The Ayre Hotel

Ayre RoadKW15 1QXKirkwallUnited Kingdom
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About The Ayre Hotel

The Ayre Hotel Hotel is a three-star hotel situated on the shore of Kirkwall Harbor. It has a centuries-long history of accommodating travellers, though today it boasts beautifully adorned modern rooms.

In fact, each room has free Wi-Fi and flat-screen televisions with Freeview, as well as tea and coffee making facilities, hairdryers, and hospitality goods. There are a variety of room types available, and some of which have impressive sea views.

Complimentary parking is available onsite. A new wing overlooking the harbour has also recently been added on to the hotel.

The hotel’s restaurant and bar serves lunch and dinner, and guests can also choose among continental and full-cooked options for their daily breakfast.

The The Ayre Hotel Hotel is located just a short walk away from the North Isles Ferries, and many restaurants and pubs are within walking distance as well. Ancient attractions such as Skara Brae are about a half-hour drive away.


Ayre Road, KW15 1QX, Kirkwall, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44(1856)873001 | Fax: +44(0)(1856)876197 | Official Homepage

Top amenities

  • WiFi in lobby
  • WiFi in rooms
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Parking
  • Pets
  • A/C
  • Restaurant
  • Hotel bar
  • Gym

All amenities

Hotel facilities

  • 24-hour room service
  • 24-hour reception
  • Car park
  • Conference rooms
  • Hotel bar
  • Laundry service
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Porter service
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • Terrace

Room facilities

  • Bathroom with shower
  • Cable TV
  • Central heating
  • Desk
  • Electric kettle
  • Hairdryer
  • Telephone
  • Television


  • Wheelchair accessible

For children

  • Child / Baby cot
  • Kids' playground

Positive Reviews

Friendly Staff

The staff at the hotel are friendly and welcoming. They are also more than willing to answer any questions about nearby sites and attractions, so if there's anything you need to know, simply ask!

Ample, Delicious Food Choices

If you wish, you can enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner at Ayre Hotel. Starting with breakfast, you'll have plenty of choices between the continental and cooked options. At lunch and dinner, there are lots of menu options with locally-sourced ingredients from Orkney, including fish, beef, and produce.

Spacious, Comfortable Rooms

If you hope to spread out and relax in a room that's comfortable, modern, and clean, you'll be pleased with the accommodations at Ayre Hotel. Guests have mentioned that, in particular, the beds are comfortable and inviting.

Negative Reviews

Sound Travels Easily

Some guests have complained of noise travelling easily through the hotel's seemingly thin walls. You may overhear noises throughout your stay, so if you're a particularly light sleeper, you might want to be mindful of this information.

Breakfast Room is Lacking

The ambiance of the breakfast room is said to be a bit dry and stuffy. While there are plenty of breakfast options to choose from, the atmosphere of the room doesn't seem to deliver up to guests' expectations.

Early Checkout Time

The checkout time of 10:00 a.m. is a bit inconvenient for some guests, and the hotel staff appear to be firm on the policy. Just be sure to plan ahead and set an alarm to ensure that you check out on time when you plan to depart.

Rating Overview

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8.3 /10
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8.3 out of 10 based on 59 reviews