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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Myself and 13 women stayed for 2 nights in November for my birthday.
Had an amazing weekend - it’s a beautiful hotel in a lovely setting. So relaxing, nice rooms and made use of spa and treatments. The best bit was the Upper Deck restaurant - all staff are brilliant as service was great but a special thanks to Richard who organised a room for us for breakfast together and dinner both nights was lovely.
Down side is at booking as no department speaks to another. I booked a deal that included the room plus dinner. Being a large party I reserved dinner for both nights. Few days before arriving I rang the hotel to check all was ok and if they needed us to pre-order food and was told no reservation was made. I spent the evening hounding the hotel, ringing and ringing until I spoke to Richard who then booked it and really looked after us.
Spa was the same - explained that 14 women would be ringing to book treatments which we wanted to have around the same time so we would all be in the spa around the same time. A window was allocated. First person who called to book had no joy as the person who answered had no idea what had been discussed and agreed.
Once you get there, it’s brilliant and many of us will return. It’s a lovely place, once you get past the stress at booking.
This hotel is beautifully situated on the Dorset coast. The staff are so welcoming and nothing is to much trouble. The atmosphere is so friendly. The rooms beautifully decorated and meet all your requirements. The restaurant is marvellous with a very varied menu, with great staff looking after you, The spa is also wonderful. What’s not to like about the Harbour Hotel in my opinion nothing. Thank you to all.
Best to avoid Room 314. The smell in this room is awful. We believe that is due to the damp carpets in the room. We were reluctantly moved to Room 131 - not for the fainthearted. This room is detached from the Main Hotel. The room is accessed by a spiral staircase so not easy if you have a suitcase. The bedroom decor in 'shocking pink' which was totally not to our taste.
To top it all my wife had boiling water poured over her leg by a young waitress not paying attention to what she was doing.
We received no formal apology from the Manger of the Hotel.
This was our third year celebrating Christmas with friends.
We like to take advantage of the fantastic Sunday nights DBB package and use the spa.
This hotel is beautifully appointed and has a perfect attention to detail.
From the minute you arrive the door staff aid you to park your car and welcome you through the double doors into the beautifully appointed reception with open fireplace and cozy sofas.
I had contacted the hotel prior to arrival and had been cared for by Loraine who always friendly prompt and professional via email and even more so in person .
We checked in, went to the room and straight to the spa where even the cleaning staff were happy and helpful.
The spa was lovely as usual and again very clean and well appointed.
The meal we had in the evening was top notch as always and a special thank you to Richard who looked after us all evening then again in the morning surprising us with the private dining room for our party for the delicious, generous and very varied breakfast spread.
We all had A fantastic stay, one complaint was the whole place was rather too warm but apart from that perfect.
The staff really make this extra special and having stayed here and at their Brighton hotel can say that they have fantastic staff throughout their company who are a credit to them. Thank you all.
We will be visiting again soon, and recommending to our friends and family.
We came here for lunch yesterday. The food was absolutely beautiful and wine lovely. The roast on the meat was totally melt in the mouth. We have our wedding reception here next year and I cannot wait. All of the waiting staff were great especially the matridee who took the time to make us feel welcome. Thank you for yesterday and see you soon!