The Premier Inn Bournemouth Central Hotel has a rich history which makes staying there an even more appealing experience. It was originally built in 1935 as the Palace Court hotel, meaning it was lucky to avoid destruction soon after its opening due to the outbreak of World War, unlike fellow guest houses in the seaside resort such as the Metropole which was struck by bombs in an air raid on 23rd May 1943. The hotel has had numerous owners over the years including famous hotel brands including Stakis, Hilton and Metro. It was purchased in 2005 by Golden Tulip Hotels who then renovated it at the cost of around £9 million in order to bring it up to a four-star standard. However this proved not to be commercially viable for them so they then decided to sell it to current owners Premier Inn in late 2007.
The Beatles at the Premier Inn Bournemouth Hotel
The Premier Inn Bournemouth Central Hotel, then known as the Palace Court Hotel, has a particularly strong historical connection to the most famous boy band which has walked the Earth: The Beatles. The legendary Liverpudlian quartet first stayed at the hotel in the week of 19th August 1963 as they were playing a six-night show in the adjacent Gaumont (now Odeon) Cinema. The fab four did more than just rest their weary heads in the hotel though, they had a photoshoot in a makeshift set situated in the establishment’s dining room with one of the photos (featured below) used as the album cover on their second record “With the Beatles”.
Furthermore George Harrison wrote his first Beatles song in his room at the hotel “Don’t Bother Me”, whilst beset with a heavy cold. On the Friday of that week (23rd August 1963) they released their hit single “She Love You” which held a position in the charts for 31 consecutive weeks, occupying the number 1 spot for 6 weeks in total.