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“Home away from home in Bath” 4 of 5 stars
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The Ayrlington
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   24 Pulteney Rd, Bath BA2 4EZ, England   |  
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Ranked #12 of 32 Hotels in Bath
Suffolk
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31 reviews 31 reviews
15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
“Home away from home in Bath”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013

We have now stayed at the Ayrlington 5 times over the past 6 or 7 years and we find it the perfect base from which to explore the beautiful city of Bath. The rooms do vary in size and style, but generally there is something for everyone. The welcome is very good and the rooms always clean and tidy. We usually try to book the Abbey room as it looks out over the Recreation ground (one of our reasons to visit Bath is to watch the rugby) and over to Bath Abbey and the Old Empire Hotel buidling. The lounge with a small bar is a nice place to relax either after a long days walking round the city or for an early evening aperitif before going out to the restaurant of your choice (they give you a list/map of recommended restaurants to visit). The rooms we have stayed are all comfortable, although the decoration could do with a bit of touching up in places. The shower screen in our room needed a new seal along the bottom to stop the water going on to the floor and the bath could do with replacing as the jacuzzi no longers works (but the jacuzzi was not necessary really).
The nice touches are the tea/coffee/chocolate along with the biscuits. The CD/Ipod dock/DAB radio was nice but I couldn't get the radio off Radio 3 (not everyones choice..). Breakfasts were very nice with a good variety.
There is parking available but this time we let the train take the strain and the hotel is only a 10-15 minute walk from the station (Taxis are available).

All in all a great place to stay and we will definitely be back again soon.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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London, United Kingdom
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76 reviews 76 reviews
17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013

Firstly the staff. Hannah(?) the receptionist when we arrived was fantastic so welcoming and showed us to our room, she is a real asset. The staff at Breakfast were also excellent and friendly. There is a bar and a lovely lounge but only breakfast is served. We were given the option of a full breakfast in a dinning room or a continental breakfast in our room - a nice touch. The public areas were decorated with asian touches - we liked that and found it added something.

The location is excellent being a 5-10 minute walk to Pulteney Bridge and Bath Abbey.

We had the Rose room which is at the back of the house and it was beautifully quiet and looked over an exquisitely kept garden, again with asian touches and a superb view over to Bath Abbey.

The bed was very comfortable indeed.

The breakfast was cooked fresh and was excellent - the option of a vegetarian breakfast was excellent.

This really is a B&B rather than a hotel and the only area for improvement would be that the decor and fittings in the room, whilst superbly clean and comfortable, really needs a refresh at the prices being charged which we consider on the high side.

Room Tip: Ask for a view over garden and the Abbey
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Westgate-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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13 hotel reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2013

I agree with a previous review in as much as it's not 5 star. It's excellent in that it's clean, warm and comfortable. Why I say it's not 5 star is the only food available is breakfast which was lovely. It has a small bar, but no food available at any other time than at breakfast. The room we had at the front was noisy with the traffic if you opened the windows but was spacious and very pleasant. All the staff we met were helpful and pleasant. Our stay was very enjoyable.

Room Tip: If you like windows open then the traffic would affect you so ask for a room at the back.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Union City, California
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13 hotel reviews
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2013

Parking was easy and the receptionist very helpful. The Receptionist came out from her office and helped us with our luggage to the third floor where we had a spacious room overlooking the lawn. The room that was well appointed, clean and adequately furnished.. Antiques graced the corridors and public rooms that is made up of two semi-detached building joined in a very interesting way. An elevator would have been beneficial for those on the upper floors
Breakfast was outstanding, freshly prepared and served by a very helpful lady. The best part is that for the price and the location. It is no more than a five minute walk to the center of Bath.
It was a pleasure to stay in this quiet elegant property where the Owner show great personal interest and oversight in its' management..

Room Tip: If you have a problem with stairs ask for a lower floor room.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Benson
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2013

This is NO way a five star hotel. Although we were greeted with a warm welcome and the rooms were clean and comfortable in our opinion it is no more than a guest house ! We were only there for two nights, our friends room which was the superior room located at the front of the hotel, found that there was a lot of traffic noise all night. The breakfast was ok apart from the little frozen potato things ! Unfortunately the second morning the small breakfast room became very busy, the cooked breakfasts were coming out whilst people were still eating their fruit and yoghurt, after being in there just 25 mins the waitress made reference to another couple that she was waiting for us to leave !!! We were unaware that we were being timed !!! We would not go back, it was over priced because it didn't offer the facility of an evening meal as you would expect a five star hotel to.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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New York City, New York
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2013

My husband and I spent a weekend at the Ayrlington this summer. Although not in the center of town, it's an easy walk everywhere and was on a pretty, tree-lined street. Our first room, on the lower level, smelled a bit musty, so we were immediately transferred upstairs to a larger, lovely room with a beautiful view of the grounds. Staff was friendly and helpful both behind the front desk and in the breakfast room. There is also a comfortable sitting room filled with magazines and guides to the area.

One caveat--don't stay here if you don't like or are allergic to cats. I found them incredibly friendly and they added to the homey feeling of the place, but I could definitely see this being a turnoff for non-enthusiasts.

Room Tip: Lower level room smelled a bit musty, so try to get an upper floor.
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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london
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4 reviews 4 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2013

We stayed here after the Trip Advisor reviews. A really good B&B, excellent breakfast and really friendly staff. However you MUST pay the extra to have a room at the back of the hotel. The road noise is really disturbing at the front of the hotel (we asked to move after the first night) and for the extra £10 per a night we moved into the Garden Room which was really silent and much nicer. Overall, for a B&B and really good stay.

Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Address: 24 Pulteney Rd, Bath BA2 4EZ, England
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Location: United Kingdom > England > Somerset > Bath
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
#8 Luxury Hotel in Bath
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — The Ayrlington 5*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Built of golden Bath stone, The Ayrlington is a large and handsome English Heritage listed building set in a splendid walled oriental garden with exceptional views of the City and its medieval Abbey. Bath's magnificent historic sites, specialty shops and excellent restaurants are all just a five minutes level stroll away. The Ayrlington's elegant and tranquil interior is a graceful blend of English and Asian antiques, artwork, fine fabrics and Egyptian cotton bedlinen - all 16 bedrooms have an individual theme and are beautifully furnished, some with four poster beds. The Ayrlington boasts an extensive collection of Chinese and South East Asian antiques.Privately owned and managed, the emphasis is on creating an atmosphere of peace and tranquility in the centre of Bath's vibrant city centre. The Ayrlington has a licensed residents' bar, secure on-site private parking and is entirely non smoking. We do not accept children under 14 years of age. The Ayrlington's ongoing commitment to quality has brought some well deserved and hard earned awards - five stars from The AA and Visit Britain, AA Premier Collection, a listing in The Good Hotel Guide and multiple Bath in Bloom garden awards. ... more   less 
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