With a price to suit just about any budget there is something for everyone in Kilmarnock. At the decent low end of the market there is a travel lodge in the middle of the town off the main duel carriageway. With clean well decorated rooms from £19 you really can't go far wrong. With food from the little chef round the corner your needs are catered for but its a little expensive for what you get and everything is fried so not very healthy either. For more upmarket places look for park hotel in the kilmarnock fc stadium and the howard hotel. The first hotel is a modern and classy place. There target audience is the young active professional with easy access to the town centre plus a range of bars and restaurants in the hotel itself. The food which I have not tried myself is apparently very good and local people to kilmarnock use regularly for a night out. The howard hotel just off the duel carriageway again may not look very good from outside but inside it is very tastefully decorated in the public rooms and bedrooms. The place is very clean and generally a lovely place to be. The only word of warning is that the bar downstairs is usually very busy with young people in there teens which makes this hotel not good if you want peace and quite away from alcohol fuelled riots at the weekend.
When we Flew to Pisa last year, we flew with Ryanair from Prestwick airport. The problem was, that our flight was at 6.45am, and Prestwick is a good hour and a half drive from my house. A quick deek at the travelodge website confirmed that there was a hotel just a few miles from the airport, 10 to be precise, and at the supersaver rate of £26. The hotel is situated at the junction of the A71, A76 and A77, on the outskirts of Kilmarnock. The A77 is a fast dual carriageway which almost passes the gate of Prestwick Airport. The reception area in Travelodges could never be described as grand, functional would be more like it...cramped even. However, all I'm looking for when I check in to an hotel, is to check in to the hotel. They almost always have a cabinet or vending machines that dispense snacks and drinks, and perhaps some of the essential items like toothpaste that you may have forgotten, and this one was no different. As we were pre-booked and had pre-paid, the actual check-in process took only a minute or two, enough time to print a receipt and hand us a key in fact. The room was a decent size, with a king-size bed (not a very big king-size mind you), and a sofa which converts into two single beds. The walls were painted in different colours - pale grey and tangerine with all the soft furnishings, carpet and curtains a dark blue. A word about the curtains. As in all travelodges, the curtains barely fell below the window sill and therefore allowed a bit of light to creep in. How much would an extra two inches cost? As Mrs P is oft wont to remark, an extra couple of inches would make all the difference. There was plenty of adequate lighting - a couple of wall lights/reading lights above the bed, and some above the long desk/dresser which housed the TV which, disappointingly had only the 5 terrestrial channels. This was also home to the coffee-maker. There was plenty of storage space in the open wardrobe, along with spare sheets, duvets and pillows for the single beds. Next to the open wardrobe, a couple of full length mirrors mean that there's no need to leave the room without looking your best. The room was clean and in good decorative order. The bathroom was also clean and in a good state of repair. Well-lit, the white tiles kept it bright although personally, white tiles remind me more of a public convenience than somewhere I'd want to linger. There was plenty of space to stack your toiletries (not much chance of the ones supplied edging your stuff out - a couple of measly bars of soap, hardly worth rescuing. A huge mirror above the sink ensures all the steam from a shower/bath has somewhere to condense. The bath-tub was like a three-quarter size affair, although the shower was pretty good - hot and powerful. There were a couple of large white towels on the heated towel rail, and spare ones in the wardrobe if needed. This hotel is situated in a service area with a Q8 filling station and a Little Chef next door. I didn't bother trying the LC for 'food'. The shop in the garage was quite good though, with a good range of snacks etc. The service area was fairly busy, even late into the night, but the hotel is far enough away from it so that there's not too much noise. There's a large retail park on the Kilmarnock side of the junction which is within easy walking distance. There's also a multi-plex, restaurants and bars, and the town centre is just a few miles away. In conclusion, this is a bog standard roadside Travelodge. If you've ever stayed in one before, then you'll know exactly what to expect. The rack rate for this hotel is £45, but it's relatively easy to get a deal on their supersaver rates (pre-payable, non-refundable and bookable at least 7 days in advance). This is what we paid and at that price, it's hard to find fault. A decent nights sleep, an early rise, and off to Tuscany in the morning. ©proxam2006