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“Honestly, five stars?”
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The Ayrlington
Ranked #9 of 35 Hotels in Bath
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“Honestly, five stars?”
Reviewed 26 August 2012

I find the five star rating highly dubious for this lodging.
The guesthouse is in urgent need of repair and a fresh coat of paint inside. Similar comments could be made for the wardrobes and beds. The cushions looked slightly moth-eaten. It looked like that once upon a time, the house may have looked better. There were lots of Chinese and other Asian antiques scattered around the place, some of which were of great quality, but the place looked very tired. The breakfast was the least impressive I've ever had in England in lodgings of similar price ranges - the toast was charred black, the scrambled eggs looked like they'd been air-dried - very much in keeping with the rest of the ambience.
Having said that, the toilets were fairly clean, and the gardens large and pretty. It's winning streak is it's location, at very walkable distance from city center.
Service is polite and friendly, but five stars would be pushing it.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 24 August 2012

The Ayrlington markets itself fantastically. It makes a big thing about how it has been awarded 5 stars, and calls itself a hotel. First thing to note is that it gets 5 stars based on the AA's guest house criteria. If it were a Hotel it would get 3 star.

So, good points then.
We stayed in The Garden Room, which is simply massive. A king size bed, 2 sets of drawers, a dressing table, 2 easy chairs and a wonderfully ornate fireplace, and still room a plenty to swing several cats. Add to this a large under stairs storage area, and large bathroom with fantastic shower.
It also has wonderful views of a beautifully manicured and maintained garden.
Free parking, with just a 2 minute walk to the centre of Bath are also huge plus points. Finally, the breakfast is good quality, fresh, plentiful and served by excellent waitresses who clear empty plates from your table within a minute, and always with a smile.
The owner, an extremely pleasant and friendly Asian lady is very proud of her culture and adorns the walls and hallways with beautiful art and antiques.

Nowhere is perfect however, and The Ayrlington is no exception.
Our room was down 2 flights of stairs after the initial climb into the guest house. No one offered to help with our luggage.
Not the establishments fault, but at 4:30am each morning the seagulls and geese sounded like they were re-enacting WWII outside the window.
The attention to detail was poor, with the room having flaking paint, broken toilet, cracked window and mould and mildew a plenty. We even had to go upstairs to reception to ask for another roll of toilet paper, which is a disgrace.
The morning clean involved sweeping the cheap laminate floor detritus behind the door and leaving it there.

We go away 6 times a year. I take my Wife away, and we stay in top quality hotels, which this says it is. From experience, it very definitely isn't. When we take the children with us, we stay in B&B's, which is what this is.

Would I recommend it? Yes, if you accept the limitations and look past the spurious marketing, it is a reasonable B&B very close to everything in Bath. If I was taking the children, I would stay here, except, they don't take children.

Would I stay here again. Definitely not.

The final point to note. Those who have rated The Ayrlington as terrible, have had a reply from the owner, saying they will ignore the review, preferring instead to accept that 80% have rated it as good or better. With 16 rooms, 25% rating The Ayrlington as average or worse, means at any one time, 4 rooms are unhappy with their stay. If the owners think this is good enough, they seriously need to raise their expectations.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 August 2012

Great carpark close to city centre. Impressive building and well laid out gardens. Walk past the bins to reception and you will be met with a charming, elegant interior with good size rooms, a bar and drawing room.

Room - large character room with thoughtful touches. We had A four poster bed that was comfy although the bedding didn't fit. The room was thick with dust and the mirror was dirty. The large bathroom had pubic hair in the bath and hair in the plug hole. The shower screen was also broken.
Great view over the garden and a welcome aircon unit.

Breakfast - full breakfast was one sausage, two bacon, one egg and three mushrooms. Plenty of toast, fruit and yoghurt etc.

The five stars must have been awarded a few years ago as the place is ready for a tidy up.

Overall, nice place but not five star. We received an immediate discount to a more realistic price when we pointed out our concerns when we booked out.

  • Stayed August 2012
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Reviewed 9 August 2012

Just a short walk from Bath city centre, this hotel is just wonderful.
On arrival, we were given lots of tips and brochures and a map to get us started.
The bedroom was lovely and it was nice to have the ability to stay in and watch DVDs aswell as adventuring.
Breakfast was great, cooked as requested and it felt almost like home except for the other guests.

  • Stayed August 2012
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Witney, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 August 2012

Just had a two night weekend break at the Ayrlington and it was difficult to fault. The location is perfect, just 5-10 minutes easy walk onto town. Unlike many hotels in bath, this has a roomy car park, which is a real bonus.
Booked a deluxe room. We were welcomed by a very friendly receptionist who offered to assist with dining choices in Bath. The room itself (Empire) was spacious and very nicely furnished. It was on the rear of the property overlooking a beautifully maintained garden, with views across to the rugby ground and the city beyond. One big surprise was how quiet the room was, for a city centre property, it was remarkably peaceful. Breakfast was busy, with a good well cooked English and a very nice fresh fruit salad. Breakfast waiting staff, were friendly and efficient. If i had to make any criticism it would be that the breakfast room is a bit on the small side, so we were a bit limited for space, but it wasn't really a problem.

This is a small hotel at a premium price, worth it, absolutely....

Room Tip: Garden facing rooms are incredibly quiet
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 August 2012

A tree lined avenue within striking distance of all bath has to offer is the setting for this fine B&B run with care and dedication to detail by the owner Ling and her helpful staff! are just some of the features that make the Ayrlington a superb place to stay while in Bath

Room Tip: rooms facing the Abbey and over looking the hotels Oriental Garden are a perfect choice
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled on business
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Reviewed 2 August 2012

Firstly, when everything had been sorted out, we had a wonderful weekend in Bath. On arriving at this establishment, our first impressions were 2 old crates against the wall and a tatty awning. Whilst waiting for our room, we did ask if our cases could be looked after and they were put behind a sideboard in the Breakfast room! We decided to wait in the lounge area instead and not go out. We noticed the Hotel to be very tired and shabby looking. However the garden was lovely. Whilst having tea in the lounge, a cleaner came through with no shoes on but at this stage we were trying to find the good points and not cast too much judgement yet. So our twin bedded room was ready and our cases were taken up (no lift). Well, the room was so small you could not "swing a cat round". The furniture was chipped and again shabby looking. The wardrobe was not adequate for 2 people's clothes. The bathroom was awful. We did ask for another room but as they were full, it was either stay or we should find alternative accommodation, which we gladly did and made a hasty exit after dragging our cases down a few flights of stairs. There was no way we could stay there. I rang Bath Tourist Board for their help in finding us somewhere else to stay and explained our predicament and they did inform me that this establishment was not a hotel but a guest house. Anyway all ended well and we found a lovely hotel (3 star and superb) over the bridge and near the Abbey and Roman Baths. Its a lovely old house but really needs some TLC before it can be rated as 5 star accommodation.

Room Tip: The twin bedded room is very small with limited wardrobe space.
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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
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Property: The Ayrlington
Address: 24-25 Pulteney Road, Bath BA2 4EZ, England
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Region: United Kingdom > England > Somerset > Bath
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
#7 Luxury Hotel in Bath
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:5 star — The Ayrlington 5*
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Built of golden Bath stone, The Ayrlington is a large and handsome English Heritage listed building set in a splendid walled oriental garden with exceptional views of the City and its medieval Abbey. Bath's magnificent historic sites, speciality shops and excellent restaurants are all just a five minutes level stroll away. The Ayrlington's elegant and tranquil interior is a graceful blend of English and Asian antiques, artwork, fine fabrics and Egyptian cotton bedlinen - all 18 bedrooms have an individual theme and are beautifully furnished, some with four poster beds. The emphasis is on creating an atmosphere of peace and tranquility in the centre of Bath's vibrant city centre. The Ayrlington has a licensed residents' bar, secure on-site private parking and is entirely non smoking. We do not accept children under 5 years of age. The Ayrlington's ongoing commitment to quality has brought some well deserved and hard earned awards - five stars from The AA and Visit Britain, AA Premier Collection, a listing in The Good Hotel Guide and multiple Bath in Bloom garden awards. ... more   less 
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