The Best Hotels in Poole, Dorset

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11 December 2020

One of the most picturesque towns on the Dorset coast and known for its natural harbour, sandy beaches and Brownsea Island – birthplace of the Scout movement – Poole is the gateway to the southwest. From basic and bright up to boujee, there’s a hotel for every taste in this ancient town.

Hotel du Vin

Boutique Hotel, Chain Hotel
4.5/5 (398 Reviews)
Hotel du Vin & Bistro Poole
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Price Drop
Now from $113 per night
Luxury accommodation in a Georgian-era building, each room at Hotel du Vin boasts tasteful, muted tones, and understated yet luxurious fixtures and fittings. The bistro, as the name of the hotel might suggest, is all about matching sumptuous food with top-notch drink, and the evening menu sees seasonal ingredients and hearty dishes. It’s on the quayside, so the sea is practically on the doorstep .
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Inn in the Park

Independent Hotel, Pubs with Rooms
4.3/5 (89 Reviews)
Inn In The Park
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Fancy staying in a welcoming, beautiful, friendly and luxurious pub? Look no further than Inn in the Park. The decor of the rooms is cosy, with bathrobes, a flat-screen TV, and ensuite, with a delicious season pub menu on offer. Situated on the other side of the bay to Poole, you’re well placed to explore everything from Bournemouth to Sandbanks and beyond – such as the Studland and Godlingston Heath National Nature Reserve.
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Independent Hotel, Bed and Breakfast
4.8/5 (242 Reviews)
Amarillo Guesthouse
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Price Drop
Now from $102 per night
An award-winning guesthouse in a restored Victorian building, Amarillo is ideally situated in a quiet area just outside the town centre, between Bournemouth and Boscombe piers. Lavishly and tastefully decorated, the hotel has a complimentary continental breakfast, or a cooked breakfast for an extra charge. Owners Jane and Ged will gladly help you out with the local knowledge, too.
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Salterns Harbourside Hotel

4/5 (201 Reviews)
Salterns Harbourside Hotel
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Three-star accommodation with recently refurbished ensuite bedrooms, Salterns is located between Poole town centre and the picturesque Sandbanks peninsula. It’s the perfect base to explore the Purbeck Hills, the Port of Poole, Sandbanks, and the New Forest – plus stunning views of Poole Harbour. It offers a comprehensive gin menu, and a continental or cooked breakfast included in the price. Make sure you try the Sunday roast – on a nice day you can even eat it outside while gazing at the yachts.
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  • Haven Hotel

    3.9/5 (668 Reviews)
    Haven Hotel
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    Price Drop
    Now from $139 per night
    Perched at the tip of the posh Sandbanks Peninsula, this luxurious seaside accommodation boasts direct access to seven miles of (mostly) sandy beaches. With all-day dining at The Point restaurant, you can chow down on an indulgent breakfast, filling lunch or designer dinner. The rooms are bright, with the option of an elevated sea view.
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    Thistle Poole Hotel

    3.8/5 (358 Reviews)
    Thistle Poole Hotel
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    Price Drop
    Now from $76 per night
    Reliable, clean and bright – everything you’d expect from a Thistle, but with a view of Poole Harbour if you want to upgrade. Smack bang in the middle of The Quay, you’re only a short boat trip from the magical Brownsea Island, home to some of the last remaining red squirrels in England, and sight of the first ever Scout camp.
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    The Canford

    Pubs with Rooms, Independent Hotel
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    The Canford
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    A beautiful, welcoming pub a short walk from the chocolate-box village of Cranford Cliffs. With great public transport to the surrounding area, the pub is known to locals for its extensive drinks menu, indulgent breakfasts, seasonal dishes and huge Sunday roasts. Moments away from Cranford Cliffs’ Blue Flag beaches, and a short stroll from Luscombe Valley Nature Reserve, you are ideally placed to do anything from a quiet walk to windsurfing at the local school.
    These recommendations were updated on December 11, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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