Regular travellers often stumble on a hotel chain that meets their exact needs and budget. The Ibis brand is understandably popular with guests who want excellent facilities without paying over-the-odds for their room. You will search in vain for an Ibis in Bournemouth, but there are alternatives within easy reach of the resort town.
In Southampton, just 35 km away from Bournemouth, the Ibis Southampton Centre is an attractive option, that allows you to experience the bustle of the city's nightlife after your days at the beach.
There are 93 modern guest rooms, all of them equipped with satellite TV and wireless internet access. Head down to the cafe for snacks and light lunches, or to the bar for a drink. It's just a 5-minute walk to Southampton railway station from here. Regular fast trains can whisk you to Bournemouth in around 45 minutes.
In Portsmouth, 56 km from Bournemouth, the Ibis Portsmouth Centre is situated in the heart of the famous naval city. There are 144 guest rooms, although regular travellers will find these are a little smaller than standard rooms. Again satellite TV and internet access are available in every room, and there is a cafe and bar.
Portsmouth and Southsea railway station is very close to the hotel but train services to Bournemouth are indirect and slow. A better option would be to drive or take a bus along the coast.
If you are not completely committed to the Ibis chain, there are several attractive budget hotel alternatives in Bournemouth. Popular choices include the Orchid Hotel, the Premier Inn and the Heathlands Hotel. Several of these hotels offer special rates and offers online.