Top 10 Sea View Hotels In Dorset, England - Updated 2022

Anne Marie
Anne Marie 
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Dorset is a county on the southern coast of the UK which is the ideal destination for ocean lovers. There are no major cities in the county, but there are dozens of quaint oceanside towns with miles of sandy beaches. Dorset is also located on the eastern end of the Jurassic Coast, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This stretch of coastline is famous for its dramatic limestone cliffs and natural arches. They aren’t just pretty to look at, however, they also contain many fossils that record over 185 million years of life forms in the area. The best place to stay in the area is a place with a view, so if you’re planning a visit, choose from one of our top 10 sea view hotels in Dorset, UK.

1. No. 98 Boutique Hotel (from USD 193)

Combining the coziness of a seaside cottage with the elegance of a boutique hotel, the No. 98 is the perfect spot for a relaxing vacation. This refurbished Georgian townhouse has well-appointed rooms with lovely nautical decor. The hotel is located right on the beach and many rooms look out over the water. Guests can enjoy perks like complimentary biscuits and sherry in the room, as well as a large complimentary breakfast each morning.


No. 98 Boutique Hotel

Wifi Available

Address: 98 The Esplanade
Accommodates: 2

Non-smoking rooms Fishing Ironing service Internet services Windsurfing Hiking Cycling Luggage storage

2. Louisa Lodge & Purbeck House Hotel (from USD 187)

A stay at the Louisa Lodge & Purbeck House Hotel is like taking a trip back in time! The hotel is divided into two portions, and the Purbeck House Hotel part dates back to 1875. This large English manor is full of authentic and historic artifacts, like a tiled floor from the Houses of Parliament, an arch originally from Hyde Park, and more. The Louisa Lodge is more modern, but just as elegant. Guests in either part of the hotel can experience the expansive gardens and the large hot breakfast buffet. The hotel is within walking distance to the shoreline and if you’re lucky, your room will have a few of the cliffs and the ocean.


Louisa Lodge & Purbeck House Hotel

Wifi Available

Address: 91 High Street
Accommodates: 2

Parking Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar Golf course (within 3 km) Garden Terrace Non-smoking rooms

3. Sandbanks Hotel (from USD 303)

Whether you’re traveling with family or as a couple, the Sandbanks Hotel is one of the best oceanfront hotels you could choose! It sits right along the famous Sandbanks of Poole and has direct access to the beach. If you’re traveling with kids and want a few hours to yourself, set them up with the hotel’s Watersports Academy, where qualified instructors will teach them about windsurfing, water skiing, and more! Head over to the Seaview Restaurant to have a meal overlooking the ocean, or have a drink from your room’s private balcony and watch the sun go down.


Sandbanks Hotel

Address: 15 Banks Road, Sandbanks

Parking Restaurant Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-hour front desk Sauna Fitness centre Terrace

4. Ocean Beach Hotel and Spa (from USD 107)

In the old days, the British would escape to the ocean to relax and rejuvenate. You can too by booking a room at Ocean Beach Hotel and Spa! This luxurious hotel features Ocean Day Spa, where you can pamper yourself with all kinds of treatments. If you’re the kind of person who likes to stick to their fitness routine, head to the facilities at the adjoining resort, including a squash court, pool, and sauna. The hotel sits atop a cliff and has an unobscured view of the sea. Book a table in advance at Italian Cafe and Lounge restaurant to dine on the terrace and breathe in the ocean air.


Ocean Beach Hotel & Spa - OCEANA COLLECTION

Address: East Overcliff Drive

CCTV outside property Private parking Luggage storage Heating Massage Fire extinguishers Fitness centre Newspapers

5. Hotel Miramar (from USD 105)

Hotel Miramar is located in an elegant Edwardian building overlooking the sea. It is surrounded by beautiful gardens that will make you feel like you are staying far out in the countryside. In reality, the hotel is well-located for exploring the area–downtown Bournemouth and the beach are just a few minutes away on foot. All rooms at the hotel feature a coffee and tea station and seating area and all have views of either the ocean or the beautiful gardens.


Hotel Miramar

Wifi Available

Address: East Overcliff Drive
Accommodates: 2

Parking Restaurant Room service Bar 24-hour front desk Garden Terrace Non-smoking rooms

6. The Pines Hotel (from USD 117)

The Pines Hotel is the perfect place to escape the demands of everyday life. The hotel is blissfully secluded in a rural part of Swanage, with only rolling hills, dramatic cliffs, and clear blue ocean as far as the eye can see. Some of the rooms feature a balcony with views of the ocean, and you can also take in the panorama in the breakfast room. Take your complimentary English breakfast inside if it’s too windy, or outside on the terrace. The Pines Hotel offers free parking, so you can explore nearby Corfe Castle or drive along the epic Jurassic Coast.


The Pines Hotel

Wifi Available

Address: 34-36 Burlington Road
Accommodates: 4

Parking Restaurant Pets allowed Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-hour front desk Golf course (within 3 km)

7. Grand Hotel Swanage (from USD 99)

The Grand Hotel Swanage is a large, stately hotel that dates back to 1898. It sits atop a cliff that provides easy access to the ocean below as well as stunning views of Swanage Bay and Peveril Point. You can appreciate the beautiful surroundings from the comfortable rooms, many of which overlook the water, or by wandering around the lush hotel gardens. This is a classic hotel that will treat your nostalgia for the grand era of travel by bringing it into the 21st century.


Grand Hotel Swanage

Wifi Available

Address: Burlington Road
Accommodates: 2

Parking Restaurant Room service Bar 24-hour front desk Sauna Fitness centre Garden

8. The Hermitage Hotel (from USD 116)

The Hermitage Hotel feels like a sophisticated beach hotel you’d find in a large city but has the perfect location for exploring charming Bournemouth. The hotel sits right in the center of the city, so you can easily explore the quaint streets or head to the beach. In addition to its complimentary English breakfast, the Hermitage Hotel also has an award-winning restaurant on-site for dinner. You can also order room service and make the most of the rooms’ views of the English Channel.


The Hermitage Hotel - OCEANA COLLECTION

Wifi Available

Address: Exeter Rd
Accommodates: 2

Parking Restaurant Pets allowed Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-hour front desk Non-smoking rooms

9. The Fairhaven Hotel (from USD 120)

The Fairhaven Hotel is the perfect pick for a beach vacation. It sits right along the Esplanade and Weymouth Beach is directly across the street. You’ll have a tantalizing view of the ocean from some of the rooms and the first-floor lounge, where you can choose from a hot full English breakfast or dinner and drinks, depending on the time of day. Head across the street to Weymouth Beach to play volleyball, zoom down the giant slide, lounge in the sand, and take a dip in the waves.


The Fairhaven Hotel

Address: 37 The Esplanade
Accommodates: 2

Bar Non-smoking rooms Lift Heating Non-smoking throughout Private check-in/check-out Beachfront Wine/champagne

10. Ocean View Hotel (from USD 93)

The Dorset coast isn’t quite the same as the tropics, but the Ocean View Hotel does its best to mimic warmer climates. The hotel features a pool surrounded by swaying palm trees and lounge chairs. It is close enough to the ocean to walk, and several of the rooms have views of the water. All of the rooms feature a private bathroom, tea and coffee facilities, and a TV. For entertainment, head to the bar and restaurant at the sister hotel, or walk the 20 minutes into lively downtown Bournemouth.

Rejuvenate yourself in a room with a view

Throughout history, Britain has lauded the healing properties of the sea. While we may not believe the ocean still has medicinal powers, the effect that the seaside has on most people’s mental states cannot be denied. Breathing in the salty air and feeling an ocean breeze has the power to instantaneously lift one’s spirits. Add in the breathtaking ocean views that you can see from these hotels and you’re bound to have your most relaxing and rejuvenating vacation yet.

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Anne-Marie works in publishing by day and aspires to travel as much as she can. While she has not yet seen the whole world, she's eager to learn and write about it!

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