One of the UK’s finest seaside resorts, Bournemouth attracts huge numbers of visitors each year. Home to seven glorious miles of beaches, striking Victorian architecture and a vibrant nightlife scene, it offers everything you could want from a coastal destination.
No surprise, therefore, that Bournemouth boasts a huge choice of accommodation options, from budget to luxury. For those seeking something a little upscale without breaking the bank, here are five of the best.
As the highest rated hotel on TripAdvisor at time of writing, Derby Manor has earned its reputation from the people that matter most – its guests. This hotel scores top marks in pretty much every area, but special praise is singled out for its superb on-site restaurant and mouth-watering afternoon tea. Just a 10-minute walk from the nearest beach and within easy reach of Bournemouth’s bustling town centre too, Derby Manor is certainly well located, but for those seeking to venture further afield, the hotel boasts another major selling point – a luxury car hire service that offers guests use of high-end cars such as Mustangs, Range Rover Sports and Mercedes SLKs. Many of the spacious guest rooms are distinctively designed and furnished, some with classic period features, and all come with a flat-screen TV with satellite channels and modern private bathroom. Reception is open 24 hours a day.
This boutique style guesthouse in the heart of Bournemouth was formally a family home. Today the Grade II listed 1870’s Victorian town house has been fully refurbished, from the original sash windows to the polished cast iron fire place and bamboo flooring in the dining room. Guests can enjoy a leisurely continental style breakfast until midday in the Bamboo dining room, and relax in the afternoon with a tea or a freshly ground coffee, cappuccino or latte. Whether you’re here to relax, shop, work or party, this guesthouse is simply perfect, and is just a stone’s throw away from the city’s main attractions, including the beach, shops and restaurants. Bournemouth International Centre is also a few minutes’ walk away.
Located close to Bournemouth Railyway Station, this boutique hotel is conveniently placed for visitors arriving by train. The property is housed within a Grade-II-listed Victorian Villa in the heart of Bournemouth and offers free parking for its guests. Bedrooms all have a TV and free WiFi, while a continental breakfast is served daily for an additional charge. Nearby attractions and places of interest include the Central Gardens, Bournemouth International Centre, the Pavilion Theatre and a wide range of restaurants, bars and shops.
With its seafront setting and the Bournemouth International Centre next door, this cosy hotel is popular with both leisure and business travellers. Guest rooms each have their own distinctive design style while all come with a flat-screen TV, free Wi-Fi and toiletries. Some also boast views of the coastline. Part of the hotel, but with its own entrance, is a prestigious seafood restaurant where Michelin star trained chefs rustle up exceptional cuisine using ultra fresh ingredients. For culture lovers, the Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre is just a two-minute walk away.
The Hilton comes with a reliable standard of excellence and this modern high-rise hotel is no different. Situated just 5 minutes’ walk from the beach and promenade, it features a heated indoor pool, 24-hour fitness centre and fully equipped spa & health club. Guest rooms comes with a HD TV, work desk and an en-suite bathroom. Modern British cuisine is served at a well-regarded on-site restaurant featuring a lively open kitchen, while fine wines and premium spirits can be enjoyed on the terrace at a chic bar on the eighth floor, with panoramic sea views. Bournemouth beach is a five minute walk away.