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The Ayre Hotel

Ayre Road, Kirkwall KW15 1QX Scotland
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitised in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Floors marked for social distancing
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
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Updated 20-10-03 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 20-10-03 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


#3 of 10 hotels in Kirkwall
Travellers' Choice

Finding an ideal family-friendly hotel in Kirkwall does not have to be difficult. Welcome to The Ayre Hotel, a nice option for travellers like you.

You’ll enjoy relaxing rooms that offer a flat screen TV, and you can stay connected during your stay as The Ayre Hotel offers guests free wifi.

The hotel features room service. Plus, The Ayre Hotel offers a lounge, providing a pleasant respite from your busy day. For guests with a vehicle, free parking is available.

Given the close proximity of popular landmarks, such as Wideford Hill Chambered Cairn (0.4 km) and The Earl's Palace (0.5 km), guests of The Ayre Hotel can easily experience some of Kirkwall's most well known attractions.

If you like steakhouses, The Ayre Hotel is conveniently located near Bremners.

If you’re looking for something to do, Saint Magnus Cathedral (0.3 km) and The Orkney Museum (0.3 km) are a nice way to spend some time, and they are all within walking distance of Ayre Hotel.

The Ayre Hotel puts the best of Kirkwall at your fingertips, making your stay both relaxing and enjoyable.

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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Bar / lounge
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Non-smoking hotel
Laundry service
Breakfast buffet
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Room service
Flatscreen TV
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Mountain view
Ocean view
Landmark view
Non-smoking rooms
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Great View
Centrally Located
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish, Hindi, Hungarian and 1 more
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Jan S wrote a review Oct. 14
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This hotel was perfect for us. Lovely views of harbour from the restaurant where we had a very good reasonably priced evening meal with local beers. The room was good, clean and comfortable and the breakfast next morning absolutely fantastic. Would definitely return for another stay.
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Travelled with friends
Paul N wrote a review Oct. 10
Bristol, United Kingdom121 contributions89 helpful votes
Your not really spoilt for choice in Kirkwall as you can probably imagine but we heard some stories about other places so I think we were lucky to find this hotel The room was big enough for a couple of days stay . Room card was a bit of a drama we had to get someone to let us in a few times (apparently the system had just been installed?)which is ok during the day but more awkward at night. Breakfast was buffet style but the staff in the dining room were friendly and helpful. No aircon and shower pretty weak. Card only payment for room . But it is in a good position on the front and although the window needed a clean the view was good.
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Date of stay: October 2021
Ellen Moore wrote a review Oct. 8
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We stayed in this hotel in September 2021 for 3 nights. It was very expensive but the only one I could book for three couples together. The rooms were tired and needed a lot of TLC. The breakfast that was served for £235 per night was nothing short of disgraceful. Toast and coffee were brought to table, but you had to queue to be served from buffet trays. The only hotel we stayed at on our trip that were not Covid aware!! Food was cold and greasy and not at all pleasant. I think they were short of staff because there was never anyone on the Reception desk. Rooms were not serviced due to Covid, which I understand but to find anyone to replenish towels tea and coffee was a bit of night mare. Considering the price we payed to stay here it was extremely poor value for money and would not recommend this hotel to anyone.
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Date of stay: September 2021
Room Tip: Rooms over bar are noisy
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EEW wrote a review Oct. 4
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I stayed here for 2 nights as part of a business trip. On arrival I was slightly early for check in so the girl on reception kindly let me leave my bag until my room was ready. It was a very rainy evening and on return from my evening meal I was walking through the corridor on the first floor and there was a large patch of the ceiling leaking very heavily. I tried to let someone at reception know but there was no one there. The room itself is not worth the prices they charge, very basic and dated. Looks like a cheaper version of the premier inn but at a more costly price. Shower head looked like it hadn’t been cleaned in a long while, spider webs in the room and two spiders, hairs on the bed just small things that really put me off. Wouldn’t stay here again and wouldn’t recommend
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Travelled on business
chrian wrote a review Oct. 3
Middleton in Teesdale, United Kingdom114 contributions55 helpful votes
We stayed here for 4 nights and had booked a harbour view room. On arrival the hotel could do with a coat of paint on the outside, it looks a bit tired. Plenty of easy parking. Go into reception and find a sign saying find someone int he restaurant so off we went to find someone to check us in. To be fair didn't take too long but a bid odd. The waitress / receptionist was very pleasant, polite and professional. 1st impressions of room were good, nice view out over harbour, seems to have been decorated recently and all pleasant enough. Nice and clean. The bathroom however was small (couldn't swing a cat in it), dingy (no window) and in need of redecoration/refurb. Breakfast was poor. Not good quality ingredients, often items not ready, the waiting staff although pleasant and cheerful seemed disorganised. It appeared that were running below staff numbers they should have been. At the price this hotel charges it should have been better than it was. If we return to Orkney/Kirkwall we would seek other accomodation.
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Date of stay: September 2021
US$83 - US$183 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Ayre Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to The Ayre Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Saint Magnus Cathedral (0.3 km), The Orkney Museum (0.3 km), and Orkney Wireless Museum (0.1 km).
What are some of the property amenities at The Ayre Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
Which room amenities are available at The Ayre Hotel?
Top room amenities include a flat screen TV, a view of a nearby landmark, and a view of the mountains.
What food & drink options are available at The Ayre Hotel?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at The Ayre Hotel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Ayre Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Shore Restaurant, Cafelolz, and Helgi's.
Does The Ayre Hotel offer any business services?
Yes, guests have access to meeting rooms and a banquet room during their stay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at The Ayre Hotel?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, Portuguese, Hindi, and Hungarian.
Are there any historical sites close to The Ayre Hotel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Saint Magnus Cathedral (0.3 km), The Earl's Palace (0.5 km), and Bishop's Palace and Earl's Palace (0.4 km).
Does The Ayre Hotel have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the harbour view available here.
Is The Ayre Hotel accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and reduced mobility rooms. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.