You’ve decided you’d like to visit the fun seaside resort of Bournemouth for a few days and are now looking for some comfortable and affordable accommodation.
It can be difficult to find a high-end but cheap bed and breakfast in Bournemouth, as they’re not as well advertised as the larger hotels and quality can vary.
That’s why we’ve pulled together our local knowledge of the area and created a list of top-notch guest houses to help you on your way. At the bottom of the list is a link to a Google map of them all so you can see where they are.
Selecting a Bed and Breakfast in Bournemouth Town
Packed amongst the busy hotels and holiday flats you can find a few great quality bed and breakfasts in Bournmouth Town, which are a short walk from the seafront, beach, pier, gardens and shops.
They are very convenient if you are visiting for just a couple of nights or do not want to be too far out of town. Due to their proxity to lively central Bournemouth, it may be worth checking some of these for any potential stag and hen dos when you book.
1. Brooklands Bed and Breakfast, West Cliff Bournemouth
Situated just off West Cliff Road, this is as close to the beach and central Bournemouth as is gets. This dog friendly hotel offers clean, good-sized rooms, friendly and helpful staff with an excellent breakfast and tandem parking for all customers.
2. Mount Stuart Hotel, West Bournemouth
Another great location on a quiet road and minutes from the beach is the Mount Stuart Hotel. They offer a wide selection at breakfast, accomodating and welcoming staff and a bar with a large balcony. Parking is available with a surcharge.
3. Bamboo Guest House, West Bournemouth
A stylishly decorated Grade II listed building, Bamboo Guest House is a great option for couples. Striking artworks adorn the walls and each room has its own unique look and feel. The hosts are extremely pleasant and helpful and the breakfast is continental.
4. Winter Dene Hotel, West Bournemouth
A little further from the hustle and bustle of town life but still very close to the beach is the elegant and refined Winter Dene Hotel, a restored Victorian villa that offers a living room area, garden, a delicious breakfast, friendly hosts and plenty of free parking.
5. East Cliff Cottage Hotel, East Cliff Bournemouth
Over to the East Cliff about the same distance from the centre as the previous hotel is the East Cliff Cottage. It is very close to the beach and is pet friendly. The hotel is very comfortable with free parking, a sitting room with wood fire and clean, modern bedrooms. The staff are very friendly and the breakfast is tasty.
6. Yenton Hotel, East Bournemouth
Set a bit further back from the beach in delightful landscaped gardens is the Yenton Hotel. This modern hotel has welcoming staff, a sitting room, is pet friendly, has free parking and is 5 minutes from the beach and 10 minutes from the station. The hotel is a licensed wedding venue and with the picturesque gardens is popular for ceremonies and receptions in the summer months.
7. Coach House Cottage, East Bournemouth
Described by one guest as ‘an oasis of peace and quiet‘, Coach House Cottage is close to the town centre but a relaxing at the same time. The host is very knowledgable and helpful, there is free parking, large rooms with generous bathrooms, fridges and even a fruit bowl. The breakfast is delicious and for complete comfort brought up to your bedroom. There is a garden and living room at your disposal too.
8. Chelsea Hotel, East Bournemouth
A young, lively hotel run by a friendly owner and with a super breakfast and clean, modern bedrooms. The hotel has a fun atmosphere and has a social area with bar and lounge, and is also the closest on our list to the station (4 minutes away on foot). For those driving there is free private parking nearby.
9. Amarillo Guest House, East Bournemouth
This opulently decorated modern bed and breakfast is opposite the recently renovated Knyveton Gardens where you can play tennis or have a game of bowls or petanque. The rooms are classy and well kept, the hosts are very caring and professional and at breakfast you are given the option of full English or continental. Free parking is available.
West of Bournemouth: Alum Chine & Canford Cliffs
Along the beach to the west of Bournemouth you will find the calmer, smart suburbs of Alum Chine and Canford Cliffs. If you have already visted a bed and breakfast in Bournemouth and fancy a change, these options are close to a less busy part of the beach and the amenities of nearby Westbourne Grove, with its many trendy restaurants, bars and shops.
10. Southern Hay Guest House, Alum Chine, Bournemouth
Perfectly placed for visiting Westbourne with the beach a relaxing short walk through the calm of Alum Chine. Children under six are not allowed, making this a great destination for couples. The guest house has free parking and extremely friendly staff, with a great breakfast, comfortable beds and clean rooms.
11. The Living Room, Westbourne, Bournemouth
If you are looking for an experience as well as a break, Bournemouth’s only vintage vintage boutique B&B could be for you. During your stay you can enjoy a home-made afternoon tea in their decadent tea room and take in the rays in the back garden. The B&B was featured on Channel 4’s ‘Four in a Bed’ and each bedroom has been lavishly decorated in its own individual style. The breakfast is very varied with vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options available.
- Currently no listing on booking.com
12. Fircliff Guest House, Alum Chine, Bournemouth
The Fircliff is a welcoming Edwardian guest house that’s a four minute walk from the beach through the chine and not far from Westbourne either. The rooms are beautifully appointed with comfortable beds and luxurous decor together with a lounge and licensed bar. In addition, the guests have access to a kitchenette for preparing picnics or for storage when renting a beach hut.
- Currently no listing on booking.com
13. The Plantation, Canford Cliffs, Poole
Primarily a fantastic restaurant and bar, and very close to the beach in the sophisicated but quiet Poole suburb of Canford Cliffs, The Plantation also has bedrooms available. The modern, lavish rooms are each individually styled and very comfortable and the hotel is pet friendly. The staff are very helpful and there is free parking onsite, a large garden and bright conservatory. Opposite you will find a playground and the beach is a three minute walk down a secluded chine.
East of Bournemouth: Boscombe and Southbourne
To the east of Bournemouth you will get the best value for money, whilst remaing close to the seven-mile sandy beach.
Boscombe itself is a bit run down in places, hence the affordable prices. However, you won’t see these parts if you plan to visit Boscombe Chine Gardens and the seafront. These are both well looked after by the council and the area boasts a great playground for kids, interactive musical activities on the modern pier and some excellent restaurants too.
Southbourne is quieter and more upmarket and Southbourne Grove has a great variety of contemporary restaurants, shops and bars. By the beach, you will find another great playground, a cliff lift and an excellent ice cream kiosk.
14. Derby Manor Hotel, Boscombe, Bournemouth
Located between Bournemouth and Boscome and 0.6 miles from the beach, spacious Derby Manor has super-deluxe rooms with bespoke wallpaper and Versace-inspired furniture. The Edwardian manor house was once visited by Lord Derby and the bed and breakfast themes its rooms around horses and horse racing. There is an opulent lounge, bar and restaurant where you can enjoy a full breakfast when you rise in the morning. The spacious grounds contain a garden and lots of on-site parking.
15. Waves In, Boscombe, Bournemouth
Located on a road that finishes directly opposite the serenity of Boscombe Chine Gardens, this guest house is perfectly located for the beach. A fresh, modern bed and breakfast with clean, comfortable rooms, on-site parking and dog friendly too. The staff are very welcoming and serve a lovely breakfast in the morning.
- Currently no website
16. Urban Beach, Boscombe, Bournemouth
Part of the Urban Guild Group which runs a number of successful restaurants in Bournemouth, Urban Beach offers rooms as well as a top-notch meal. The closest to the beach of our Boscombe options, this dog-friendly guest house offers contemporary large, clean rooms 5 minutes walk from the beach with parking on-site. There are also specific child-friendly rooms with a mini-chefs menu in the excellent bistro downstairs. While you stay you can make use of a local health club 5 minutes drive away with a 25-metre swimming pool and fully-equipped gym.
17. The Westby Guest House, Boscombe, Bournemouth
A little further on and great value for money, The Westby offers a very hospitable welcome complete with a map of where is best to go. They have super comfy beds in quiet, modern and spotless rooms and an excellent breakfast, with on-site parking close to the beach.
18. Alexander Lodge Guest House, Southbourne, Bournemouth
Moving further east to fashionable Southbourne you will find an oasis of relaxation at Alexander Lodge. Close to the beach and located on a peaceful tree-lined street, it feels like a home from home. You can even enter the breakfast room throughout the day and help yourself to something to eat or drink. The rooms and beds are extremely comfortable with lots of beverages available. There is parking on-site and the hosts exceptionaly warm and friendly.
19. Crossroads Hotel, Southbourne, Bournemouth
Located on the next road along and still near to the beach, this hotel doesn’t disappoint. The staff at the dog-friendly Crossroads Hotel are really accommodating, including slippers and a bottle of wine for their guests. There is a choice of two lounges, rooms with comfortable beds and fridges too. Crossroads has on-site parking and a continental breakfast is laid out early so guests don’t have to wait.
20. Mory House, Southbourne, Bournemouth
On the same road, you can find the perfectly polished Mory House. Beautifully presented in tranquil maritime blues with a homely feel and welcoming hosts, you are treated to a full English breakfast and chocolate bars, nuts and cakes throughout your stay. There is parking on-site, the rooms are comfortable and some have their own balconies too.
21. Bed and Breakfast By The Beach, Southbourne, Bournemouth
Last but by no means least is Bed and Breakfast By The Beach, where homemade cakes reign supreme. Close to the beach, guests are treated to a charming floral paved garden, sumptuous breakfasts and homely modern bedrooms. Amongst many accolades, this B&B was the victor on Channel 4’s ‘Four in a Bed’. There is a 5 star service from the hosts, with immaculate rooms and on-site parking for your car.
- Currently no listing on booking.com
That’s the end of our list, thank you for reading. Do you know of a bed and breakfast in Bournemouth we have missed or information we could add? Feel free to get in touch and let us know.