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16 High West Street, Dorchester, DT1 1UW – Show map
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Karaoke, Nightclub/DJ, Evening Entertainment
Food & Drink
Free! WiFi is available in all areas and is free of charge.
Public parking is available at a location nearby (reservation is not needed) and charges may apply.
Non-smoking Rooms, Family Rooms, Heating, All Spaces Non-Smoking (public and private), Designated Smoking Area
4:00 PM - 12:00 AM
6:30 AM - 12:00 PM
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Children and Extra Beds
All children are welcome.
Free! One child under 7 years stays free of charge when using existing beds.
There is no capacity for cribs in the room.
Pets are not allowed.
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Relaxed atmosphere, and a good central location. Friendly properietors.
No breakfast, noisy bingo below, no view, overall a very depressing experience
Very helpful staff rang me to advise room was above a noisy pub - in fact noise wasn't an issue. Very good central location. Staff very welcoming. Bed comfy good supply of towels and linen
Room a bit dingy both room and bathroom needed redecoration some lights didn't work as didn't TV remote. Rather quirky exit arrangement through kitchen in the morning. No breakfast. Probably a bit pricey especially as I was alone
Upstairs room inside was quite satisfactory. We could hear/feel the music later in the night but it didn't interrupt our sleep. Shower was fine. Location in the centre of town. If you were in one of the rooms out the back you would get a lot of noise and you would need to be a smoker as that's where all the smokers would be drinking outside.
The girl who worked there was the only positive thing about the place
The bedroom smelt,carpets were filthy,plaster hanging of in bathroom£75 and no breakfast! I hate giving bad reviews but I stay away 3 nights a week and it is 6 years since I have encountered anything this bad
owner rang me to make sure i knew it was a bit loud in the pub.
Was pleased that I was contacted and told about the noise due too being a pub serving until 3am and the power shower was good
I Was expecting a bath in the bathroom instead of a shower
Rooms were clean
Bed very uncomfortable
Staff is okay
You sleep in a pub. At some nights they don't close before 3.00 am, like the night we were there.
The carpet was dirty the bed had the spring i could fill i could not sleep on it .THIS WAS THE WORST PLACE I HEVER STAY AT.
The staff where excellent, could not do more to help us out.
The rooms had nice space Free wifi Good for one night stay only Nice outdoor area Good staff
My children outside You had to walk through the kitchen to get out side No entertainment at night
A room that was little more than a shed in the noisy back yard. For the price they charge you should at least get breakfast. Some pub bars are good, this was just grotty. Dirty shower.
Fair room, clean, tidy. Staff approachable and reasonable.
Extremely noisy. Room on the courtyard which is a beer garden. Staff extremely reasonable however and refunded 2 out of 3 night stay as they appreciated the noise issues.
Location friendly staff
The room was more like a junk room with odd furniture and stained carpet, it was very basic. We was warned that there was going to be a late night and noise, so they. Supplied us with ear plugs
They allowed me to leave my bags in my room 2hrs earlier than the check in time, to allow me to head off to the Festival I was attending, then also kept my bags safe well past my checkout time the next day, so I did not have to carry them around the festival on the Sunday. It is a Inn where there have very late night entertainment, which means it can be very noisy, this did not bother me. However should you be an early to bed, early to rise type of person, this is not the place for you. I would say its a place most suited to people on a budget who are happy to enjoy the entertainment after a day sightseeing. Great for Hen and Stag do's or people travelling who want to join in with the locals and have a bit of fun. I found the locals very friendly. I really enjoyed my stay, I was in the courtyard, and loved the fact that could take my coffee into the courtyard early morning and enjoy the early morning 7am sunshine on my own, without having to disturb anyone, or having staff hovering over me first thing in the morning. I will book it again, for next year, which will be a longer booking for three nights not just one as my last visit. It does make it clear on there web site that it can be noisy, so why then people book it, then complain about the noise, I don't understand. I really enjoyed my stay.
There's nothing good at all to say about The Old Ship Inn!, and I wasn't alone in this opinion other guests told me the same. But anyway here's my review of this terrible experience. Our room was a chalet type room located in a very loud music blaring drinkers swearing pub beer garden that was a foot away from the smokers shelter. We felt that we were under siege as it was Friday night and the beer garden was full of drink landen revellers, there was women screaming and all the usual racousness associated with a Friday night on the town. All this a mere foot from our shed type room!, sleep even after a 250 mile drive was impossible! The landlord was abrasive and unwelcoming, my room wasn't ready till 4.30pm though it clearly stated in the blurb 2pm. The landlord told me and I quote " The room ready times are European central times, therefore they aren't ready!" I thought but you're located in Dorchester! All delivered by him in a most abrupt tone. I told him that I wasn't staying another night, whereupon he threatened me with having my visa card details! He also said that I'd abused a member of his staff which was a total lie and bear in mind that the alleged member of staff was a guy of my age and also covered in tattoos be sporting a very rough and ready demeanour (not some shrinking violet) who agreed with all my complaints, in fact this member of staff was the only positive in the whole nightmare that was my one nights stay at The Old Ship Inn! I could go on and on about the nightmare that was our one night's stay at The Old Ship Inn but quite frankly I'd sooner forget the whole thing. But as a footnote my recommendations to any unwary traveller is to avoid this inn and sleep rough on the streets of Dorchester as you will get a better nights sleep on a park bench. One last thing I spoke to another couple as they were fleeing this unwelcoming hostelry and they endorsed all that I have written.
We booked for a Friday and Saturday night and discovered too late on that there is a disco at the pub until 3.00am both nights. In addition, the guest rooms are outside at the back in the pub gardens. People are immediately outside your bedroom door talking, laughing, drinking and smoking until 3.00am. It was unbearable and so we found alternative accommodation for the Saturday night. It needs to be made very clear about these arrangements for any future travellers. Would not recommend the place.
Great atmosphere in the bar. Good selection of beers and spirits.
No breakfast arrangements.
Very down to earth, a bit crowded the room (to find a place for the laptop) but comfortable bed, fine shower, good wifi. I was given key to exit via kitche early morning to find breakfast up the road. Bom complaints
It's a classic inn right on Dorchester's main street and the room I booked was quite comfortable.
Excessive noise until 4am however we were warned
not clean, very noisy, not suitable for family with kids at all-should not be offered as family room. it is not safe also because entrance is via the pub only in pub working hours. after that we got a key to the kitchen to go out but the gate was closed.
Walls and roof were present
Disco 8ft away from our bed till 2am. Did not get to sleep till 4am.
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