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“Very good central hotel with caring and friendly staff”
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The Ayre Hotel
Ranked #1 of 9 Hotels in Kirkwall
Certificate of Excellence
Melbourne, Australia
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“Very good central hotel with caring and friendly staff”
Reviewed 16 September 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, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 September 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, travelled as a couple
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Glasgow, Scotland
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Reviewed 5 September 2011

Comfortable hotel on the sea front. Friendly staff. Early breakfast available if needed. Room was clean and attended to every day. Fixed electric heater warmed it up nicely. Quite a climb to the second floor with baggage.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled on business
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Scotland
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Reviewed 17 August 2011

I stay at this hotel regularly on business and cannot commend the staff and management enough for their great service and comfortable accomodation.

The rooms in the renovated area of the hotel are clean, spacious and nicely decorated with comfortbale beds and powerful showers. The free WIFI in the hotel is also a bonus and connection speeds are good.

The hotels restaurant serves good quality food and good sized portions. Meals are served with a smile in a relaxed atmosphere and you are not kept waiting for hours. The public bar seems popular with locals and has a warm and friendly atmosphere.

I have stayed in many hotels in northern scotland and the islands and I would rate The Ayre as one of the best.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled on business
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 15 August 2011

We were part of an archaeology tour group and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The room was comfortable and we were always made to feel welcome.

The food was interesting - chicken stuffed with haggis and a few other new things we tried. Always well cooked and served with a smile. Portions generous. Not a massive choice but what they offer is good wholesome food with some decent wine.

An excellent base for exploring the mainland and off-islands.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: The Ayre Hotel
Address: Ayre Road, Kirkwall KW15 1QX, Scotland
Region: 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 (per night): $211 - $289
Hotel Class:3 star — The Ayre Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 51
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