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Certificate of Excellence
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 2 days ago
David S Malmesbury, United Kingdom
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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
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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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Malmesbury, United Kingdom
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Arranged for a group of 6 (staying variably 3, 4 and 5 nights) by a local Archaeological Tour Company- we were all pleased with the rooms and found the staff we encountered very helpful. The breakfasts were good but the evening meals stood out as a highlight of our stay. The steak came recommended and proved to be a very... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The hotel was absolutely fine for my short business trip, good central location, free parking and restaurant on site, so very convenient. I wouldn't really consider it for a holiday destination hotel though as functional and fine. Restaurant OK but again unremarkable.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This hotel sits on the harbour front..close to centre for shops/pubs etc..rooms are great , spacious and good view if you on front of hotel...meals are the best thing here..outstanding food ..friendly staff..will go that extra mile for you..

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Seattle, WA
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97 reviews 97 reviews
21 hotel reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

Two stars is all I can give the Ayre. The harbor view room while spacious lacked comfort and due to the small windows the view was not as expected. The beds were quite worn and the room seemed just clean enough. The bathroom was basic. The bath towels were very worn and discolored. The fan switch was on the ceiling... More 

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Seattle, Washington
11 reviews 11 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015 via mobile

Stayed in a larger, higher prices seafront room. Noisy. Near elevator/stairs and maids closets, so both evenings and mornings are quite noisy. Had leaky bathroom fixtures. Furnishings are adequate, but low end. Not a room to wait out a storm on a comfy chair and a view of the bay. Wifi ok. Adequate.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

I've stayed in larger, supposedly 'better' hotels in North America that could learn a whole lot of lessons from the nice folks that run the Ayre. This hotel was one of the nicer hotels I've stayed in. I spent 5 days there while visiting on business. Room: - VERY clean. - VERY modern. Don't know how else to put it.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

I stayed in the Ayre for two nights while in Orkney for work. The hotel is right at the waterfront in Kirkwall, close to the bus station and some lovely shops. The staff I met were friendly and very helpful. My room was in the new annexe, on the second floor, overlooking the harbour. It was a good size room,... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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70 reviews 70 reviews
18 hotel reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Very nice hotel room was very clean modern and comfortable I stayed 2 nights bed & Breakfast and I was impressed the staff were very friendly, the breakfast was also very good and the dinner was excellent both nights no complaints about staying here, there is also ample parking at the back of the hotel, I would recomend this to... More 

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Scotland, United Kingdom
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69 reviews 69 reviews
28 hotel reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014 via mobile

Stayed here recently on a business trip. I experienced a couple of minor issues which the management rectified for me. Food in the hotel restaurant was good with good portion sizes. The staff were very welcoming and friendly. Looking forward to a return visit in the spring.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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24 hotel reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

Stayed here for two nights on a business trip to Orkney. My room was spacious, clean and modern. Eloquently decorated with tasteful modern oak furniture. I didn't have the best of views however I'm sure several rooms will have stunning views of the local landscape. Bathroom again was very modern with a very good rain shower. The food in the... More 

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