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RNLI College

#1 of 13 Hotels in Poole
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West Quay Road, Poole BH15 1HZ, England
RNLI College
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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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Rainham, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Everything about the stay was 5 star and I would highly recommend a short or long term stay . The College accommodates all needs, the staff are happy and helpful and nothing is beyond them to help out. The food is fantastic and highly recommended. The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea.

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

Dear Jason C, Thank you ever so much for your kind comments on Tripadvisor following your recent 2 night stay with us at the RNLI Training College in Poole. It's pleasing to hear that we exceeded your expectations throughout your stay and that you would highly recommend us going forwards. As mentioned in your review, the RNLI is the charity... More 

London, United Kingdom
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85 reviews 85 reviews
8 hotel reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed here for 2 nights having booked the function room for a large party. The rooms are great. They are spacious, bright & clean and all have an amazing view of the harbour. The Slipway bar is a wonderful place to sit & enjoy a drink & watch the boats go by. If you are looking for a venue... More 

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

Dear Louise M, Thank you for such a kind review on Tripadvisor following your recent stay with us at the RNLI Training College in Poole. I'm so very pleased to hear that you've thoroughly enjoyed your time with us and I'll be sure to pass your lovely comments to the team. Thank you for supporting the RNLI Saving Lives at... More 

Frome, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Excellent facilities with good restaurant and bar ,plus rooms to just sit. Location in the harbour making it central for visiting the area. Would recommend it to individual or family. Parking good with space reserved.

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

Dear Richard D, Thank you for taking the time to provide such a lovely feedback following your visit with us at the RNLI Training College in Poole. When staying overnight in one of our 60 bedrooms (all of which overlook Holes Bay) or visiting us, guests are encouraged to join one of the behind-the-scenes discovery tours showing where and how... More 

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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visited the nearby Monkey World and Bovington Tank Museum so decided to stay in Poole. The find of the the RNLI College was a hugely pleasant surprise: the rooms were great all that you needed and nothing that you didn't, the restaurant was excellent with a decent choice of food at very reasonable prices (breakfast was great too) and all... More 

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

Dear Travelhunter1, Thank you for your kind comments on Tripadvisor following your decision to stay with us at the RNLI College in Poole. I am very happy to hear that you've had a fabulous overnight stay and that the facility and service we provide was well received and I look forward to your next visit. As every £1 spent at... More 

Bath, United Kingdom
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39 reviews 39 reviews
19 hotel reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Booked this place to stay overnight as saw the reviews and had actually had a very good lunch here a couple of years ago with some locals. Got a sea view bedroom, huge comfy bed, tastefully but sparingly decorated, with a big photo mural of pebbles on one wall. Very large desk, obviously must be useful for people who come... More 

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

Dear BathMissa, Thank you for taking your time to review the RNLI College on Tripadvisor. I am happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us. The RNLI College has been designed to be a "home away from home" for our lifeboat crew and lifeguards. Every £1 spent at the RNLI College helps to cover the costs involved in... More 

Bath, United Kingdom
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87 reviews 87 reviews
21 hotel reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had such a lovely stay, although it was only for one night, we wish we could have stayed longer. The staff were lovely and check-in was a breeze. We were a little early and our room wasn't ready so we were allowed to store our luggage. We had a little explore and had a drink in the bar with... More 

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

Dear SCM1981, Thank you for providing such a kind review on Tripadvisor following your recent stay with us at the RNLI Training College in Poole. It sounds like you've had a fabulous overnight stay and that every part of our wonderful facility and service provided by our staff was very well received. As every £1 spent at the RNLI College... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Spent the weekend there with my fiancé and it was a faultless one. Friendly, helpful and just perfect. Slipway bar has a very good selection of drinks and snacks and very reasonable priced too. On parr with wetherspoons. We did not eat at Riggers though. Accommodation was lovely and we will be going back. Thanks

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

Dear Alan O, Thank you for your review on Tripadvisor and I'm so pleased to hear that your weekend with us at the RNLI College was thoroughly enjoyed by both yourself and your fiance. Thank you for supporting the RNLI Saving Lives at Sea and we sincerely look forward to welcoming you back again in the foreseeable future - perhaps... More 

Rochester, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

What more can you say this was an excellent place to stay. Fantastic views, fantastic service. The whole ethos of the RNLI helps this place to eat, stay be a really first rate experience. Food in the Resturant was well priced hot and very good quality. Would happily recommend this to all friends and family.

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

Dear SJayC1977, Thank you for your very kind comments on Tripadvisor following your recent stay with us at the RNLI Training College in Poole. It sounds like you've had a most enjoyable time with us and for this I'm so very pleased. I'll be sure to pass on your kind comments to the team. Thank you for supporting the RNLI... More 

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26 reviews 26 reviews
11 hotel reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 via mobile

We were staying at the Rnli college for our 10 wedding anniversary. We checked in very quickly and got to our room where the champagne, chocolates and teddy bear I ordered were waiting for us in the room. The room was excellent quality, tidy and clean. The breakfast was a help yourself affair which was excellent quality. Check out was... More 

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

Dear Jamiegrant, I'm so pleased to hear that you decided to stay with us when celebrating your 10 year wedding anniversary and I'm also pleased to read that you had a most enjoyable and memorable stay. Thank you for choosing the RNLI College and for supporting the RNLI Saving Lives at Sea. Kind regards Ewan Steele More 

Looe, United Kingdom
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111 reviews 111 reviews
20 hotel reviews
116 helpful votes 116 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

The RNLI College offers first class hotel facilities at weekends, and an excellent restaurant throughout the week. Bedrooms overlook Poole Harbour, and are equipped to a full modern standard, with wi-fi, TV, tea/coffee and good size comfortable beds. There is a good bar overlooking the harbour, and the Riggers restaurant is excellent value for money, serving good quality food. Tours... More 

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

Dear LooeMan, Thank you for taking the time to provide such a lovely review following your recent stay with us at the RNLI Training College in Poole. When staying overnight in one of our 60 bedrooms (all of which overlook Holes Bay) guests are encouraged to join one of the behind-the-scenes discovery tours showing where and how we train our... More 

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