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“Attended a Wedding - Absolutely Wonderful!!”
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RNLI College
Ranked #1 of 13 Hotels in Poole
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 20 February 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, travelled with friends
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Richard_Martin9, General Manager at RNLI College, responded to this reviewResponded 21 February 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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Reviewed 15 February 2012

We stayed at the college for 3 nights February 2012. The rooms are very well appointed - think Travel Lodge, but bigger and with better facilities - very large desk area with free wi-fi, computer points and comprehensive hot drinks provision. It isn't a luxury hotel, but there isn't a luxury price to pay. All rooms have a view of the harbour/marina area in front of the college and the restaurant and bar have large balconies to allow you to make the most of these views. Service was excellent, too, with cheerful, friendly staff keen to see that your stay was a happy one. The food was very good - especially the breakfast selection, with freshly cooked items regularly replenished right up to the end of service. There is a 10% discount on all food items for RNLI members. A 'Discovery Tour' of the College is included in the cost of B & B (£6.50 if not a resident) This tour included time in the College's simulator and watching training in the pool, which can produce 1.5 m waves and be blacked out to give rough, night-time conditions including powerful storm effects. We saw a self-righting lifeboat training session which was especially dramatic.

Room Tip: All rooms face the sea and none were noisy when we were there, but perhaps those at the seaward end...
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  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Richard_Martin9, General Manager at RNLI College, responded to this reviewResponded 20 February 2012

Hi One-N-Den
Thank you for taking the time to review RNLI College with tripadvisor. We appreciate your kind comments. The purpose built sea survival pool provides a crucial element of training, simulating storm force sea conditions - in the dark! Our volunteer crew, who put themselves at risk to save others at sea deserve the best training to keep them safe. Whilst the purpose of the College is to train crew and lifeguards, we encourage our supporters to stay when we have spare rooms, or make use of our facilities. Every £ spent at RNLI College helps support our volunteers to save lives at sea. Thank you.

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Reviewed 10 February 2012

Sadly the main a la carte menu has slipped regarding quality. We stayed several times there when the new menu was introduced. I previously wrote that the food was excellent and very good value. Now some way down the line, generaly the the whole place is busy and buzzy but the food has lost the edge that it had and of course prices have risen. Lovely place. Great breakfast. Very helpful staff. Please pay attention to the quality of your A la carte menu tho.

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled with friends
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Richard_Martin9, General Manager at RNLI College, responded to this reviewResponded 20 February 2012

Hi DandA25
Thank you for your review with tripadvisor. We have tried to contact you to discuss your comments about the a la carte menu and pricing, but we have not recieved any response. We take any feedback very seriously. We believe that our menus are very competitively priced and offer excellent value. Thank you for staying at RNLI College, where every £ spent helps save lives at sea.

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Reviewed 31 January 2012

My wife and I recently stayed at the College for two nights and it is something we regularly do as it is one of the benefits of being a Shoreline Member of the RNLI. We are regular collectors for the RNLI and by staying here it is the best ways of seeing how the money we collect is being used as you can watch the lifeboatmen doing their training.

As a hotel, it is by far the best in the area as regards situaution, room facilities and value for money. Breakfast is excellent and dinner is certainly as good ,if not better, than anything available on Poole Quay and at a more reasonable cost.

One of the best things is knowing that any profit they make on your stay is used towards the cost of training and maintaining the services of the RNLI.

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Richard_Martin9, General Manager at RNLI College, responded to this reviewResponded 20 February 2012

Hi dgblondon

Thank you for taking the time to review RNLI College with tripadvisor. Your generous comments are greatly appreciated. Our supporters and guests often comment on the unique opportunity RNLI College offers; being able to see and enjoy the crew and lifeguards training to save others at sea, whilst knowing that every £ spent at RNLI College helps support saving lives at sea. Thank you again for your kind words.

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Reviewed 22 January 2012

Previous reviews say it all so I'm just adding a few photos to give some idea of the exciting architecture of RNLI college. We stayed just one night but would happily return for longer. There was something of a gale blowing during our stay, the wind whistling around the rigging of the building; it felt snug to be 'on board' RNLI Training College enjoying good food and wine, especially since the cost of our stay was contributing to the great work of the RNLI.

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled on business
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Address: West Quay Road, Poole BH15 1HZ, England
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Region: United Kingdom > England > Dorset > Poole
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Poole
Price Range: S$127 - S$252 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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