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Featured Dorset Independent Hotels

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The Bridge House Hotel

The Bridge House Hotel

2 Ringwood Road, Ferndown
3.5 out of 5.0
4.2 out of 5 (216 reviews)
I needed somewhere for an overnight stay and Bridge House Hotel was very reasonably priced and comf … - 

£30

£30
B&B Weymouth

B&B Weymouth

68 The Esplanade, Weymouth
4.5 out of 5.0
4.2 out of 5 (181 reviews)
Comfy hotel next to sea and facilities No lift but lots of stairs.. Staff friendly and knowledgeable. Big bed, lovely and comfy. Good sele … - 

£38

£38
Maritime Hotel

Maritime Hotel

Southwell Park, Portland
4.0 out of 5.0
3.7 out of 5 (31 reviews)
Very nice location with great views Very nice room with a really large bed! Dinner menu was slightly disappointing, not much choice but … - 

£66

£66
The Knoll House

The Knoll House

Ferry Road, Studland, Swanage
4.0 out of 5.0
4.2 out of 5 (13 reviews)
Interesting but idiosyncratic Driving into Knoll House immediately shows it to be a bit of a warren. There are chalet units on th … - 

£117

£117
Heights Hotel

Heights Hotel

Yeates Road, Portland
3.5 out of 5.0
3.9 out of 5 (153 reviews)
Amazing views I had the small double room , plenty of room, friendly staff and amazing view. Breakfast was very n … - 

£83

£83
The Grosvenor Arms

The Grosvenor Arms

The Commons, Shaftesbury
4.5 out of 5.0
4.3 out of 5 (87 reviews)
Too short a stay Arrived late Saturday afternoon - received a warm and helpful welcome. Room was comfortable and nic … - 

£79

£79
Purbeck House Hotel

Purbeck House Hotel

91 High Street, Swanage
3.5 out of 5.0
4.3 out of 5 (50 reviews)
Fantastic What a lovely experience. Every single staff member gave fantastic service and were genuinely lovel … - 

£68

£68
The Manor

The Manor

17 Salisbury Road, Christchurch
4.0 out of 5.0
4.2 out of 5 (20 reviews)
Old hotel in convenient location Lovely breakfast .old building needing update . Friendly and helpful staff but No lift ! - 

£62

£62
Mortons House Hotel

Mortons House Hotel

45 East Street, Wareham
3.5 out of 5.0
4.3 out of 5 (31 reviews)
Within spitting distance of Corfe Castle Brilliant hotel, fantastic food. The road just outside is extremely busy in peak season. - 

£92

£92
The Redcliff - Guest house

The Redcliff - Guest house

18/19 Brunswick Terrace, Weymouth
3.5 out of 5.0
5.0 out of 5 (1 reviews)
Nice people, nice house, clean, everything u need. In all honesty I left during the night because of feeling unwell and didn't want to wake anyone up. … - 

£50

£50
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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.