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3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Ayre Road, Kirkwall KW15 1QX, Scotland
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Ranked #2 of 9 hotels in Kirkwall
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014
theHallofEinar Pierowall, United Kingdom
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Pierowall, United Kingdom
3 reviews 3 reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

The Ayre Hotel was a wonderful place to stay - a clean, bright, modern room with exceptionally friendly staff. We were catching a flight early the next morning so they arranged an early breakfast for us with porridge and scrambled egg with smoked salmon cooked for us just as we arrived. It seems to be all newly updated. The breakfast... More

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Paisley, Scotland
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31 reviews 31 reviews
16 hotel reviews
169 helpful votes 169 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

As the title says, very welcoming folk at the Ayre. It wasn't actually me, it was my husband who stayed there, for work, just for one night. His colleagues had stayed at a neighbouring hotel the last time they were up, and couldn't believe how helpful and accommodating the staff at the Ayre were in comparison. He also found them... More

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Dingwall, United Kingdom
2 reviews
136 helpful votes 136 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

I recently stayed at the Ayre Hotel and would highly recommend it. Fantastic staff, so very helpful and friendly, immaculate room with lovely sea views and great food. Although it is in the centre of town and with other restaurants within easy walk, I chose to eat in each night as the food was so good. Really good that they... More

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Larbert, United Kingdom
1 review
132 helpful votes 132 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

Recently stayed at this hotel with my wife and 18 year old son for four nights during the mid term break. Our room was spacious clean, tidy and well appointed. The staff were very attentive and were keen to offer suggestions for sightseeing trips. We ate in the restaurant and the food was freshly produced and plentiful as was breakfast... More

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 hotel reviews
133 helpful votes 133 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2013

stayed here for three days and found it to be clean and modern and well kept. the staff were friendly and helpful , the breakfast was good and the roast of the day was very good. we had no problems with noise , and it was a nice central location for everywhere on the island. there is plenty of room... More

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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36 reviews 36 reviews
10 hotel reviews
184 helpful votes 184 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013

Stayed here one night too after getting the ferry from Shetland. Found it okay and room was good too. Breakfast next morning only as got in too late to eat, well for me anyway. Nice friendly service at reception and in the breakfast room.

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Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
6 hotel reviews
326 helpful votes 326 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

We spent a week here as part of our Orkney Archaeology tour. It was a perfect choice. We took the ferry to St. Margaret's Hope and caught the bus to Kirkwall. The hotel was just around the corner. Our twin room was in the newish annex, all redone. Out side the main building, the annex is a warren of rooms... More

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
1 review
165 helpful votes 165 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2013

I frequently stay at this hotel, the food, staff, bedrooms and ambiance are all first class. Nothing is a bother to any member of staff, the decor is very modern, the standard is very high and the food is so fresh and tasty. I would recommend this hotel to anyone visiting Kirkwall

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Syracuse, NY
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76 reviews 76 reviews
12 hotel reviews
181 helpful votes 181 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

The Ayre hotel overlooks the Bay of Kirkwall. It’s a short walk into town and convenient for touring the island - with easy access to the multiple sites to the west. There is ample parking. Reception was very welcoming and our room was on the front overlooking the bay and the ferry docks. It was clean, comfortable and modern -... More

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Laramie, Wyoming
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
159 helpful votes 159 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2013

My husband and I spent a week at the Ayre, and had a lovely stay. Our room was clean, well-kept, great harbor view. Breakfasts were varied, plentiful, and efficiently served. The dining room offerings were also varied and tasty. The location makes it easy to walk around downtown. Most important: the staff was friendly, welcoming, and made it clear that... More

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Also Known As:
Ayre Hotel
Ayre Hotel Kirkwall
Ayre Kirkwall, Orkney Islands
Address: Ayre Road, Kirkwall KW15 1QX, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Orkney Islands > Mainland > Kirkwall
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
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Ranked #2 of 9 hotels in Kirkwall
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Ayre 3.5*
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