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Be blissfully happy beside the seaside at the Best Western Plus The Connaught Hotel. This picture-perfect hotel in Bournemouth is centrally located on the West Cliff, close to the town centre and an abundance of shops, cafes, clubs and bars. The Pavilion Theatre, BIC, Lower Gardens and 7 miles of golden sandy beaches are also wonderfully close by. What more could you ask for?

This divine 4-star hotel and spa boasts beautiful and spacious accommodation, and superb facilities. Built in 1850, the Best Western Plus Hotel has lost none of its original charm; in fact, its appeal only increases as the hotel gets better with age. The hotel is celebrated across the UK and has been voted Bournemouth's No.1 hotel by TripAdvisor for 4 consecutive years. It has also been awarded TripAdvisor's 2015 Certificate of Excellence, a Silver Shield by Green Tourism for Business and 3 major awards by Bournemouth Tourism. It seems we really are the very best place to stay in Bournemouth, and thats coming from the experts!

A delightful garden terrace, excellent spa and leisure facilities and gorgeous food will make sure your stay is a most memorable one, as 4 fabulous restaurants can be found at the hotel. Blakes, our fine dining restaurant headed by Chef Ben Nicol, is TripAdvisor's No.1 restaurant in Bournemouth; so you can be assured you're in the very best of hands.

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West Hill Road
West Cliff

To make a reservation please call 0800 393130 (Freephone). For all other enquiries please call 01202 298020


Possible noise from on-going building works next to hotel. Work to take approx. 2 years
Bars, Free WIFI, Golf Nearby, Gym, Indoor Pool, Restaurants, Sauna, Twenty Four Hour Service, Lift to all floors, Spa Pool/Jacuzzi
Free internet available throughout the hotel
There is free parking available onsite.
There is parking available nearby.
Pets: No Pets accepted Guide and hearing dogs only
Check-in & Check-out
15:00 | 11:00


Dining and Bars

Ben Nicol is a highly trained and committed Head Chef. Nichol works in conjunction with his enthusiastic team of young chefs to produce the type of fine, quality food that encourages guests to return time and time again (not to mention the fact that the AA has awarded the hotel a double rosette in recognition).


Blakes Brasserie

Our Maitre d', Nick Rutigliano and his team warmly invite you to enjoy dinner at this stunning, newly refurbished restaurant. Imaginative in its choice of European food and, creative in its presentation, Blakes prides itself on its reputation for great food and fine wines, and is TripAdvisor's No 1 Bournemouth, 2 Rosette restaurant. For the comfort of all, Blakes is a mobile free zone and reservations are highly recommended to avoid disappointment.

Opening hours

Breakfast: 07:00 - 10:00
Lunch: 11:30 - 14:30
Dinner: 17:30 - 21:30
Weekend times may vary
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Breakfast Room

This excellent restaurant has a wide and varied menu to suit all tastes, including pastas, pizzas, steak burgers, fish and chips, fillet steaks, a variety of salads and now, by popular demand, you may even choose any item from the menu in Blakes. No reservations are necessary and the Brasserie is very casual.

Opening hours

Breakfast: 07:00 - 10:00
Weekend times may vary
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The Drawing Room & Gin Bar

The Drawing room is a perfect setting to enjoy that pre dinner drink. This cosy lounge bar attached to Blakes restaurant is a lovely, intimate setting, where one can enjoy a glass of champagne or a gin and tonic before being guided through our superb menu. Why not enjoy an after dinner cognac and coffee by the open fire during those colder nights.

Opening hours

Weekend times may vary


Meyrick Park

Situated just 2 miles away from the hotel, Meyrick park boasts an 18-hole Championship course surrounded by panoramic views. The club also includes a first-class pool, gym and treatment and beauty suite, meaning those who arent as so keen on practicing their swing will have plenty to do.

Course information

Course Type: Parkland
Location: Off Site
Holes: 18
Par: 69
Distance: 5540 Yards
No handicap required


2.00 miles away in Bournemouth


9 holes Yes
18 holes £13.50

Queens Park

Queen's Park is only 3 miles away from the hotel, and is a mature and rather challenging 18-hole course. Set across many acres of beautiful heather and pine woodland, the views are sure to take your breath away when youre not focusing on your shot.

Course information

Course Type: Parkland
Location: Off Site
Holes: 18
Par: 71
Distance: 6165 Yards
No handicap required


3.00 miles away in Bournemouth


9 holes Yes
18 holes £12.00

Spa & Leisure

As if the stylish bedrooms and inviting public areas of The Connaught Hotel weren't enough, we also have a fantastic massage therapy suite on site. If you fancy some hands-on hospitality, be our guest.


Spa Facilities

Our spa will leave you energised and refreshed, with massage therapy to compliment our sauna, aroma steam room and spa pool!

No. of treatment rooms: 4
Minimum guests (per booking): 1
Maximum guests (per booking): 8

All children must be accompanied by an adult No Access for Children in the Pool and spa area between 12.00 p.m. and 6.00 p.m.

Opening times

Monday: 10:00- 18:00
Tuesday: 10:00- 18:00
Wednesday: 10:00- 18:00
Thursday: 10:00- 18:00
Friday: 10:00- 18:00
Saturday: 10:00- 18:00
Sunday: 10:00- 18:00

Leisure Facilities

  • Swimming pool (18m )

  • Spa pool

  • Sauna

  • Aroma steam room

  • Resistance gym

  • CV gym

  • Massage Suite

  • Beauty Salon

Gym and swimming pool leisure facilities

In addition to our 18m heated indoor pool, spa pool, newly built sauna and aroma steam room, we're fortunate to have 2 gymnasiums: a cardio-vascular suite and a resistance gym all with modern changing facilities.



We offer a range of treatments to make your me time more memorable. From head to toe, we'll take care of you in style:

Type Treatment Time (mins) price (from)
Massage 1 Hour Full Massage 60 £65.00
Back, Neck Shoulder Massage 30 £35.00
Repose Aromatherapy Facial 75 £80.00
Rocks of the Mediterranean Hot Stones Massage 75 £85.00
The Power Breakfast - Express Facial for all skin types 30 £40.00
Mind & Body Mircozone Treatment 25 £30.00
The Dermalogica Skin Treatment 55 £55.00


Best Western Plus The Connaught Hotel is one of the most intimate wedding venues in the region, if not the country. It's our sole ambition to cater for your every wish and dish. As such, we guarantee we'll do anything and everything to ensure your wedding day lives long in the memory. So, make the happiest day of your life even happier, and say "I do" at Best Western Plus The Connaught Hotel, Bournemouth's premier wedding venue!


Wedding service and reception venue

With beautiful terraced gardens for those stunning snaps, the Connaught suite offers total indulgence and warm, friendly staff for complete peace of mind. We're sure you'll fall for this delightful wedding venue just as much as you've fallen for your significant other. Our entire team is at your disposal, so whatever you need, just ask.


Your wish really is our command here. Just take your pick from our combination of menus. Although you might find everything you need straight away, we'll happily cater for any other needs you may have, nothing is too much trouble! By paying as much attention to detail as we do to your guests, we'll ensure your day is one of the best that Best Western has to offer.

Honeymoon suite

The Orchid suite is our Bridal suite and boasts over 250 square feet of stylish accommodation. South facing with its own private balcony, the suite offers the happy couple a garden view, and even a glimpse of the sea. The bathroom has a separate power shower and a Victorian roll top bath for added luxury, while bathrobes, slippers, a flat screen TV, a DVD player and small dining area and lounge mean there's plenty of room for romance. All of this is complimentary when booking our full wedding package.


Registry office:
Bournemouth Register Office
Town Hall, Bournemouth, BH2 6DY
01202 454947

Say "I do" at Bournemouth's premier wedding venue
BEST WESTERN PLUS The Connaught Hotel.

For any enquiries please call Maria Ruiz on 01202 298020

Location and Attractions

Getting there.

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Nearest motorway: M27, J1, 20.00 miles
Nearest train station: Bournemouth, 1.50 miles
Nearest airport: Bournemouth, 7.00 miles
Free parking on site (66 spaces)
On site disabled parking (2 spaces)

West Hill Road
West Cliff

What's nearby?


  • Bournemouth AFC (3 miles)

  • Southampton Football Club (30 miles)

  • Portsmouth Football Club (40 miles)

Cities & Attractions

  • Bournemouth AFC (3 miles)

  • Bournemouth Oceanarium (0.5 miles)

  • Monkey World - Wareham (20 miles)

  • Bournemouth Pier and beaches (0.3 miles)

  • Lighthouse Arts Centre Poole (6 miles)


  • Town centre (0.6 miles)

  • Castlepoint Shopping Mall (4.3 miles)

Meetings, Conferences and Events

When looking for conference facilities in Bournemouth, we should point out that we offer some of the finest. Our attention to detail is second to none and we are one of only three Bournemouth hotels to be awarded the prestigious Silver Shield by Green Tourism for Business, for our contribution to the environment.

The Priory Business Centre comprises of Priory 1 and 2. The centre is self-contained, very private and is adjacent to the main hotel with its own separate access. Both rooms are fully equipped with TVs, flipcharts, screens and WiFi. Priory 1 also has the added advantage of air-conditioning and secure broadband, acting as one of the most comfortable meeting rooms in Bournemouth.

The Franklyn suite, located in the Connaught Lodge, is the largest conference room at the hotel and is perfect for corporate events, exhibitions and large conferences of 25-150 delegates. The suite has a private lounge, direct access to it's own private patio, access to the Courtyard Garden and is next door to the Boardroom, which is perfect as a syndicate room if required.

Available room set ups

U shape

Priory 1

The Priory Business Centre comprises of Priory 1 and 2. The Centre is self contained, very private and is adjacent to the main hotel with its own separate access. Both rooms are fully equipped with TVs, Flipcharts, Screens and WiFi. Priory 1 also has the added advantage of air-conditioning and secure broadband.

Franklyn Suite

The Franklyn Suite, located in the Connaught Lodge, is the largest conference room at the hotel and is perfect for corporate events, exhibitions and large conferences of 25-150 delegates. With its own private lounge and direct access to it's own private patio and access to the Courtyard Garden, the Franklyn is also next door to the Boardroom which is perfect as a syndicate room if required.

Room Theatre Classroom U-Shape Boardroom Banquet
Priory 1 30 10 18 20 0
Priory 2 20 6 10 12 0
Connaught 180 60 40 60 120
Franklyn Suite 150 45 35 36 80
The Boardroom 25 10 16 20 0
Have an enquiry?
Contact events on 0845 620 0506


TripAdvisor Traveller Rating: Rating: Based on 3290 traveller reviews
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Could not do enough for us

17/02/2019 Spaman006,

Wedding Anniversary,Moved us to another room with shower, due to my inability to get in a bath. cracking breakfast, we only had one evening meal, excellent. We came for the spa having been before and ... more


Rainy days in Bournemouth

13/02/2019 RAY L, Essex, United Kingdom

Stayed at the hotel quite close to B I C centre (we had tickets for a concert)hotel bit dated but staff and facilities more than made for this ,notice a big improvement package going on ,we was in th... more


Fantastic Spa Facilities

12/02/2019 Jem1B, Bournemouth, United Kingdom

Well kept hotel, smart in appearance & wonderfully polite staff. Fantastic Spa where I would thoroughly recommend the deep tissue back massage. I enjoy coming to this hotel for some down time & will c... more


Excellant birthday stay for my partner

06/02/2019 Travel15097560616, Salisbury, United Kingdom

This was our second stay at the Connaught. We stayed at the same time last year for my partners birthday and insisted we stay again this year. We made full use of the gym and pool and decided to mis... more


Weekend break

05/02/2019 1timeele, Thame, United Kingdom

Very pleasant stay as always at this hotel. Staff are very friendly and nothing is to much trouble. Rooms clean and tidy good excellent as always. Would recommend this hotel have stayed here for a goo... more