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
From booking the Library to the actual birthday celebration Christchurch Harbour Hotel provided an excellent service. Nothing was too much trouble, the evening ran without a hitch and Ricardo (Richard) was a delight who served and entertained us. Bar staff were super efficient.Excellent value for a lovely venue. We hope to rebook for the 90 th celebration.
I had the best birthday here, from the beautiful room, to the lovely wine outside with the best view, to having a refreshing swim in the morning followed by the most delicious breakfast in the morning.
Also the staff were all very friendly and gave first class service.
The hotel is situated in a very nice spot near Mudeford harbour. From the restaurant Upper Deck you have a beautiful view to the bay. The breakfast buffet was not overwhelming but you can order cooked breakfast as well. We stayed there from Thursday to Sunday, and there was a wedding every day! So there were only few waiters „left“ for the other guests and service was slow. But dinner was really delicious at the Upper Deck! Fresh food delicately presented. We also ate at the Jetty- which is supposed to be even better. The chef is really cool - he even went to fetch our children who were playing outside when the food was ready, and the food was good too, but the presentation at the Upper Deck was way nicer.
The room (inland view) was nice but very very small - considering the price. The bathroom small too, not enough handles or hooks to hang towels or swim suits. The bed was too soft I had a backache every morning.
We had a room on the 4th floor and it was soooo hot! (Outside temp. 22-25 deg.)
As a European I only found out how to open the sash window properly on the 2 day - you can open a bit of the upper part too and not only the 3cm of the lower part.. There is now air conditioning, only a fan. It was really hot and I didn‘t sleep well. The beds are quite small too.
The spa was small but nice too. A cool pool, hot sauna steamroom and salt water room and whirlpool. Children can only only use the (cold!) pool for some 2 or 3 hours every day, some parents can‘t read obviously and have to be told the rules.
I had a pedicure which was done very well.
Staff in general are very nice and proficient in this hotel.