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Port Askaig Hotel
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Port Askaig
Clare, United Kingdom
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“Friendly hotel in a good location”
Reviewed July 25, 2013

We stayed here for a week,and thoroughly enjoyed the excellent breakfasts and evening meals,very well cooked using local produce. The fish was particularly good(not surprising as the fishing boats came in 20 yards away).The service was really good, and above all, everybody would go out of their way to help.Our ensuite room was quite adequate and spotlessly clean. Friday night we had live music with a talented couple from Jura,and the bar was full to bursting with local,very friendly people.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
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Dundee, United Kingdom
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Reviewed July 19, 2013

We stopped by at the Port Askaig Hotel for lunch as a last minute decision and what a find! It was absolutely fantastic. My husband and I shared a seafood platter and it was the best I have ever had. Half a lobster, languistines and scallops. All 100% fresh and cooked to perfection. The chef in their kitchen really knows what he is doing. We were with our 7 month old daughter and they were fantastic with her. I can't wait to go back to Islay on holiday so that we can visit the Port Askaig Hotel again.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Huddersfield
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Reviewed July 12, 2013

Whilst on a cycling tour through the islands, we celebrated a birthday with dinner at this hotel. Everything was excellent, from the window table with views across to Jura, through to the service & food. The waitress was very friendly & helpful, serving us a jug of iced water & a basket of freshly baked bread while we perused the menu. From an imaginative range of dishes we chose to share Stornaway black pudding with goats cheese followed by lemon sole & duck. The fish was beautifully fresh, & the duck cooked to perfection (rare). The wine menu was was reasonably priced & the whole evening a great success. We would definitely go back if in the area.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
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Reviewed July 2, 2013

The food in this place is delicious and is cheep and cheerful. It seems to be a typical bar meals place which I think Islay is lacking. Too many places on Islay to fancy and very expensive! I would recommend this place for good pub grub :o)

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
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Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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Reviewed June 21, 2013

The hotel was alright. The room could have been a little more modern, but we expected not much since we were on a little island.

Overall, the room was clean, but a little too overheated. Parking was free. WiFi was not working properly and no one could fixed it.

We ate at the Hotel's restaurant. Food was alright.

The little bar next to the Hotel was amazing. Fun staff and not expensive! The Dart game was fun, played all evening !

We chose this hotel because it was right next to the Port. We had to take the 7AM Ferry back to the main land.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Chester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed June 17, 2013

I stayed in this hotel in June 2013 with my wife & another couple, although the bedrooms rooms we stayed in had recently been tidied up and were comfortable there was no television radio etc that would have been available in other hotels locally. The landings and public areas restaurant etc where scruffy & needed updating. The rear out door access areas were badly kept unlit and dangerous.
This hotel is advertised as a 2 star rating, we visited some local 3 star hotels close to this hotel to find that they where far superior in every way with a much lower tariff and we felt cheated.
The hotel advertise they would give you a packed breakfast if getting the early ferry, we asked the night before for a packed break fast as instructed when leaving at 6.15am the packed breakfast had not been left out.

Not worth the money

Room Tip: Front harboure view is lovely but very noisey in early hours.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
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sammy253, Manager at Port Askaig Hotel, responded to this review, June 19, 2013
We regret that this party could only find the negative - while we are aware that some areas are still to be upgraded the bistro had a new wooden floor laid, was completely redecorated etc. less than 2 years ago. Hotel rear entrance is lit -but has a switch which guests can access - we certainly do not put the lights out! We may install an new tv system (already available in public areas) but most discerning guests come for the food, hospitality and scenery and the one short hallway that has not been redecorated nor lack of tvs in rooms does not in the main affect their enjoyment - in fact considered a bonus by many. Our hallways are furnished with valuable antique furniture which may be 'tired' to the uneducated eye but in fact is extremely valuable and in keeping with a building 500+ years old - no other hotel on the island is anywhere near this age so probably others are decorated to a different style. In the future it may be that we simply upgrade wifi in order that those who wish to view films etc. can use their own equipment. Disappointed guests are always a concern and points raised given consideration.
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Kyle of Lochalsh, United Kingdom
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Reviewed June 16, 2013

This hotel is situated in a great position, and if you have a window table in the dinning room, the views are great. It is an old building, and hence difficult to adapt, perhaps, to modern day standards. The proprietor and staff were plesant and welcoming. The majority of waiting staff etc, were not local, and some were struggling with their English. They all had a helpful manner, but staff training at this hotel is definitely a weakness. My son and I stayed 4 nights at the hotel, and had three evening meals at the hotel. The hotel is overpriced for what you get in all areas. On returning to the mainland and staying at similar xsmall hotel near Lochgilphead, things were a lot better and generally at prices of 33% less. The room I had (a double to use as a single) was clean, and I was given the style of room that I asked for. There were basic things missing such as drinking glasses, face flannels, bar of soap (liquid soap was provided), and no TV was provided. The lights above the mirrors in the room did not work. The curtains in the room were coming away from the curtain rails.There is a residents lounge, which resembles an old people's home, with a very old TV set. There is a modern TV in the bar, but no comfortable seating in the bar. Wi-Fi is available in a few parts of the hotel, but the system needs upgrading to give a better signal throughout the hotel. Breakfast is good in quality, quantity and selection available. Service is very variable though. The dinner menu is uninspiring, and for the first two nights the vegetables were peas and mashed potatoes. Having commented on this, different vegetables were served the following night, but the quality and quantity poor. The best dish available on the dinner menu is the seafood platter, assuming you like shell fish, of course. Once again service can be slowish. The bar boasts some whiskies, but there are better selections in other hotels on the island. Once again everything is overpriced. I would try somewhere else if visiting Islay, but that is not to say that my son and I ddid not enjoy the stay, but things could have been so much better.

Room Tip: A room with sea views are best, but they are more expensive.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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sammy253, Manager at Port Askaig Hotel, responded to this review, June 17, 2013
We regret that elements of your stay were not what you expected. Yes , some new staff for the season do not have the best English but they work hard and do their best. Staff training? My staff both local and from Europe for the most part have been with me for between 4 and 14 years with the exception of this years students (3) and I am more than happy with their style of service - this is a family hotel with an informal style which we as owners wish to retain - I am just sorry that it was not your style.
Our selection of malts numbers over 100 which is entirely enough for an establishment of this size and location.
Price - it would be perhaps more relevant if you compared prices with other hotels on the island - but as I suspect you are already aware we are probably the cheapest to be found - you should appreciate that every grain of sugar and barrel of beer is carried by truck on the ferry therefore our costs are much more than mainland premises - Islay is not and never will be a cheap destination - however it is the Queen of the Hebrides therefore I hope you found much to enjoy during your stay. I personally found you and your son pleasant company and am disappointed that Port Askaig was not to your liking. Finally - I totally agree that the chairs in the resident lounge do not add to its attractiveness but the bus groups love it! The antique furniture is very valuable dating from 16th century and we will not be going for Ikea look any time soon.
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Property: Port Askaig Hotel
Address: Port Askaig Isle of Islay | Argyllshire, Port Askaig PA46 7RD, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > The Hebrides > Islay > Port Askaig
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Restaurant Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Port Askaig
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Port Askaig Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 14
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 
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