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 have stayed at this hotel on several occasions. This was our first visit in July. In the past we have enjoyed the peaceful atmosphere however, this time was so very different. Our room was described as cosy, I would say small. We were staying for five nights. The storage for clothes was insufficient with seven coat hangers, in a small wardrobe. We managed to fit our clothes in by moving the ironing board out. This then was in the main area of the already small room. The two weddings on site meant the terrace was noisy as families and friends gathered. I think we should have been warned about this. The food in the restaurant was as usual wonderful and the staff in general very attentive. One evening heavy rain caused the roof to leak in the lounge area buckets were required. Staff seemed unsure what to do, there was no leadership, which was needed by staff and customers who had to be moved.
As already stated we have stayed here, we will not be returning. Such a shame because we have had until this year such lovely breaks in the hotel.
Stayed for two nights to help my wife relax, ahead of a major operation. Our room was quiet, with a large, extremely comfortable bed. We had a few issues during our stay but Management resolved them efficiently and professionally and gave complementary drinks, which is all that could be asked of them. This is a regular place for us to go, because we love the location, spa facilities, food and general vibe of the place. The dinner and breakfast is wonderful, but we did notice that the normally fresh orange juice has been replaced with a poorer quality substitute. The freshly baked bread however is fabulous and something we look forward to.
We stayed here as part of a wedding party. The rooms are what you would expect from this type of spa hotel with all the accessories you need. Iron, tea and coffee facilities with a separate coffee machine. Mini bar and snacks and complimentary gin/ sherry in the room. Decor was in keeping with a beach side hotel. The in-house restaurant which we visited the night before the wedding was really great but make sure you book a table in advance as it was busy. You must also take a tea or coffee in the terrace which over looks the hotel garden and the private beach looking out over Mudeford bay. I also used the gym, and had a massage in the spa. There is also a pool. The spa is connected to the hotel so is easy to pop in for a quick workout. Parking is limited but staff if you give them keys will double park cars and move the cars. This is the only thing that could be improved.
The venue was perfect for a wedding reception and the staff were absolutely fantastic throughout our whole stay. Loved it and will definitely return for a weekend of pampering. :-)
The room and sea view was absolutely stunning. We also loved the lounge bar for morning coffee overlooking the sea. However the waiters and waitresses quite grumpy, never smiled and a couple of times answered back quite rudely. The breakfast coffee and toast both arrived cold and when I asked for hot milk it was barely warm. It was a shame as we loved the situation of the hotel but we had much better service at the Premier Inn!.
Now although I didn’t stay here I did attend a wedding here and I had to review !!
The wedding food came out in the form of high teas and as a vegetarian I’m always a little pessimistic about what will be dished up.
I have to say this was the best veggie nosh I think I’ve ever had when eating out, the battered veggies were incredible, the sandwiches were delicious and inventive and the sliders with the battered cheese filling were just amazing, the cakes were incredible too, thank you for making us veggies not feel like a menu afterthought 🙂