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Christchurch Harbour Hotel & Spa
Ranked #9 of 11 Hotels in Christchurch
Reviewed 9 May 2014

We stayed for one night mainly to dine at the Jetty, a restaurant right on the waterfront. The room was very spacious, although the bathroom a little small in comparison to the room. The dinner in the Jetty was impressive, great food and service and views out over the harbour. A pity that the trees block the view, no doubt a planning issue. Breakfast buffet the next morning was very good indeed

Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 May 2014

Stayed here as part of our anniversary celebrations. Rooms are of a good standard, with a lovely bathroom, but beds very hard. Dissapointed with food and service in the upper deck restaurant as they were not particularly busy and it was expensive for what it was.They forgot my wine for the main course and still charged me for it on the final bill, waited over 30mins for cheese and biscuits, so we told them not to bother, they then bought it up to us and did not even say sorry for delay. They charged £12.95 for 5 small pieces of cheese appox 1" square, so again we said 'no thanks'. Breakfast was also a disappointment, bacon was worse than cardboard couldnt eat it as it was so dryed out. The hotel thinks it is better than it is. Spa is nice and the hotel is in good location near coast (mudeford) but not really walking distance to christchurch.Would I stay there again? No.

Room Tip: Rooms are £40 a night extra for coast facing. not worth the money in my opinion.
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  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank JAS008
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Reviewed 9 May 2014 via mobile

Absolutely stunning hotel with wonderful views across to Hengistbury Head and the Mudeford beach huts. The majority of the staff were exceptional and very helpful. We were greated by a lovely receptionist who went out of her way to make sure we enjoyed our stay. Our room had a lovely view, was a good size and had a really nice light bathroom. The carpet was quite stained, but I am sure in any hotel it is a never ending job with a light coloured carpet! The bed really comfy and more than adequate space in the room (we upgraded to a Sea View Room). Dinner was absolutely exceptional. The food outstanding and wine wonderful. It was made even more special with our lovely waitress and the gentleman who chose a different wine for us to go with each one of the eight courses - really outstanding. The spa is lovely and massage was one of the best I have had. Before leaving the hotel we sat and had a glass of wine, a coffee and some bar snacks. This was our only disappointment of the hotel. We had a taster selection. It was a little poor, but as we had enjoyed our stay so much we were going to let it pass, but the lovely waitress noticed we weren't 100 per cent happy and came over and said she would sort it out for us. Next thing we had a extremely rude, I assume bar manager, storm out of the kitchen and tell us "what did we expect for £10"! This left us speechless as we hadn't even said anything and it was quite upsetting to be accused of complaining when we hadn't and surely if he had thought we had complained to the waitress he should have dealt with it differently! Because of this tiny incident of somebody being so rude for no reason we would probably chose to go elsewhere next time, which is a real shame as we loved everything else and felt the stay had been magical with the glorious surroundings, but unfortunately our perfect memories of a great stay have been tarnished slightly by the rudeness of one member of staff.

Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 May 2014

Booked a four night stay for rest and recuperation. But had to come home for this. Rooms are of excellent standard food fab! Having been a guest at this hotel for many years sadly the emphasis is on guests who are part of wedding package or spa deals!

I had three disturbed nights from guests clearly involved as part of the weddings over the long bank holiday. Slamming doors! Banging on doors, a drunken argument in the corridor by husband and wife

I feel the the 'normal' guest is forgotten and of little consequence. Food/coffee order on the balcony is pricey too.

Stayed: May 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 6 May 2014

Stayed at this hotel recently for a wedding. The rooms are quite pricey but the bridal couple are allocated a small number of rooms for guests. The rooms are well kitted out but are either very small or overlooking the car park. I found our room to be very dark, including the bathroom. Beware ladies, you won't be able to see to do you make up in the bathroom. Travel with a mirror to place in the window.
The restaurant was good and food excellent.
The Toastmaster does an excellent job.
The staff were polite and helpful.
The lounge seating area is small but the chairs are comfortable.
The Spa. This disappointed me. I have been to many hotels and used spa facilities. I booked Gel nails. I was happy with them and my assistant was well trained. We had some difficulty however being able to choose colour as the nails were done in a massage room. Another very dark room!
I hadn't enquired as to the price since I guessed anyway that they would be more expensive than my usual fortnightly nail appointment at home. You can imagine my surprise on checking out at being charged a hefty £50! I made enquiries and was told that I had had a manicure costing £35 and a gel upgrade at a further £15. Ladies, this manicure only consists of tidying up the shape of your nails and pushing the cuticles back. That's it.
So...moral of this tale - bring a mirror and get your nails done elsewhere!

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Reviewed 6 May 2014

very small room for the money , lunch menu expensive . veiw over the car park disapointing again poor value for the money .no out side space with our room. admittedly it was a bank holiday wkend but would have expected cheaper rate for the room we where given.

breakfast was good and nice restaurant , but was fully booked for meals , no room service was offered something other hotels do .

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 May 2014

Very nice place. Parking can get a bit tight if you arrive late. We had a partial harbour view room which turned out to be a complete view, albeit over a flat roof below the window. The view, especially at sunset, was stunning.

The room was quite small, made more so by the gigantic and very comfy bed. The en-suit was accessed by sliding door to allow more space. Lovely large shower cubicle with drench head shower (which could have been a little more powerful) . The toiletries were excellent quality and the sink could have doubled for a small bath.

The room was so warm on our arrival, we had to open the sash windows (yes, they fully opened) to get some cool air in.

Unfortunately, the dressing gowns had been forgotten, ( how is that possible when all the rooms have them, all the time?), but they were quickly delivered on asking. There was nowhere to hang them though, either in the room, or the en-suite!

If you fancy a tipple from the mini-bar, you might want to check the prices first, as there is no price list in the room.


The hotel is quite old inside,almost art deco, but well kept, clean and comfortable. The spa is just perfect, with a lovely pool, jacuzzi, mineral room, sauna and steam room, as well as some quiet areas, and of course the treatment rooms. The changing facilities are clean and secure. We dined on the first night and the food was good, if a little small in portion. It's not cheap either with the bill being around £64 plus gratuity for an appetiser of tempura prawns, chicken, froggy peas and chips main course, with a bottle of decent wine for two.

That said, if you are on a tight budget, you will probably not be staying at the Harbour.(Our stay was a lovely gift from our daughter and her husband) The breakfast was freshly cooked to order and very tasty. There are a couple of places to eat at the the hotel, and both are of good quality. The staff, in both the hotel and spa, are friendly and efficient.

The hotel is a little out of town so there isn't a great deal locally but a short walk to the New Haven Inn at the harbour will reward you with fresh food and good ale if you feel the need to have an evening out. There is a bus stop outside the hotel, with a half hourly service into Christchurch and Bournemouth if you want to shop but can't be bothered with the hassle of parking. Christchurch is nice, and far more refined than Bournemouth. Mind you don't get mowed down by an electric buggy though, as there seemed to be quite a few older, less able residents in the town.

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at "The Harbour" and would have no hesitation in recommending it.

Room Tip: No tips, you get what you pay for. I suspect the slightly cheaper rooms overlook the car-park at the...
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  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Christchurch Harbour Hotel & Spa

Address: 95 Mudeford, Christchurch BH23 3NT, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Dorset > Christchurch
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Luxury Hotel in Christchurch
#6 Business Hotel in Christchurch
#8 Romantic Hotel in Christchurch
Price Range: £109 - £244 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Christchurch Harbour Hotel & Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 64
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Enjoy a fantastic stay at Christchurch Harbour Hotel & Spa in Dorset. Wake up to incredible views over to the harbour, enjoy a bracing walk across to Hengistbury Head, or hide away at the luxurious Harbour Spa! Make the most of this unique location whatever the season - a change of scenery, warm and attentive hospitality, delicious food, which reflects the very best local produce, and a chance to breathe in the fresh sea air. The Upper Deck Restaurant serves delicious, locally-sourced dishes and is open for lunch, afternoon tea, dinner and drinks. Or you can also choose to dine in the award-winning Jetty Restaurant situated within the hotel's grounds. Stay in one of the luxury 64 bedrooms, some with four-poster beds and private garden terraces overlooking Mudeford Quay. All of the bedrooms feature flat screen televisions, tea and coffee making facilities and White Company toiletries. The Harbour Spa is a haven of relaxation. Enjoy a relaxing spa treatment - from manicures and pedicures to facials and specialised massages. Relax in the indoor swimming pool, hydrotherapy pool, sauna, salt grotto and crystal steam room. ... more   less 
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