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The Islay Hotel
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Reviewed May 7, 2013

Hotel is located very close to main 3 distelleries. Very clean and comfortable. Staff is very friendly . The Bar at rhe hotel is the best in all island. The restaurant inside surves very tasty and fresh sea food . One of the best alternative by comfort , location and restaurant.

Stayed: May 2013, traveled with friends
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IslayHotel, Manager at The Islay Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded August 5, 2013

Hi there

Many thanks for your kind review regarding our hotel bar and food on offer. We look forward to welcoming you back to see us here at Port Ellen soon.

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Reviewed April 27, 2013

While visiting family on Islay, my brother suggested we try the Islay Hotel for lunch as he had heard it was very good. As we had been out for a spin and time was getting on I was'nt sure they would still be serving, but our luck was in. My brother is disabled and in a wheelchair and it can be awkward getting him in and out of places, but 10/10 to the Islay for their disabled access and wide doors. The place is beautifully decorated throughout, the dining room is fantastic, quirky with each antique table and chairs different to their neighbour, it really works well. Great to see some of the great Sean O'Leary's paintings rescued. The girls serving are an absolute joy, welcolming, friendly, efficient and nothing a bother, even moving us to a table that would accomodate the wheelchair comfortably. They are real ambassadors for Islay, well done girls.

The food was ambrosial. All locally sourced produce and of top class quality. My son went for the fish and chips and the portion that arrived would have kept a family of 4 fed for a week. Being a typical teen who inhales food at the best of times even this had him defeated and he could'nt finish it. I had a wee taste and it was fantastic. Lovely fresh fish and the batter was the crispiest I have ever tasted. My brother went for the skate wing with veg and mash and again, the portion was vast, but he thoroughly enjoyed it. I went for the starter portion of haggis neeps and tatties with a whisky sauce and it was just delicious. Everything was beautifully presented and very fresh. We then decided to have a pudding...oh my! Caramel pannacotta is the best thing ever. The whole bill inc drinks came to just under £50.00 and worth every penny.
Roland came over to say hello to my brother and ended up giving me a tour of the hotel, so many thanks for that, it is stunning. I remember this place as a wee girl, it was always busy but then closed down for many years and fell into disrepair so to see it restored and with such care and attention to detail into getting this lovely hotel up and running again is truly inspirational. Will definately be back.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with family
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IslayHotel, General Manager at The Islay Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded May 3, 2013

Thank you so much for your kind words, we look forward to welcoming you back soon.

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Reviewed April 22, 2013

Had an overnight stay here last weekend. very friendly staff, helpful and attentive but not intrusive.
The food was superb! Great steak cooked just the way my Husband likes it (without sauce as requested) and a melt in your mouth Lamb shank. Desserts were delicious!
Room was cosy and very clean.
Will be recommending to anyone who asks!

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank MrsMacandco
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IslayHotel, General Manager at The Islay Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded May 3, 2013

Thank you so much for your kind review. We very much enjoyed accommodating you here at The Islay and looked forward to seeing you again.

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Reviewed April 11, 2013

We weren't staying in the hotel, but did come to the restaurant here twice.

The food was very impressive - particularly the seafood - and the service was very friendly.
And, as you might expect, there was also an ample selection of whiskies at the bar!

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Phill143
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Russell G, Manager at The Islay Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded April 16, 2013

Thank you so much for your kind words, we look forward to welcoming you back soon.

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Reviewed April 3, 2013

Gorgeous hotel, definately the highlight of Islay! It has recently been totally refurbished to a very high standard and is a joy to experience. The restaurant was lovely and service was fab. Bar was light and airy and a nice space to relax in.

Would definately visit again.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank juicylucy2006
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Russell G, Manager at The Islay Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded April 16, 2013

Thank you very much for your kind words, we look forward to welcoming you back soon.

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