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Royal Bath Hotel & Spa Bournemouth
Royal Bath Hotel & Spa Bournemouth

Bath Road, Bournemouth BH1 2EW

4.0 out of 5.0
3 out of 5 (1,189 reviews)

Situated near the beach, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum, Bournemouth …

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Village Hotel Bournemouth
Village Hotel Bournemouth

Wessex Fields, Deansleigh Road, Bournemouth BH7 7DZ

3.5 out of 5.0
4 out of 5 (642 reviews)

Located in Holdenhurst, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Littledown Sports Center and Altitude High Ropes …

$54
Wessex Hotel
Wessex Hotel

11-13 West Cliff Road, Bournemouth BH2 5EZ

3.0 out of 5.0
3.6 out of 5 (704 reviews)

Located in the heart of Bournemouth, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Bournemouth International Centre and Bournemout …

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The Orchid Hotel
The Orchid Hotel

34 Gervis Road, Bournemouth BH1 3DH

4.0 out of 5.0
4.5 out of 5 (38 reviews)

Situated near the beach, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum, Bournemouth …

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Derby Manor Hotel & Shades Restaurant
Derby Manor Hotel & Shades Restaurant

Derby Road, Bournemouth BH1 3QB

4.0 out of 5.0
4.8 out of 5 (62 reviews)

Situated near the beach, this boutique hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Knyveton Gardens, Bournemouth International Centre, and …

$122
The Manor
The Manor

17 Salisbury Road, Christchurch BH23 7JG

3.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Christchurch, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Christchurch Castle, Regent Centre, and Red House Museum and …

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Harbour Heights Hotel
Harbour Heights Hotel

73 Haven Road, Sandbanks, Poole BH13 7LW

4.0 out of 5.0
4.4 out of 5 (115 reviews)

Located in Sandbanks, this hotel is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Compton Acres and within 3 mi (5 km) of Bournemouth Beach and …

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The Cumberland Hotel
The Cumberland Hotel

27 East Overcliff Drive, Bournemouth BH1 3AF

3.0 out of 5.0
4 out of 5 (597 reviews)

Located in the heart of Bournemouth, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum, Bournemouth …

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The Bridge House Hotel
The Bridge House Hotel

2 Ringwood Road, Ferndown BH22 9AN

3.0 out of 5.0
4.1 out of 5 (134 reviews)

Situated on the riverwalk, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Giggles, Knoll Gardens, and Motorsport Simulation Group. …

$39
The Green House
The Green House

4 Grove Road, Bournemouth BH1 3AX

4.0 out of 5.0
4.6 out of 5 (421 reviews)

Located in the heart of Bournemouth, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum, …

$86

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Dorset Hotel Guide

The lovely county of Thomas Hardy is sometimes overlooked in favor of its higher profile neighbors, but opting for hotels in Dorset when you plan your next break could be a smart decision. So, before you dash off to Cornwall or make a beeline for Sussex, check out some Dorset hotels and indulge yourself in the luxury of 4-star hotels in a destination that’s truly 5-star.

First stop has to be beautiful Bournemouth, which grew to prominence with the popularity of sea bathing in the Edwardian era, bringing visitors from far and wide to take the waters and breathe the pungent air of the pine trees that line Bournemouth beach. Some of the charm of that era can still be recaptured in buildings such as the Winter Gardens, the art deco theatres and cinemas and the impressive spa hotels that sprang up to service the growing stream of rich and famous visitors.

Bournemouth has never been content to rest on its historic laurels however, and today it’s a vibrant and modern town with plenty to keep culture vultures more than happy. Bournemouth International Centre is one of the major venues on the south coast, hosting performances by international stars as well as influential political conferences and trade exhibitions. This has encouraged a number of well-known chains of business hotels to locate in the town, helping to swell visitor numbers at the budget end of the scale.

Nature-lovers won’t be able to resist a trip to Brownsea Island, the largest of eight islands in Poole Harbor and owned by the National Trust. Thanks to its isolation from the mainland it is one of the few remaining places in England where indigenous red squirrels can still be found, while the lagoon is a popular feeding ground for wading birds such as terns and avocets.

To the west of the county lies Lyme Regis, known as the "Pearl of Dorset" and favorite holiday haunt of J. R. R. Tolkien. Check into one of the romantic hotels in the pretty town centre before following in the footsteps of John Fowles’ enigmatic French Lieutenant’s Woman with a bracing walk along the Cobb. Then visit the museum built on the site of the family shop of famous paleontologist Mary Anning to learn more about the fascinating fossils found on the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site..

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