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3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Ayre Road, Kirkwall KW15 1QX, Scotland
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Ranked #3 of 9 hotels in Kirkwall
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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4 of 5 stars reviewed 2 weeks ago
cherylph Seattle, Washington
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Seattle, Washington
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's actually super charming; we arrived after booking very very last minute, and then we were late (never underestimate how slow you'll go when it's pitchblack on Orkney Island and you're afraid of driving into a ditch). They were a little confused where we were coming from, so that was a bit of a splash of cold water, but the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Well located within a short walking distance of main tourist sights of Kirkwall. The staff are helpful and friendly. The food preparation and dining room service was very good as was the buffet breakfast selection. Although not overly spacious, the rooms were very clean and comfortable. I would definitely recommend it.

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Fleetwood, United Kingdom
19 reviews 19 reviews
15 hotel reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have just returned from a business trip to both Orkney and Shetland. I stayed at the Ayre and found the hotel very clean, and comfortable. The rooms are clean , and tidy, if not a little dated. The bed was very comfortable and the bathroom ticked all the boxes. The in house wi-fi was neither use nor ornament, with... More

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13 reviews 13 reviews
10 hotel reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Just stayed here for 10 nights. It is now even better than when I stayed here last 5 years ago. Improved rooms, custom built extensions with 18 new bedrooms, and new breakfast/lunch/dining room also a refurbished existing dining room. Excellent management from Wendy & Lyall Harray. Good friendly efficient staff. Great welcoming atmosphere. Nothing is too much trouble!! Very good... More

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Poole, England, United Kingdom
13 reviews 13 reviews
101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

we stayed here with our daughter and it was lovely, the travel cot provided was a bit tired looking but it done the job. we then came back after our son was born, they only had one highchair so trying to have lunch with a toddler and a young baby meant one of us had to hold one of our... More

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Dundee, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 hotel reviews
105 helpful votes 105 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

I stayed at this hotel for 5 nights and the staff were very friendly, the room was perfect and the hotel had been recently refurbished. However the hotel guests bar was being renovated while I was staying which was inconvenient but the staff were very apologetic about it. I will defiantly stay again.

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98 reviews 98 reviews
32 hotel reviews
195 helpful votes 195 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

We booked the Ayre having read the positive reviews and we realise that you can't please everyone but we don't recognise this as the place others are reviewing so favourably. In it's favour, the hotel is centrally situated for visiting Orkney. It is also clean and not noisy. The bedrooms have, for the most part, no or restricted views and... More

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17 reviews 17 reviews
14 hotel reviews
137 helpful votes 137 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

Very well situated close to the kirkwall pier and close the town center. Hotel renovated Rooms are clean and some have a beautifull view on the sea Bathroom are clean and the water is hot (very usefull in this country).... Breakfeast very good

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15 reviews 15 reviews
10 hotel reviews
194 helpful votes 194 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2014

My son and I were making a return visit to Kirkwall and booked in to the Ayre. We decided to eat in the first night and check out the menu. We were glad we did because the food was excellent. Notwithstanding the fact that there don't seem to be too many alternatives for dining out that we could see in... More

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Pierowall, United Kingdom
3 reviews 3 reviews
219 helpful votes 219 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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Address: Ayre Road, Kirkwall KW15 1QX, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Orkney Islands > Mainland > Kirkwall
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Ayre 3.5*
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Ayre Kirkwall, Orkney Islands

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