The Best Hotels in Bournemouth for Every Traveller

Bournemouth's pier boasts a helter-skelter and a pier-to-shore zip line
Bournemouth's pier boasts a helter-skelter and a pier-to-shore zip line | © Nick Fewings / Unsplash.com
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6 January 2021

Bournemouth has a great market for hotels, which is evolving all the time. Some trade successfully on their historic seaside charm, others blaze a trail with green credentials, adventurous stylings and quirky boutique concepts, and some do both. The south coast town is nice and compact and there’s plenty of beach to go around so you’ll never find yourself far from the sand. Look out also for excellent art galleries, pretty gardens and independent eateries, all within walking distance.

The Green House

This boutique hotel manages the difficult task of being genuine about its ecofriendly creed without ramming it down your throat. It’s one thing to source only local and sustainable ingredients for the excellent Arbor restaurant, but another to use low-energy induction cookers, FSC-certified timber on the restaurant floor and to compost all your coffee beans. The rooms are lovely too, with features such as Bose SoundDocks and reclaimed Victorian roll-top baths. The gardens and outdoor terrace are a real winner in the summer.

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Free WiFi
Breakfast available (surcharge)
Restaurant
In-room accessibility
24-hour front desk
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Multilingual staff
Terrace
Bar/lounge
Smoke-free property

Derby Manor

This luxury guesthouse wears the best of Edwardian-manor charm alongside a contemporary twist, with furniture inspired by Versace, bespoke wallpaper and deep pile carpets. There are memorable quirks too; all the rooms are named after racecourses in honour of horse-loving former owner Lord Derby. You really are onto a winner with the Gold Cup/Honeymoon Suite, which boasts a roll-top bath within a leap of the super king bed.

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Free WiFi
Breakfast available (surcharge)
In-room accessibility
Express check-out
Terrace
Smoke-free property

Langtry Manor Hotel

The sister hotel of the Derby Manor over the road has a fascinating history of its own. It was designed by mistress-to-a-king Lillie Langtry, who as well as being a confidante of King Edward VII, was a model, actress and entrepreneur in her own right; learn about her via the Langtry Collection on the first floor. The Heritage Rooms are a real treat – try the Lillie Langtry room, with a spa bath in the corner and a classic four-poster to lay your weary head on after a long day exploring Bournemouth.

Everything you need to know

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Free WiFi
Breakfast available (surcharge)
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Multilingual staff
Terrace
Bar/lounge
Smoke-free property

Boho Beach House

If you’re looking for an intimate and personal experience in Bournemouth, Boho Beach House is perfect. It’s been beautifully decorated by owner Chanine, who sourced furniture from local antique markets and objects from her world travels to fill this boutique hotel in a Victorian townhouse. You can rent the whole hotel as a regular group or for a hen party, and if you like art, the excellent Westover Gallery and Gallery 65 are both within walking distance.

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Free WiFi
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Smoke-free property

The Westby Guest House

This is another excellent option if you’re happy to be in neighbouring Boscombe. The nearby beach has plenty to do, from surfing to volleyball and stand-up paddleboarding. There are also several bars and restaurants on the seafront, and the promenade connects the whole bay to Bournemouth up and down seven miles of pristine Jurassic coast, perfect for a stroll or cycle. The Westby itself is fun and family-friendly, with a baby listening device, children’s menu, books, videos and games, and babysitting if you need it.

Everything you need to know

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Free WiFi
Multilingual staff
Smoke-free property

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  • Amarillo Guesthouse

    This family-run guesthouse sits in a Victorian property that has been lovingly updated with a modern feel. It’s quiet and discreet while being within equal distance from Bournemouth and Boscombe town centres. Beautiful Knyveton Gardens is nearby, with tennis courts and bowling greens if you’ve had your fill of the beach. There’s a complimentary continental breakfast and for a bit extra you can get a top-drawer cooked breakfast.

    Everything you need to know

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    Free WiFi
    Breakfast available (surcharge)
    Smoke-free property

    The Balincourt

    This great little B&B is the project of Ricky and Harps, who are dedicated to making this classic Victorian house shine. That means great breakfasts – the build-your-own omelettes are as good as they sound – a friendly atmosphere and the best display of hanging baskets you’ve ever seen decorating the white facade of the building. Christchurch Road is an ideal place to be, near Boscombe town centre and close to the scenic Toft Zig Zag walk down to the beach.

    Everything you need to know

    At a Glance

    Free WiFi
    In-room accessibility
    Dry cleaning/laundry service
    Bar/lounge
    Smoke-free property

    The Chocolate Box Hotel

    Boutique Hotel, Bed and Breakfast
    Map View
    The Chocolate Box Hotel
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    If you think you love chocolate then number one, you need to stay here, and number two, think again – the family that runs The Chocolate Box Hotel loves it more. The Wilton family started out hiring chocolate fountains and now have two chocolate-themed hotels, of which The Chocolate Box is the second. There are prints of chocolate boxes everywhere, paeans to chocolate in stencil form – “Forget love, I’d rather fall in chocolate” – and a chocolate tasting room. You must try the chocolate pancakes for breakfast, obviously.

    Urban Beach Hotel

    Boutique Hotel, Bed and Breakfast
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    Urban Beach Hotel
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    If you’re happy to be based a little way out of the town centre then this 12-bedroom boutique hotel is really worth considering. It’s in Boscombe, which has an eclectic high street and a pier, not to mention a slightly quieter beach than the main one in Bournemouth. It’s also very handy for AFC Bournemouth football games at the Vitality Stadium. But there are plenty of other reasons to stay, not least the friendly vibe and a great choice of rooms depending on what you’re after. There are also nifty tie-ups, such as the one with a nearby private health club through which guests get access to a jacuzzi, sauna, steam room and gym.

    These recommendations were updated on January 6, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.