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“Great Accommodation”
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RNLI College
Ranked #1 of 13 Hotels in Poole
Certificate of Excellence
Gillingham, Dorset. UK
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Great Accommodation”
Reviewed October 8, 2013

We booked for two nights at this great Hotel. The rooms are large, clean and comfortable with lovely views over the water. Great bathrooms, cannot find any fault, even windows that open! The bar and restaurant were excellent and the staff friendly and helpful. We went on the tour of the college and the tour guide was very interesting and informative. Great for a weekend away with friends.

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
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3 Thank Barbara C
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Richard_Martin9, General Manager at RNLI College, responded to this review, October 22, 2013
Hi Barbara C

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

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

Kind Regards

Richard Martin
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Reviewed October 6, 2013

Just returned from weekend @ the RNLI college(Hotel) can't fault it,lovely venue,nice comfy rooms,good food and friendly staff,will be returning.next time will try and combine with a tour of facilities,there wasn't a tour on while we were there,it would have been interesting,to see some of the training involved.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Richard_Martin9, General Manager at RNLI College, responded to this review, October 22, 2013
Hi Gail W

Thank you for taking the time to review RNLI College with tripadvisor. We aprpeciate your kind comments and hope you enjoy the tour when you return!

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

Kind Regards

Richard Martin
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Isle of Man, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed October 4, 2013

We came across the RNLI College when looking for 3 nights accommodation in the Sandbanks/Poole area. What a find! It must be one of the country's best kept secrets. Having previously stayed at The Haven hotel at Sandbanks and The Chine at Boscombe, the RNLI College beats the lot. To us, the accommodation is 5 star standard with its friendly helpful staff, spotlessly clean rooms and excellent meals. We will certainly be booking again. Brilliant!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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3 Thank Mannanin13
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Richard_Martin9, General Manager at RNLI College, responded to this review, October 22, 2013
Hi Mannanin13

Thank you very much for your kind review with tripadvisor. We are a working college with a difference! We are delighted you enjoyed your stay with us.

We now have our own didicated website www.rnli.org/college

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

Kind Regards

Richard Martin
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Worthing, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed October 1, 2013 via mobile

We stayed for one night after being recommended the college by a friend. We enjoyed our stay in a family room and found it to be very comfortable with an extra bed provided for our two year old daughter. The only bit of advice I have though is to take bed bumpers or a bed guard (luckily we had brought ours) as the single bed for a child was very high. The room was very well equipped and spacious and the bed very comfy, but we did find it very hot to sleep overnight, and couldn't find a way of adjusting the room temperature. As it was family room it had a slightly smaller single window than the other rooms which looked to have large double windows so this restricted the view and the ventilation slightly. The breakfast the next morning was great. All of the staff were very friendly and helpful and the college a very interesting building to look around. It was a shame we couldn't go on the tour because it's not suitable for young children, but we can understand this. The college is also well located for Poole Quay and town/ shops. It would have been useful to have been given a slightly better/ detailed town map by reception though, as we walked a long way round to the tourist information office to get a better map when there was a quicker way to the town and the park. All in all a great stay and would recommended it as an excellent way to support such a valuable charity.

Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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Richard_Martin9, General Manager at RNLI College, responded to this review, October 22, 2013
Hi Julles101

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

Thank you for supporting RNLI saving lives at sea.

Kind Regards

Richard Martin
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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123 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed September 30, 2013

I stayed at this hotel as part of a attending a company conference in the Harbour View suite (what a fantastic view from the window). The whole day went extremely well. The food was fantastic and the staff were just so friendly and helpful. We were lucky enough to have an wonderful tour of the building - a must as there is so much going on there. We had dinner again in the Harbour View and our overnight accommodation was excellent. Rooms were a good size, also with a view of the Harbour, and very comfortable. Would certainly recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled on business
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4 Thank SIH135
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Richard_Martin9, General Manager at RNLI College, responded to this review, October 1, 2013
Hi SIH 135

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

Making use of our spare capacity helps raise additonal income. Thank you to your company for holding you event with us. Every £ spent at RNLI College helps support saving lives at sea.

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Richard Martin
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Ware, United Kingdom
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74 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed September 27, 2013

We have stayed at the RNLI College before and always been very impressed. This time was a disappointment. The bedroom was as good as always although we paid a higher price for our one night stay than we have done previously. It is very well situated for catching the ferry to Jersey hence our reason for staying there. We had dinner in the restaurant in the evening and the service was very slow. We had our meal served to us after a small wait but we never got our dessert and gave up after waiting over 30 minutes. The man at the next table never got his dinner at all! The waitress said they were short-staffed in the kitchen. I believe the kitchen and waiting staff are contracted out. It would be a shame if the RNLI lost out due to the inefficiency of their contractors.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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4 Thank Gill W
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Richard_Martin9, General Manager at RNLI College, responded to this review, October 1, 2013
Hi Gill W

Thank you for taking the time to review RNLI College with trip advisor. We appreciate your kind comments about our accommodation and the team here.

I am sorry that the dining experience in Riggers was not to our ususal standard. I have emailed you directly about this as we were unaware of your complaint and keen to resolve.

We value your support and for choosing to stay with us again. Thank your for supporting the RNLI saving lives at sea.

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Richard Martin
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed September 27, 2013

I would really recommend staying here if you are visiting Poole. The room was a nice size and really adequate to stay in. A great view with a hearty breakfast served. It was great to support the RNLI as well by staying here. Make sure that you take the tour round that is offered.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled on business
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Thank BostonsMum
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Richard_Martin9, General Manager at RNLI College, responded to this review, September 30, 2013
Hi Bostonsmum

Thank you for your kind review with tripadvisor. We are delighted you enjoyed your stay and our RNLI College Tour. The Sea Survival Centre, Simulator and Pool are certainly unique and hosted by our fantastic volunteer guides.

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

Kind Regards

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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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