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Markfield, England, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed here for two nights. The room was sumptuous - definitely for the captain and not the crew! Any of the rooms would give you a fabulous view of Poole Harbour. The breakfast was excellent too. The evening meal was the only disappointment. Cost-wise it was in the four star bracket, but the meal was more frozen food than... More 

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york
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14 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

we stayed here for a family function and thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. our disabled daughter was with us and nothing was too much trouble for the very helpful staff.an accessible room with walk in shower was great.We were able to reserve an accessible car parking space-reassuring when making a 300 mile trip. Our own room was first class with... More 

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Thank peaceseekerYork
Ewan S, General Manager at RNLI College, responded to this review

Dear peaceseekerYork, Thank you for the kind review and I'm ever so pleased to hear that my team looked after you and your family with such warmth during your recent stay with us. I'm pleased to hear that you thoroughly enjoyed your time with us and that the facilities on offer made for an enjoyable time for you and your... More 

Milborne Saint Andrew, United Kingdom
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77 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Harbour View function room was amazing and the party guests really enjoyed the views. Liaising with the Events Co-ordinator was good. The waiting staff on the day were very friendly but not that efficient. The special dietary food ordered in advance did not turn up As expected and there were no spoons for the desert (nor any staff to... More 

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Thank Pam S
Ewan S, General Manager at RNLI College, responded to this review

Dear Pam S, Thank you for taking the time to provide your feedback which I'll be sure to share with the team so that we can learn for the benefit of future events. Thank you for supporting the RNLI Saving Lives at Sea. Kind regards Ewan Steele More 

London
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155 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

RNLI Lifeboat College Hotel is almost what it says. There are crews from around the coast and the Thames on training courses. However, the organisation welcomes supporters and members of the public to enjoy the heritage and atmosphere of the facility. The rooms are geared toward comfort and allowing STUDY too. Each room I've stayed in has had a king... More 

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Thank PigletWinnieAndRoo
Ewan S, General Manager at RNLI College, responded to this review

Dear PigletWinnieAndRoo, Thank you for the fantastic review and kind comments about the facilities and our staff and I'll be sure to pass your comments to the team. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your ongoing support for the RNLI Saving Lives at Sea and I sincerely look forward to welcoming you back again on... More 

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22 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stumbled upon the RNLI college when looking for a B&B in Dorset. The college is quirky, in that even though obviously extremely modern and well planned, the history and importance of the RNLI is present throughout. The rooms seem to all have a wonderful view over the RNLI school and their bright orange boats and then across one of... More 

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Thank Neil S
Ewan S, General Manager at RNLI College, responded to this review

Dear Neil S, Thank you for the lovely 5* review and rest assured that I shall share your kind comments with the team. Thank you for choosing to stay with us and for supporting the RNLI Saving Lives at Sea. Kind regards Ewan Steele More 

Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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75 reviews
32 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Have attsnded a few business and training meetings that have been hosted on site + have have taken guests and friends to the shop and to have a coffee / drink in the bar which must have one of the best views in thd uk. This is a charity and I am not going to be picky - the facility... More 

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Ewan S, General Manager at RNLI College, responded to this review

Dear cricklewood, Thank you for the kind review and for providing your observations. I can assure you that we take security very seriously and outwith the main hospitality areas of the RNLI College which are fully open to the public as per other hotel establishments of this nature, all RNLI offices and store rooms are access controlled meaning that only... More 

West Sussex, United Kingdom
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445 reviews
55 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 219 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Wasn't really sure what to expect having fallen upon this site, Thought they might have a visitor centre open to the public, but was really disappointed, Sadly, Nobody seemed welcoming to us. Other than the shop and viewing gallery, outside the site was disorientating. Really disappointed as avid supporters of the RNLI was expecting more.

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Thank BargeeGirl
Ewan S, General Manager at RNLI College, responded to this review

Dear BargeeGirl, Thank you for providing your feedback via Tripadvisor following your recent visit to the RNLI Training College in Poole. First and foremost, we're a training facility for volunteer RNLI Lifeboat Crew and Lifeguards which is also open to the public to use as a traditional "hotel". There are a few RNLI items on show around the main reception... More 

Kidderminster, United Kingdom
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36 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My family having a seafaring background I will always support the RNLI. The title shows I would love to give 5 stars but, and this is the reason I cannot. I will report what occurred on the day of our visit; what else can I do. This is our third visit to the RNLI College and every time there has... More 

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Ewan S, General Manager at RNLI College, responded to this review

Dear normalf, Thank you for providing your feedback following your most recent stay with us at the RNLI Training College in Poole. I'm pleased to hear that our reception team and bedrooms continue to impress but I'm terribly sorry to hear that you've experienced issues with the food and casualness of some staff. Following the recent refurbishment of the restaurant... More 

Weston-super-Mare, England, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The hotel room was lovely, large and airy and looked out over Poole estuary. The food in the restaurant was nice and the staff very friendly. All staff were helpful and smiley. The views from the restaurant and our room was lovely. The hotel is walking distance from Poole harbour.

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Thank Lynn L
Ewan S, General Manager at RNLI College, responded to this review

Dear Lynn L, Thank you for the very kind review following your recent stay with us at the RNLI Training College in Poole. I'm pleased that you thoroughly enjoyed the stay and the views from around the facility. I'll be sure to pass your kind comments onto the team. Thank you for supporting the RNLI Saving Lives at Sea and... More 

Aberystwyth, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Admittedly I stayed here during a course with the RNLI, but I was very, very impressed with all aspects of the college hotel facilities, right from the rooms with harbour views, immaculate cleanliness and spacious rooms. The meals were all plentiful and with a good menu to chose from. The bar with its stunning sunset views is also well worth... More 

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Thank Hefhoover2014
Ewan S, General Manager at RNLI College, responded to this review

Dear Hefhoover2014, Thanks for the great 5* star review on Tripadvisor following your recent attendance at a training course at the RNLI Training College in Poole. We look forward to welcoming you back again in the foreseeable future. Kind regards Ewan Steele More 

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Free Breakfast
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
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  • Non-Smoking Hotel
  • Wheelchair access
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  • Bar/Lounge
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
  • Accessible rooms
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
The home of RNLI training, RNLI College is a fine modern conference and training venue in a stunning waterside setting in Poole, Dorset, and now also offers hotel facilities in the 60 en-suite rooms. RNLI College also makes a stunning wedding venue with views over the harbour. Every £ Spent at RNLI College saves lives at sea. ... more   less 

Additional Information about RNLI College

Address: West Quay Road, Poole BH15 1HZ, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Dorset > Poole
Price Range: £68 - £107 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 60
Also Known As:
Rnli College Hotel Poole
RNLI College Poole, Dorset
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Poole
#2 Family Hotel in Poole
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“Ask for a pre visit”
 of 5 bubbles 933pams, 20 Nov 2016 | Read review
“A room looking over the estuary.”
 of 5 bubbles LynnL5, 1 Nov 2016 | Read review
“All,rooms have a sea view . . Our was on the fourth floor”
 of 5 bubbles skiliz, 30 Oct 2016 | Read review
“Any room will be good, as they all have water views”
 of 5 bubbles PaulC424, 16 Oct 2016 | Read review
“All have Sea Views”
 of 5 bubbles FoodCultureFun, 13 Oct 2016 | Read review
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