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A delightful hotel with a serene garden for relaxation
The location of the hotel is fabulous for those who, like us, wished to walk everywhere. The hotel itself was most comfortable and we enjoyed the Asian art and decor.The serene walled garden was a real treat for us after busy days of exploring Bath and the countryside. It allowed us to enjoy watching the locals play crocket and lawn bowling. It also offered us a peaceful place to sip on champagne in celebration of some of our special moments.
The receptionists and attendants were very pleasant and helpful and the owners were most hospitable. The rooms were very comfortable with beautiful views of the Abbey and indigo sky at night. The breakfasts offered us significant choice and were nicely served.
Some people will complain about anything!!!!!
Having read some of the reviews on here I felt compelled to write about my own experience at this hotel. I stayed for a romantic weekend with my husband in Aug 2006. We usually just book into a basic Travelodge kind of place but everywhere was booked or too far out of the centre (we'd been warned about the terrible parking conditions). We paid the tourist office a nominal charge to find us a room close to the centre and they came up with The Ayrlington. Although dearer than a Travelodge it was no more expensive than any of the other hotels that were available. We stayed in one of the standard rooms (Rose). It was cosy (in a good way) and immaculate, with one of the most comfortable beds that I have ever slept in. The closet had a fan, ironing board and bathrobes, with room to hang clothes. The CD player was most welcome, especially the two CDs of classical music that we enjoyed listening to both evenings. We welcomed the small television (which was perfectly big enough to watch from the bed!!) as it took up no space in the room and we had no intentions of coming away and wasting time watching it. The complimentary drinks, in the room, had a fabulous selection, with biscuits, tea, coffee, fruit teas, hot chocolate and two glass bottles of water. The furniture in the room was beautiful and we had a wonderful view of the Abbey from our window (at the back of the hotel), which was even more fabulous after dark. It all added to our romantic weekend. I will concede that the bathroom was nothing special (needed a little bit of attention in some places) and the power shower was a bit weak (the only negative thing I can say about the place), but it was immaculate.
The hotel itself is beautifully decorated and furnished throughout. The staff were very pleasant and helpful, always wishing us a good night or saying hello as we passed. As for the breakfast, I'm astounded that anyone has the nerve to complain. We were the first down both mornings. The breakfast area was immaculately laid out and we were greeted by two young chinese women, who were very pleasant and spoke perfectly understandable english. We ordered the full english breakfast, which was cooked beautifully and was more than enough for anyone who is not greedy. However, we witnessed most of the other guests help themselves to the continental portions of the breakfast that were laid out on the side and then order a full english breakfast also.
The hotel truly offers a warm and hospitable atmosphere. We did not meet the owners (although we did see his beautiful sports car, which never disturbed our stay - some guests are obviously affected by the green-eyed monster!!), however, we did meet one of the cats.........even it made us feel at home whilst we were waiting for a taxi in the front room!
I would definitely return to this hotel with my husband (the added bonus of no children being present was most welcome, as we had managed to loan ours out for a rare weekend together). However, if cost is all you are concerned with and you are not looking for that special ambience that this hotel offers, with its fabulous art, furniture and relaxed atmosphere, then make sure you book early and try for the travelodge instead!!
Ayrlington is wonderfull
I stayed at the Ayrlington in 1993 when it was the Siena now it has been been totally upgraded. It is a beautiful bed and breakfast. It was great back then, now it's even better. It provides a wonderful location for couples or individual travelers to enjoy Bath. It sits just on the other side of the Avon river from the center of Bath, making it very accessible by car (you don't have to drive through Bath to get there). It is also just a 5 to 10 minute walk to the towns center. The staff are very helpful and friendy.
I stayed there during record heat and it was fine as they provided fans for each room. My only problem is that the wireless internet would not work on the third floor.
Any trip to Bath, this would be my first choice.
We stayed during the August Bank Holiday weekend for our anniversary and couldnt have been more pleased. Our room was beautiful with lots of little touches adding to the feel of the place - CD player, water, bathrobes etc. The staff were friendly but not over the top. The breakfasts were the best we have ever had in a hotel, freshly cooked, hot, even the hash browns were home made!
We would stay again!
This was a 2 day break that we had promised ourselves for some considerable time. A visit to Bath,never been before but recomended by everyone who had been there.
Then it was, what hotel........so many to choose from.....after trawling the net for 5 evenings solid we found The Ayrlington Hotel. As their web site unfolded we knew this was the one. It just had that elegance and a feel good factor. Phoned the hotel choose a room from the web site all done with style.
We have now returned from a really most enjoyable few days in Bath combined with staying in this interesting hotel which we found delightful together with their very helpful staff.
The garden........well what can we say.... was a treasure.
Bernard & Ann Skinner
Staying at the Ayrlington Hotel in Bath was truly a delight. We had a beautiful room, The Abbey-- large, comfortable, artistically decorated, with a stunning view of their verdant garden below and the towering Abbey in central Bath, just a pleasant five-minute walk away. The service and hospitality make one feel peaceful and at home. The entire experience was unforgettable, beckoning for a return visit.
This is a beautiful B&B in a reasonably quiet loaction about 10 minutes walk to the centre of Bath.
We first stayed there for a rest after our daughters wedding, staff were excellent offering help regards booking resturants, theatre etc.. The room we stayed in was a standard room at the top of the house with a fabulous view of the perfectly sculpted garden and the Abbey beyond. The room was spotless and a charming and personal touch of a small decanter of sherry to celebrate our happy event was on the tea/coffee tray.
The reception rooms are a delight of oriental/traditional mix and breakfasts were varied and catered for all tastes.
We had such a lovely rest that we returned for a short pre- christmas break and were not disappointed. We stayed in a deluxe room with a spa bath, not quite as homely as the previous room but still great, with the same wonderful view.
The only downside is that it is a little expensive. However for a treat or a little luxury, here you get what you pay for, and it is worth it.
Comfortable but a little over-priced
My husband and I and our best friends stayed here for 2 nights to celebrate his 40th birthday. Having trawled through the reviews on the internet for various hotels in Bath we initially chose others before the Ayrlington but most places were fully booked. When we arrived at 9.30am we were able to park our car in the private car park even though we could not check in until 2pm (this is a big bonus as parking in Bath is terrible).
After a lovely few hours in the Thermae Spa (a must if you are in Bath) we all checked in and were shown to our rooms at the top of the hotel. We stayed in the Poppy and our friends stayed in the Bamboo. There is a fantastic view from the Bamboo room as it is at the back of the hotel but, unfortunately the view is of a busy road from the Poppy room. The toilet in the Bamboo made a terrible noise each time it was flushed but this became quite comical after a while as we knew who was flushing it (it might get on your nerves if you don't know the occupants of that room and they flush in the night!)
Breakfast was quite adequate and freshly cooked to order. The only fault we could find was that the 2 chinese girls serving were doing so with military precision and were not friendly or chatty at all, however, we could not fault the actual service at breakfast.
All in all we enjoyed our stay at the Ayrlington but it is run as a hotel and not a friendly B&B. If you like to chat to the owners and find out about the local amenities I would stay elsewhere but if you like the idea of a more formal set-up stay at the Ayrlington.
The only staff member to offer us a warm friendly chat was the lady who was on reception when we arrived on the Friday morning and, unfortunately, I do not know her name as we didn't see her again. She gave us a map and restaurant list and recommended some places to eat. We took her advice and booked a table at Martinis Italian Restaurant on the Saturday night. This offers great food at reasonable prices and was absolutely heaving with people so booking is essential. The food was excellent and the tiramisu was the best we've ever tasted.
The Ayrlington is clean, well run and excellently postioned for sight-seeing in Bath (only a 7-8 minute walk to the Thermae Spa, Roman Baths and numerous shops and restaurants). I would say it is slightly over-priced, however, the local TV was reporting that Bath is officially the most expensive place to stay in the UK!
The Ayrlington is a B&B trying to be a hotel. I thought this was a positive thing. It is a beautiful, well maintained Georgian house set on the opposite side of the river to the centre of Bath, but it is only a 10 minute stroll (level) away which means that you can enjoy the bustle of restaurants and shops then return to a peaceful haven. A night cap in the drawing room in front of a coal fire, listening to calming music was an unexpected pleasure. Our room (Bamboo) was right at the top of the hotel, at the rear, overloooking the garden so it was quiet, but I understand the busy road at the front may have disturbed some guests. The Bamboo is a standard room and had everything we wanted so we would not pay extra for a superior or deluxe room if we came back again. A big plus is that there is off road parking. Breakfast is average - for the price I would have liked cold meats and cheeses added to the menu, but what we had was good.
I enjoyed my stay and hope to return. I would recommend this to anyone.
Stayed 2 nights. Excellent facilities. Friendly helpful staff. Breakfast good. If driving may encounter some congestion in parking lot, but they juggle to accomodate.