We stayed at this hotel during its previous incarnation as a Holiday Inn Express and enjoyed it immensely. We were worried that standards might have changed with new ownership but I am delighted to say that we were delighted with what we found. Of course the brighter Holiday Inn décor has been replaced by Premier Inn's dark purples which is acceptable and accentuates the warm welcome. And speaking of warm welcomes, the young lady (dark hair) who was on duty was charming. efficient and kind and without doubt an asset to this company.
The room although not as capacious as other Premier Inns was spotless. The bathroom was gleaming and the bedding and beds were exemplary. On my last visit, I expressed dismay at the appalling TV facilities but this time I was delighted to see brand new Samsung TVs with full Freeview service. Another good feature is that the TVs are, 'governed' to a certain volume level so as to reduced disturbance to fellow guests. Quite a good idea really.
One caution I would offer is that you should not fully close your window because internal ventilation is very poor and you might as I did, wake up during the night gasping for air! The heating system works beautifully (once we got the hang of it). You might also find external noise to be annoying. Boy racers and large trucks regularly hammer past but then, none of this is the fault of the hotel and I'm certain that you would be given a room at the back of the hotel on request.
We didn't eat in the hotel so really cannot comment on the quality but there is a retail park 100 yards down the road with an abundance of food joints. Ayr itself has plenty of excellent restaurants catering to most tastes.
We didn't take breakfast because we felt that at near £9 it was rather too expensive despite the 'all you can eat'. We chose to have a Tesco breakfast which cost half the price.
We paid £29 which was a bargain in anyone's terms. If you are able to book at least a month in advance, Premier Inn almost always offers bargains like this. The regular price of £84 is laughable and anyone who willingly pays this to stay in a budget hotel in the West of Scotland is either desperate or daft!
Finally, be aware that this hotel is quite far from the centre of Ayr and just as far from the Racecourse. Walking would not be an option and I did not see any local buses or bus stops nearby. I think it should have been called, 'Ayr South' because suggesting it is near the Racecourse is an exaggeration to say the least.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Premier Inn AyrA77Racecourse is located just 3.5 Miles from Glasgow Prestwick International Airport and from some of the best historic Golf Courses in Scotland including Royal Troon and Turnberry. The hotel is just minutes drive away from Ayr Racecourse home of the Scottish Grand National and William Hill Ayr Gold Cup. We are also only 5 miles away from the Burns Birthplace Museum where you will see the birthplace of Robert Burns. Surrounded by the beautiful coastline of the Firth of Clyde with good access to Kilmarnock and Glasgow, our Premier Inn Ayr A77/Racecourse has everything you'd expect, incredibly comfy beds and an onsite restaurant serving a mix of contemporary dishes. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Express Ayr Hotel Ayr
- Ayr Holiday Inn
- Premier Inn Ayr A77/Racecourse Scotland