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The Casterbridge

4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   49 High East Street, Dorchester DT1 1HU, England
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Ranked #3 of 9 hotels in Dorchester
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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3 of 5 stars reviewed 2 weeks ago
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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62 reviews 62 reviews
21 hotel reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had trouble parking when we arrived. Parking is either on the High Street or in a local car park. The High St is pay per hour, free overnight but you would need to get out there at 8.00am to put a new ticket on. Local car park cheap but a way to carry your bags. The Hotel advertises free local... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Unfriendly greeting! Felt like we were unwelcome on arrival. Room was extremely small and the shower had little to no power. The morning was better as breakfast was cooked really well. Basically I would not stay here again. Massively over priced. For future guests we recommend to not arrive late as this was clearly an inconvenience and we were made... More

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Melvin C, Owner at The Casterbridge, responded to this review

Sorry you felt that way, but our reception is open one hundred and one hours per week. You arrived nearly three hours after our advertised time and it was ten past midnight but you had arrived in town many hours earlier. Perhaps you should have selected a property that has a night porter, or collect a key ealier so as... More

Thirsk, United Kingdom
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We stayed at this modest hotel for 5 nights last week, and highly recommend it. The Georgian building is beautiful and the decor matches it well. Our room was small but very pretty, the bed comfortable and the breakfasts first class. What really made it however was Monica, the proprietress's, genuinely warm welcome and local knowledge. On our arrival, she... More

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Thank you for your review. Much appreciated. More

Bath, United Kingdom
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79 reviews 79 reviews
19 hotel reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

This is a nice town house hotel, with pleasant communal sitting areas. The first thing that hit us on arrival though was the smell of stale food.Which nearly made us turn around... However, the decor is nice, very traditional. Our room was a traditional room with a 4 poster. Decor slightly tired but not bad. No bottles of water in... More

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Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

I stayed 4 nights here and this is a great place from which to explore Dorset. A comfortable bed and pleasant bathroom although the shower could do with upgrading. The breakfast was excellent. An attractive lounge, and the staff were very welcoming and helpful. I highly recommend The Casterbridge.

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London, United Kingdom
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95 reviews 95 reviews
19 hotel reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

The Casterbridge is directly on the High St just before you leave Dorchester. There is no car park, However there is a Long Stay car park 4 minutes away, which charges £4.00 per day 8am to 6pm Mon-Fri. There are two quaint reception rooms and a dining room with a conservatory extension, where breakfast is served. The room we were... More

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Sydney, Australia
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35 reviews 35 reviews
29 hotel reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

My husband and I stayed here for 2 nights, the staff could not have been more welcoming. We had a lovely room with everything we could need. The breakfast was wonderful and cooked to order. The decor of the hotel is lovely and very homely. We would not hesitate to stay here again!

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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

My wife brought me here for my birthday for 2 nights and to eat in the restaurant. We had a great trip. Dorchester is a lovely town with lots to do... We parked in the hotel car park - 3 mins walk since the hotel is on the main road and parking is charged at the meter. The hotel is... More

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10 hotel reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

we were needed at short notice to attend to some business in Dorchester and needed somewhere with one single and one double, on phoning the local tourist information they informed me the The Casterbridge had vacancie. How lucky were we!. I must admit having visited Dorchester many times previously i had been unaware of this establishment and didn't know what... More

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Wilmington, Delaware
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3 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

We were passing through Dorset on our recent trip to England and had reserved for one night at the Casterbridge. June 16, 2014. The owner was there when we arrived and showed us to our room and then disappeared immediately. That was unfortunate as we wanted to ask some questions about our plans for the following day. He said he... More

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Address: 49 High East Street, Dorchester DT1 1HU, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Dorset > Dorchester
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Ranked #3 of 9 hotels in Dorchester
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Hotel Class:4 star — The Casterbridge 4*
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