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.
How to Get There
The hotel has recently been done up and the rooms are newly done, very comfortable and well equipped and clean. Rooms were quite even when there was a wedding on. Not sure paying for a sea view is worth the extra!
The booking process direct with the hotel was simply, hassle free and swift. Check in/ out was the same very polished. A very pleasant Italian man made us very welcome .
Views spectacular and close to the New Forest, Mudeford Quay and Christchurch. So lots to do near here.
The Jetty restaurant in the grounds and looking over Mudeford Quay is fantastic with great food, wine and outstanding service. We eat here regularly and never been disappointed. Highly recommended. First time we have stayed at the hotel.
The upper deck restaurant has good food but poor service. Very slow; tables not clearer swiftly, hot plates handed to you, orders take too long, breakfast items put out at 10 pm when the restaurant and bar are still open which didn’t feel right. ( the bar and restaurant are next to each other with little space in the bar so it lost its appeal) breakfast choice is ok but small portions. Toast was delivered one day and not the next. General feel was it needs a strong experienced person to run this nice hotel to bring this up to speed.
There is a great terrace again well equipped with tables and chairs plus blankets for colder nights. Fantastic views and sunsets. However the hotel allows smoking here and again this wasn’t a good feeling when you are eating. The same happens near the hotel front two entrances! For a four star hotel this seemed a poor policy.
The spa is very very small, the jacuzzi wasn’t working nor one of the steam rooms. You only get one towel at reception! There is a quiet room but the hotel don’t serve drinks here. This room leads to an outdoor terrace but the area directly from the spa area didn’t have chairs and again no drinks were served. We asked to have drinks as we were celebrating and were told we would have to get dressed and go back to reception! Again for a four star hotel this was below par and not handled well when we asked. The hotel must miss out on income due to this.
Bar staff were very good which one chap being very accommodating and very pleasant bringing drinks out to us when you were meant to order at the bar. Perfect service. There does need to be a sign on how you order as it’s a bit confusing.
The staff here are lovely but under trained especially in the restaurants and spa. What we think was the restaurant manager appeared to be over familiar with guests who clearly hadn’t seen him before and out of depth with how things needed to be done/ weird over familiar welcome to the restaurant guests was off putting. He was moving tables for breakfast next to guests having drinks/ eating. We were told we couldn’t eat until 8.30 but there were lots of empty tables. He was holding his teams discussions for the morning next to guests who heard everything ( staying he didn’t have a strong team on for the Sunday etc which for guests over hearing this was not a good impression) staff needed to listen more IE we asked for a couple pieces of toast and got 16 slices! Total waste.
We would stay again as very comfortable but eat only at The Jetty as the service was poor and we didn’t like the approach of the restaurant manager.
I recently booked this hotel for my Leadership Conference - but my brief was 'high end', it had to be extremely relaxing, with a positive environment and most of all it must have a sea view. Christchurch Harbour certain ticked all the boxes.
The conference ladies Hannah Attwood and Claire James were excellent and provided me with confidence that this was the place for a conference. My boss said Richard in the Jetty was awesome !!
The meeting room was perfect for my 8 attendees and the accommodation was fab.
thank you for making it special.
We had a fabulous 4 night break in a Harbour view double room, which was a lovely outlook. The bed was huge and very comfortable and there was every amenity in the room we could have wanted. The bathroom, with a good shower over the bath,was excellent with nice toiletries. Everything was spotless. All the staff were extremely helpful, friendly and went out of their way to make you feel welcome and make sure you had everything you needed. We ate in the upper deck and the food was delicious and the service excellent. Breakfast was very good too with a great choice of fruit, yoghurt, cereals, pastries and various cooked choices, and again the service was always very efficient and done with a smile :). We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and can't wait to return to sit on the decking enjoying a drink before dinner.
The Harbour Hotel harks back to the days of genteel elegance. We booked a double room with Harbour View on a DBB rate for the weekend as we were attending a course at the beach. The room was lovely with nice harbour views, the rooms were modern, clean and fresh, the bed extremely comfortable. The bathroom rooms are modern and scrupulously clean, if a little warm, but then who wants to hop out of the shower into a cold room?
We ate in the Harbour restaurant (The Jetty is separate and requires its own booking). The food was very good, though the dining room was very noisy - Friday night before a wedding so lots of high spirits from other diners and the music a little too loud. Saturdays' food was equally good but much quieter - music and the guests had clearly been the wedding party had 'disappeared', so a much better experience. Breakfast is excellent, a buffet for cereals, fruits, cold meats and pastries, with cooked options from the kitchen.
We didn't use the Spa as we spent the day time at the beach.
Staff are both efficient and lovely.
We will be booking again...in fact I think we already have but this time for mid-week as we'd like a quieter experience. Just hoping we'll get the same room.
We were given a short stay voucher for a present at the CHH and after calling reception to book decided to upgrade to a harbour view room (wise decision). The hotel has gone through many refurbs over the past years and now is 5 star in many ways.
Food (Both Jetty & Upper deck) were amazing - myself I preferred the deck as a little less pretentious but that’s me??
The spa is good but the pool really needs some natural light?
Reception was excellent but 1 moan (sorry). I stay away all the time with work and hate key cards, they always cause problems and this break was no exception. If you want to add that little bit please please use an old fashioned big key on a nice key ring???? Adds a bit of class and always work!! We must have been back to reception 5 times to get the card reset!!!
Anyway thanks very much
Loved our time away