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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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3 of 5 stars reviewed 3 days ago
Sue G Beaconsfield, United Kingdom
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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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Beaconsfield, United Kingdom
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week 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
74 helpful votes 74 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
52 helpful votes 52 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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15 reviews 15 reviews
10 hotel reviews
98 helpful votes 98 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
130 helpful votes 130 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
135 helpful votes 135 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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219 helpful votes 219 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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14 hotel reviews
166 helpful votes 166 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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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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