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“amazing place for service and food!”
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RNLI College
Ranked #1 of 13 Hotels in Poole
Certificate of Excellence
Jersey, United Kingdom
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38 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“amazing place for service and food!”
Reviewed 18 January 2013

Ok so I'm a tad biased as I'm RNLI Lifeboat Crew and I attended a training course here :-)

I've officially (seriously!) put on 11.2lbs weight being at the @RNLI Lifeboat College for 5 nights.... Fantastic Catering - the Crew (beef) Burger is HUGE

Rooms are LARGER than you expect, with a large desk for you to work on, with the sea (Poole harbour) view - Hot showers and a bath if you like that sort of thing.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled solo
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Richard_Martin9, General Manager at RNLI College, responded to this review, 4 February 2013
Hi Phil T

We are especially delighted that as a Crew member you enjoyed your stay with us! You are the reason we are here.

I'm not sure how we managed to make you gain so much weight in a week - we no how hard the training can be! Thanks for the picture of the Crew Burger. A number of our dishes are from Crew Members from all reaches of RNLI Lifeboat stations.

Very best wishes and we hope to see you back - even if it's just for another burger!

Richard
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Cirencester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 16 January 2013

We recently got married and had our reception in the Harbour view suite. The sun came out for us and it was simply stunning. All of our guests stayed the night at the college, everyone without exception was impressed. The whole building was spotless, the rooms were spacious and comfortable, the staff were helpful, efficient, polite and friendly, the food was excellent and the bar very welcoming. Simply put, what more could we have asked for? I know that a good number of our guests will be returning for weekend breaks as will we!
JJ and Sarah Hall

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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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Richard_Martin9, General Manager at RNLI College, responded to this review, 4 February 2013
Hi Jonathan H

Thank you for your very kind review with tripadvisor. We are delighted that you and your guests enjoyed your special day with us. We really appreciate your trust in looking after your wedding and thank you for choosing to support the RNLI.

Kind Regards

Richard Martin
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Poole, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 January 2013

I recently had a private luncheon party in the Harbour Suite for my Mum's 80th Birthday. The staff could not have been more helpful with the arrangements and on the day.
All my 24 guests were extremely impressed with the food and its presentation. The waiting staff were attentive yet unobtrusive and very pleasant.

The room itself was beautifully decorated, with amazing panoramic views of the back part of Poole Harbour. Similarly, the bar downstairs had great views and was a great place for everyone to meet before we sat down to eat.

All the facilities were spotlessly clean and all the floors were accessible by lift for the less fit amongst us.

The outside of the building is very industrial looking - in keeping with its RNLI purpose - so don't be put off by this. Inside it's a first rate Restaurant/Bar/hotel/reception venue!

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with family
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Richard_Martin9, General Manager at RNLI College, responded to this review, 19 January 2013
Hi Jane S

Thank you for organising your mum's 80th birthday party with us. We are delighted you and your guests enjoyed your time with us.

Thank you for being the first reviewer for 2013, for taking the time to share your generous comments and for supporting the RNLI save lives at sea.

Kind regards

Richard
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Poole
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 December 2012

I attended a wedding anniversary party here. The planning and execution were flawless and the room and building itself excellent.

The bedroom had a fantastic view and was very spacious. Plenty of space, electric power points and lights! Everything was immaculately clean and working. Bathroom had a bath and was spotless.

The room was very warm, although on the 3rd floor and with security windows with limited opening meant leaving the windows open all night was no hardship. Breakfast was super. Throughout the staff were great.

Highly recommended and exceptional value.

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  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with family
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Richard_Martin9, General Manager at RNLI College, responded to this review, 19 January 2013
Hi GB 1970

Thank you for taking the time to review RNLI College with tripadvisor. We are delighted you enjoyed both the celebration and your accommodation with us.

We are grateful for your support and helping the RNLI save lives at sea.

Kind Regards

Richard
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St Helier, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 December 2012 via mobile

Great location for the ferry if you live in the channel islands, perfect for a quick weekend get away, close to shops, bars etc
Good size rooms, nice restaurant and bar, good all round place to stay at a reasonable price

  • Stayed December 2012
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Richard_Martin9, General Manager at RNLI College, responded to this review, 19 January 2013
Hi Trudi 1978

Thank you for taking the time to review RNLI College with tripadvisor. We are delighted you enjoyed your stay with us. We really appreciate your kind comments (especially about our receptionist) and cleanliness.

Every £ spent at RNLI College helps support RNLI save lives at sea.

Thank you

Richard
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Chepstow, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 December 2012

We stay at the RNLI College on the 24th November 2012, as my husband had a Cluster Headache Conference there on the 25th. We had an amazing stay. The room was lovely and very spacey, so much so our son was able to go in his baby walker in the room. The staff were brilliant, helpful and friendly, especially the receptionist Rachel Disney. All the staff made such a fuss over our 8 month old son and he loved it. The restaurant was lovely, the food amazing and staff in the restaurant were great too, again making a fuss of our son. The bar was also lovely, friendly staff and very helpful. The whole place was spotlessly clean, bright and fresh and had all the facilities you'd need. A massive THANK YOU to everyone at the RNLI College, Poole. We will see you again. PS Beautiful venue for a wedding!!!

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 November 2012

Just had a brilliant weekend at the RNLI college. It is better than a lot of hotels I have stayed at. The rooms are very clean with a very comfortable bed. The food also is excellent, although I did have to send my burger back as I think the chef thought he was cooking a blue steak. That is my only critisism. The rest was good enough to put a few extra inches on my waist. We were also lucky to partake of the November offer of afternoon tea for two for just £10. We would easily have paid more than double that elsewhere for what we got. The staff, all of them, were so friendly it is a real joy to stay there, and of course you are helping the RNLI also. Can't wait to go back in the summer.

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  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: RNLI College
Address: West Quay Road, Poole BH15 1HZ, England
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Region: United Kingdom > England > Dorset > Poole
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Poole
#2 Family Hotel in Poole
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 60
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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