The Best Hotels to Book in Bournemouth for Every Traveller

Bournemouths 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
Tim Rowland

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.

1. The Green House

Boutique Hotel, Bed and Breakfast, Villa

A white bedroom at The Green House with a bathtub, brown sofa, white double bed, and green curtains and cushions
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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.

2. Derby Manor

Boutique Hotel, Bed and Breakfast, Guesthouse

A grand living room at Derby Manor with two cream-coloured sofas, a fireplace below a grey painting, and a traditional coffee table
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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.

3. Langtry Manor Hotel

Boutique Hotel, Bed and Breakfast

A grand and historical bedroom at Langtry Manor Hotel, with a four-poster bed, red armchairs, a massive fireplace and a chandelier
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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.

5. The Westby Guest House

Bed and Breakfast, Guesthouse

A white bedroom at The Westby Guest House with a wall-mounted TV and bedside tables
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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.

6. Amarillo Guesthouse

Independent Hotel, Bed and Breakfast

A colourful dining room at Amarillo Guesthouse with red walls, a dining room and a chandelier
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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.

7. The Balincourt

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

Exterior of The Balincourt, a white two-storey building with a colourful, flowery front garden
Courtesy of The Balincourt / Expedia.com

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.

8. The Chocolate Box Hotel

Boutique Hotel, Bed and Breakfast

A white bedroom at The Chocolate Box Hotel with a double bed and cream curtains
Courtesy of The Chocolate Box Hotel / Expedia.com

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.

9. Urban Beach Hotel

Boutique Hotel, Bed and Breakfast

A double room at the Urban Beach Hotel with a chandelier, champagne and a red leather armchair
Courtesy of Urban Beach Hotel / Expedia.com

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.

Fancy an extra relaxing stay on the south coast? Then see the best hotels with a spa in Bournemouth, or for a stylish stay, check out our guide to the best boutique hotels in Bournemouth, England. For more options, check out where to stay in Bournemouth for a local experience, bookable with Culture Trip. For a family-friendly stay, check out our pick of the most family-friendly hotels to book in Bournemouth, bookable on Culture Trip.

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