We stayed at the College at the end of July for 2 nights - Thursday & Friday - and have just returned from a second visit, again Thursday and Friday - brilliant!
As RNLI supporters of many years the opportunity to stay at the College is too good to miss, for a number of reasons. Every £1 you spend there goes to the charity, and across the board it is excellent value for money. As an active College, if you can stay there during the week you will see the RNLI volunteers and staff going about their business in a very professional way. At the weekends it sort of becomes a first class hotel with a difference.
The attitude of all the staff is excellent, the care taken in the design and presentation of the college is a lesson to so many organisations. The rooms are a combination of college room/hotel room - but of excellent fit and quality, better than many leading brand hotels.
The uniqueness of staying within the RNLI environment extends across the board, be it seeing the volunteers going out in the boats at the quayside, hearing the various accents of the attendees in the bar/restaurant, taking the guided tour of the extensive facilities.
Food quality is excellent, from breakfast through to evening meals - we particularly love the Holes Bay afternoon tea - excellent quality and very keenly priced.
We try to eat in whenever we can, maximising the help to the RNLI but really we just enjoy the ambience. Sit up in the Slipway Bar with your afternoon tea or pint, watch the happenings in the quay alongside - the way to relax.
If you are already an RNLI supporter, and haven't stayed at the College then you really are missing a treat - give them a ring and see when you can go. For non-members - become a member for the very reasonable fee, and give yourself the opportunity to stay somewhere just a bit different and contribute to an extremely worthy cause.
Check out the RNLI website for views/videos of the college.
We'll book again, probably early next year and look forward to a guaranteed enjoyable few days away.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Rnli College Hotel Poole
- RNLI College Poole, Dorset