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The Ayre Hotel
Ranked #1 of 9 Hotels in Kirkwall
Certificate of Excellence
Inverness, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
130 reviews
75 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“Ask for a room in new block”
Reviewed January 1, 2012

Stayed through work, have stayed before in the existing hotel, which I thought st the time was quite tired, I do believe it us being done up now. This time I stayed in the New block, it is stunningly decorated, to a very high standard, the room was spotless and the shower was fantastic! the staff were very helpful and the food to a good standard, nothing too over the top, just plain honest food

  • Stayed January 2012
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Glasgow
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Reviewed December 5, 2011

The Ayre Hotel has a great location on the sea front in Kirkwall, a short walk from the centre of town where there are several nice shops and St Magnus Cathedral. Our room was smallish, but very clean and tidy with a nice ensuite shower etc. Our room was over the car park and there was a bit of noise late in the evenings. We ate in the lounge/restaurant. The menu was great and the standard of food excellent. Breakfasts were also served here and they were extremely good. The Ayre Hotel also has a public bar where we met with a few locals who were happy to talk to us and make us feel welcome. I would stay at the Ayre Hotel again, but I would try to get a room with a sea view so its not going to be affected by noise from the car park.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
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The Stunning Highlands
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70 hotel reviews
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Reviewed November 23, 2011

Well we are just back from another great stay at The Ayre Hotel. the hotel is in a great location right on the waterfront in Kirkwall with ample parking, although the town centre, Cathedral etc. are well within walking distance. Once again we were greeted with a big friendly smile and check in was as efficient as ever. We normally stay in the new wing which overlooks the harbour. The room (55 I think it was)) was spotless, spacious, nicely furnished and everything we look for in a comfortable room, with free wi-fi a bonus. The bathroom likewise was spotless, with good quality Scottish complimentary's and a fabulous power shower. I read in an earlier review that someone thought the rooms facing the harbour might be noisy at night (they hadn't stayed in one) but I would like to add that we have stayed in the new wing 6 or 7 times and there has never been any noise at all. The new wing also has a disabled room as well as a lift.
The food is excellent with a huge range of choice, from pub favourites such as Steak and Ale Pie and Chicken and Mushroom Pie (the fillings for both are absolutely fabulous and 100% homemade) as well Fajita's, sweet and sour, curries etc. There is also an emphasis on local food with a great selection of local seafood featuring on the menu including scallops, crab, monkfish, Westray Parton toes, Orkney smoked salmon, haddock etc. The steaks also deserve a special menu, the beef is local and cooked to perfection in fact although I didn't try it I am sure I could have cut the steak with a butter knife it was so tender. The Orkney Real Ale aslo goes down a treat.
Breakfast offers a good selection including scrambled egg (which I like to crumble Grimbister cheese over to make it just perfect) and Orkney smoked salmon to set you up for the day.
So thanks again to Lyall, Wendy and the team for another great stay.....we will definitely be back.
P.S. Whilst exploring Orkney as well as the more well known sights be sure to check out Yesnaby, Marwick Head, Mull Head in Deerness and the Brochs of Birsay and Gurness.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Edinburgh, Scotland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 309 helpful votes
Reviewed October 31, 2011

We stayed one night on Orkney and chose the Ayre Hotel based on it's central location and the reviews on here. We were travelling round the North and only contacted the hotel the day before to enquire about availability. We got a very prompt reply by email and an offer of a reduced rate so we booked.
We had a standard double which was well-presented and perfect for one night. We enjoyed a good breakfast and reception staff were friendly and helpful. The hotel had free wi-fi which was useful. The location was good for exploring Kirkwall and there was free parking.
Only slight niggle was we could hear guests in an adjacent room who had a very early checkout but overall a good experience and we would be happy to stay here again.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed October 10, 2011

I had a lovely experience of the Orkneys being based in this hotel. My room was large and comfortable, the food was good (although heavy, but I think that's the local style)--and the restaurant and bar had the feeling of a friendly local neighborhood place--and the staff couldn't have been more helpful and friendly. Well-situated, right on the harbor. Would stay there again.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled solo
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Melbourne, Australia
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed September 15, 2011

Large comfortable room in the new wing with a view of the waterfront. My special dietary needs of meals that are both vegetarian and gluten free were no problem at this hotel (a big ask at many other hotels on my recent 5 week tour !) Happy to recommend this hotel

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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England
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed September 14, 2011

This hotel has a new wing, we stayed in the older rooms - although the decor was dated all the important things were up to standard. The room was clean, the bed comfortable, everything worked (including the free internet), the breakfasts (we stayed 4 nights) were excellent and the service/staff were efficient and helpful. We were too busy eating elsewhere in Kirkwall to try dinners at the hotel and although the reasonably priced menuwas not extensive, from the high quality of the breakfasts (apart from the 'hotplate jug' coffee!), we are confident that we would not have been disappointed. We arrived close to midnight but we were greated warmly and booked in efficiently - throughout our stay the owners and staff were friendly and attentive. No hesitation in recommending this place ...

Room Tip: In the original building, the view overlooking the harbour is nice and it isn't noisy at night...
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: The Ayre Hotel
Address: Ayre Road, Kirkwall KW15 1QX, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Orkney Islands > Mainland > Kirkwall
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Business Hotel in Kirkwall
#5 Romantic Hotel in Kirkwall
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — The Ayre Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 51
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