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RNLI College

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Certificate of Excellence
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.
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Property amenities
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Breakfast included
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Banquet Room
Business Centre with Internet Access
Conference Facilities
Meeting rooms
Non-smoking hotel
Wheelchair Access
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Room features
Refrigerator in room
Accessible rooms
Non-smoking rooms
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Marina View
Bay View
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89Good for walkers
Grade: 89 out of 100
49Restaurantswithin 0.5 km
7Attractionswithin 0.5 km
100Room tips
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I cannot fault this place well run, well managed with excellent staff. The views from the bedroom window where stunning if you like waterside views. The rooms were fantastic and a god nights sleep was had by all. Restaurant and bar also good. If you are staying in the Poole area
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This is a brilliant hotel - with a purpose - life boatmen from all over the country stay here and regularly train to very high standards to enable safety all round our coasts, as volunteers. The training department can be viewed by guests and all wonderful rooms have a sea view.
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Mrs K and I were invited to a 60th celebration and we started in the very well stocked bar , with a stunning view over the water. We then moved to the dining area where we enjoyed a very nice 3 course meal, that had been pre selected. The venue was very pleasant and some
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Response from Nicholas L, General Manager at RNLI College
Responded 1 week ago
Dear PaulK444, I'm so pleased you enjoyed your experience with us here at the RNLI during a function. We love utilising the venue's spare capacity after our volunteers training needs. The view of the water is priceless and I look forward o welcoming you back whenever possible Thanks for supporting the RNLI Saving Lives at Sea Kind Regards Nicholas
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Although this looks like a training school, it offers an excellent hotel facility for the public. The rooms are spacious, clean and comfortable; and are well equiped with satellite TV, tea and coffee making facilities and a fridge. All rooms have scenic views over Holes Bay
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Response from Nicholas L, General Manager at RNLI College
Responded 1 week ago
Dear AndrewS9142, Its great to see you really enjoyed the stay with us. The facilities are set up as a home away form home for our crew, lifeguards and volunteers so its really encouraging that you found them so comfortable too. The location is a real draw for us but I will thank the restaurant and bar team too as noting that you enjoyed them will be really encouraging. Thanks for supporting the RNLI Saving Lives at Sea by choosing to stay and spend here at the College Kind Regards Nicholas
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Came here for the weekend; usually stay at the Thistle Hotel but this is something altogether better and cheaper. Reception was a really warm greeting; our room on the 3rd floor was amazing having everything you need. Including a huge leather chair and a desk plus a sofa that
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Response from Nicholas L, General Manager at RNLI College
Responded 1 week ago
Dear ChrisB090, Thanks for celebrating your time with us here on tripadvsior. Being great value for our guests is really critical for us so I'm pleased to hear you noted that. I will congratulate the whole team as your review is really great and shows what pride they take in the facilities and service. Riggers restaurant is also open to non residential guests so even if you are not planning on staying again please feel free to book in and enjoy a meal whenever Thanks for supporting the great work the organisation does in Saving Lives at Sea Kind Regards Nicholas
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I see you stopped as a family. Would you know if communicating room s are available? Thank you.
I don’t think they do, but you can request rooms next to each other,
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Are dogs welcome?
Unfortunately no pets are allowed.
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Hi, are children welcome at the bar in the evening?
Why not give the a phone call or send an email just to make sure? The restaurant and bar area seem to cater for all ages,
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Pleased to say that the departure port for the ferry to Guernsey is only a few minutes around the bay from the RNLI College
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All of our rooms have a double bed plus a sofa that can be made into a sofa bed. If you haven't already done so, please contact the RNLI College reception team on 0870 833 2000 and they will be pleased to help.
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"As for a room with a view of Holes Bay"
"all rooms overlook the bay. Not a bad view to be found."
"All rooms have Bay views"
"All rooms are good i think"
"Our room overlooked the sea which I think most do and also had a useful desk area."
US$113 - US$182 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
rnli college hotel poole
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