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The best hotels in Bournemouth

Off to the south coast? Here are the best hotels to stay at in Bournemouth

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Time Out editors
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Rosemary Waugh
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If you’re in the market for a classic British beach holiday, look no further than Bournemouth. Offering the dual charms of the Jurassic Coast and the New Forest, Bo’mo has been drawing holidaymakers to it for generations. We’ve rounded up the best hotels the area has to offer, including stylish boutique hotels and quaint B&Bs. Just don’t forget to pack the bucket and the spade.

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Bournemouth's best hotels

Green by name and nature: this 32-room Victorian boutique bolthole claims to be the UK’s most eco-friendly hotel, with everything from the vegetable ink used in the wallpaper to the low-energy TVs to the beehives on the roof all designed for minimum environmental impact. Even the company car runs on waste cooking oil from the hotel’s kitchen. The ethos, however, is informative, warm and luxurious rather than preachy – and it’s just a couple of minutes' walk from the seafront. While you’re here be sure to book dinner at its locally minded restaurant, Arbor.

This laidback 12-room hotel residing in a restored Victorian house, a five-minute walk from the beach, has two singles and ten double rooms. All are en suite and have free wifi, tea-and-coffee-making facilities, DVD players, and you can even help yourself from a DVD library at reception. You’ll find a cocktail bar and bistro with a heated, south-facing terrace downstairs, and if you’re hitting the beach for the day, ask for a packed lunch. Complimentary access to a local health club and pool is also included.

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The art deco façade of this 107-room, four-star hotel looks like it's been airlifted from South Beach to the South Coast. There is (limited) free parking for guests and 24-hour room service as well as a pool. Guests also have access to the squash courts, sauna and a small gym at neighbouring sister properties. There’s free wifi throughout but the real star of the show is the view: out from East Cliff over Bournemouth Bay. Ask for one of the rooms with a balcony or terrace.

Not as formal as its namesake in the capital, this 1870 hotel perched on West Cliff, a five-minute walk from the beach or into town, is all about old-school seaside charm. Rooms come with en suite bath or shower rooms, TVs and tea-and-coffee-making facilities, and some have balconies. Guests can make use of free wifi, free parking, and even access to the gym, spa and indoor pool. There are two restaurants and a terrace for eating alfresco when the sun is shining. Word to the wise: bring earplugs – the seagulls can get raucous.

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This restored Edwardian manor house is a short walk to Boscombe Beach and the Pavilion and has 11 rooms, each named after a famous horserace. There’s free wifi as well as a bar, a restaurant and a tea room serving cream tea from noon to 3pm. There’s a smart-casual dress code throughout but the aspirational feel doesn’t stop there: the hotel also offers a luxury car hire service – just in case you feel like taking a Porsche or Bentley for a spin while exploring the New Forest, which is a ten-minute drive away.

Located in East Cliff, this four-star boutique hotel is just a pebble’s throw from Bournemouth Beach and within very easy walking distance of the town centre. It started life as an Edwardian villa, but now boasts laid-back contemporary interior design with a few bold accents. If you fancy eating in, the No. 34 restaurant serves food all day long, from cooked breakfasts to a quality dinner menu inspired by local produce and European cooking traditions.

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