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The Red Lion Hotel

3.0 star property

8.0/10 Very good

146 verified guest reviews

Property highlights

  • Free parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Pet-friendly
  • Non-smoking
  • Restaurant
  • Bar
A352, Winfrith Newburgh, Dorchester, England, DT2 8LE
Main amenities
  • Restaurants and bar/lounge
  • Coffee shop/cafe
  • Garden
Cleaning & safety
  • Cleaned with disinfectant
  • Hand sanitiser provided
  • Social distancing
  • Sheets and towels washed at 60°C

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About this area

What's nearby

  • Weymouth Bay - 15 min drive
  • Durdle Door Beach - 20 min drive
  • Durdle Door - 23 min drive
  • Dorset and East Devon Coast - 23 min drive
  • Monkey World Ape Rescue Center - 7 min drive
  • Lulworth Cove - 11 min drive
  • Lulworth Cove Beach - 11 min drive
  • The Tank Museum - 9 min drive
  • Terracotta Warriors Museum - 17 min drive
  • Sculpture by the Lakes - 18 min drive
  • SEA LIFE Centre Weymouth - 19 min drive

Getting around

  • Bournemouth (BOH-Bournemouth Intl.) - 49 min drive
  • Wool Station - 4 min drive
  • Dorchester Moreton Station - 12 min drive
  • Wareham Norden Station - 14 min drive

About this property

The Red Lion Hotel

At The Red Lion Hotel, you'll be 3.6 mi (5.9 km) from Durdle Door and 4.3 mi (6.9 km) from Lulworth Cove. You can relax with a drink at the bar/lounge, and the coffee shop/cafe is the perfect spot to grab a bite to eat.

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C or hotter

Social distancing

Social distancing measures in place

Safety measures

Hand sanitiser provided
This information is provided by our partners.

At a glance


  • Check-in time from 3:00 PM until 10:00 PM
  • Minimum check-in age – 18
  • Check-out time is 10:30 AM

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions

Special check-in instructions

  • The host will greet guests on arrival

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card or cash deposit required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required
  • Minimum check-in age is 18


  • Free WiFi in public areas


  • Free on-site self-parking
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking on site

Other information

  • Smoke-free property

Property amenities

Food and drink

  • Free breakfast
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/lounge
  • Coffee shop

Taking the kids

  • Children's menu

What to do

  • Hiking/biking trails nearby
  • Mountain biking nearby
  • Horse riding nearby
  • Kayaking nearby
  • Snorkelling nearby


  • Garden


  • Wheelchair-accessible parking

Languages spoken

  • English

Room amenities

Fees & policies

Hygiene & cleanliness

The property is professionally cleaned; disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F.

Social distancing measures are in place and guests are provided with hand sanitiser.


This property does not have lifts.

This property welcomes guests of all sexual orientations and gender identities (LGBTQ friendly).

This property accepts credit cards.

Also known as

Red Lion Inn Dorchester
Red Lion Dorchester
The Red Lion
The Red Lion Hotel Dorchester
The Red Lion Hotel Bed & breakfast
The Red Lion Hotel Bed & breakfast Dorchester

Frequently asked questions

Overall score and ratings


Very good




Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities



8/10 Very good

Would stay again
Staff very friendly and helpful. Breakfast was good 🙂
Andrew, 1-night family trip
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10/10 Exceptional

SJ, 1-night trip with friends
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10/10 Exceptional

Rob, 1-night family trip
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8/10 Very good

Lee, 1-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Excellent B&B
Had a wonderful one night last minute stay with my 3 young children. The owner was lovely, very helpful and accommodating. The room was perfect. Parking was easy and the food at the pub delicious. Breakfast included was also lovely. We will definitely be returning!
Sarah, 1-night family trip
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4/10 Fair

Hotel with good potential, but needs a plumber!
The location and general feel of the pub/hotel was nice; great part of the world. I liked the room in general, obviously some work has been done on decorating and making it clean and welcoming. The bathroom was small, but clean, although probably needs an update as was old- shower was a bit trickly/difficult to get going, for example. Unfortunately the main problem was the plumbing; it sounded like Niagara falls was running through the wall next to our bathroom throughout the night. More likely someone had left a tap on next door or downstairs, but we couldn't fix it, and as it is a small establishment there was no obvious way to get it fixed at midnight. The bed was also far too soft- although appreciate this is more of a personal choice. The general result was a very interrupted/uncomfortable night's sleep. It's a shame as the staff were lovely, and with a few small upgrades/changes to the plumbing this would be a great place to stay. I hate to be that guy on the review that picks details, but generally a bad nights sleep for me so can't review too highly based on personal experience.
1-night trip
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2/10 Poor

Despite being only one of two groups dining that night we had to chase up our food after waiting an hour. The bar closed at 9.30 due to lack of custom but I still had to get out of bed twice in the small hours of the morning to ask the night staff to turn the music off so we could sleep. The first time they apologised but continued, the second time they flat out ignored me, at 2.45am. Overpriced for the quality of the room and the service was terrible.
Emily, 1-night trip with friends
Verified Expedia guest review

6/10 Good

Stacey, 1-night family trip
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6/10 Good

The pub itself is really old and dated, but thats fine. Waited ages for dinner in the pub (over an hour) and eventually had to go and ask the staff to check where it was as the kids were starving after a long day and others who had ordered after us were served food 20 minutes or more before us. The room was large however the walls were thin and we were awoken at 12pm by noise from the pub downstairs. It finaly died down at 1am after we could hear everyone say goodby 50 times. The bathroom was a shambles, a macerator toilet that was so loud you couldn't flush it at night and a shower that took over 10 mins to warm up and then literally dribbled out, if you have long hair you'll be in there for an hour trying to rinse it! We were asked to order breakfast the night before which was fine, so we got ourselves ready for 8:30am as we had advised and went down to an empty locked up pub. A 45 minute wait later, the staff finally turned up and began to open up, we then had to wait for it to be cooked so by the time it arrived the kids were starving - again. Its unfortunate as the lady working behing the bar in the evening was lovely.
Denise, 1-night family trip
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4/10 Fair

No hot water in the shower. Loud music played past 11pm. Bed was not comfortable. Breakfast definitely wasn’t worth over 30 min wait.
Mia, 1-night family trip
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