put things right by inviting us back. This time the manager and Head chef were there in person, and the meal was superb. I was not going...

 Report
Helpful?
Thank Helen P
Manager W, Manager at BEST WESTERN Wessex Royale Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Helen P Thank you for your lovely review, great to see that you were well looked after by the restaurant staff. We look forward to giving you a warm welcome on your next visit.

Bournemouth, United Kingdom
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Nice easy front of house accessible, friendly informative receptionist. Shown through to our court yard room which was spacious clean and well presented. The facilities were good in the room. Unfortunately there was a Christmas party going on which was very loud, on going back to reception to ask if it was going on for long due to the loudness...

 Report
Helpful?
Thank theresadsmith17
Manager W, Manager at BEST WESTERN Wessex Royale Hotel, responded to this review

Dear theresadsmith17 Thank you for rating the Wessex Royale Hotel so highly. Sorry about the Christmas Party being held next door, it was beyond our control. Thank you for your kind understanding. We look forward to giving you a warm welcome on your next visit.

poole dorset uk
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We have just returned from a Christmas party and stayed in the Wessex royal , the rooms were very well looked after and very clean. The staff were very polite and helpful, the hotel is located in the centre of the town within easy excess of the night life. Our stay was very nice , then the following morning we...

 Report
Helpful?
Thank paul p
Manager W, Manager at BEST WESTERN Wessex Royale Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Paul p Thank you for your lovely comments. So glad you enjoyed your stay and thank you for your recommendation.

Tonbridge, United Kingdom
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our double room had obviously been refurbished and everything was very clean, including the shower curtain. Our room was not large, but big enough to be reasonably comfortable for a couple of nights. The wardrobe space is tiny, and the floor space is taken up with an iron, luggage rack and a fan! Getting a free newspaper is a nice...

 Report
Helpful?
Thank oap46
Manager W, Manager at BEST WESTERN Wessex Royale Hotel, responded to this review

Dear oap46 Thank you for taking the time to rate the Wessex Royale Hotel. Your comments about your room have been noted. Great to see you found your room clean and cosy and the hotel staff friendly. We look forward to seeing you again.

Christchurch, New Zealand
Reviewed 1 December 2016 via mobile

Very good Georgian period hotel in excellent condition. Good warm room, friendly bar and hosts. Very good breakfast to round off a great stay in beautiful Dorchester. Free parking a bonus as not easy to find in town!

 Report
Helpful?
Thank T0nyL
Manager W, Manager at BEST WESTERN Wessex Royale Hotel, responded to this review

Dear T0nyt Thank you for taking the time to rate the Wessex Royale Hotel so highly. Good to see you enjoyed our 'home from home' comforts and were able to take advantage of our free parking.

Minehead
Reviewed 23 November 2016

I had a lovely room with a wonderful roomy double person power shower and a well lit bathroom. Tasteful decor, larger than normal Tv. Bottled water in room, one still, one mineral. Breakfast was great, with smoked salmon scrambled eggs eggs benedict on menu as well as usual choices. Good central position for shopping in Dorchester... only downside I can...

 Report
Helpful?
Thank Sally D
Manager W, Manager at BEST WESTERN Wessex Royale Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Sally Thank you for your lovely comments. So glad you enjoyed your stay, we look forward to seeing you again.

London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 23 November 2016

Really friendly and accommodating staff who go that extra mile to please. The rooms are a bit creaky, but perfectly adequate and the breakfast is freshly cooked. Not much car parking, but the central location is great.

 Report
Helpful?
Thank lhscontrol
Manager W, Manager at BEST WESTERN Wessex Royale Hotel, responded to this review

Dear lhscontrol Thank you for your lovely comments. We look forward to seeing you again.

22 photos of this hotel

Traveller photos: See what travellers like you saw

Viewed
All Traveller Photos (5)
Viewed
Room/Suite (2)
Viewed
Bathroom (2)
Viewed
Other (1)

Management photos: Courtesy of the property manager

Viewed
All Management Photos (17)
Viewed
Hotel & Grounds (2)
Viewed
Room/Suite (8)
Viewed
Dining (2)
Viewed
Business Centre/Function Rooms (2)
Viewed
Bathroom (1)
Viewed
Other (2)
Check In Check Out
Hotels you might also like...
Also consider these accommodations in or near Dorchester
0.6 km away
Premier Inn Dorchester Hotel
0.5 km away
The Casterbridge
The Casterbridge
#3 of 6 in Dorchester
136 reviews
10.7 km away
The Greyhound Inn
The Greyhound Inn
#1 of 6 in Dorchester
151 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
0.4 km away
Junction Hotel
Junction Hotel
#5 of 6 in Dorchester
99 reviews
10.4 km away
BEST WESTERN Hotel Rembrandt
7.2 km away
Premier Inn Weymouth Seafront Hotel
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Amenities

Highlights
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Restaurant
  • Free Parking
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Room Service
About the property
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
Food & drink at the hotel
Room To...
Room To...
Cuisines: British
Things to do
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
Room types
  • Suites
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
Internet
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Services
  • Free Parking
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Room Service
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Concierge
  • Banquet Room
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 

Additional Information about BEST WESTERN Wessex Royale Hotel

Address: 32 High West Street, Dorchester DT1 1UP, England (Formerly Wessex Royale Hotel)
Region: United Kingdom > England > Dorset > Dorchester
Price Range: $89 - $165 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — BEST WESTERN Wessex Royale Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 27
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Booking.com, Hotels.com, Priceline, Hotel.de, Travelocity and HRS so you can book your BEST WESTERN Wessex Royale Hotel reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
Minotel Wessex Royale Hotel Dorchester
Minotel Hotel Wessex Royale
Minotel Dorchester
Dorchester Minotel
BEST WESTERN Wessex Royale Hotel Dorchester, UK - England
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what travellers have asked, with answers from BEST WESTERN Wessex Royale Hotel staff and other travellers.
2 questions
Ask a question
Oxford, United Kingdom
Bromsgrove, United Kingdom

See all questions (2)

Questions? Get answers from BEST WESTERN Wessex Royale Hotel staff and past guests.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Can tickets for local attractions be purchased at the front desk?
  • Do you have to pay extra for a mini-fridge?
  • At what time does the pool open each day?

See which rooms travellers prefer

“103 was a good room”
 of 5 bubbles paulp981, 15 Dec 2016 | Read review
“Room 200 was very quiet”
 of 5 bubbles SallyD469, 23 Nov 2016 | Read review
“Ask for a room at the back of the hotel.”
 of 5 bubbles esther913, 17 Nov 2016 | Read review
“Select a room overlooking the car park , not on the top floor”
 of 5 bubbles Piddingoer, 2 Nov 2016 | Read review
“Ask for a room at the rear - it is theopposite side to the main road.”
 of 5 bubbles NodNodPilot, 4 Oct 2016 | Read review
5 of 5
Enter dates for best prices
Check In Check Out
Price Your Stay