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The Islay Hotel

Charlotte Street, Port Ellen PA42 7DF, Scotland
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Ranked #8 of 10 Port Ellen B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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3 of 5 stars reviewed 1 week ago
John_L186534 Glasgow, United Kingdom
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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
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
12 reviews 12 reviews
4 hotel reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We chose this hotel for a one night stopover en route to Port Charlotte. Our room, advertised as a 'Classic Double', was smaller than anticipated with virtually no hanging space - a tiny freestanding wardrobe squashed in a corner. The room certainly failed to live up to expectatons or the inflated price tag. On arriving for breakfast at 0830 we... More

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Port Ellen, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have recently had a meal at The Islay Hotel and could not fault it! Having recently heard some awful reviews we decided to go and have a look for ourselves, I have to say the service and meal we received was the complete antithesis of recent poor reviews. Upon arrival our party of three were met by a lovely... More

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Islay, United Kingdom
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

i am a regular in the islay hotel and have eaten there many times. recently to my surprise i heard that the owners had sacked their head chef ( who seemed to be doing an amazing job) so being curious i took the husband along for a meal on saturday night just to see if the high standard that i... More

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Highlands of Scotland
18 reviews 18 reviews
12 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We had traveled to Islay for a wedding, the Hotel recently re built did not disappoint , another great stay for accommodation and food. We were disappointed that the Hotel did not have a Lounge, however one is being created in the extensive under build, which will greatly improve the facilities.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

When walking in to the bar I waited twenty minutes for two soft drinks whilst a young lady waitress stood and done nothing. The young bartender who eventually served me was deliberately slow and slightly strange. My food took an eternity to arrive and there was no checkback and I didn't get a steak knife. Thankfully the overpriced meagre portions... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014 via mobile

Stayed for three nights for the principle reason of visiting the Laphroaig Distillery(FOL).What a great base this was for visiting the island. The service we received and the friendliness of all the staff we encountered was fantastic. Thankyou, hope to visit again soon:0)

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Stratford-Upon-Avon, England
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42 reviews 42 reviews
10 hotel reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

We managed (again) to book an Islay restaurant at the same time as a party of 10/12. It was probably this which resulted in the slow service. When it did arrive the food was good. My red wine never did..... The seafood chowder was worth a go and the langoustines looked good. Order side dish of veg as not much... More

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Napier, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand
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32 reviews 32 reviews
9 hotel reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

We had 4 nights in the Islay hotel in May 2014. Very comfortable room with good sized bathroom and Beatty on the front desk was really efficient at booking our distillery visits. What a shame that the weather was so poor but that is not something the Hotel has any control over. We ate in every night as there are... More

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Ayr, United Kingdom
16 reviews 16 reviews
6 hotel reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

Lovely hotel, friendly staff and fabulous food! The room we had was top floor with views from two windows facing different sea views, spacious and had a great jacuzzi bath. Plenty of free parking outside on the road. Recommended!!

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Phoenix, Arizona
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Unfortunately, although we'd booked two nights at this hotel, we were unable to make the first night due to a ferry cancellation. We called the hotel to let them know and they were very understanding (and didn't even charge us for last minute cancellation!!). I really wish we could've stayed longer and would love to go back. The hotel is... More

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Address: Charlotte Street, Port Ellen PA42 7DF, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > The Hebrides > Islay > Port Ellen
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
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Recently rebuilt on the site of the old Islay Hotel, offering 13 excellent bedrooms. From standard rooms with walk-in showers to extra large rooms with Jacuzzi bath and separate shower we can accommodate all requirements. Fantastic restaurant with a great selection of Island landed seafood dishes along side our Game supplied by local estates and Argyll Beef and Lamb. Our bar has one of the best collections of Islay whisky on the Island. The hotel is open all year around and are ideally situated next to Port Ellen Harbour and Ferry terminal. We are the nearest hotel to Laphroig, Lagavulin and Argbeg distilleries. ... more   less 
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