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3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Ayre Road, Kirkwall KW15 1QX, Scotland
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Ranked #4 of 8 hotels in Kirkwall
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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4 of 5 stars reviewed 1 week ago
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Glasgow, Scotland
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71 reviews 71 reviews
43 hotel reviews
144 helpful votes 144 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Stayed here as part of an archaeology tour and it couldn't have been a better base. The rooms in the main building have been renovated fairly recently and are nicely furnished, if rather small, as are the bathrooms. The food at dinner was excellent and the portions huge, while all the staff are very helpful and friendly. Some less positive... More

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Beaconsfield, United Kingdom
1 review
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed at this hotel as a package on the tour we were on so we didn't choose it. All very dated but they obviously try their best and no complaints about service and cleanliness. The food was very good with enormous portions of everything and the restaurant was packed out every night with locals as well as the residents.... More

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Aberdeenshire, United Kingdom
2 reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is one of the best hotel we have stayed in. The room was lovely. View looking over to the harbour;The food was excellent ,breakfast amazing. The staff coudnt do enough to help .From the outside it looks run down but don't let this put you off and the owner said it is away to get done up,it will be... More

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Seattle, Washington
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

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 July 8, 2014 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
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21 reviews 21 reviews
15 hotel reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

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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10 hotel reviews
111 helpful votes 111 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

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
141 helpful votes 141 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
14 reviews 14 reviews
6 hotel reviews
151 helpful votes 151 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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32 hotel reviews
220 helpful votes 220 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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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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