We stayed here for two nights at the end of September, taking advantage of the "Special Autumn Offer" and thoroughly enjoyed it! As mentioned by a previous reviewer the rate was £125 per night, but she forgot to mention that this was for D,B&B for two people - try getting that value anywhere else on Islay! Yes, there's no television in the bedrooms but, seriously, why would you want or need one there?
The same reviewer also mentioned about food being on the expensive side, but if on a DBB rate, why would they have to purchase more? I suggest that if they had "plenty of money" they would have booked something a little more commercial, but the hotel can't be blamed for their lack of funds! I couldn't even finish the enormous portions served up to me, delicious as they were and felt so guilty I had to keep apologising for not clearing my plate. Sadly (very sadly) I could not even manage a dessert on either night. Oh, but the “Special Autumn Offer” also included a complimentary bottle of House Wine with the first meal which unfortunately both I and the staff forgot about it, so perhaps worth mentioning whilst you’re there to avoid kicking yourself later!
Yes, some of the hotel is a little tired, but this is a family run business, not a multiple hotel chain with endless pots of cash to throw at the venture, plus they are trying to retain some areas in period style, but it is clean, comfortable and cosy,
However, what made this stay really memorable was the wonderful food and the incredibly friendly and helpful staff - which more than makes up for any shortcomings in the decoration! I had “venison chops” as my main meal on first night – cooked EXACTLY as requested and extremely tender meat, but so enormous I wanted to “ask a friend” to help me! Second night I chose “slow cooked lamb shank” which was falling off the bone and melting in my mouth… maybe next time I’ll go for starters OR mains then skip to desserts which is the only way I’ll manage to experience all the delights Chef has to offer.
BUT, each and every staff member I encountered was so friendly, helpful, accommodating and customer focussed that THIS was what really made the stay for me! There was “live entertainment” on the Friday night and a staff member who had already finished their shift included us in their company, introducing us to friends and making us feel part of the company… if you visit Islay and fail to see the friendliness of the Islanders, well perhaps you’re in the wrong place?
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Port Askaig Hotel is a picturesque, family run Highland Inn on the shores of the Sound of Islay, overlooking the pier at which daily car ferries berth on arrival from the Scottish mainland. Due to its proximity to the ferry, it offers easy access to Jura, Colonsay and the mainland. Our Starboard Restaurant offers Bistro style dining, with a full meal service in both bars and hot snacks available out with main meal times.Menus feature the best of Islay's Larder from both land and sea with 'catch of the day' fresh from the harbour here a speciality.Our hotel garden provides organic vegetable and salads to compliment your choices. Our Port Bar is the oldest licensed premises on Islay and features an excellent selection of Islay Malts and a display of old and rare bottles. In season live traditional music is oftenplayed in the Old Port Bar. Enjoy a beer or a malt whisky in the garden- relax and watch the boats sail by. Islay and it's goodbye to care ...... ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Port Askaig Hotel Islay