Bournemouth Hotels - Reclining on the south coast of England, Bournemouth exists at a relaxed pace. A popular resort for well over a century, it’s a welcome cliché of invigorating air, pleasant weather, and clean seas gilded with sandy beaches. Despite its reputation as a retirement town, the Dorset haven has since been rejuvenated by a trendier, more bohemian crowd; earning it the nickname ‘BoMo’. Now a colorful destination, Bournemouth is awash with fabulous amenities, plenty to do and a buzzing nightlife. Of course, it still retains that British seaside charm.
Things to see
Bournemouth’s biggest draw is undoubtedly its coast. With views of the Purbecks and Isle of Wight, the seven mile stretch of clean, golden beaches are considered as some of the best in Europe. The famous pier offers some good old-fashioned family fun with a games arcade at the entrance, whilst a traditional theater and café are located on the pier itself. The Bournemouth International Centre is the largest entertainment venue in the area, hosting some of the biggest stars in music – so check what’ll be on prior to your visit. For tropical fragrance and Victorian fancy, take a turn around Bournemouth’s tranquil lower gardens. With outdoor concerts held during the summer months and views to the sea, you can spend an afternoon picnicking before inhaling the famously healthy air of the Pine Walk. Described by some as Bournemouth’s scruffier younger sibling, Boscombe is home to The O2 Academy and an array of quaint antique shops.
Hotels in Bournemouth
The town has been a holiday hotspot ever since the 1800’s, when the Victorians descended and built an impressive portfolio of lavish accommodation for England’s holidaying high society. With such establishments still operating today, hotels in Bournemouth all follow a common theme: sheer relaxation and genteel leisure. The luxury laden options boast health and beauty spas, indulgent dining, and breezy sea views. Many of the reasonably priced mid-range hotels also provide leisure facilities, along with one or two posh accoutrements. For those on a budget, cheap hotels in Bournemouth come in the form of well known chain hotels and cheerful B&Bs.
Where to stay
A hotel in Bournemouth town center puts you at the heart of all there is to experience. With a barrage of just-so restaurants and cafés, shops, and boutiques selling everything from well known brand goods to vintage apparel, there’s always somewhere to splurge. If shopping takes its toll, then the town center’s award-winning gardens are an oasis of calm, where you can refuel with an ice cream. Bournemouth isn’t so large that walking everywhere is impossible, and you’re never far from the beach, but for slightly longer distances buses run frequently about town - making getting about as breezy as the sea air.
How to get to
International visitors will possibly touch down at Bournemouth International Airport. Located just 4 miles north of Bournemouth, various European airlines fly directly there. If you’re coming from further afield however, then nearby London Heathrow and Gatwick are better connected gateways. Getting to Bournemouth by train is simple, with direct services from London Waterloo to Bournemouth Station operating regularly, whilst many trains from the north terminate at Bournemouth. For the budget holiday maker, buses and coaches are much cheaper, with the National Express Bus taking 2.5 hours to reach the resort from London. Once there, a bus or cheap taxi can whisk you away to your hotel.