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RNLI College

West Quay Road, Poole BH15 1HZ, England
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RNLI College
Ranked #1 of 14 hotels in Poole
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Newhaven, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

As a long time fund raiser for the RNLI it was interesting to see what a great training facility the college is, and being able to stay there as a perfect place to explore the local area, was an added bonus. The setting is very picturesque and all the rooms, the bar and the restaurant have wonderful views across the... More

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Ewan S, General Manager at RNLI College, responded to this review

Dear Wendy8558, Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback following your recent stay with us at the RNLI Training College in Poole. I'm glad to hear that your first visit to the College provided the required insight into the workings of the College as the designated training facility for the training and development of our RNLI Lifeboat Crew,... More

Stourbridge, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Only stayed one night, but will definitely stay more as we go to poole a lot. Was actually the cheapest last minute hotel on the day, cheaper than the premier inn. There is no air con as others have mentioned but the windows open enough, we had no issues with heat. The view was amazing, one of the best in... More

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Ewan S, General Manager at RNLI College, responded to this review

Dear Steve B, Thank you for you kind review on Tripadvisor following your recent stay with us at the RNLI Training College in Poole. We are the designated training facility for our RNLI Lifeboat Crew, Volunteers, Lifeguards and Flood Rescue Teams with any spare capacity made available for our supporters and members of the public to use enjoy. One of... More

Sevenoaks Kent
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I booked this hotel for a 3 night stay to celebrate my husbands 50th Birthday. I was really worried after reading a bad review 2 days before arriving but I called ahead and arranged for fans to be placed in the room due to the heat. When we arrived, there were two fans in the room and it was a... More

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Ewan S, General Manager at RNLI College, responded to this review

Dear natanddeanJust4us, Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback on Tripadvisor following your recent stay at the RNLI Training College in Poole. I'm so glad to hear that you thoroughly enjoyed your stay with us and that our friendly staff made you feel welcome. The current hot weather does cause some challenges and I'm glad to hear that... More

Bournemouth, Dorset
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41 reviews 41 reviews
5 hotel reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This venue was used for a wedding reception and it certainly was a very good choice. Our room was well appointed with a good view of the bay. We were surprised however that there was no air conditioning in the room. In the current climate it must be unbearable. Breakfast the following morning was excellent. There was plenty of choice... More

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Ewan S, General Manager at RNLI College, responded to this review

Dear Flyboi47, Thank you for taking the time to review the RNLI College in Poole following your recent attendance at a wedding reception. I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed the view from the room (all our rooms overlook Holes Bay) and that our friendly and efficient staff made you feel welcome. Thank you for supporting the RNLI saving lives... More

Strasbourg, France
Top Contributor
165 reviews 165 reviews
26 hotel reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Booked this after reading previous reviews and were not at all disappointed. Friendly helpful staff. Clean tidy and smart rooms with the most amazing view over the RNLI harbour and handy for visiting Lullworth cove etc plus a 24 ASDA next door for last minute shopping of UK goods prior to leaving Blighty! The breakfast is canteen self service style... More

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Ewan S, General Manager at RNLI College, responded to this review

Dear Dalesman_Abroad, Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback on Tripadvisor following your recent stay with us at the RNLI Training College in Poole. Being so close to the ferry port, we provide a great venue for a relaxing stay prior to any onward journey on one of the many ferries to depart from Poole. I'm glad to... More

1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Our second visit. Last time it was £70 and now is £130. For the prices asked (£130+ some nights) the management needs to decide just what the 'real' intentions for this place are. Checked in and were on the second floor, no aircon and windows that open just 4 inches. No wind in the right direction == no ventilation. Weather... More

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Ewan S, General Manager at RNLI College, responded to this review

Dear Ray C, Thank you for providing your feedback on Tripadvisor following your recent stay with us at the RNLI Training College. We are a working college where our Lifeboat Crew, Lifeguards and Flood Recue Team members come to participate in periodic training. Any spare capacity is then made available for our supporters as well as members of the public... More

Hamilton, Scotland
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62 reviews 62 reviews
43 hotel reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had heard of the RNLI College from local Lifeboat Guild and had always intended staying here. We were not disappointed - stunning building, clean functional good size bedroom and bathroom. Superb harbour view from bedroom. Excellent evening meal in dining room with others on their training courses. Great atmosphere. Breakfast was buffet style and great choice. We had only booked... More

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Ewan S, General Manager at RNLI College, responded to this review

Dear Caley956, Thank you for your review on Tripadvisor following your recent stay with us at the RNLI Training College in Poole. I'm glad to hear you enjoyed your first visit to the College. We're a working College primarily used for training the RNLI Lifeboat Crew, Volunteers, Lifeguards and Flood Rescue Teams and I'm glad to hear that you had... More

london
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
14 hotel reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A professionally run and functional establishment. Clean, comfortable and as always, a relaxing place to be.....But.....we remember the old days when dinner was a pleasure and also breakfast. We had dinner out both nights after looking at the menu but breakfast was Im afraid not as we expected. I have to say it was very average canteen quality food, quantity... More

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Ewan S, General Manager at RNLI College, responded to this review

Dear DandA25, Thank you for providing feedback on Tripadvisor following your recent stay with us at the RNLI Training College in Poole. I'm sorry to hear that your experience with us on this occasion hasn't lived up to your previous visits. We do value feedback and the opportunity to put things right. We're always looking at ways to refresh and... More

Street, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
18 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Spacious room. Spotless. Bath with shower over. Comfortable bed. Fluffy towels. Fantastic views from rooms, restaurant and bar. Everyone working at RNLI seems to love being there. I can see why- College was opened in 2004 but design and quality of build and fit-out makes it look like brand new. Busy, dynamic yet relaxed environment for work, training and for... More

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Ewan S, General Manager at RNLI College, responded to this review

Dear andyshepherd, Thank you for your kind review on Tripadvisor following your recent stay with us at the RNLI College in Poole. It sounds like you've had a fantastic weekend stay with us and that we've been able to exceed your expectations. I'm pleased to hear that our friendly staff and volunteers made you feel very welcome and that you... More

Poole, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
6 hotel reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Had a party at the htel to celebrate my wife;s 70 birthday in their ground floor function room.A number of relations and friends stayed the night.This is a first class function venue with views over part of the harbour.The buffet was great,and the staff very helpful and friendly.The party was on the evening of 5 July which was a sunny... More

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Ewan S, General Manager at RNLI College, responded to this review

Dear David C, Thank you for providing your kind feedback on Tripadvisor following your recent stay and function here at the RNLI College in Poole. I'm so pleased to hear that you thoroughly enjoyed your party held here for your wife's 70th birthday party. Although we can never guarantee the weather, it certainly adds to the occasion when you can... More

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Address: West Quay Road, Poole BH15 1HZ, England
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Location: United Kingdom > England > Dorset > Poole
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Also Known As:
Rnli College Hotel Poole
RNLI College Poole, Dorset

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Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style
#1 Best Value Hotel in Poole #1 Family Hotel in Poole #1 Business Hotel in Poole #1 Romantic Hotel in Poole
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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