“Right on Christchurch harbour, this hotel is a sophisticated take on the classic seaside hotel, perfect for a romantic weekend away or a special anniversary celebration. There’s a rather glamorous bar for pre-dinner drinks, and the Upper Deck restaurant benefits from gracious, friendly and not at all stuffy service that makes dining in the hotel a particular pleasure. Window tables overlook the harbour, and while you can order from a delectable menu specialising in fish and seafood, if you want something simple, they also serve a delicious fish and chip supper. For a more contemporary vibe, check out the buzzing Jetty Restaurant, eating there puts you right on the water and in prime position to watch as the weather rushes in. The newly refurbished garden-view room is done out in sophisticated tones of bronze, chartreuse and chocolate brown, and was an instant plunge into luxury and comfort. Worth paying for a sea-view or garden room, which are newly refurbished.”
Written by Louise Tickle
“Why do people love staying in your hotel?
Waking up to incredible views over to the harbour, exploring the coastline using the hotel's very own kayaks and paddleboards, or hiding away with a holistic treatment at the luxurious Harbour Spa - this is all possible at Christchurch Harbour Hotel & Spa.
What is there to do in the area?
Set off for Mudeford Quay, a short stroll from the hotel (the hotel hands out small buckets and crabbing lines to its young guests, you can even collect your bait from Chef) and enjoy a spot of crabbing. For those that want to blow away the cobwebs, enjoy a bracing walk across Hengistbury Head – with spectacular coastal viewpoints.
What kind of breakfast do you offer?
We offer something for everyone - from Full English, using seasonal, local produce to a continental breakfast, fresh fruit and juices.
Do you offer other meals? And can you recommend good places to eat out locally?
With two restaurants to choose from, the recently refurbished in-house ‘Upper Deck Bar & Restaurant’ and the award-winning Jetty restaurant next door (both headed up by Harbour Hotels’ Chef Patron Alex Aitken, of Michelin Star success), you can enjoy the region’s finest food without even having to leave the hotel. Our sister restaurant, The Kings, is just down the road in Christchurch town centre and has recently been awarded a Michelin Bib Gourmand – offering great local food and great value.
Which are your most popular room types, and why?
All of our Harbour View rooms offer amazing views across the water.
What message would you like to give Hotel Guru readers?
A relaxed coastal spa retreat, set against the backdrop of Harbour views, this hidden gem is a place to drift away for days of great local food, luxurious pampering and exploring the stunning Dorset coastline.”