Review of Travelodge Ayr

Written by Karen Bryan

Over the years I have been a fan of Travelodge. They generally offer rooms of a reasonable standard at competitive prices.

Their room prices were lower in the past. Around ten years, I used to be able to regularly book rooms for £15 and even £9 during their sales. The cheapest room were always on the Saver non-refundable rate.

However, Travelodge prices have crept up over the years. It’s quite hard to find room priced under £30 a night, even if your stay is during low season and you book well in advance on the Saver rate.

I was keen to go down to Ayrshire to visit Dumfries House, the Burns Museum and a textile exhibition at the Maclaurin Gallery. It was too much to fit in one day, so I looked for a reasonably price hotel room. I thought that Sunday would be the cheapest night on which to stay.

I searched for a room one week before my proposed stay.

I found a room at Travelodge Ayr for £35 a night on the flexible rate, meaning that I could cancel free of charge until noon on my day of arrival.

I also checked out the Premier Inn website. Premier Inn Ayr Racecourse had a room for £36, but that was on a non-refundable rate. Although overall, I have found Premier Inn rooms to be of a slightly higher standard that Travelodge rooms, I decided to opt for the Travelodge room, in case the weather turned bad and I wanted to cancel my booking.

Travelodge Ayr is located a couple of miles from the town centre, just off the A77, in a business park which is also home to a gym and a restaurant. I arrived around 6.30. There were still a few spaces available in the car park.

View from my room at Travelodge Ayr

I was allocated a room on the ground floor facing the car park. I wasn’t that happy, as I prefer to be a higher floor. I wondered if I’d hear some road noise from my room, but once I shut the window, I didn’t hear any exterior noise.

The room was a good size and the bed comfortable. There were two chairs. I wondered if this was a new Travelodge policy, as several rooms at which I’d stayed recently only had one chair.

The desk space was generous with plenty of space and sockets for the kettle, the TV and my Chromebook.

I was happy with my room at Travelodge Ayr. I did think that £35 for the night was slightly pricey for a Sunday night stay in a not too popular location., but I did only book seven days before my stay.