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The Kensington Hotel

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Beach nearby
Iron/ironing board, free WiFi, bed sheets

Overview of The Kensington Hotel

The Kensington Hotel

2.5 star property
Hotel with bar/lounge, near Bournemouth Beach
6.4 out of 10 Good
6.4/10 Good

147 verified guest reviews

Property highlights

  • Free parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Bar
  • Laundry facilities
  • Non-smoking
The price is £66
Price available on 25/6/2023
18 Durley Chine Road, Bournemouth, England, BH2 5LE
Main amenities
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Near the beach
  • Breakfast available
  • Bar/lounge
  • Room service
  • Garden
  • Self-serve laundry
  • Multilingual staff
  • Limited hour front desk
For families
  • Private bathroom
  • Garden
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry facilities
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Bath or shower

Room options

About this area

What's nearby

  • In Bournemouth City Centre
  • Bournemouth Beach - 11 min walk
  • Bournemouth International Centre - 1 min drive
  • Bournemouth Pier - 1 min drive
  • Sandbanks Beach - 12 min drive
  • Poole Harbour - 11 min drive
  • New Forest National Park - 15 min drive
  • Wimborne Minster - 21 min drive
  • Corfe Castle - 25 min drive

Getting around

  • Bournemouth (BOH-Bournemouth Intl.) - 13 min drive
  • Southampton (SOU) - 40 min drive
  • Branksome Station - 4 min drive
  • Bournemouth Station - 4 min drive
  • Poole Parkstone Station - 12 min drive


  • Brewhouse & Kitchen - 5 min walk
  • Olive Cafe Bistro - 6 min walk
  • Pasa Too - 4 min walk
  • Lolas - 6 min walk
  • Smokin' Aces - Cocktail Bar & Whiskey Lounge - 6 min walk

About this property

The Kensington Hotel

When you stay at The Kensington Hotel, you'll be within a 15-minute drive of Bournemouth Beach and Poole Harbour. You can unwind with a drink at the bar/lounge, and full breakfast is available at weekends. Fellow travellers say good things about the comfortable beds and helpful staff.


Chinese (Mandarin), English, Romanian

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C or hotter

Social distancing

Cashless transactions are available for all charges at the property
Social distancing measures in place
This information is provided by our partners.

At a glance

Hotel size

  • 37 rooms


  • Check-in time from 2:30 PM until 9 PM
  • Express check-in/out available
  • Minimum check-in age – 18
  • Check-out time is 11 AM

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions

Special check-in instructions

  • The front desk is open daily from 8 AM - 9 PM
  • Guests must contact the property in advance for check-in instructions; front desk staff will greet guests on arrival
  • To make arrangements for check-in please contact the property ahead of time using the information on the booking confirmation
  • If you are planning to arrive after 9 PM please contact the property in advance using the information on the booking confirmation

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card or cash deposit required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required
  • Minimum check-in age is 18


  • No cots (infant beds)


  • Pets not allowed


  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free WiFi in rooms


  • Free on-site self-parking
  • On-site parking is limited

Other information

  • Smoke-free property

Property amenities

Food and drink

  • Full breakfast (surcharge) on weekend mornings 8:30 AM–10 AM
  • Bar/lounge
  • Room service (limited hours)

What to do

  • Beach nearby


  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Laundry facilities
  • Multilingual staff


  • Garden


  • Upper floors accessible by stairs only

Room amenities

Be entertained

  • Flat-screen television
  • Cable TV channels

Home comfort

  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Iron/ironing board (on request)

Sleep well

  • Bed sheets provided

Freshen up

  • Private bathroom
  • Bath or shower
  • Towels

Stay connected

  • Free WiFi


  • Daily housekeeping

Fees & policies

Refundable deposits

  • Breakage deposit: GBP 50 per stay

Optional extras

  • Full breakfast is offered for an extra charge of approximately GBP 5.99 per person

Hygiene & cleanliness

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F.

Social distancing measures are in place and cashless payment methods are available for all transactions.


This property is managed by a professional host. The provision of housing is linked to their trade, business or profession.
This property does not have lifts.
This property accepts credit cards. Cash is not accepted.

Also known as

Kensington Bournemouth
The Kensington Hotel Hotel
Kensington Hotel Bournemouth
The Kensington Hotel Bournemouth
The Kensington Hotel Hotel Bournemouth

Frequently asked questions

Does The Kensington Hotel offer free cancellation for a full refund?
Yes, The Kensington Hotel does have fully refundable room rates available to book on our site. If you’ve booked a fully refundable room rate, this can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in, depending on the property's cancellation policy. Just make sure that you check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
How much does it cost to stay at The Kensington Hotel?
As of 4 Jun 2023, prices found for a 1-night stay for 2 adults at The Kensington Hotel on 25 Jun 2023 start from £66, including taxes and fees. This price is based on the lowest nightly price found in the last 24 hours for stays in the next 30 days. Prices are subject to change. Choose your dates for more accurate prices.
What are the cleanliness and hygiene measures currently in place at The Kensington Hotel?
This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property and social distancing measures are in place. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
Are pets allowed at The Kensington Hotel?
Sorry, pets aren't allowed.
Is parking offered on site at The Kensington Hotel?
Yes, there's free self parking. Parking spaces may be limited.
What are the check-in and check-out times at The Kensington Hotel?
You can check in from 2:30 PM - 9 PM. Check-out time is 11 AM. Express check-in and check-out are available.
Is there an on-site casino at The Kensington Hotel?
No, this hotel doesn't have a casino, but Genting Casino Bournemouth (14-min walk) is nearby.
What is there to do at The Kensington Hotel and nearby?
The Kensington Hotel has a garden.
What's the area around The Kensington Hotel like?
The Kensington Hotel is a short 11-minute walk from Bournemouth Beach and 11 minutes' walk from Bournemouth International Centre. The local area is walkable and popular for its beaches.







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Property conditions & facilities




10/10 Exceptional

Geoffrey, 1-night trip
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8/10 Very good

Phil, 1-night trip
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8/10 Very good

Gosh hotel
Walking distance to everything, very clean and comfortable. But bring a body shower soap and shampoo, there are none in the bathroom
Anna, 1-night business trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Excellent for a visit to Bournemouth.
We enjoyed our stay at the Kensington hotel. In a nutshell I can’t fault it! We would definitely come again.
Geoff, 4-night trip with friends
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4/10 Fair

Sleepless in Bournemouth
Very welcoming owner. Parking was tight due to skip and ongoing refurb works. Room was very compact. Bedding, mattress and towels have seen better days, one towel was just not nice. No bedside light, one very dim overhead light, shower tray was old and very worn, shower mixer tap was broken. Flooring was vinyl so easier to keep clean. Room was warm but I was woken by drunken guests returning at 3.15am, this continued until after 4am with no controls by management. I finally had to intervene myself to get some sleep. I Would not return.
1-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Good location Great staff.
Nice hotel in a convenient location for the centre of town. Very welcoming staff. Elaine at the front desk showed us up to our room and told us all we needed to know. A nice change from the usual ...' your room is on the second floor'.
Michael, 1-night family trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Scott, 7-night trip
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6/10 Good

Cheap and cheerful!
The Kensington states it is a no frills hotel, after reading some reviews I was cautious and took my own bedding and towels, but these were not needed. 😊 We were greeted by a very friendly host and the reception was clean and comfortable. Our room wasn't quite ready, but our host entertained us with his knowledge of the history of Dorset. 🙂 Our room was freshly cleaned and the bedlinen and towels had been laundered but did have slight marks and evidence of nail varnish marks. But this didn't worry us. We didn't see much of our host or other staff throughout our stay as the reception isn't covered much. This didn't cause any issues for us. 🙂 We stayed for a full week and enjoyed our stay. 🙂 We would return!
Elaine, 7-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Bradley, 6-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Kieron, 1-night trip
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