King’s Arms in Dorchester reopens

UK: The Historic Kings Arms hotel in Dorchester has announced its reopening following a £5 million transformation.

The 300-year-old hotel is famous for its link to Thomas Hardy and has hosted such famous guests as Queen Victoria, the Beatles and The Rolling Stones.

Stay Original, a boutique hotel group based in the South West, acquired the Grade II listed site in 2016 after previous owners had closed it. It was initially scheduled to reopen in April but was paused due to the global pandemic.

Rob Greacen, Stay Original managing director told the Dorset Echo: “To say that’s it’s been a long and eventful journey would be an understatement. It’s been a challenging project, but worth the wait. We’ve carefully and lovingly brought The King’s Arms back to life.”

The venue is home to a large ground floor bar, reception and restaurant. The upstairs features 34 bedrooms- 20 of which are due to open next month with the rest opening next year.

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