The Best Hotels to Book Near Hengistbury Head, Bournemouth

Enjoy a stunning sunset along the sand dunes at Hengistbury Head near Bournemouth
Enjoy a stunning sunset along the sand dunes at Hengistbury Head near Bournemouth | © Helen Hotson / Alamy Stock Photo
Katharine Sellers

The gateway to England’s southwest coast, Bournemouth offers seaside charm, peaceful countryside and dramatic coastlines. Make the best of a few days by the sea by booking one of these hotels on Culture Trip.

Bournemouth is the perfect place to indulge in some childhood nostalgia, with a few days taken up by sandy beaches, arcade games and donkey rides. But explore a little beyond the seaside town and you’ll find places such as Hengistbury Head, a nature reserve boasting rugged coastal hikes, as well as incredible wildlife and the unspoilt scenery of the New Forest that’s well worth exploring. Here’s where to stay while you’re there.

1. The Christchurch Harbour Hotel and Spa

Boutique Hotel, Hotel, Spa Hotel

The Christchurch Harbour Hotel and Spa
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Christchurch is Bournemouth’s quieter little sister, and the perfect place for some seaside relaxation. You’ll certainly get that at the Harbour Hotel, which is known for its excellent spa facilities. Right on the edge of the harbour, the hotel also offers views aplenty, especially from its waterfront restaurant. The Jetty’s menu is overseen by Alex Aitken, who was awarded a Michelin star at his former restaurant, Le Poussin. Top tip: explore the harbour for yourself by borrowing one of the hotel’s paddleboards or kayaks.

2. Grosvenor Lodge


Grosvenor Lodge
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We all know that a friendly face can make all the difference when it comes to travel, and this lovely little guesthouse has won awards for its friendliness. It has just seven rooms, all recently renovated and full of the home-from-home comforts that make a stay enjoyable. It’s perfectly situated for easy access to both Bournemouth and Christchurch, but make sure you stick around for one of their signature big breakfasts before you head out for the day.

4. Chewton Glen Hotel & Spa

Spa Hotel

Chewton Glen
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Imagine this: you sink into a bubbling hot tub, a glass of something sparkling in your hand. You while away some time enjoying the soft rustling of leaves and the sights of the forest, then pad inside to snuggle under a soft blanket in front of a crackling fire. Now, stop imagining – and book a stay in Chewton Glen’s treehouse suites to experience this for yourself. Just don’t blame us if you can’t tear yourself away from this tranquil setting to explore the local area.

5. Village Hotel Bournemouth


Village Hotel Bournemouth
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Travellers on foot, this one’s for you. While this Village hotel isn’t in the most picturesque of Dorset surroundings, it’s all about the location – a bus stop just down the road will connect you to all of Bournemouth, and the award-winning beach at Boscombe is a 30-minute walk away. The hotel itself is fun and fresh, with colourful decor and a lively Italian restaurant, as well as a cheeky Starbucks in the foyer.

6. Chine Hotel


Chine Hotel
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The Chine was once a place to see and be seen, hosting glittering balls and fabulous parties for the rich and famous. Now, the hotel is known for offering a slice of tranquility in a bustling seaside town, though the smiling faces of those party-goers still keep an eye on things from black-and-white photo collages on the wall. Light and spacious rooms overlook three acres of gardens, complete with a heated outdoor pool. Take a short stroll through the trees and you’ll emerge right onto Bournemouth Beach, ready for sun, sea and sand.

7. Derby Manor

Boutique Hotel, Bed and Breakfast, Guesthouse

A large, stylish living room with colourful chairs and a chandelier at Derby Manor
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Lord Derby once used Derby Manor as his base when visiting Bournemouth, and if it’s good enough a lord, we’re definitely interested. Edwardian architecture welcomes you to this adults-only hotel, which continues inside – paired with contemporary comforts. While the restaurant is excellent, special attention must be paid to the afternoon tea, which has quickly become an essential part of a stay here. Ask at the desk about the cars on offer – the hotel boasts a luxury car hire service for its guests.

8. Applewood Hotel

Bed and Breakfast

Applewood Hotel
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Many of us dream of running away to the seaside and opening a B&B, but the owners of the Applewood actually did it. This young family from London were charmed by the golden beaches and open spaces of Dorset, and took on this 20-bed Edwardian guesthouse, renovating it into a boutique hotel that welcomes travellers from all over the world. Sit and sip a cocktail in the chic lounge bar while you ask the family for their excellent local recommendations.

9. Balincourt Guest House

Luxury, Hotel, Boutique Hotel, Bed and Breakfast, Guesthouse

Balincourt Guest House
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If you’re after seaside charm, this place has it in spades. A late Victorian era hotel that’s being returned to its former glory, it’s just a stone’s throw away from Bournemouth’s sandy beaches. Colourful flower beds border the garden, while each room has been carefully and charmingly decorated. Owners Ricky and Harps like to keep things old school, offering a personalised experience to each guest.

10. Cottonwood Boutique

Boutique Hotel

Cottonwood Boutique
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Perched on a cliff above Bournemouth, this hotel has some serious views all the way to the Isle of Wight. And it knows how to make the most of it – most rooms have a bay view, and Bar Vista offers a sunny outdoor terrace and garden overlooking long, golden beaches. If you’re planning on visiting the town for its annual airshow, this is the place to stay. Its position is ideal for plane-spotting during the displays.

landscape with balloons floating in the air


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