Bournemouth is a quaint seaside town about a two-hour drive from London. It is a popular tourist destination all year round, but gets quite crowded in the summer. The town sits on seven miles of sandy beaches and one of the most popular spots is the pier. Here you will find an activity center that features a rock climbing wall, zipline and obstacle course. Due to the moderate climate, Bournemouth is also an ideal place to retire. They have one of the largest Jewish communities in the UK. At one time there were a number of kosher hotels, but today there are only two left. While visiting you will find five synagogues, a Jewish deli and kosher restaurant, The Garden. The following list includes the top 10 kosher, or kosher friendly hotels for you to check out while in Bournemouth.
1. Normandie Hotel
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The Normandie is the only real kosher hotel left in Bournemouth. The hotel sits on acres of private grounds with a Shul on the premises. They have two choices of room types, standard and executive. All rooms include Shabbos Light, TV, private bathroom, and either two single, or two double beds. Executive rooms include a seating area, balcony and ocean views. Onsite amenities include 24 hour coffee/tea facility, a snooker and table tennis room, playroom, cinema and lounge with panoramic views. The large restaurant overlooks the gardens and serves a strictly kosher menu. Outside you will find a heated swimming pool and children’s playground. Located downstairs is the hotel Synagogue which is open all year.
Address: Manor Road, East Cliff, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH1 3HL
Price: Contact them for a rate
The Queens Hotel is located across the street from the beach. All rooms include TV, coffee/tea making facilities, private bathroom, 24 hour room service and either one double, or two single beds. The Forever Gorgeous Spa offers treatments to relax the body and mind. On site recreational facilities include a fitness center, sauna, steam room and spa bath. The main restaurant serves a varied menu using local, fresh produce. You can also grab a snack and a drink in the lounge, bar or garden room. Located near the center of Bournemouth you are within walking distance of the Bournemouth Hebrew Congregation, the Bournemouth International Centre and the Pavilion Theater.
3. Water Garden Hotel
The Water Garden Hotel features standard rooms with either one double or two single beds. The hotel has a completely kosher restaurant on the property. You will be conveniently located near the center of town and some of the popular attractions including the National Science Society and Knyveton Gardens. Also nearby is the Chabad of Bournemouth, which is supervised by Rabbi Yosef Alperowitz.
Water Garden Hotel
Address: 2B Annerley Road, Bournemouth, BH1 3PG, United Kingdom
Price: Contact for rates
Star Rating: 2.5 Stars
The Hotel Royale sits on the East Cliff overlooking the sandy beaches. Every room includes either one, or two double beds, or two single beds, TV with satellite channels, Wi-Fi access, coffee/tea facilities, a seating area, work space and private bathroom. Other amenities on the property include a sun terrace, swimming pool and restaurant. The restaurant serves breakfast and dinner and kosher items are available upon request. Light snacks and beverages can be enjoyed in the bar and 24 hour room service is available. You are within walking distance of the beach, restaurants, shops, the Grosvenor Casino and the Oceanarium.
The Orchid Hotel sits on the coastline just a short walk from the East Cliffs. Your choice of rooms include standard, family rooms or suites. All rooms include either an extra large double bed, or two single beds. The family rooms have one of each. Standard in-room amenities are a flat screen TV with satellite channels, Wi-Fi access, coffee/tea facilities, en suite bathrooms and the suites include a seating area. The No 34 restaurant, on the property, serves up a traditional English/Irish breakfast with vegan, gluten-free and kosher items available, and the restaurant also offers a dinner menu. You are within walking distance of most of the best attractions in Bournemouth including Bournemouth Beach and the Square. The Chabadeli, a kosher food market, is also nearby.
The Hallmark is located on the East Cliff just a short walk from the town center. The room choices include single, double or family rooms which come with one double and one single bed. All rooms include a TV with over 100 channels, Wi-Fi access, work space, seating area, en suite bathroom and either a balcony or an ocean view. On site amenities include a large sun terrace overlooking the adult’s only outdoor pool, lounge that serves snacks and drinks throughout the day and access to the Waves Health Club located next door. Also next door is the Carlton Hotel restaurant that is open nightly for dinner. You will be staying in one of the more popular tourist areas of town due to the closeness of many attractions including the beach. When you want to enjoy a totally kosher meal, the Garden Restaurant is not too far.
This historic manor was built in 1877 by King Edward Vll for his mistress Lillie Langtry. It has been renovated into a chic, boutique style hotel. Each of the rooms has its own unique character and are a mix of original charm and modern luxury. All rooms come with flat screen TVs, Wi-Fi access, en suite bathrooms and a personal bar. Some rooms have a balcony or ocean views. Breakfast is served buffet style in the restaurant on the premises and they offer European and Continental cuisine for dinner. Enjoy a traditional English tea every afternoon in the lounge. You are close to the airports and the Bournemouth Hebrew Congregation.
This Hilton is one of the newest hotels in this seaside tourist town. It is an interesting mix of quirky designs and modern luxury. All rooms include either double, or single beds, flat screen TVs with satellite channels, a work desk and spacious bathroom. Other amenities on the premises include a heated indoor swimming pool and a spa and wellness center. The Schpoons & Forx restaurant serves traditional English fare with a modern twist and the swanky LEVEL8IGHT sky bar serves beverages of all kinds with a stunning view of the sea. You will be centrally located near the promenade with its shops and restaurants, including the totally kosher restaurant, The Garden.
This hotel sits across from the much visited Bournemouth International Centre—here you can shop till you drop. All rooms include either a double, or two single beds, LCD TV and lovely ocean views. During your stay enjoy working out in the leisure center with a gym, or just relaxing by either the indoor or outdoor swimming pools. The restaurant on site serves a traditional English breakfast buffet, and kosher items are available upon request. You are just footsteps from the beach, shops and bars.
Cecil Court was originally a gentlemen’s club but today it’s the oldest hotel in this seaside town. All rooms include double or single beds, flat screen TVs, coffee and tea facilities, and private bathrooms. The property is centrally located and everything is within walking distance including the beach, the Square, Oceanarium and many shops and restaurants including the Chabadeli that sells kosher food items.
Kosher friendly accommodations
Finding a totally kosher hotel while on vacation can be difficult. While not all the hotels listed here are completely kosher, they are kosher friendly. If a totally kosher accommodation is important to you then the Normandie and the Water Garden would be your best choices.
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