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“Modern, clean hotel with excellent staff and great views!”
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RNLI College
Ranked #1 of 13 Hotels in Poole
Certificate of Excellence
Canterbury
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15 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Modern, clean hotel with excellent staff and great views!”
Reviewed April 8, 2012

Modern, clean room overlooking the harbour. The staff were excellent throughout our stay. The hotel is in a very central yet quiet location, with secure parking.
Didn't have dinner in the restaurant but the breakfast was excellent.
Returning for another stay next month!

  • Stayed March 2012
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 18, 2012

we atteded a wedding on17 march and we stayed over night and we have to say that we foud the staff very helpful and very polite nothing was to much trouble the rooms were a very nice size the food that was layed on for the wedding was excellant as was the breakfast and the prices for the drinks at the wedding were very reasonable and would not hesitate to recomend to friends and family we would also like to say that we would be coming back to stay in the future..many thanks for a most enjoyable weekend....from edward and diane taylor....

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
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Richard_Martin9, General Manager at RNLI College, responded to this review, March 20, 2012
Hi Edward and Diane Taylor

Thank you very much for taking the time to review RNLI College with tripadvisor. We are grateful for your kind feed back and delighted that you enjoyed your stay and wedding meal. The College is a unique venue for weddings and proving increasingly popular. Thank you again for your kind words. We hope to welcome you back soon. Every £ spent at RNLI College helps save live at sea.
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Poole, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 6, 2012

My experiencxe of the College is entirely for business meetings. I have attended business breakfasts and evening meetings here. As a participant the audio visuals always work in professional surroundings - a benefit of the academic nature of the waterside location. Last night we broke out from the main meeting to a light buffet of the highest standard. A glass of good wine was proferred and one now has the opportunity to see Poole's sectacular Twin Sails Bridge floodlit after dark. Spectacular.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled on business
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Richard_Martin9, General Manager at RNLI College, responded to this review, March 20, 2012
Hi DorsetGourmet

Thank you for your review of RNLI College with tripadvisor. The College offers award winning training facilities, which we are delighted to make available for meetings and events when they are not in use for our core purpose of training RNLI Crew and lifeguards. The new iconic Twin Sails bridge looks fantastic from our bedrooms and meeting spaces! Thank you again for using RNLI College for your business and meeting needs. Every £ spent with us helps save lives at sea.
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Cambridge, UK
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Reviewed March 4, 2012

A great b and b in an intriguing building in an amazing location. The breakfast was good and hearty and lunch and dinner were both excellent and well priced. If you are able to join one of the tours of the college then the trip is doubly worthwhile. We will certainly use the college again if we are in the area. Congratulations to the staff, volunteers and the RNLI for developing this side of the business so successfully alongside their primary task. Thank you.

  • Stayed March 2012
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Richard_Martin9, General Manager at RNLI College, responded to this review, March 20, 2012
Hi HelenCambridge

Thank you for taking the time to review RNLI College on tripadvisor. Your kind comments are appreciated. Thank you for mentioning our College tours, expertly conducted by our volunteer guides. These are very popular and give a real insight into the primary role of the College and work of the RNLI. It is important to us to offer the same level of warm hospitality to our supporters that we strive to deliver for our crew. Thank you for staying with us. Every £ spent at RNLI College helps dave lives at sea. We look forward to seeing you again.
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Torpoint, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 3, 2012

I had the opportunity to stay at the RNLI college in Poole and cannot fault it whatso ever. The food is outstanding, the rooms are spotless with awesome views over Holes Bay. The bar is fully stocked and the staff are all so friendly nothing is a problem. This is also the home of the RNLI training school so you are rubbing shoulders with real Lifeboatmen

Room Tip: All rooms overlook the bay. Largest rooms are numbered *11 and *20 on each floor
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled solo
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Richard_Martin9, General Manager at RNLI College, responded to this review, March 20, 2012
Hi Steve_Howard77

Thank you very much for taking the time to write such kind comments on tripadvisor in your review of RNLI College. Working at the College, I am constantly amazed that so many great people volunteer to become Lifeboat Crew, putting themselves at risk to save lives at sea. The purpose of RNLI College is to provide leading facilities for training to ensure our crews are safe. Thank you for staying with us, Every £ spent at RNLI College helps save lives at sea. We hope to welcome you back in the near future.
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Wooler, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 3, 2012

We stayed at the RNLI college in Pool for three nights, the staff most helpful and the accommodation was excellant, all rooms have a bay view.
Do not be put of by the fact that its a college, it is like a four star hotel.
We were offered free use of bikes and helmets and cycle route maps of Pool.
Excellant accommodation at very reasonable price.
You are also supporting the RNLI

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank linda m
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Richard_Martin9, General Manager at RNLI College, responded to this review, March 20, 2012
Hi Linda M

Thank you for your review of RNLI College, Poole. Your comments are appreciated and we are delighted that you enjoyed your 3 night stay with us. We try and create a welcoming and warm feel, in part to ensure of volunteer crew and lifeguards feel at home during their training. Thank you for staying with us. Every £ spent at RNLI College, helps save lives at sea. We hope to welcome you back soon!
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Bournemouth, Dorset
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed February 19, 2012

I attended one of my closest friend's wedding with my husband and little girl. The building itself is amazing and so new looking! The staff were extremely nice and polite and always happy to guide us to where we needed to go.

All of the food served was fantastic. We had canapes, then a four course meal and a buffet in the evening. The waiters/bartenders were brilliant. Very polite and you didn't feel they were there, but knew they'd be there if you needed them.

The views were astounding, surrounded by sea. I felt like we were on a cruise ship.

If anyone wants to have there wedding reception here, I would strongly recommend it.

The happy couple were just that!!

Room Tip: We did not stay but I know the rooms are amazing - I'm guessing a seaview is a must!
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
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Richard_Martin9, General Manager at RNLI College, responded to this review, February 21, 2012
Hi Emirates-TRIP
Thank you very much for taking the time to make a review with tripadvisor. We are delighted you and your family enjoyed your close friends Wedding day with us at RNLI College. This year we are hosting over 30 Weddings! Whilst the core purpose of RNLI College is to train Lifeboat Crews and Lifeguards to save lives at sea, we are also able to offer a truely unique setting for a wedding. Every £ spent with us helps support saving lives at sea.
Thank you again for your kind review which we will share with the team.
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Property: RNLI College
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
#2 Family 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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