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The best cheap hotels in Bournemouth

Tasting the sea air needn’t mean breaking the bank – here's our pick of the best cheap hotels in Bournemouth

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By Time Out editors |
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Looking for a cheap hotel in Bournemouth? It certainly makes for a great weekend escape. With its seven miles of Blue Flag beach, the famous pier and the nearby attractions of the New Forest and Dorset’s Jurassic Coast to explore, Bournemouth is understandably one of the South Coast’s most popular seaside getaways. And if you’re on a budget you’ll be pleased to know that plenty of its traditional Victorian resort hotels, boutique offerings and backpacker digs are surprisingly economical. Here are the best cheap hotels that Bournemouth has to offer.

Bournemouth's best cheap hotels

Royal Bath Hotel & Spa Bournemouth, Best cheap hotels in Bournemouth
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Royal Bath

Don’t let that grandiose name put you off: like lots of Bournemouth’s traditional hotels, this often has lots of incredibly good deals. It’s a good shout if you’re look for that classic Victorian seaside property – but you’re if also working on a shoestring. It’s only a two-minute walk from the beach, though if that sea looks a little choppy, you can retreat to the indoor pool, the gym or the spa (at extra charge). The restaurant serves a largely locally sourced menu and has a handsome terrace, though if you’re here for those sea view, the bay and the Pavilion, ask for a room with a balcony.

Eurostay Bournemouth hotel, Best cheap hotels in Bournemouth
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Eurostay Bournemouth

This Georgian house has been converted into an eclectic, budget hotel/hostel, which is just a few minutes’ walk from both the centre of Bournemouth and the beach. Rooms here are fairly small and sparse, but they all have en-suite bathrooms, and come with free wi-fi, TVs and desks. There’s an on-site bar, a self-catering kitchen and a games room that’s perfect for making friends – or enemies – over a game of table football, table tennis or on the games console.

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Baggies Backpackers Bournemouth, Best cheap hotels in Bournemouth
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Baggies Backpackers

One of three Baggies outposts – you’ll find the others in Brighton and London – and a bright, stylish, well-organised hostel that’s about ten minutes’ walk from the beach. It offers a mix of rooms, from private doubles to mixed dorms; all have communal bathrooms and free wi-fi, tea, coffee and lockers. The on-site launderette is £3 per wash, and guests can make use of a TV lounge and a big modern kitchen. It attracts a young, international crowd, but hen and stag dos aren’t permitted.

Cottonwood Boutique hotel, best cheap hotels in Bournemouth
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Cottonwood Boutique hotel

If you’re on the hunt for a slice of timeless British seaside kitsch, check out the array of, er, exuberant wallpaper in this seafront hotel. Fortunately, the 29 en-suite rooms in the Edwardian villa-turned-boutique hotel are rather more low-key and neutral, and come with tea-and-coffee-making facilities and, in some cases, splendid sea views. If you need a break from the riot of colour, there’s a well-tended garden and terrace, or a ten-minute stroll along the beach will take you to Bournemouth Pier.

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Travelodge Bournemouth Seafront, best cheap hotels, 2017, London
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Travelodge Bournemouth Seafront

Bournemouth’s seafront branch of Travelodge is an excellent budget choice if you’ve in town with the family. It’s just a ten-minute trot to the beach, and under-15s can stay for free when they’re accompanied by an adult. Rooms are simple, clean and feature king-size beds, TVs, en-suite shower rooms and tea or coffee for free. The no-frills vibe continues downstairs in a bar and restaurant that serves up a simple breakfast and dinner.

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