The Grosvenor Arms - a Bespoke Hotel


The Commons, Shaftesbury, SP7 8JA

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About the hotel

Welcome to The Grosvenor Arms – the heartbeat of the famous Dorset town of Shaftesbury. We recently restored The Grosvenor Arms many original architectural and design features have been restored, and a whole new philosophy has been introduced. We are focused on the highest levels of hospitality; on playing a full role in the local community; and on supporting and encouraging local suppliers.

There are 16 bedrooms at The Grosvenor Arms in Dorset. Choose from: cosy double, spacious double, deluxe double, junior suite or suite – each one is beautifully appointed and furnished, decorated in a style appropriate to one of Shaftesbury’s oldest inns, but complete with the modern facilities you expect. There are five different areas to the Grosvenor restaurant – the main dining area, two smaller seating areas and the pizza/delicatessen area for less formal occasions, and the conservatory and courtyard for alfresco dining. There is a wood-burning oven where you can see your pizza or shoulder of pork being cooked. The bar at The Grosvenor Arms in Shaftesbury is open all day. There is an open fireplace, comfortable, aged-leather seating and wood-panelled walls, in a large, flexible area overlooking the courtyard.

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Showing Monday 6 July 2015 to Tuesday 7 July 2015

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Hotel Non-Smoking Throughout, Disabled Facilities
Family friendly
Cots available, Pets Allowed
Wi-Fi Available, Meeting Facilities, In-room Broadband, Wi-Fi Available In Public Areas, Wi-Fi Available In Rooms, Private dining services
Restaurant, Bar
In room entertainment
TV, Satellite TV, [Channels] News, [Channels] Sky Sports, Radio
In room facilities
Tea/Coffee making facilities in each room, Hairdryer in each room, Telephone In Each Room
Hotel services
Wake Up Call Available
Doctor on call
Car Parking Available Offsite
Disabled Access Public Areas, Disabled Access Bedrooms, Disabled toilets on ground floor, Wheelchair Access, Wheelchair Access To Reception, Wheelchair Access To Restaurant, Wheelchair Access To Bar, Wheelchair Access To Conference Rooms, Wheelchair Access To Disabled Car Parking Spaces

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From 15:00 hours
Until 11:00 hours
Important information
The rates for The Grosvenor Arms - a Bespoke Hotel in Shaftesbury are the total price of the room and not the 'per person' rate. All prices are inclusive of all local taxes.
Pets are allowed

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  • Paul Smethurst

  • May 2015

Top contemporary hotel which doesn't deptart from its traditional role as country town hotel

The Grosvenor Arms in Shaftesbury is a wonderful example of a contemporary hotel which blends seamlessly into the country town setting.

It doesn't so much transform the town as enhance its tradition as a local hub of social and business activity, as well as supporting tourist activity. Its central position places a huge responsibility on it, but it carries this off with great aplomb. It is the de facto meeting place for businessmen, friends and visitors. The layout of the hotel is unusual - almost quirky - but after you have oriented yourself and negotiated the missing and misleading signage, you will find a marvellous and generous use of space. So generous that there seems to be a whole dining room to the right of reception that is never used. The rooms are a delight and each is individually and thoughtfully designed. They are contemporary, but with sufficient classical input to prevent them dating in a few years time. I have stayed once in a lovely, if slightly cramped double (perfect for one) and once in a huge twin room, which was perfectly proportioned.

The restaurant, bar and terrace and arranged with interesting seating areas and again plenty of space. The bar itself is more functional than a place to sit and have a drink, and the service to some of the lounge areas can be a little slow. But the cheerful young staff usually manage to get there in the end. The restaurant menu reflects the hotel in that it is slightly quirky, but also innovative and at times inspired. I sometimes struggle to choose, and I wonder why the mains are served with no vegetables and the side dishes are then meals in themselves. Use of the wood oven is obviously good for pizzas, but I wonder about the wisdom of cooking marinated fish in it. Some dishes take on the aroma of wood smoke and the density of the heat better than others. Breakfast is excellent, wonderful choices and all very nicely presented.

  • T Osborn

  • February 2015

Very good location and very nice hotel

We enjoyed our stay at the Grosvenor Arms and will happily return in the future.

Shaftesbury is a quiet town with some nice pubs and great views out over the countryside.will be going back to spend more time exploring.

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