The 10 best Hotels in Poole for 2021/2022
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With serene seaside views and a wealth of first-rate eateries, Poole is among the UK’s top coastal getaways. Find the best stays here with our top 5 hotel picks in this enigmatic beachside region.
Perched on the revered Sandbanks peninsula near Poole, this luxury resort offers highly prized sea views from the balcony, restaurant and terrace bar. Rooms are spacious and modern with delightful artworks and muted colour schemes. The hotel itself boasts a sumptuous spa with an acclaimed restaurant and an indoor plunge pool.
This charming boutique-style seafront hotel offers unmissable panoramas of Poole Harbour and Sandbanks. Rooms are classically decorated with muted greys and white, featuring luxurious toiletries and delightful bathrooms. With two restaurants to choose from, guests can indulge in locally sourced seafood with views across the bay, or enjoy spectacular contemporary Chinese cuisine.
This boutique B&B rests along the seashore near Canford Cliffs, a pretty Poole conservation area of picture-postcard beaches. Enjoy a premium meal of locally-sourced food in the elegant on-site dining room, complete with mouth-watering real ales made by the B&B themselves. Rooms offer a delightful blend of old-school colonial furnishings and contemporary décor.
This classic Sandbanks hotel offers premium terraced views - the perfect place to unwind in the evening with a drink. It takes just moments to reach a blue flag beach from your door, where you’ll find some of the UK’s most breathtaking swimming conditions. The on-site restaurant serves up delectable local dishes with an extensive wine list.
This decadent 18th-century country manor is nestled within ancient woodland that was once used by medieval kings. The hotel offers intriguing interiors of decadent period furnishings and plush modern décor, with spacious rooms to explore. What’s more, you’ll find an award-winning contemporary restaurant serving up delectable dishes in an intimate and opulent setting.
- Free Wi-Fi
- Tea and coffee making facilities
- Luxury toiletries
- Flatscreen TVs
- Luxury bathrooms
- Swimming pools
- Spa treatments
- Terraced bars
- Award-winning dining
Summer is by far the most popular period to visit Poole, thanks to the favourable weather. The town's natural harbour and blue flag beaches bustle with life. To avoid the crowds, you can consider visiting during warmer months outside of peak July and August. Poole is still a fantastic year-round destination, but some attractions and facilities in neighbouring villages outside of Poole close in the downtime. Winter can also be immensely charming with Christmas lights and crisp walks by the beach.
Poole is a delightful destination for families, couples and groups of friends. Brimming with romantic sights and first-class restaurants, it’s the perfect anniversary or intimate getaway. Poole’s got plenty to offer families too, with country parks and outdoor adventures. Poole Museum itself provides a hands-on, child-friendly overview of the town’s history and cultural heritage. The wealth of beach and sea-related activities catering to all ages is also in its favour, and you’ll find a vibrant nightlife scene, particularly along the Quay.
- Historic hotels
- Country house hotels
- Spa retreats
- Seaside hotels
- Boutique hotels
- Comfortable shoes
- Walking clothes
- Evening attire
- Charging cables
- Swimming costume
- Sun cream
Getting to Poole is easy, with excellent rail, bus, car, air and ferry links. The closest airport is Bournemouth Airport, and European travellers can also arrive via ferry from Cherbourg, Saint-Malo and Jersey. Poole’s rail station is serviced by South Western Railway, with direct links to London and Weymouth. For travellers by car, Poole is conveniently situated close to the A31 and M27 which connects to the London-bound M3. Once you’ve arrived in the town, you’ll find the centre compact enough to traverse on foot.
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Poole is a pretty old port with picture-postcard harbour streets and a wealth of fine eateries. Thanks to its proximity to the luxurious Sandbanks area, you'll find a smattering of exclusive shops and charming hotel resorts. Perfect for boat trips and fun watersports, Poole is also loaded with alluring and historic attractions, including the former-smuggling and pirating hotspot of Brownsea Island.
Poole is an outdoorsy paradise with first-rate beaches and beach-bound activities. But it’s also close to some of Dorset’s most charming countryside sites too. Walkers and hikers will relish in the tranquil Cranborne Chase and the excellent coastal walks on the enigmatic Jurassic Coast.