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The Islay Hotel

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Charlotte Street, Port Ellen PA42 7DF, Scotland
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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
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Munich, Germany
2 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Hotel far, far,away from 4 star standards. Service unpleasant and poor, behaving like they were doing you a favour in serving you. Rooms are small, bathrooms gross with no toilet paper ! Our shower was on floor level so all the water was covering the whole bathroom surface after every shower! Breakfast was terrible! Slow service, poor choice from continental... More 

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Winchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Set within the old harbour area, The Islay Hotel has been totally rebuilt but with immense integrity. The Hotel looks as if it has stood there for decades, it is in fact, a well thought out purpose built modern hotel. It is once again, the heart of this little port. I think I enjoyed the craic and friendliness of this... More 

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Elgin, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stayed a few nights with the best of weather, absolutely lovely rooms with great food and service with a smile, bar has a live performance most nights which really adds to the atmosphere, however we struggled to get a seat in the bar most nights

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had decided to go to Islay to visit all the whisky distilleries there known for their peaty Scotches. We read about the Islay Hotel in Whisky Advocate Magazine and knew it had recently been entirely renovated. What a gem to find! We were there three nights (with two other couples) and we loved the food, the bar and the... More 

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This hotel was built just three years ago. Everything is spotless, down to the loos that won "Loo of the year" award- and no, I cannot make this up. The rooms are simple, but large with everything you need complete with amazing views of the bay. Everyone is incredibly nice and accommodating. We would stay there again in a heartbeat... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We are a family of five with children aged 15,10 and 3 and were delighted with the welcome and hospitality we enjoyed when we visited The Islay Hotel. The hotel restaurant is reasonably busy so we took the precaution of booking first. We were greeted warmly upon our arrival and seated and attended to promptly. Our order was taken without... More 

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Perth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

This is a nice hotel in Port Ellen that is part of the waterfront. It has great views, a nice restaurant and bar, and the rooms are spacious. Staff are very pleasant and accommodating. Only drawback i found was the noise from the bar if your room is directly above it.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

The hotel staff were excellent and served very good food in nice surroundings. Our dog was allowed into the bar and slept soundly whilst we ate and there was live traditional music on one night. The food was superb and it is a great place for fresh seafood.

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Durham, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

We stayed here on the night of the beach rugby tournament and the place was extremely busy. There are very few alternatives in the town so everyone seemed to be eating and drinking here. The service was very stretched but the young serving staff were delightful and very friendly. The room was quirky, a mixture of 30's furniture with a... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

We went to the Islay Hotel restaurant in mid-May just before the whisky festival started. We had the platter of langoustines and they were the best we've ever had - it was a huge platter of them, and they were very fresh, very big and absolutely delicious! The service was very good - it was busy but it probably wasn't... More 

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