We (2 couples) tried to book RNLI accommodation for mid April 2011. It was at a time the RNLI had weekend of special activities.
As you can not book online you have to ring or email. We emailed and were told that accommodation was available but could only be booked by a RNLI member. Could we join and then book? Of course but you can not become a member online and we would have use a bank account in Australia and transfer money from here. This may be to do with the regulations covering charities in the UK. Who knows?
Bank account was duly set up and money (28 GBP) sent. After hearing nothing for two weeks, we phoned again and were told the membership number was about to be posted to us in Australia. But we were given the number over the phone.
We then phoned their booking service to be told that there was no accommodation available.
The obvious problem with all this is that there is a great gap between the booking and the accommodation sections. You can’t do one without the other but you can’t join and book at the same time.
Everyone we dealt with was pleasant and helpful. It just doesn’t seem to work.
We are happy to have a membership to this fine institution and hope we aren’t asked to renew it
- 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
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- Also Known As:
- Rnli College Hotel Poole
- RNLI College Poole, Dorset