We booked 3 nights at the Islay Hotel in Port Ellen using a LivingSocial voucher - three nights B&B for £140. Brilliant! We had to upgrade to a platinum room for the weekend we wanted, but that was only an extra £40 a night. It still made it fantastic value.
The hotel is spitting distance from the ferry, but that isn't a distraction. We had a room which overlooked the harbour, which was wonderfully picturesque. The room was large, with a wonderful bathroom (bath and rain shower). We slept like logs the entire time of our stay.
The staff were fantastic. I can't praise them highly enough - friendly, polite and professional. And did I say friendly? I can't thank them enough for making our stay such a pleasure.
The food was very good. We ate two nights in the hotel - the first, we had a complementary glass of prosecco, which went down a treat. The seafood platter was lovely (nice to have lobster included, not for silly money), and the steak was perfectly cooked. Breakfasts covered everything you could possibly want - I highly recommend the scrambled eggs with smoked salmon, and the peaty whisky marmalade was scrumptious!
All in all, it was a fabulous base to explore the island. We loved the Islay Hotel, and we will be back. There's so much more to do!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Recently rebuilt on the site of the old Islay Hotel, offering 13 excellent bedrooms. From standard rooms with walk-in showers to extra large rooms with Jacuzzi bath and separate shower we can accommodate all requirements. Fantastic restaurant with a great selection of Island landed seafood dishes along side our Game supplied by local estates and Argyll Beef and Lamb. Our bar has one of the best collections of Islay whisky on the Island. The hotel is open all year around and are ideally situated next to Port Ellen Harbour and Ferry terminal. We are the nearest hotel to Laphroig, Lagavulin and Argbeg distilleries. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Islay Hotel Port Ellen