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“Great way to support our brave Lifeboatmen!”
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RNLI College
Ranked #1 of 13 Hotels in Poole
Certificate of Excellence
Northampton, England, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Great way to support our brave Lifeboatmen!”
Reviewed 21 August 2014

This isn't your average hotel, so don't expect it to be! The rooms were designed for RNLI crews etc who are onsite at the college to do their training (you can get to see some of that while you're there too!)

The rooms are simple, but clean and comfortable - mine had wonderful views of Holes Bay and I had guest access to the internet too. The restaurant and bar are great and I've been to a formal catered function on the top floor too.

In short, it's a different, but great place to stay, well situated for Poole Harbour and a great way to support the RNLI!

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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled on business
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Ewan S, General Manager at RNLI College, responded to this review, 26 August 2014
Dear Helen W,

Thank you for taking the time to review our property on Tripadvisor following your recent stay with us at the RNLI Training College in Poole.

As a working college for the RNLI, you're very likely to witness crew undertaking some form of sea survival training as well as interact with them in person in the bar and restaurant if you're lucky.

All our rooms over look Holes Bay as does the bar and restaurant so there are plenty of places around the college to sit back, relax and enjoy the view.

Next time you stay, why not see how our volunteer crews and lifeguards are trained with a behind-the-scenes tour of the RNLI College. The tours run twice daily and there is a small charge for this but offered complimentary if you're staying with us. The volunteers who guide you around the facilities are full of interesting facts and figures for you to take away and impress your friends with your new found knowledge.

Thank you choosing to stay with us and for supporting the RNLI Saving Lives at Sea.

Kind regards
Ewan Steele
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Cannock, England, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 August 2014

Brilliant weekend for my wifes 40th birthday.
Please remember this isn't a hotel!!! It is clean it is central, but it is a college.
However it is really great, views from the rooms are wonderful!!
Thanks team and well done.

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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Ewan S, General Manager at RNLI College, responded to this review, 26 August 2014
Dear Clive S,

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

I'm so pleased to hear that you enjoyed a brilliant weekend for your wife's 40th birthday and found the views wonderful and our central location beneficial for exploring the local area. I'll be sure to pass on your thanks to the team.

As mentioned in your review, we are not a hotel but a purpose built training facility for RNLI Lifeboat Crew, Volunteers, Lifeguards and Flood Rescue Teams to attend for periodic sea survival training amongst others. Any spare capacity is then made available for our supporters and members of the public to use and enjoy such as yourselves.

Thank you for choosing to stay with us and for supporting the RNLI Saving Lives at Sea.

Kind regards
Ewan Steele
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 August 2014

We really loved the decor and atmosphere of the RNLI. The lifeboat theme of the hotel extends to fashionably designed rooms which are comfortable and peaceful. The view from the rooms is stunning. We had a slightly long wait at the restaurant but when the food arrived it was of a very high standard. The RNLI is excellent value for the quality of service and it is very well situated for the train station and exploring Dorset.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Ewan S, General Manager at RNLI College, responded to this review, 26 August 2014
Dear JoWild,

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

We're a working college where our RNLI Lifeboat Crew, Volunteers, Lifeguards and Flood Rescue Team attend to participate in periodic sea survival training. Any spare capacity is then made available for our supporters and members of the public to use and enjoy.

I'm pleased to hear that you enjoyed the décor and atmosphere of the college and of course the stunning view of Holes Bay from which each of our rooms overlook.

Thank you for choosing to stay with us and for supporting the RNLI Saving Lives at Sea.

Kind regards
Ewan Steele
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Reviewed 18 August 2014 via mobile

We had a long weekend in Poole and stayed here for 3 nights. The college is fantastic. Our room looked out onto Holes Bay (as all rooms do I believe). The view is beautiful. The room was large, spotlessly clean and had everything we needed. Tea, coffee, tv with remote, radio, iron, ironing board, plenty of drawer and hanging space. Very comfortable bed with plenty of pillows and extra bedding if needed. The bathroom also had everything required. Very good shower and lots of white fluffy towels.

The staff are very welcoming and friendly. The bar also looks out onto Holes Bay and the Twin Sails bridge and is a lovely place to relax with a drink. It also has a circular balcony which is a lovely place to sit if the weather is fine.

The college is well located, only a short stroll to Poole Quay. Next door to a huge Asda and has it's own secure car park. Also a very nice gift shop which has a range of lovely things at reasonable prices. I couldn't leave without making a few purchases!

I would not hesitate to return. My boyfriend and I loved our stay and it's nice to know that we are supporting the RNLI, rather than our money going to a corporate hotel group. If you're thinking of booking, go for it. You won't get better anywhere in Poole Quay.

Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank Jan C
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Ewan S, General Manager at RNLI College, responded to this review, 26 August 2014
Dear Jan C,

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

It sounds like both you and your boyfriend had a lovely time and made the most of our facilities and fantastic location for exploring the local area. Along with our bar and restaurant, all our bedrooms do overlook Holes Bay so you're always guaranteed a lovely view from wherever you choose to relax. If your lucky, you can also witness RNLI Lifeboat Crew undertaking training exercises on the pontoon and boats themselves.

Every £1 spent at the College goes towards supporting the RNLI Saving Lives at Sea and the invaluable work that they do so thank you for your continued support of our organisation.

Kind regards
Ewan Steele
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London
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 August 2014 via mobile

Stayed one night at the clean and bright college. Room was a big size but shame the windows would only open a couple of inches.

Breakfast was pretty good with a decent choice - maybe offer vegetarian sausages though?

About a 10 min walk to Poole harbour through not the most attractive area - the college is on a small industrial estate with car dealerships etc. Some signs into town wouldn't go amiss

Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Ewan S, General Manager at RNLI College, responded to this review, 26 August 2014
Dear David_OLondon,

Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback on Tripadvisor following your recent stay with us at the RNLI Training College in Poole.

I'm glad to hear that you found our bedrooms to be large, clean and bright and our location just a short stroll from both the town centre and Poole quayside advantageous for exploring the local area.

Thank you for choosing to stay with us and for supporting the RNLI Saving Lives at Sea.

Kind regards
Ewan Steele
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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62 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 August 2014

We have stayed regularly at the college since it first opened. Still excellent rooms and service
and everyone is so friendly. This time we had a top floor room that looked out over the twin sails bridge which is interesting to watch. On our last visit the breakfast was very dry but this time they seemed to have sorted it out. Will definitely continue to come back for more.

Room Tip: All rooms are identical but the higher you are the better the views
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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Jennifer C
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Ewan S, General Manager at RNLI College, responded to this review, 26 August 2014
Dear Jennifer C,

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

I'm glad to hear that your recent visit has continued to live up to your expectations and that our friendly staff continue to deliver the level of service that you've come to enjoy from us. Based on previous feedback, we recently tweaked our standard breakfast setup to ensure we're delivering a consistent product throughout each service period.

Thank you for your continued support for the RNLI Saving Lives at Sea and we look forward to welcoming you back again in the foreseeable future.

Kind regards
Ewan Steele
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Douglas, Isle Of Man
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Reviewed 11 August 2014

What a wonderful hotel with fantastic views over Poole Harbour, excellent accommodation, friendly staff and good food. We had a tour with a very knowledgeable guide and had a go in the simulator. Good fun. Close to all the amenities and pubs/restaurants.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with friends
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Thank Gilli C
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Ewan S, Manager at RNLI College, responded to this review, 12 August 2014
Dear Gilli C,

Thank you for taking the time to review RNLI College with tripadvisor folloiwng your recent stay with us.

You mentioned the RNLI College tours which provide a wonderful insight into the history, working and training of our Lifeboat Crews, Lifeguards and Flood Rescue Teams and are included as part of your stay and hosted by our fantastic volunteer tour guides.

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

Kind regards,
Detlef Turk
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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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