There are a huge number of hotels, B&Bs and self-catering appartments in Bournemouth. You can download a map of Bournemouth here to get a sense of where the areas mentioned below are in relation to the venue.
BUDGET TIP! - you can get cheap coach/hotel packages often including dinner via holiday organisers such as www.nationalholidays.com which has, for example, a two-night/three-day break departing Sheffield on Friday 2 March for £117 including travel, hotel, dinners, as well as lots of other departures from the North East, North West, Yorkshire and Midlands.
Or www.coacholidays.com which has, for example, a three-night/four-day trip departing London including travel, hotel, dinners and free drinks on Saturday for £150, as well as other departure points.
There are lots of other companies offering these packages. Try googling: 'coach/hotel packages to Bournemouth departing [insert name of your home city/town]'.
If you want to make a mini-break of it, there are 15 lovely council-run 4-bed beach lodges, which you can rent from Friday night for a 3-night stay. The cost is £300 for three nights, ie £25 per person per night based on four sharing. They are a 40 minute walk from the venue (along the beach!) but there is also a very handy land train along the seafront.
Run by a local party member - Anne Cassels - and her husband, this eco-friendlly guest house is located around two miles from the venue (20 mins by bus). They are kindly offering conference goers a special rate on en-suite rooms, including breakfast, for only £22.50 per person, based on 2 or 4 people sharing (most rooms are double en-suite but extra matresses can be provided, and there is one family room).
Enter special promotion code GREENBIC when booking on www.thewestbyguesthouse.co.uk
Please call Anne on 01202 530071/07982 138 801 with any questions.
Below are details of some of the hotels in Bournemouth that you might want to consider.
These often present the best value if you book early enough. The three below are closest to the venue.
Bournemouth Central Premier Inn (5 minutes walk from the venue, 4.5/5 on trip advisor).
Rate as of 25 January: Fri £58, Saturday £96.50.
Bournemouth West Cliff Premier Inn (20 minute walk to the venue, 4/5 on trip advisor)
Rate as of 25 January: Fri £34, Saturday £69
Bournemouth East Boscombe Premier Inn (30 minute walk the venue, or a bus, 4.5/5 on trip advisor)
Rate as of 25 January: Fri £29.50, Saturday £48.50
In the West Cliff area (5 minutes from the venue but up a steep hill) there are many budget B&Bs and hotels.
Here is a list of those that we noted as being near the venue.
Brooklands Hotel (trip advisor rating 4/5) £55-95 per night, 01202 552887
Hotel Collingwood (trip advisor rating 4.5/5) £61 per night, 01202 557575
Liza Inn (trip advisor rating 4/5) £50 per night, 2 night minimum stay, 01202 557 349
Travelodge Seafront (trip advisor rating 4/5) £55 per night, 08719 846431
The Chocolate Box Hotel (trip advisor rating 4.5/5) 13 rooms, £105-129 per night, 01202 299645
There are a few hotels that - based on local advice - we would NOT RECOMMEND:
Bonnington Beach Hotel (trip advisor rating 4/5) Stag and Hen focussed. Avoid!
Mount Stuart Hotel (trip advisor rating 4.5/5)
Bourne Hall (trip advisor rating 3/5) Stag and Hen focussed. Avoid!
Fairmount Hotel (trip advisor rating 2.5/5) Stag and Hen focussed. Avoid!
The East Cliff area tends to have larger smarter hotels rather than family-run B&Bs. This is a good area to stay in if you would like a seaview and to start your day with a 15 minute walk along the seafront.
Eastcliff also has luxury hotel The Green House, which claims to be the UK's greenest hotel. From £100 per night. 01202 498900
There are many more B&Bs and hotels in Bournemouth, details of which you can find on the Bournemouth Tourism website.
Bournemouth Backpackers Hostel (25 minute walk)
Homestay (stay with local residents)