- WHERE TO STAY
- PUBLIC TRANSPORT
- CRUISE PORTS
As you can see from the Dover hotels map below the town of Dover sits between the port areas. The ferry terminals on one side of Dover's beach, the cruise terminal on the other.
In Dover there are no large multinational 4-star chains, but the Best Western Dover Marina is the only hotel that approaches this type of hotel as a 4-star hotel with spa facilities.
Most tour groups with their own transport favour the Holiday Inn Hotel on the outskirts of Dover, but for independent travellers without their own vehicle this can be a little isolated.
For independent travellers the 2 hotels in the heart of Dover fronting the beach, the Premier Inn Dover Central and the Best Western Dover Marina, have to be the benchmarks you compare anything else against if you do not have your own transport.
Apart from arguably being the best accommodation options in town, in terms of location convenient for cruise/ferry terminals, shops and public transport, these two probably score highest too.
If you are coming or departing from Dover by train and looking for a budget option there are several Bed and Breakfast options all next to each other facing the railway station. Just walk across to the station in the morning for a taxi to the cruise terminal or get the shuttle bus to the ferry terminal.
If you have your own transport there is another Premier Inn (normally slightly cheaper than the one in town) and a Holiday Inn on the outskirts of Dover on the main road from Canterbury into Dover.
The Premier Inn Dover Central and the Best Western Dover Marina are on the pleasant wide promenade facing the beach. Behind both hotels is the town centre which has seen better days but has a wide variety of shops and mostly budget orientated restaurants. This is not a wealthy town. There is also an outlet centre behind the Best Western.
The Premier Inn is a purpose built new hotel that has only been open a few years. It has a solid mid-range pub/restaurant. The Best Western is housed in much older, elegant period buildings.
Conveniently located directly opposite Dover Priory Railway Station this terrace of two guest houses offers affordable and flexible accommodation when overnighting in Dover.
Both guest houses are housed within the same Victorian block.
It's a five-minute taxi ride from the cab rank in front of the station to or from the Dover cruise terminals and there is a shuttle bus several times an hour to the ferry terminal, also from in front of the station.
A range of room sizes and formats are on offer. The Norman Guest House has triple and quad rooms, St Albans has a mixture of singles, doubles and twin rooms.
Both guest houses offer free Wi-Fi.
It's just a 5 minute stroll into the town centre with its shops and restaurants and beyond that the pleasant promenade and beach.
If you want a full service 4-star hotel the Holiday Inn Hotel is really the only place in town and for all that it's a very nice hotel too. The hotel is on the edge of Dover, fully 2 miles from the town centre and ferry/cruise terminals.
It's a great place after a long flight to unwind in the peace of the gardens before a cruise. The hotel has a 24-hr gym, restaurant, bar, cafe and terrace, free Wi-Fi and free car parking.
Your other option is the Premier Inn Dover East. This hotel is well situated at the top of the main road climbing out of Dover Ferry Port cut into the famous white cliffs towards Canterbury.
There is nothing else in the vicinity except for a Brewers Fayre Restaurant and a petrol station next door. Dover Castle is less than a mile. The Brewer's Fayre offers solid pub grub meals, chicken, steaks, burgers ...
Our Dover map below illustrates the position of the majority of Dover hotels in relation to the city and it's amenities.
Dover hotel customers who are moving on to a cruise, may find our separate page on Dover's cruise terminals a useful guide to the city's waterfront.
Dover Cruise terminal is about 75 miles (120km) from Central London. Heathrow Airport is the other (west) side of London from Dover and is much longer but in terms of travel time is similar, around 2 hours direct by vehicle.