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Featured Dorset Independent Hotels

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The Bridge House Hotel

The Bridge House Hotel

2 Ringwood Road, Ferndown
3.0 out of 5.0
4.0 out of 5 (60 reviews)
great location - staff friendly and helpful I would stay again - 

£37

£37
Travelodge Christchurch

Travelodge Christchurch

Saxon Square Fountain Way, Christchurch
Best Western Weymouth Hotel Rembrandt

Best Western Weymouth Hotel Rembrandt

Dorchester Road, Weymouth
3.0 out of 5.0
3.9 out of 5 (114 reviews)
Good hotel close to all Weymouth facilities no problems with this hotel convenient and good service - 

£64

£64
The Stanley Guest House

The Stanley Guest House

14 Kirtleton Ave, Weymouth
3.5 out of 5.0
4.6 out of 5 (90 reviews)
Perfect B & B for a non-sea view option. Our hosts were friendly and welcoming. The Stanley Guest House was spotlessly clean and comfortable … - 

£38

£38
Olivers Guest House

Olivers Guest House

12 Waterloo Place, Weymouth
2.5 out of 5.0
4.2 out of 5 (38 reviews)
The owners are friendly and helpful. Olivers is in the perfect place, 2 seconds from beach and a 5 … - 

£37

£37
Best Western Wessex Royale Hotel

Best Western Wessex Royale Hotel

32 High West Street, Dorchester
3.0 out of 5.0
4.1 out of 5 (44 reviews)
Comfortable hotel in County town The Wessex Royale is an older hotel in the county town of Dorchester, which itself is an historic t … - 

£62

£62
The Knoll House

The Knoll House

Ferry Road, Studland, Swanage
3.5 out of 5.0
4.1 out of 5 (10 reviews)
Good hotel in interesting area We enjoyed our short break there. It is an excellent base to walk in the surrounding area of Studla … - 

£83

£83
Moonfleet Manor

Moonfleet Manor

Fleet Road, Weymouth
4.0 out of 5.0
3.7 out of 5 (26 reviews)
Shabby chic, great for kids In places the hotel is more shabby than chic, however it's excellent staff and facilities make up f … - 

£100

£100
Cobb Arms

Cobb Arms

Marine Parade, Lyme Regis
3.0 out of 5.0
4.2 out of 5 (45 reviews)
Great location by the Harbour We were made very welcome by all the staff. Location is tremendous & breakfast was as good as it ge … - 

£75

£75
The Charlton Inn

The Charlton Inn

Bournemouth Road, Blandford Forum
4.0 out of 5.0
3.8 out of 5 (29 reviews)
Nice hotel, great staff Really liked the hotel. We stayed in the double room and it was a bit small but was very clean and … - 

£58

£58
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Pocket Guides: Independent Hotels in Dorset

Independent hotels are an excellent alternative to generic, chain hotels, but without compromising on quality or service. There is a growing number of independents in Dorset, ranging from small B&Bs and boutique hotels to chic, sleek country lodges and manor houses.

Atmosphere and Character: Independent Hotels in Dorset

When it comes to offering atmosphere and character, Dorset independent hotels have the upper hand. Often smaller than their chain-owned counterparts, you'll find that owners are more prepared to invest in making their hotel unique and paying attention to all the little details that can make your stay a memorable one. The Urban Beach Hotel in Bournemouth is a superb example of the lengths an independent hotel will go to, to make your visit unique. Eschewing formality in favour of quality, not only does this independent hotel offer exceptional accommodation, but you'll find that they even make their own cola syrup and fresh tonic for those leisurely drinks and cocktails.

The Spotlight Focuses on the Guest

Bournemouth's Balincourt Guest House demonstrates how independent hotels can cater for breaks of every kind. Offering award-winning accommodation, this hotel operates as a bed and breakfast. Each room is individually designed and boasts en-suite bathroom facilities. As with most independent hotels, the spotlight is thrown firmly on giving the guest the best stay possible, from the excellent breakfast to the availability of free Wi-Fi. While hotels such as the Balincourt have an appeal to businessmen or those just visiting for a night or two, they are just as able to cater for those who want to stay for longer.

Size Isn't Everything!

For those who think that independent hotels might not be able to offer the same facilities as larger hotels, The Green House in Bournemouth should dispel all doubt. In addition to being a green, sustainable hotel, The Green House is also a licensed wedding venue. Set in a beautiful Victorian villa, it was voted as the best wedding venue in Southern England by the Independent Magazine. With a team of wedding planners at your disposal, this is a wonderful wedding venue by anyone's standards.

Dorset is an extraordinary county to visit at any time of year. For characterful accommodation that reflects something of who you are, check out the independent hotels in the region.