From bunk houses to B&Bs and hotels, Portland has many diver friendly hosting facilities to match any budget and need. A number of these listed below are based in ‘Underhill’ only minutes away from Portland Marina, Castletown and Chesil Cove whether you want shared accommodation or en-suite.
Portland Diver-friendly Accommodation
Victoria Square – DT5 1AL
Self catering or B&B. Group booking of whole premises also available for visiting dive groups or clubs.
Just across from Chesil Beach and a brief walking distance to Chesil Cove, Portland Marina and Castletown Beach the Bunker is an ideal and affordable choice for diving buddy pairs and larger groups.
The Bunker, a modern bunk house with spacious kitchen and communal sitting/dining room, is operated by Tony and Sally and situated at Victoria Square.
The accommodation is affordable and comfortable both for individuals and larger groups with shower and sink in every room. Whether you want self-catering or B&B, linen or bring your own sleeping bag, visit The Bunker to check on availability. Online booking and payments available.
THE BEACH HOUSE
Chiswell/Victoria Square – DT5 1AW
Single, double and twin rooms. Overnight or long term stay.
The Beach House B&B is literally on the back of Chesil Beach heading towards Ceshil Cove from Victoria Square. It is a brief walking distance to Chesil Cove, Portland Marina and Castletown Beach and ideal for individual divers, buddies or groups.
All rooms at the Beach House have tea and coffee facilities, colour TV and free WiFi.
The B&B offers ample parking for residents and also has a patio area, a spacious breakfast room.
Online booking and payments available.
THE AQUA – Hotel, Cafe & Bar
Castletown – DT5 1BD
The Aqua is situated in Castletown, in front of the beach and Dive Beyond’s dive boat Jetty. It’s only a short stroll to Chesil Beach, a short walk from Portland Harbour and Portland Castle, also with regular bus services to Portland Bill, Southwell Business Park and Weymouth.
The hotel is well known to the UK diving community and currently offers 25 modern en-suite rooms, most of them with sea views, free Wi-Fi, free parking, a café and a bar. You can choose from a single, twin, double, triple or quad room.
With Dive Beyond situated within the hotel premises the Aqua is an ideal place to stay for diving (or training) out of Castletown. Facilities include meeting rooms, large dining area, cafeteria, bar.
Easton Lane, Tophill – DT5 1BW
The Portland Lodge is a motel style unpretentious B&B on top of the island behind the high-end Portland Heights Hotel.
All of its 30 bedrooms have en suite shower rooms and colour TV and contain hospitality trays for tea and coffee making. Wireless broadband Internet access is also available. The building has a 11 ground floor bedrooms, of these 7 have been specifically designed for the physically disabled, one of which is for permanent wheelchair users.
With free off-road parking for cars and trailers Portland Lodge is just 1.5 mile mile away from Portland Marina and a mile from major dive sites like the Cove and Castletown Beach.
There are plenty of places to stay on Portland. Most are diver friendly even if the premises may lack drying facilities.
THE ROYAL BREAKWATER HOTEL
Castletown – 01305820476
Situated in the same building as the Royal Breakwater ‘pub’ right across from Hotel Aqua and Dive Beyond dive centre in Castletown. Reasonably prices 2 star hotel.
PORTLAND BIRD OBSERVATORY – HOSTEL & COTTAGE
Portland Bill – Tel: 01305820553
The Observatory offers comfortable, hostel-style accommodation with shared facilities for up to 24 guests in the lighthouse and adjacent annex. In addition, the adjoining self-contained lighthouse-keepers cottage sleeps four and is particularly suitable for a family or small group that require a little more privacy. Accommodation is primarily aimed at visitors wishing to enjoy the natural environment of Portland and is popular with birdwatchers, naturalists, walkers/ramblers and artists/stone-carvers.
QUEEN ANNE HOUSE (Fortuneswell)
YHA HOSTEL PORTLAND (Castle Road, Castletown)
SEAVIEW (Weston Street)
Tel: 01305 821573
Tel: 07526546005 or 07858902193
PULPIT INN (Portland Bill)
Tel: 01305 821237
FAIRVIEW COTTAGE (Portland Bill)
FORTUNE HOUSE (Fortuneswell)