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
We stayed at this beautiful hotel Monday night and our visit was wonderful. The moment we arrived the staff were welcoming and extremely helpful. Our room was comfortable, spacious and had a stunning view of the harbour, it also had a big bathroom and gorgeous White Company toiletries.
We had a meal in the Upper Deck restaurant and the food was fabulous, the breakfast was lovely too. Every member of staff we encountered are a credit to this hotel and we look forward to returning very soon. Thanks to you all for a perfect stay.
Excellent room . Service exceptional . Upper Deck Restaurant with good service and a spoilt for choice menu for both dinner and breakfast . Use of Spa an added bonus from 7 am. Will definately return.
We stayed here for the second time and I can honestly say it was just as good as the first time.
Our room was cosy and equipped with everything we could need, the only thing I did notice 'missing' were the slippers to walk down to the spa, not sure if the hotel doesn't offer them anymore or if they were missed when the room was made up.
We did use the Spa and just like before it was a lovely relaxing environment.
We booked into the hotel restaurant for our evening meal and the food was delicious, It all came out hot and within a timely manner too, not too much waiting around. The servicing staff checked on us a few times to ensure all was going well with our meal and ensure we have enough drinks.
The restaurant manager of an evening (I am sure he is the manager) has the upmost exceptional customer service skills, we were warmly greeted into the restaurant (just like last time)
Breakfast full of selection to suit everyone and I still like that all hot food is made to order, you have no worry of it having been sat around for hours.
We can't fault any of the hotel staff not just restaurant staff, every one at the Harbour hotel is friendly and welcoming.
We hope to visit again early next year!
If you have not been here, I highly recommend the hotel.