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“Excellent, can't wait to go back!” 5 of 5 stars
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West Quay Road, Poole BH15 1HZ, England   |  
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Ranked #1 of 14 Hotels in Poole
Dorset England
2 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Excellent, can't wait to go back!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2013

What more can I say other than this place is beautiful. The outlook, the food, the staff were all brilliant. Very close to the quay and town centre. Definitely recommend the tour, it was very interesting and informative, the simulator was so clever.The hotel room was clean, spacious and comfortable. Staying here also helped a worthy cause.I would have no hesitation in recommending this hotel to anyone.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Richard_Martin9, General Manager at RNLI College, responded to this review, June 12, 2013
Hi Nicola060

Thank you for your very kind review. Thank you also for mentioning the RNLI College tour which also includes our Sea Survival Centre. Our volunteer tour guides provide an exceptional insight into the work of the college, the history and working of the RNLI and is in itself a unique experience!

Thank you again for a very kind review and supporting the RNLI saving lives at sea

Kind Regards

Richard Martin
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    5 of 5 stars
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Wraysbury, null, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2013

I stayed here on a business trip! It was right around the corner from my office, the rooms were amazing & the service was outstanding! Has everything you need, free wifi & access to the gym which is full of hot service men ;)
I am really impressed with the view from my room. Everything is modern. The only concern was when I got to reception it didn't look like a hotel but this changes once you get to the accommodation. Remember it is a college after all.

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Richard_Martin9, General Manager at RNLI College, responded to this review, June 12, 2013
Hi Steven C

Thank you for your very kind review with tripadvisor, we really appreciate your comments.

Thank you for supporting the RNLI saving lives at sea, and hope we will be wecoming back soon.

regards

Richard Martin
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Wellington County, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2013

We enjoyed our recent two night stay at the RNLI College. Our comfortable, quiet and large room was among the nicest that we have experienced with a panoramic harbour view as a bonus. The bed and pillows were so comfortable, we wish we could have brought them back home to Canada with us! The front desk staff were amazing - they appeared to be able to handle anything, from setting up a tour of the College to helping us with ferry tickets over the internet. Our drinks in the bar and our meals in the Rigger's Restaurant were excellent and again, the views were amazing, especially the sunsets!

Room Tip: All rooms have a harbour view and do not face onto any roadway.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Richard_Martin9, General Manager at RNLI College, responded to this review, June 5, 2013
Hi Gordan and Susan

Thank you for your lovely review with tripadvisor; we really appreciate your very kind comments. We are also delighted that you found us and enjoyed your stay.

Thank you for supporting the RNLI saving lives at sea. We hope to see you again next time you visit the UK.

Kind Regards

Richard Martin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2013 via mobile

Once again a brilliant few days at the collage. Lovely staff, even arranged to put flowers in my daughters room for her birthday. Good breakfast and lovely rooms with amazing views. Good bar food and reasonably priced drinks.

Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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Richard_Martin9, General Manager at RNLI College, responded to this review, June 5, 2013
Hi Heather R

Thank you for your very kind review with tripadvisor. We hope your daughter had a great birthday.

Thank you for taking the time to review RNLI College and we look forward to welcoming you back again!

Your support for RNLI is greatly appreciated.

Kind Regards

Richard Martin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2013

Had a wonderful stay here and nothing was too much trouble. Room lovely and great view of the harbour. Such a relaxed feeling in the college and bright and airy.We ate in the restaurant which had a great choice of food on the menu. Loved the bar on the first floor where you are able to watch the sun set. Cannot wait to return and most importantly, helping a great cause. Will book a tour next time.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Richard_Martin9, General Manager at RNLI College, responded to this review, June 5, 2013
Hi trulymadlyradley

Thank you for taking the time to review RNLI College with tripadvisor. We appreciate your very kind feed back.

The tours are very popular and hosted by our wonderful volunteer tour guides, offering a great insight into RNLI history and crew training.

Thank you for supporting the RNLI saving lives at sea.

Kind Regards

Richard Martin
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Whangaruru, null, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2013

While I attended a week long course at the RNLI college my wife enjoyed the sights around Poole. Coming from New Zealand and not knowing much about the area we found the staff were very helpful. The room had a great view of the surrounding area and was fresh and comfortable although a bit warm at times. Under a 10 minute walk to local amenities like rail and bus station, Quay, Pubs, High street and large supermarket. The best thing was doing the FREE tour of the RNLI College.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Richard_Martin9, General Manager at RNLI College, responded to this review, June 12, 2013
Hi LXW

Thank you for taking the time to review RNLI College with tripadvisor. We are delighted you and your wife enjoyed your stay with us.

Thank you for supporting the RNLI saving lives at Sea

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Richard Martin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2013

Spent two nights here in late April over a weekend and I really can't fault it. The rooms were basic but adequate, the service was friendly and welcoming and the food very good. The kids chose to eat here on the second night rather than go out as they had enjoyed it the night before.

There was a wedding function organised on the Saturday night and the music was quite loud, but I really didn't notice it in our room. Maybe it was the extra glass of Merlot!

We will stay here next time we pass this way.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Richard_Martin9, General Manager at RNLI College, responded to this review, June 12, 2013
Hi KJH999

Thank you for your very kind review. It is always worth pointing out that we are a working college and home of RNLI training - our core purpose. We sell our spare capacity to raise additional live saving funds.

We are grateful to all our supporters, and especially delighted your children wanted to stay in when here and dine with us!

Thank you again.

Kind Regards

Richard Martin
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Address: West Quay Road, Poole BH15 1HZ, England
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Location: United Kingdom > England > Dorset > Poole
Amenities:
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 Romantic Hotel in Poole
#1 Business Hotel in Poole
#1 Family Hotel in Poole
#1 Best Value 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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Rnli College Hotel Poole
RNLI College Poole, Dorset

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