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“RNLI Collage” 5 of 5 stars
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West Quay Road, Poole BH15 1HZ, England   |  
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Ranked #1 of 13 Hotels in Poole
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Sheffield, United Kingdom
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“RNLI Collage”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2013

We stayed two nights one before and on returning to Jersey on the Condor. This proved to be an excellent choice as the staff were very friendly,the rooms were large and clean and very good value for money. The view over Poole Harbour was wonderful.The bed was large and comfy,and the breakfast was great would recomed the collage to anyone staying in the area.
Will certainly stay again.

  • Stayed September 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, September 30, 2013
Hi Lynn_David2013

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

Thank your for supporting the RNLI saving lives at sea.

Kind Regards

Richard Martin
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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
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Swindon, United Kingdom
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499 reviews 499 reviews
43 hotel reviews
Reviews in 104 cities Reviews in 104 cities
183 helpful votes 183 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

This is by far the most enjoyable place we've stayed and we'll certainly be finding excuses (however weak) to come back. We stayed for a Sunday night in September.

Plenty of parking when we turned up as it was Sunday afternoon and nobody was really about much but the car park seemed quite empty when we left on Monday afternoon as well. As it's for users of the College only, it's onsite and doesn't have others passing through.

The room was brilliant and can't be faulted. They're very well laid out and are relaxing to sit and work while looking out across the harbour. We took the opportunity to sleep with the curtains open as well and the lights of the harbour were quite tranquil.

As it was a birthday trip, we upgraded to one of the packages that they do (chocolates, champagne etc.) which, although expensive, is quite good value.

  • Stayed September 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, September 30, 2013
Hi Richard F

Thank you for your very kind review with tripadvisor. We are delighted that you chose to stay with us, especially for birthday celebrations. We hope you RNLI bear is safe in it's new home!

Thank you for supporting the RNLI. You do not need an excuse to come back!

Kind Regards

Richard Martin
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Worcestershire, England
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16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013

We stayed for one night over the bank holiday weekend in August. This was an excellent choice and excellent value. The room was well equiped and super clean. We had a great view of the habour and it is wonderful seeing the life boats from your room.

My only issue was the bed was very very soft for me, but I guess this is personal. The breakfast was excellent, the staff the same. The bar is super and really enjoyable to sit and watch the habour. We managed to get a parking space which was very secure.

There is a wonderful fish and chip shop within walking distance called Lakeside Fish and Chips (eat in or take away).

Regret we didn't get to do the RNLI tour but would 100% like to do it if we are lucky enough to have reason to stay in Poole again.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 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, September 30, 2013
Hi Boo 1000

Thank you for your kind review with tripadvisor. We really appreciate you comments.

We do have some firmer mattresses should you wish next time you stay.

Thank you for choosing to stay with us and for supporting the RNLI saving lives at sea.

Kind Regards

Richard Martin
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Hamsphire
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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2013

I facilitated a training session here (second time, did a Board away day here a few months ago), and I can highly recommend it. Very helpful staff - I had to ask for help a couple of times and they were extremely quick to respond and very positive and smiling all the time. Lunch was fantastic - this time we had it in our room with the delegates - mini fish and chips, mini pasta dishes, wraps, fruit and cold meat platters, creamy white-choc puddings... really excellent choice and quality. Last time we used the restaurant which was equally a great experience. All rooms I have been in have a wonderful view of Poole harbour. Great facilities, new building, all very professional with nice touches.

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled on business
    • 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, September 24, 2013
Hi auki

Thank you for taking the time to write a lovely review for RNLI College with tripadvisor. We really appreciate your kind comments.

We have extensive conference and meeting space, purose built to deliver world class training for our volunteer crew. Selling our spare capacity help raise additonal funds, supporting the RNLI saving lives at sea.

Thank you for choosing us and we look forward to seeing you again.

Kind Regards

Richard Martin
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Darlington, United Kingdom
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41 reviews 41 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2013

We booked the RNLI College at Poole to celebrate my birthday and it could not have been a better holiday. We have stayed here previously and the standards are still as high.

It is impossible to find any criticism. The service of the Receptionists was excellent, the Restaurant and Bar staff service was excellent and the standard of the Housekeeping was excellent. There was a good selection on the Riggers Restaurant Menu and it was always cooked and served to perfection.

I had a lovely surprise when the Restaurant Staff Presented me with my birthday cake (and candle!) and everyone sang "Happy Birthday"!

All money spent at the RNLI College goes towards the funds, and when you see the men and women taking the courses, many in their own time, you have to appreciate just what the RNLI means to us all.

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  • Stayed September 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, September 24, 2013
Hi Colin R

Thank you for your kind review with tripadvisor. We really appreciate your kind comments and delighted you enjoyed your birthday celebrations with us.

Thank you for choosing RNLI College and supporting the RNLI saving lives at sea. We hope to see you again soon!

Kind Regards

Richard Martin
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Mold, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013

Visiting friends in Poole this week and we booked in on the Discovery Tour of the RNLI college building overlooking Poole harbour.
This tour is thoroughly recommended to anyone visiting Poole and highlights the fantastic training facilities available for all the volunteers who take up the work of this wonderful charity. Of particular interest was the hands on experience of the rescue simulator used in the training process.This brings home to the visitor (in extremely lifelike terms!!) the drama and risks that these fantastic volunteer crews undertake at sea in dangerous and demanding conditions.An excellent tour of a brilliant facility conducted with loads of interesting information by tour guides Paul and David.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Richard_Martin9, General Manager at RNLI College, responded to this review, September 24, 2013
Hi GEOFF R

Thank you for taking the time to review your visit to RNLI College. We appreciateyour kind fedback.

Thank you for supporting RNLI saving lives at sea.

Kind Regards

Richard Martin
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Poole, United Kingdom
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19 reviews 19 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013

Great value.... we couldn't manage the three course and just opted for the carvery at £7-50 for help your self. Excellent food and lovely staff. Thoroughly recommended.
Nice view off the water and boats whilst eating

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Richard_Martin9, General Manager at RNLI College, responded to this review, September 24, 2013
Hi XmasStevo

Thank you for review RNLI College and for your kind comments.

We appreciate your support for the RNLI. Every £ spent at RNLI College helps support saving lives at sea.

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 Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Poole
#1 Romantic 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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