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“Visit to Dorchester”
Review of The Casterbridge

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The Casterbridge
Ranked #3 of 6 Hotels in Dorchester
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Visit to Dorchester”
Reviewed July 16, 2012

The Casterbridge is very clean and comfortable, staff extremely helpful and service was first class.We had a double room at the front of the hotel and the noise from traffic was quite loud.
Even more noise from the seagulls but there is not an awful lot that can be done about either.
The cost of our stay for one night was £150 which we felt was expensive but we were in town for a
wedding and needed somewhere central to stay, so I guess this is what you have to pay.

Room Tip: Ask for a room at the rear of the hotel so to miss the traffic noise
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed November 7, 2011

We have stayed at The Casterbridge before a number of times but this was our first visit under the new ownership. We were very pleased to find that the standards have not dropped. We were warmly welcomed and had a spacious double room in the main building. The room was clean and comfortable. We had no problems with the shower nor a lack of hot water. The staff were, as usual, polite, friendly and helpful. The breakfast was as good as ever - with a wide choice which should suit all tatstes. Extra coffee and toast were provided without any fuss.

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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Woking, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed July 14, 2011

Totally concur with the review written in June last year. We stayed for two nights and had one of the family rooms in the annexe. On the plus side, the annexe rooms are quiet; the breakfast was excellent (particularly liked the variety of fruits and berries) with a pleasant conservatory, and the staff and owners are very welcoming. However, the place feels tired, the reception room is dull and in the room our shower was just a dribble. The parking situation has already been accurately described in other reviews and is difficult, and try finding an evening meal on a Sunday night in the area!

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
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hertford
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Reviewed May 28, 2011

Made to feel welcome on arrival. My single bedroom was clean and comfortable. Had a good night's sleep, but awoke to no hot water in bathroom. My son's bedroom he described as tired. Milk out of date on complimentary tray.
Breakfast was delicious, especially the fresh fruit salad and berries.The waitresses were extremely polite and helpful.
I was surprised I was not given a discount for the lack of hot water. Lack of nearby parking makes it difficult for travellers with poor mobility

  • Stayed May 2011
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Reviewed March 5, 2011

Lovely accomodation. The staff were all lovely, nothing was too much for them. Breakfast was delicious. Would definitely stay there again.

  • Stayed February 2011
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Lewes
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Reviewed October 17, 2010

My wife and I arrived at The Casterbridge looking forward to a two night 'October Break' package at £89 per night. We were shown to our room (8) on the second floor at the front of the hotel and were not impressed with the very tired looking and dirty decor, bathroom small but fairly clean, water pressure very poor and towel rail fell off when touched. After a sleepless night, due to incessant traffic noise plus an uncomfortable four foot sagging bed, we opened the curtains to find we were overlooked by the premises opposite due to there being no net curtain -however our blushes were saved by the windows having steamed up from attempting to have a shower with a totally inadequate water pressure. The morning light also proved to show up just how tired and grubby the wallpaper etc was and at this point we resolved to cut short our break and move on - had to be up early as hotel only has two parking spaces some distance from it (both occupied) and parking charges apply which proved to be very tiresome as the 50p overnight rate stops at 0800 whereupon meter has to be fed. Checked out after rubbery scrambled egg breakfast and having paid for the second night as a late cancellation fee we headed sadly home. Whilst the young ladies on duty were kind, there appeared to be no senior management on site and our e mail to the owner Mr Curtis, commenting on our unhappy stay remains unanswered after 9 days. Have contacted AA enquiring why this hotel has a 5 star guest accommodation rating which it clearly does not live up to ???

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
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hampshire
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Reviewed August 23, 2010

We were in Dorchester to get married at the weekend and everyone in the hotel contributed to making our weekend special. They were very friendly and helpful, and left lovely little touches in our room for the big day. If you suffer with sleeplessness due to noise, I would say a room at the back of the hotel is advisable, as the traffic noise could be an issue (especially with open windows). This is just a helpful note of advice though, we were very happy indeed! Smashing breakfast too.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Property: The Casterbridge
Address: 49 High East Street, Dorchester DT1 1HU, England
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Location: United Kingdom > England > Dorset > Dorchester
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 6 Hotels in Dorchester
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — The Casterbridge 4*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Wsteria clad Georgian town house guest accommodation. Period public rooms and individually decorated rooms. Close to all town attractions and shops as well as restuarants. "Master Chef" winner offers dinner an Friday and Saturday evenings. Prices include Breakfast. We are now open for Afternoon Tea in our beautiful lounge! Perfect for a family or friends catch up! Buisness buffet lunches Select a platter buffet option from 4 up to 24 persons. available Monday to Friday lunch times Non-residents breakfast Try our fabulous Full English Breakfast. Fruit juice, cereals, fruit selection, Eggs bacon, sausage, mushrooms, tomato, toast tea or coffee. Price per person. Bookings advised. ... more   less 
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