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Merkister Hotel

3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Harray | Orkney, KW17 2LF, Scotland
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Ranked #1 of 16 hotels in Mainland
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 4 days ago
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Loved everything about this hotel! The food was excellent but restaurant staff need to be a bit more on the ball. We stayed in Suite 1 which has the ideal spot for a hot tub. Would gladly pay more to have this facility. We will definitely be back.

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Scottish Highlands, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We are a local couple who booked into the Merkister for a weekend recently. Our room was very comfortable indeed. There was shampoo,conditioner, soap, manicure set and other items provided in the bathroom. Also tea, coffee, hot chocolate, herbal teas and Orkney Shortbread in our room. We both enjoyed the excellent food from the wide range of local produce on... More

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Melton Mowbray, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife & I stayed here for 6 nights in June, on a dinner, bed & breakfast basis. The hotel is very quietly situated, adjacent to a large freshwater loch; the principal sounds were the calls of curlew and oystercatcher. Despite the quiet location, the hotel is a very conveniently sited for exploring the majority of Mainland Orkney. Without exception,... More

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Southampton, United Kingdom
1 review
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A great base from which to explore Orkney and of course the main hub for visiting fishermen whether first timers or frequent visitors. Jackie, Lorna and John do a wonderful job of making you feel welcome as do all the staff. Will we be coming back?, I hope so!.

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Durham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have been on holiday to Orkney for 4 years and have stayed at the Mekister each time. It is a family run hotel and Jackie, Lorna & John, & their staff can't do enough for you....at least one of the family always seem to be on hand. The food is always very good and the hotel is also frequented... More

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Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and I spent 3 nights at the Merkister at the end of April and had a wonderful time. We were able to get out-of-season rates which were very good. The hotel is cosy and clean - our room was large with a big bathroom. The breakfast is good and each morning at breakfast we were asked if we... More

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Worcester, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The B & B price of £72.50 each is I feel somewhat over the top but to counteract this the bar prices were the lowest we found anywhere in Scotland and the food was as good as any we had, so considering it's excellent location not bad at all. Would have give it 5 stars had it not been quite... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have had lunch at this hotel situated beside the loch on several occasions. It never disappoints. The staff in the bar are friendly. There is a varied good pub grub menu. I have always chosen crab in some form. The crab sandwiches are excellent. They also do crab with other seafood in a salad. This time I had the... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Stayed here in June 2014. It is an average 3 star hotel. Rooms are clean but very tiny and the bed is so hard that you might as well sleep on the floor. Shower pressure is very bad too. Takes forever to wash hair conditioner out for ladys (or gents) with long hair. Nice views from the hotel bar but... More

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Gillingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014 via mobile

This was our third annual Orkney holiday based at The Merkister which in our opinion has got the provision of carefully-measured hospitality sewn-up. Nothing is wasted; everything works; and if it breaks it is fixed. The hotel attracts both short-term visitors and many who stay for one or two weeks and have been returning here for years, so there is... More

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Address: Harray | Orkney, KW17 2LF, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Orkney Islands > Mainland
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Merkister Hotel 3*
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Situated on the shores of Harray Loch, Overlooing the Hills of Hoy. Spectaluar Views. Family Run Country House Hotel. Hotel features, Residents Lounge, Conservatory, Public Lounge Bar serving extensive Bar Lunch and Supper Menus and our Award winning Skerries Restaurant serving only the best local Beef, Lamb, Crab, Fish etc...etc... ... more   less 
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