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Port Askaig Hotel
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Port Askaig
Reviewed August 13, 2006

My single room was more like a broom cupboard than a room. From the smell, It may even have been a toilet in a past life. If you are thinking about it, don't, unless you are punishing yourself for something bad that you've done. Also, take earplugs, you'll need them!

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Reviewed August 4, 2006

We arrived at the hotel and all looked well, the whole place is just what would expect to find in the Western Isles, the staff were fine, the rooms were decorated in the style of 1970's, as I said, just what you would expect, however when we checked out we received a bill for £180 for two double rooms, what a rip off considering that the last time the place saw a lick of paint it could have been done by Da Vinci. The place was in a time warp which is OK if you are Dr Who, but it was no use for us. If you want to own and run a dump, then that's fine, but if a place looks like its from the 70's, then that's the prices you should be charging. The Port Askaig Hotel is the first thing you see when you arrive on Islay and it is a disgrace, it is a shame that this place sets the tone for what is a fantastic island. The Islay Hotel in Port Ellen is in better condition, which is saying something considering it is derelict.

  • Stayed: July 2006, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 2, 2005

bedroom & bathroom & whole hotel smelt like a greasy spoon

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Reviewed November 12, 2003

I was expecting a large port town, but Port Askaig is really quite small. If you are coming up from the south, you will pop up over a hill and down over the other side, on a corner, is the hotel. There is a shop and post office across the road with the ferry dock just ahead.
All of the buildings appear as if they have been built to withstand the weather and you can tell that this place gets buffeted by the wind, but it all adds to the charm. The scenery is spectacular and we just happened to get there at full moon, so the night was as lovely as the day.

When we were there, a blasting crew was working (I think they may be making room for more housing) and things like parking were a bit unorganized as a result. However, the locals were out in order to watch the blasting and it was really an opportunity to get a look at the types of people who live here. The overall atmosphere at the hotel was one of a close family. There was nothing overly special about the hotel, but there was also nothing overly wrong with it. I was a bit worried when we first got there because it seemed like the staff was over-extended. But the longer the evening went, the more I started to feel a family atmosphere. Everyone there was incredibly friendly, even the locals who came in to the bar while we were there. There was an overwhelming sense of humor among the staff and the lcoals. If there was one place during our week's trip to Scotland where I felt as if I could have "fit in," this was it. Nothing fancy, just good people working hard and having a laugh or two. You know how you usually hear people say, "Well it's a nice place to visit, but I wouldn't want to live there?" Turn it around and you've got Port Askaig. I think the longer you stayed here, the more you'd like it.

It is evident that the hotel can accommodate people for lengthy stays.
The rooms are equipped with closet and drawer space for a small army.
There are no phones in the rooms, but there was an antiquated "call" system that I was dying to try but never did. (there is a phone booth just across the road) There were no clocks or appliances, but the hotel staff found a gigantic metal alarm clock that probably woke the entire island.

The bar was having Karaoke the night we were there, but I was so tired after our long day of travel that I missed it. Too bad, as there had been strong hints that one local would give us a show we'd never soon forget. Not sure that was a good thing, but we were sorry we didn't find out!

I would say that if you are looking for 5-star accommodation with expectations of being treated like a movie star, stay to the south. But if you are looking for good, friendly people and a nice place to hang your hat, go to Port Askaig. It may lack the polish of some of the "finer" places in Scotland, but it sure made up for it in atmosphere and attitude.

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Reviewed May 13, 2017 via mobile
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Stayed: May 2017, traveled with friends
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  • Stayed: September 2016, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 29, 2016 via mobile
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Stayed: July 2016, traveled with friends
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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: $38 - $122 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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