We stayed at the Ayrlington for one night during the week and while it was all OK, it wasn't the luxurious experience I would associate with a five-star establishment and it makes me question the AA's criteria.
Our room was on the top floor at the back, overlooking a well-kept garden. The room itself was OK, but there were a couple of hairs in the bath, holes in the net curtains and a bathroom mirror that had really seen better days. I had requested soya milk so I could use the tea/coffee-making facilities in the room but none was there and there was no-one to ask when we returned from our evening out. It did arrive when requested at breakfast, but it came to the table in the already-opened and used carton with a piece of paper stuck to the side, rather than being presented in a jug.
We didn't sleep very well, because, despite being at the back of the building and wearing earplugs, we could still hear the roar of the traffic on the road and ended up getting up at 6.30am to have a walk by the canal.
According to the AA's website, breakfast at a 5-star establishment should be high quality and include homemade items, local produce etc. It was surprising to see none of this in evidence. Toast (one slice each) was bog standard sliced bread, preserves were normal caterers' mini jars and there was no mention of anything being local or organic on the menu. The menu itself consisted of either a full English or veggie breakfast (no sign of the stated sauteed potatoes) or salmon and scrambled egg (advanced notice required). The continental selection was mini boxes of cereal, yogurt and fruit salad; none of the promised pastries. The breakfast at a Premier Inn is better!
My husband had the veggie breakfast and I asked if I could have beans on toast, but was surprised to receive only one measly slice of unbuttered toast with a small scoop of beans. The staff didn't seem very happy to be asked for more.
I have stayed in lower-graded hotels where the bread and preserves were homemade, the eggs were local and free-range, the bacon organic etc, the rooms came with homemade cakes, even homemade soap in the bathroom. The offering from The Ayrlington just seemed a bit stingy for the price and while it was all fine, I felt it was nowhere near five stars. We wanted a hotel where we could leave the car and walk into the city and on that, The Ayrlington is great, plus the staff at the front desk are very friendly.
- Also Known As:
- The Ayrlington Hotel Bath
- The Ayrlington Hotel
- Ayrlington Hotel Bath
- Ayrlington Bath
- 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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