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RNLI College
Ranked #1 of 13 Hotels in Poole
Certificate of Excellence
East Sussex
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118 reviews
48 hotel reviews
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“Great place to stay and a good cause”
Reviewed 26 May 2014 via mobile

Stayed here as an overnight when visiting family. Accommodation is clean and fresh. This is not a luxury retreat, but functional. What makes this a great place to stay are the sea views. All rooms have fabulous views of Poole Harbour. It's in a great location and you know that some of what you spend goes to help the RNLI with their amazing work. The breakfast is self service, but food quality and variety excellent - will definitely go back and would certainly recommend.

Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Ewan S, General Manager at RNLI College, responded to this review, 27 May 2014
Dear DiggerOne,

Thank you for your comments on Tripadvisor following your recent stay with us at the RNLI College in Poole.

I'm glad to hear that you not only enjoyed the view of Holes Bay from your room, but found our great location to your advantage for exploring the local area.

As you know, our primary purpose here at the College is to provide dedicated training facilities for RNLI Lifeboat Crew, Lifeguards and Flood Rescue Teams so you can be sure that every £1 spent at the RNLI College goes towards the training needed to provide this important public service.

Thank you for choosing to stay with us and for supporting RNLI saving lives at sea.

Kind regards
Ewan Steele
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Reviewed 25 May 2014

On Friday 23rd May we were invited to a black tie charity evening at the R N L I . As usual the food was of the highest quality and beautifully served. We could find no fault whatsoever with the setting and the staff were attentive without being over bearing. Our after dinner speaker I am sure gave a very entertaining insight into the life of a Lifeboat skipper. Unfortunately we could not hear him. Shouts from the back of the room to this effect went unheeded. So we weren't the only table to only catch the occasional word. There is a good public address system in the room so why didn't he use it ? We did note that the events staff were sat near the front !
We had decided to stay the night and as usual the room was excellent. We have stayed at 5 star hotels where the bathrooms do not match the quality of the college bathrooms. The beds are so comfortable and the rooms are spotlessly clean and quite spacious. I always feel at home here. Breakfast next morning was plentiful and enjoyable. I did however feel that the tea/coffee area could have been attended to as it had become untidy and sticky. I tried 3 teapots before I found one that didn't contain old and used tea bags. Sorry if I sound 'picky' but we are regulars to the college and I felt that restaurant standards had slipped slightly.
All in all we had a very enjoyable time and my husband even won a bottle in the raffle. We will be back soon.

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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Ewan S, General Manager at RNLI College, responded to this review, 27 May 2014
Dear Angel18Dorset,

Thank you for providing your review on Tripadvisor following your most recent stay with us at the RNLI College.

I'm glad to hear the food and service you received at the charity dinner was to the standard you've come to expect and enjoy from us on the many occasions you've visited since your wedding reception held here back in 2011. Sorry to understand you and others at the back of the room couldn't hear the interesting insights provided by the RNLI Lifeboat Skipper. Although confident they can be heard, we'll try to make sure they make use of the microphone next time! I've passed on your comments about the tea & coffee station to the Restaurant Manager and will monitor personally also moving forward.

Thank you for supporting the RNLI saving lives at sea and we do look forward to welcoming you back again in the foreseeable future.

Kind regards
Ewan Steele
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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 22 May 2014

Congratulations! We visited the RNLI College on the 5th April for a family celebration and cannot fault our time here. First class service and excellent food. The welcome we received from the whole team was great and all our family and friends commented on what a truly lovely time they had. We would highly recommend the venue and especially the front of house staff. They couldn't have done enough to make our wedding anniversary so memorable. Keep up the good work. Can't wait to come back.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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Ewan S, General Manager at RNLI College, responded to this review, 23 May 2014
Dear Mr Stewart,

Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback following your stay with us last month at the RNLI training College in Poole.

I'm so glad to hear that you thoroughly enjoyed your Wedding Anniversary break as did your family and friends and we do look forward to the opportunity of welcoming you back again in the future.

Thank you for supporting RNLI saving lives at sea.

Kind regards
Ewan Steele
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Poole, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 20 May 2014 via mobile

We hired this venue for our Ruby Wedding Party and we were certainly not disappointed, the buffet food was excellent, the service and staff were also excellent, they just not do enough for you, whatever was asked of them was done in an effortless manner.

We had 100 guests, and all of them were so impressed with everything, the food, the staff, bar prices, and of course the beautiful venue. We started the party off with a drinks reception on the patio, where we watched the amazing sunset, then it was all inside to party the evening away.

We had approximately 30 guests, and ourselves staying the night at the College, and they were all so impressed with the rooms, the facilities, and the fabulous views from the rooms, even the breakfasts drew more compliments from our guests.

All in all we had a fabulous weekend at RNLI College and recommend it to anyone planning a wedding or party.

Just one very minor niggle ! The rooms could do with a bit more hanging space, sharing one hanging hook with a women is a little impractical !!

Thank you RNLI College for going the extra mile with your services for us.

Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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Ewan S, General Manager at RNLI College, responded to this review, 21 May 2014
Hi BigTelMalta,

Thank you for taking the time to provide such a lovely review on Tripadvisor following your Ruby Wedding anniversary celebrations here at the RNLI College in Poole.

I'm so glad to hear that you and your partner along with your 100 guests thoroughly enjoyed the occassion and that your guests who stayed overnight with us enjoyed their stay also.

I'll be sure to personally thank those who went the extra mile in both organising and executing the event to the standard we expect.

Thank you for supporting the RNLI saving lives at sea.

Kind regards
Ewan Steele
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Uxbridge, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 19 May 2014

Stayed for one night and was very pleased with room although quite basic. Comfy bed and fabulous views across Holes Bay. Our only niggle was how small and complecated the TV was to operate (a bedtime treat thing for us) . The best thing about this place was the balcony view from the bar. Breathtaking! Would definately stay here again.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Ewan S, General Manager at RNLI College, responded to this review, 21 May 2014
Hi lisa b,

Thank you for your review on Tripadvisor following a recent stay with us at the RNLI Training College in Poole.

All of our bedrooms overlook Holes Bay as does our Restaurant & Bar so you're guaranteed a fantastic view wherever you are in the College.

I do look forward to welcoming you back again and thank you for supporting the RNLI saving lives at sea.

Kind regards
Ewan Steele
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Solihull, United Kingdom
2 reviews
Reviewed 18 May 2014

Lives up to the rating on trip advisor. Only stayed for one night but could easily have stayed for longer. Friendly staff, spotless room, great food, fantastic location. What more could you want? Profits to a great cause and my daughter particularly enjoyed the RNLI bears in the shop! Will certainly be back

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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Ewan S, General Manager at RNLI College, responded to this review, 21 May 2014
Hi Charlie M,

Thank you for your review on tripadvisor following your recent stay with us at the RNLI College in Poole.

I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed stay with us and look forward to welcoming you back again in the future.

Thank you for supporting RNLI saving lives at sea.

Kind regards
Ewan Steele
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Kent
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 May 2014

As part of a Rotary weekend away we had been booked into the RNLI College. We were very pleased with the accommodation and food. A group dinner had been arranged for the Friday evening which was nicely served in pleasant surroundings. The breakfasts were great, plenty in both choice and quantity. The trip arranged at the end of the weekend was an added bonus, showing the excellent training provided for RNLI Volunteers around the UK in this dedicated facility.
Independently most of visited Brownsea Island on the Saturday, a National Trust site, the ferry was within walking distance of the College.
Would recommend for either a group meet up or just a weekend away.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
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Ewan S, General Manager at RNLI College, responded to this review, 14 May 2014
Hi FluoresentPhil,

Thank you for provide your feedback on Tripadvisor following your group’s recent stay with us at the RNLI Training College in Poole.

I’m pleased to hear that your weekend stay with us as part of a Rotary weekend was a success and that the entire group had an enjoyable time with us. You mentioned the College Tours which are ran by RNLI Volunteers and provide a fantastic insight into the workings of the College which provides training to RNLI Lifeboat Crew, Lifeguards and Flood Rescue Teams. The tours are free for anyone staying with us but reservations are required as spaces are limited.

I hear that for those of you who took the ferry across to Brownsea Island you witnessed a live shout involving a windsurfer who required assistance. An Inshore Lifeboat attended along with the Coastguard Helicopter and the windsurfer was winched away and treated for a dislocated knee at Poole Hospital. At the College, we’re used to seeing training exercises on Holes Bay so it must have been exciting for your group to see the real thing and as mentioned by one of your colleagues, really put the purpose of the RNLI Training College into context.

Thank you for choosing to stay with us and for supporting RNLI saving lives at sea.

Kind regards
Ewan Steele
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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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