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“Great accommodation with outstanding views”
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RNLI College
Ranked #1 of 13 Hotels in Poole
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 4 March 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.

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Richard_Martin9, General Manager at RNLI College, responded to this reviewResponded 20 March 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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Reviewed 3 March 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, travelled solo
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Richard_Martin9, General Manager at RNLI College, responded to this reviewResponded 20 March 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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Reviewed 3 March 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, travelled as a couple
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Richard_Martin9, General Manager at RNLI College, responded to this reviewResponded 20 March 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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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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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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Additional Information about RNLI College

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: $121 - $223 (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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