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RNLI College harbour view bedroom

A room with a lifesaving view

Stay a while and experience the heart of the RNLI – where our extraordinary volunteers are trained to be lifesavers

Feel part of the family

There’s a powerful atmosphere here at RNLI College. One you won’t encounter anywhere else. One that makes you feel in awe, humbled, but most of all, at home.

When you stay at the RNLI College, you’ll be alongside crew members from across the UK and Ireland who come to learn the lifesaving skills they rely on to protect our coasts. And every £1 you spend will go towards providing our lifesavers with the equipment, training, and support they need to save lives at sea.

Enjoy the View

Overlooking Holes Bay in Poole Harbour on Dorset’s magnificent south coast, all 60 bedrooms have stunning harbour views. Designed with our lifesavers in mind, all of our bedrooms have a double bed for extra comfort as well as a pull out sofa bed ideal for family staycations or can be booked as single rooms.

A feature of every room is the large well-lit workstation desk, providing a perfect study area for our crew and lifeguards.

All bedrooms are en-suite with bath and shower and have wonderful views across Holes Bay.

  • Remote control digital TV
  • Direct dial telephone and clock radio
  • Wireless broadband internet access
  • Tea/coffee making facilities
  • Hairdryer
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Parking available
  • Air con/heating
  • Sea views

Accessible rooms are available on request. Please contact us to check availability.


Parking is available on a first come first served basis and is free for our hotel residents. Please collect a permit from Reception to display on your dashboard for the duration of your stay.

Celebrating a special occasion?

Why not get off to a luxurious start with a full bottle of champagne on ice in your room on arrival? Have a toast and celebrate in style!

Say it with flowers - why not make their day extra special with a beautiful hand crafted bouquet waiting on arrival in your room.
Celebrate in style with a full bottle of Prosecco on ice with 2 glasses to toast something special! Delivered to your room awaiting your arrival.
Why not start your trip in style with a full bottle of house wine in your room on arrival along with 2 glasses to toast and celebrate? (when booking please let us know your preference red/white/rose)
Treat someone you love to a scrummy box of chocolates.
Why not surprise someone with the cutest crew member of the all with one of our RNLI bears.

Gift Vouchers 

Treat someone you know to one of our RNLI College gift vouchers to contribute towards a stay at the RNLI College. 

Vouchers available from £10.

To order your vouchers email [email protected] or contact the reception team on 0300 300 7654.

Vouchers sent via postal delivery will be sent by Royal Mail Second Class to arrive within 2-3 working days including Saturdays. They will arrive in a plain white envelope so as not to spoil any surprises.

Only original vouchers bearing a valid serial number will be accepted. RNLI College reserves the right to refuse vouchers which are damaged, defaced or do not feature a valid serial number. Please mention your voucher at the time of booking and present your voucher on arrival to the RNLI College. Where the total cost of dinner, accommodation or monetary value is more than the face value of the voucher, the balance must be settled on departure. Vouchers cannot be exchanged for cash neither in full or in part, where the total cost is less than the face value of the voucher, vouchers will not be issued for the balance. Booking is necessary and is subject to availability.

Recognised by Trip Advisor

  • Award 2021
  • DTA Bronze award logo
  • Green Travelers' Choice Awards 2024 logo
  • Efeca Dorset Sustainable Palm Oil Community

You can also book by giving us a call on 0300 300 7654