Where Can I Stay in Bournemouth With My Pet?

Bournemouth is filled with perfect places to stay for you and your furry friend
Bournemouth is filled with perfect places to stay for you and your furry friend | © Jamie Street / Unsplash.com
Tim Rowland

Visiting the Jurassic coast, Bournemouth Pier, the beach or Dorset countryside? Having a pet won’t prevent you from enjoying the best Bournemouth has to offer. With doggy menus and a range of pup-focused comforts, here’s our pick of the best Bournemouth dog friendly hotels.

1. The Cumberland Hotel

Resort, Hotel

The Cumberland room with graphic pattern on walls with large headboard and grey tones
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The Cumberland is an art deco, four-star seafront hotel with more than 100 rooms, many with a view of the sea and a terrace or balcony. The lido deck has a Miami feel about it, with an outdoor pool, open between May and September, and special events, including Latin Summer parties with barbecues and chill beds. Guests can also use the indoor sauna and pool complex and a small bookable gym at the Suncliff Hotel next door.

2. Boho Beach House

Boutique Hotel

Boho Beach House room with floral bedspread, carpet and fireplace
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This cute hotel, in a Victorian townhouse, has bags of personality thanks to owner Chanine, who has filled it with interesting knick-knacks she picked up on her world travels. There is a large, communal kitchen with an ocean-facing bay window, perfect for whipping up dinner in the evening with your pet at your feet below the long wooden table. The location, on pretty St Michael’s Road, is peaceful but within walking distance to the centre of town.

3. Marsham Court Hotel

Boutique Hotel

Marsham Court Hotel room in greys with black and white photography on wall and two armchairs
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This East Cliff hotel makes a virtue of its pet-friendly credentials thanks to seven dog-friendly bedrooms. They all include creature comforts such as treats, a blanket, a dog bed and ball thrower. There’s even a doggy menu so owners can dine with their pets in the bar, out on the terrace or in The Snug. All the dishes for canines are prepared fresh – just like the food for humans. The view of the sea from the outdoor heated pool is great and the location by the pier and beach even better.

4. The Durley Dean Hotel

Boutique Hotel, Spa Hotel

The Durley Dean Hotel bar with stained glass, pattern carpets, ambient blue lighting and plush furniture
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A traditional seaside hotel greets you at the Durley Dean, with its attractive red-brick Victorian architecture on West Cliff Road near two lovely sections of the beach – Durley Chine and Middle Chine. Dogs are welcome (one per room) and there’s a dedicated lounge for pets. The hotel leisure complex boasts a free-to-use swimming pool, gym, sauna and steam room. The bar offers Dorset cream teas, which are highly recommended, as well as beverages and snacks during the day. The No 28 Restaurant serves authentic British cuisine and is a good spot for dining.

5. Stunning Contemporary Apartment


Stunning Contemporary Apartment with open plan living space in modern style with large grey sofa
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This neat flat in an apartment building on Christchurch Road is perfect if you’re looking for a self-contained and private stay. That said, you can still walk to the centre of lively Boscombe, and the heart of Bournemouth itself is easily accessible. There’s a terrace and light-filled open plan living area and one room with a double bed, while the other has two singles. You’re fine to bring your pets but you need to ask first and there may be a charge involved.

6. Alum Chine Beach House


Alum Chine Beach House room with large windows, dresser and cream colour scheme
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These six apartments are in Westbourne, to the west of Bournemouth town centre, keeping you well away from all the beachside bustle if you choose. The nearby Alum Chine beach is much quieter than the ones nearer town, a chine being a narrow and deep ravine cut by water which runs vertiginously to the sea – it’s a word peculiar to the Isle of Wight and Dorset. The apartments are pet friendly and the owners boast of having had “dogs, cats and even chinchillas to stay”. Many of the apartments have garden views and are all well appointed.

7. Waves In

Bed and Breakfast

There are two resident dogs at Waves In, Charlie and Arthur, who are just as friendly with other pets as they are with guests, and they can often be seen roaming the garden. This pretty B&B has a nautical theme, with pastel seaside shades on the walls and beach scenes on the pillows. You can get a breakfast hamper to your door if you fancy enjoying it in bed – why not follow that with a stroll to the beach through the picturesque Boscombe Chine Gardens?

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