Need to know
11am, but later check-out may be possible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm.
Double rooms from $115.40 (£92), excluding tax at 20 per cent.
Rates usually include a full cooked breakfast of fresh New Forest produce.
It's worth noting that the hotel is a popular wedding venue, so be prepared for the bar and lounge to be busy until around 6pm on weekends. Parties tend to be confined to the basement so that there’s minimal disruption after this time, but it might be worth asking if there’s an event planned if you’re booking a weekend stay. Fancy an endorphin hit? Ask for a guest pass to the neighbouring gym – just £5 a day – to fit in a workout class or a weights session.
At the hotel
Small garden, DVD library (and players to borrow), free WiFi throughout. In rooms: eco-friendly LED TV, Bose iPod dock, tea and coffee (and an eco kettle), bespoke low-impact bath products.
Our favourite rooms
Ask for a room at the rear for maximum peace, and top-floor rooms are the quietest. Crab Apple, a Master Double on the first floor, has plenty of space to run around in, as well as a huge roll-top in the centre of the open bathroom. Cedar is smaller, but worth its weight in bathroom. The Small Doubles can be a bit of a squeeze, so are best kept for one-nighters.
Don’t forget beach towels if you’re here in summer: Bournemouth beach draws a crowd as soon as the sun makes its presence felt. Come by car (electric, naturally) so you can get out of the city into the New Forest and pootle around Dorest’s Jurassic coast.
One room has been adapted for wheelchair users. The hotel is a popular wedding venue on weekends, so be prepared for the bar and lounge to be busy. Check when you book to find out if there's an event on.
Welcome, although there are no outstandingly family-friendly facilities. Cots and extra beds are available in some rooms, from £15 a night. Little Smiths are welcome in the Arbor restaurant before 7pm.
The clue’s in the name. The Green House goes beyond the gimmicks and thinks of everything. All materials and furniture – from the bespoke bamboo-covered Hypnos mattresses to the TVs which automatically adjust picture output to suit the light level – are as green as it gets and everything the hotel does is informed by a dedicated (but not preachy) eco-friendly ethos. Electricals are all low-energy, and everything that plausibly can be is recycled (including rainwater) and/or locally sourced.