Christchurch Harbour Hotel & Spa
What We Love
- An Art Deco harbourside hotel in pretty Dorset, with two award-winning restaurants
- Savouring Mudeford fish soup, seafood nibbles and other delights in Upper Deck Bar & Restaurant
- Glimpsing tranquil Christchurch Harbour from the comfort of our refined room
- Wallowing in a well-deserved afternoon at the luxe spa after a morning of salty beach walks
What To Know
- Popular spot for weddings and events
- Lunch ends at 2:30 p.m. and dinner closes at 10 p.m.
- Not all rooms have waterfront views
Waking up on the Dorset coast is lovely enough, but the serene scene of boats gently bobbing on endless water between swathes of land and colourful beach huts from Christchurch Harbour Hotel & Spa is particularly special. Step inside the pure white Art Deco building, and you start to feel a little like a chipper 1920s socialite on a weekend coastal jaunt.
After picking between a rainbow of specialised treatments in the state-of-the-art spa and a few calming laps in the stylish pool, you’ll be tearing into succulent, fresher-than-fresh seafood caught daily from nearby Mudeford Quay and the finest of local pork, lamb and beef in the two AA Rosette-awarded restaurants. Both are run by renowned chef Alex Aitken, former holder of a prestigious Michelin star for 14 years.
The Sunday Times Travel Magazine named Christchurch Harbour Hotel & Spa as one of the top 10 coastal retreats in the UK, and we wholeheartedly agree. The hotel also scooped a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence.
Harbour Glimpse rooms are decorated in sophisticated shades of coastal grey on the top floor of the hotel. You can cherish partial views of the harbour from here and enjoy the power shower in the polished modern bathroom. With luxurious furnishings, The White Company toiletries and invigorating sea air, you won’t want for a thing.
Sporting a AA Rosette, the Upper Deck Bar &
Restaurant is a place to kick back and relax with lunch, afternoon tea,
and dinner until 9.30pm. Dinner here in included in your stay. You can choose from seasonal à la carte dishes –
like chunky Mudeford fish soup and grilled West Country mackerel with
salad – and bar bites, like seafood nibbles, the Dorset charcuterie
cured meat board, burgers and sandwiches.There’s a definite yacht look to The Jetty. This two AA Rosette-awarded restaurant with smart dark-wood tables and chairs and panoramic views across the water, you can feast on the finest of oysters, fish and seafood from the nearby quay and along the West Coast, or exquisitely crafted dishes made from local produce.With a one-hour window of opportunity from 3.30pm to 4pm, get stuck into a delectable afternoon tea with Dorset clotted cream and award-winning English sparkling wine.
Christchurch Harbour Hotel’s spa is top notch, tempting guests with drool-inducing seasonal spa experiences and ESPA and Thalgo holistic facials
and body treatments. Whatever you might want to scrub up, polish or refresh, this sleek, bliss epicentre is the key. There are also treatments for men, pregnant women and children.
The flatteringly lit pool, Jacuzzi and sauna round things off nicely.
Twenty minutes east of Bournemouth, Christchurch was founded aeons ago in 650AD and was one of the most important harbours in Saxon England.
Once you’ve ferreted around the ancient town, it’s time to roam some of Dorset’s famously beautiful beaches. Steamer Point is an easy ten-minute walk away and also a local nature reserve. On the other side of Bournemouth, Branksome Chine is a golden sand beach with boisterous beach huts and seaside shops and bars.Around a 15-minute drive inland, you have the endless green carpet of New Forest at your feet – William the Conqueror’s adopted hunting ground that’s dotted with ponies and deer nowadays. You can also walk half an hour along the beach from the hotel to the Grade 1 listed Highcliffe Castle, to see its glowing make-over from a multi-million pound restoration in the 1990s.
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Lovely, clean, recently refurbished hotel in a great location. Room was very comfortable with all the usual amenities, minibar and toiletries. Staff extremely friendly and helpful. Standard of food is excellent from the sandwiches at lunch to afternoon tea and the varied dinner menu ( good value set menu too) and the breakfast - all cooked to order. We could not fault this hotel except on the length of time it took to be served, especially at breakfast. Unfortunately, we queued for between 15 minutes to half an hour to get into the dining room and then waited another 10- 15 minutes for our drink order to be taken. We had to ask twice before our tea and coffee finally arrived after 20 minutes. The same happened when waiting to order our cooked breakfast. It took an hour and 15 minutes for a party of seven of us to all have our breakfast which was a long time when we had other plans for the morning! All the staff were friendly and were trying their best but we felt there was something fundamentally wrong with the way the dining room is being run, especially for breakfast. Otherwise a very enjoyable stay.
We spent 2 nights B & B for our 20th wedding anniversary, the staff were excellent and very helpful, our room was a dream all the little touches made all the difference.
The spa was so relaxing.
The weather was stunning.
We can not fault this hotel on any level it was simply Superb.
Thank you thank you all for making our anniversary so special.
Cannot wait to return.
Couldn’t fault this lovely hotel. Room was amazing with spectacular views, very clean, staff were respectable and polite. Food was lovely, just loved the whole experience. Would recommend highly and can’t wait to go back we had a lovely weekend
So how many places would you admit you had lost the voucher for a gift? No proof of purchase just purchaser and they found the voucher! Over and above what they needed to do and wowed with afternoon tea! Would I recommend absolutely 100%! Amazing over and above and treated guests to the best experience ever!!!
Wonderful location, close to Estuary and the beaches at Mudeford. Modern, very clean with friendly and helpful staff. We had both lunch and dinner in the Upper Deck restaurant, excellent freshly cooked food, although a bit pricey ( dinner for two plus bottle wine , no coffee or dessert was £100 ). Breakfast out on the terrace was really good and plentiful.
We had a garden view room which had a tiny terrace. The room was spacious and very comfortable, but two things let it down, hence only 4*. There is no a/c or windows, so room got very stuffy overnight and the quilt so thick , suited for a winter climate , it was too hot to have over you, but too cool to have nothing at all.I'm all for luxury but perhaps they need to think about spring/ summer months.Shower was ok , but personally i do not like showering in a bath.
Overall really nice place for that special occasion, but we were lucky as no functions on.