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The Ayrlington
Ranked #8 of 30 Hotels in Bath
Certificate of Excellence
Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Reviewed 27 June 2013

We stayed here three days in June. Free parking and is well located, just 10 minutes crossing the bridges to restaurants and attractions. There is no lift so be prepared to carry up your luggage as there is no one to help which is an inconvenience, but the bedroom was overlooking the back gardens and abbey, with coffee and tea provided,a flat tv and wifi. The bathroom was large, with a bath tub, a chair and all amenities needed. Breakfast was just right for us and the staff is helpful and friendly. We have no complaints.

Room Tip: The back rooms are quiet and have a lovely view
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 June 2013

Opposite U of Bath, not far from baths and abbey and restaurants. Magnificent, huge room, very well equipped. Large bathroom and bath/shower. Beautifully appointed. Very helpful clerk at check-in. Pretty breakfast facility and better than average breakfast, with the usual items, but high quality.
Parking is tight. Highly recommended, but more costly than average- 140 ff for large king-size bed plus extra bed.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 14 June 2013

We stayed at the Ayrlington for one night during the week and while it was all OK, it wasn't the luxurious experience I would associate with a five-star establishment and it makes me question the AA's criteria.

Our room was on the top floor at the back, overlooking a well-kept garden. The room itself was OK, but there were a couple of hairs in the bath, holes in the net curtains and a bathroom mirror that had really seen better days. I had requested soya milk so I could use the tea/coffee-making facilities in the room but none was there and there was no-one to ask when we returned from our evening out. It did arrive when requested at breakfast, but it came to the table in the already-opened and used carton with a piece of paper stuck to the side, rather than being presented in a jug.

We didn't sleep very well, because, despite being at the back of the building and wearing earplugs, we could still hear the roar of the traffic on the road and ended up getting up at 6.30am to have a walk by the canal.

According to the AA's website, breakfast at a 5-star establishment should be high quality and include homemade items, local produce etc. It was surprising to see none of this in evidence. Toast (one slice each) was bog standard sliced bread, preserves were normal caterers' mini jars and there was no mention of anything being local or organic on the menu. The menu itself consisted of either a full English or veggie breakfast (no sign of the stated sauteed potatoes) or salmon and scrambled egg (advanced notice required). The continental selection was mini boxes of cereal, yogurt and fruit salad; none of the promised pastries. The breakfast at a Premier Inn is better!

My husband had the veggie breakfast and I asked if I could have beans on toast, but was surprised to receive only one measly slice of unbuttered toast with a small scoop of beans. The staff didn't seem very happy to be asked for more.

I have stayed in lower-graded hotels where the bread and preserves were homemade, the eggs were local and free-range, the bacon organic etc, the rooms came with homemade cakes, even homemade soap in the bathroom. The offering from The Ayrlington just seemed a bit stingy for the price and while it was all fine, I felt it was nowhere near five stars. We wanted a hotel where we could leave the car and walk into the city and on that, The Ayrlington is great, plus the staff at the front desk are very friendly.

Room Tip: Definitely ask for a room at the back of the hotel in a bid to minimise the noise from traffic.
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Yelverton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 14 June 2013

The Ayrlington is a great little find. A small hotel close to the centre of Bath and all the attractions (about 10 minutes level walk). Unusually for the centre of Bath this hotel has adequate free parking for all guests, a real plus in a city where parking is difficult and quite expensive. The welcome at the hotel was really friendly and this set the tone for the whole stay. Great staff who wanted to help. The hotel is in two semidetached town houses so rooms are good sized as well as comfortable and pretty well equipped. If I have anything to complain about it was that the hotel was very hot as not air-conditioned, but they did supply a fan, and the windows opened.
There is a lovely garden looking to the river and the abbey. The décor is full of Asian art. Very peaceful in a busy area. A small lounge with a bar is available to residents. Breakfast is served but no other meals (there are a host of excellent restaurants nearby). Recommended.

Room Tip: Rooms at the back overlook the garden and are quietter
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled on business
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London
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Reviewed 10 June 2013

Just come back from a 2 day stay at the Ayrlington in Bath, and a little confused at the "5 Star" rating. i can only imagine its a 5 star in the world of a B/B as the rooms and hotel are not 5 star standard no gym pool etc . The room was large and cleanish with some parts of the room looking very tired. Breakfast was ok but if busy the room is small but have had better at premier inn oj was not fresh had to ask 3 times for a pot of tea. Staff are friendly and helpfull. location is good 10/15 min walk from roman baths and parking very handy as bath is not a place to park a car. overall ok but 150 pounds a night is a little steep.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 7 June 2013

Had a lovely stay for one night.Room was a little dusty but otherwise very clean contained everything needed for a comfy stay with a very large bathroom.Staff very friendly and welcoming.Breakfast was excellent.

  • Stayed June 2013
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Stotfold, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 30 May 2013 via mobile

Clean and comfortable hotel with friendly helpful staff. We had a ground floor room overlooking beautiful gardens. A 10 minute stroll takes you to the centre of town where there is plenty to do and see. A minor downside is the residents bar closes at 10pm and so not easy to enjoy a meal out and a nightcap at the hotel. Breakfast was lovely. I would recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed May 2013
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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:
#6 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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