The best hotels in Bournemouth

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Bringing you our pick of the best Bournemouth accommodation, from boutique luxury to budget choices, and everything in between

The best Bournemouth hotels provide the perfect base for enjoying a memorable holiday on England’s south coast. Whether you’re looking for a large hotel with top-class spa facilities and a restaurant, or something more modest and intimate, you’re sure to find what you’re looking for in the Dorset town.

To help you choose the right accommodation for your needs and budget, we’ve put together our pick of the best Bournemouth hotels. All of the choices on our list are located within a short distance of the beach, the town centre and other local attractions, and all of them offer a comfortable and welcoming stay.

1. Best hotel for bargain hunters

Bournemouth West Cliff Hotel

Bournemouth West Cliff Hotel

Situated just a short walk from Bournemouth's renowned beach – recently voted the best in the UK by TripAdvisor – the Boundless-owned Bournemouth West Cliff Hotel is the perfect retreat for people who like to be pampered. Boasting its own spa with five treatment rooms (with a variety of spa packages to sample), two pools, a steam room/sauna and a Jacuzzi; a brasserie serving delicious cuisine and afternoon teas, plus a garden terrace where you can relax and breathe in the sea air, this luxury coastal oasis is a great choice for couples and families alike.

Bournemouth West Cliff wellness packages

Why not enjoy a one-night stay with a choice of either bed & breakfast or dinner, bed & breakfast, with full use of the spa facilities and Elemis Aroma Therapy Oil in your room. Stays from £54.50 per person based on two sharing.* Treatments can be booked separately.

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As a member of Boundless, you can save 20% on your stay at the Bournemouth West Cliff Hotel. To find out more, click here.   

*Full payment must be made at the time of booking. Must be booked at least five days prior to the arrival date. Non-refundable in the case of cancellation.

2. Best hotel for food and drink lovers

Best Western Plus The Connaught Hotel and Spa

Best Western Hotel The Connaught Hotel and Spa

Also located in Bournemouth’s West Cliff area, The Connaught has been welcoming holidaymakers since the 1850s. And it’s lost none of its seaside charm – though, of course, the facilities have been updated to meet modern expectations. The hotel now houses an indulgent spa, a garden terrace where you can enjoy fresh scones and a pot of tea, along with plenty of spacious rooms. Best of all is its award-winning Connaught Brasserie, which serves up classic British and European cuisine, not to mention over 200 varieties of gin.

3. Best hotel for families

Holiday Inn

Holiday Inn Bournemouth

While it might lack the unique charm of other hotels on this list, the Holiday Inn is conveniently located within a ten-minute walk of the beach and town centre, and allows accompanied children under 12 to stay and eat for free – both of which make it a great choice for families. Following a 2019 refit, the hotel’s bedrooms now boast a bright and modern look; and there’s also a great range of facilities, including a well-equipped fitness centre, a bar/restaurant, electric car charging points and a Starbucks.

4. Best hotel for eco-warriors

The Green House

The Green House Bournemouth

Nestled away in Bournemouth’s leafy East Cliff area, The Green House is a white-washed Victorian villa that prides itself on its eco-friendly ethos. From the furniture made from sustainably sourced wood to the solar panels on the roof that heat and power the place, this hotel is every bit as green as the name suggests. But that doesn’t mean it’s not luxurious, and with a choice of stylish bedrooms, a brand-new restaurant serving up fresh local produce, plus a long list of spa treatments, it’ll be just as good for you as it is for the planet.   

5. Best hotel for beach views

Ocean Beach Hotel & Spa

Ocean Beach Hotel and Spa

Describing itself as a “design hotel & spa”, the Ocean Beach is sure to strike a chord with holidaymakers looking for an expansive view. And with its elegantly styled bedrooms, Asian-inspired spa and chic Italian restaurant complete with extensive international wine list, there’s more than just great sea views that make this hotel worth visiting. Since it’s located in Bournemouth’s quieter East Cliff area, it’s also fairly peaceful, making it a good choice for couples wanting to get away from it all.   

6. Best hotel for romantics

Langtry Manor

Langtry Manor

Located in the town’s East Cliff area, the Langtry Manor is so named because Edward VII built it as a love nest to share with his mistress Lillie Langtry. The 19th-century retreat looks every bit as romantic today as it would’ve done back then, its black-and-white-beamed façade and antique furnishings making it look like something from a fairytale. As a treat, why not treat your loved one to a stay in the junior suite, which comes complete with a spa bath. Brownie points guaranteed!  

7. Best hotel for boutique elegance

The Nici

The Nici

Celebrating a special birthday or anniversary? Then why not stay somewhere really indulgent. Offering delightful ocean views from its West Cliff perch, The Nici was recently refurbished and now boasts the kind of finesse you’d expect from a five-star hotel. Think boutique furnishings, exquisite cocktails and a state-of-the-art spa. On warmer days, the hotel even hosts yoga sessions out in the garden, meaning you can breathe in some fresh sea air while you work out.

8. Best hotel for self-catering

Riviera Hotel and Holiday Apartments

Riviera Hotel and Holiday Apartments

Self-catering holidays are a great option for those wishing to save money by not dining out all the time. Located a short walk from the Blue Flag beaches at Alum Chine, the Riviera offers a range of comfortable self-catering apartments alongside its regular rooms. Each one is equipped with everything you’ll need for a self-sufficient stay, including a kitchen/dining area and a living room. But self-catering guests can also use the hotel’s excellent shared facilities, from its spa and swimming pool to its bars and restaurants.

9. Best hotel for a budget stay

The Ravensbourne Hotel

The Ravensbourne Hotel

Just 500 metres from Boscombe Beach, and within shouting distance of the local shops and bars, The Ravensbourne Hotel offers smart and spacious bedrooms at reasonable prices. Unlike most of the other destinations on this list, there’s no pool, spa or restaurant, but this small hotel does the basics very well. The rooms are clean and tidy, the Wi-Fi is fast, and the buffet breakfasts are plentiful. There’s even a table tennis table in the garden for when the kids get restless.

10. Best hotel for vintage elegance

The Cottonwood Boutique Hotel

The Cottonwood Boutique Hotel

If you like a bit of elegance in your life, then The Cottonwood Boutique Hotel is for you. As you sit down for breakfast surrounded by huge gold-rimmed mirrors and bright pink decor, you’ll feel like you’ve been transported back to a more glamorous age. The bedrooms in this East Cliff retreat are somewhat more understated, but they’re no less luxurious for it, offering space and comfort in equal measures. If you’re lucky, you might even get a room with a view – and with the Dorset coast stretching for miles in either direction, it’s truly a sight to behold. 

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