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Port Askaig Hotel
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Port Askaig
Islay, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
44 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
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Reviewed 13 April 2012

Had lunch in Port Askaig Hotel on Sunday 8th April - Easter Sunday. I had expected it to be busy but we were served very quickly. 4 of us in total and not a complaint amongst us - very unusual. You could tell the fish and the squat lobster were fresh and the soup was lovely as well. Will definitely return at a later date.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with family
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Hamilton, Scotland
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Reviewed 10 April 2012

The rooms were basic, in need of some attention - which I gather is promised... but the passing trade hasn't been great over the past couple of years.
The highlight was the restaurant food. Fresh lobster, giant clams and steaks to die for.
For eight guys on a cycling / whisky tasting tour, it was just the job.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with friends
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 April 2012

Had a meal before getting on the ferry and the fish was fantastic. The chef made a scrumptious veggie pasta dish for me on request without hesitation. Well priced and friendly service. Will be back.

  • Stayed April 2012
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 29 February 2012

This is one of our favourite hideaways in scotland. We went here in October and November and we just love the place. Tucked away in the bottom of a gorge in Port Askaig on the island of Islay.
It is really olde worldey and so reminds me of tucked away places I used to go as a child in the 1960's off the beaten track in scotland. Trouble is nowhere is off the beaten track nowadays, so this is as close as it gets.
the food is stupendous !! absolutely huge, filling and fantastic. The lady who is there what seems like 24 hours a day (she will not mind me saying the big plump lady) is adorable. No wonder the food is soooooo good. She is the nicest person and we would go just to see her, as well as the excellent food.

Room Tip: when choosing a meal, the steak pie and veg and chips is the best in the world !! And the puddings a...
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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Zeitz, Germany
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Reviewed 28 November 2011

We stayed here with 5 Islay- Friends for 2 nights in November. The rooms where o.k., nice, warm and clean. Full Scottish Breakfast with a great view to the ferry terminal and over the Sound of Jura was a big start every day. The public bar is well equipped, the menu offers local fish as well as traditional scottish diners. All the people where very friendly.
I´m sure that we´ll come back another year!

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled with friends
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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34 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 November 2011

First of all, the good parts. This small inn has an excellent location just a short walk from the ferry terminal, with a stunning view in good weather across the Sound of Islay towards Jura. It is fascinating watching the coming and going of the ferries and fishing boats from the dining room window. I was greeted at reception by a friendly woman, who I took to be the owner, who showed me to my room and round the hotel before offering a cup off coffee and shortbread.

The twin room was compact, to say the least, with a tiny en suite shower room and toilet, which had obviously been added to the room some time in the past. The room was equipped with tea and coffee making facilities, and I was impressed to see a range of herbal teas as well as the usual selection. On the negative side, the television did not work, neither did the shaving light or the fan heater in the shower room. The flow of water from the shower was very limited, with little water pressure. The bedroom appeared to be furnished by MFI circa mid 70s. The bed was comfortable, and the sheets were clean.

On going down for dinner, I found the dining room empty, and I sat for about 15 minutes before someone appeared. As others have remarked, the menu was unexciting and overpriced. I settled for the mixed grill, which was quite tasty, and the steak was cooked as I had requested. Breakfast was again perfectly adequate.

This hotel needs a lot of money spent on it to keep up with the expectations of the modern travelling, especially the well heeled sort who are on the whisky or deer stalking trail. I suspect that the problem may be one of economics, with a short season and possibly little passing trade acting as a disincentive to investment. With some money spent on the fabric and a more imaginative menu this place could benefit from the rise in people having holidays in the UK rather than abroad, but the owners will need to up their game.

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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled on business
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Stirling
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Reviewed 10 November 2011

Plain and v basic. second visit 2009 and 2011. 2009 was much nicer food all round, shame as we came back for the local food. please improve so we can return.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Port Askaig Hotel
Address: Port Askaig Isle of Islay | Argyllshire, Port Askaig PA46 7RD, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > The Hebrides > Islay > Port Askaig
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Restaurant Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Port Askaig
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
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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