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The Shore

Shore Street, Kirkwall KW15 1DN, Scotland
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Arrived late on a Sunday night with no accommodation booked. Landed up staying the night here which was: clean, comfortable, friendly, and welcoming. Room was clean, slept well, and breakfast was good. Special thanks to Kelly who got us our rooms, served us our drinks and dinner, gave advice on the local area, served us breakfast AND checked us out!

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Caithness and Sutherland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Spontaneous trip to Orkney with no travel booked let alone a hotel we walked in at 21:30 on a Sunday night, after some banterful haggling we landed ourselves a bed for the night, after a few beers of course. The room was clean quiet and fresh which resulted in a splendid nights sleep. Breakfast was an informal affair with local... More 

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

I was very surprised at the last comment made about the Shore. We too stayed in room 1 and we were delighted with it. It is spacious and very comfortable. The room and shower room were immaculate and the decor of a high standard. I appreciated the Orkney Soap products in the shower room and, as we were going to... More 

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St. Gallen, Switzerland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

As per the promises of the website we had expected something warmer, lighter with a nice seaview. There was no real Welcome. If we wanted to order a drink at the bar, we had to find somebody from service first. We had room no. 1, backside of the house, almost cellar and therefore quite humid. The only thing we saw,... More 

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Samantha B, Owner at The Shore, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback on TripAdvisor. I am sorry you were disappointed with your room. The hotel is within the heart of Kirkwall, a great location on the harbour front however, as we are located in the heart of the city the sea aspect isn't available from every window. Room 1 is one of our... More 

Scotland uk
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27 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Good cocktails with a fab choice of cocktail or mock-tails and tasty! Also very good food and nice surroundings and the option to sit outside on a summers day sipping a cocktail or two watching the world go past. Good for a quiet dram or a busy weekend night out

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Samantha B, Owner at The Shore, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting The Shore. I am really pleased to hear that you enjoyed our cocktails. The bar team work hard developing new cocktails to keep the menu exciting. if you get the chance please pop by again and try something new! Thank you for posting your feedback - always appreciated. Sam More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

Popped in for drinks and snacks after a tour while our cruise ship was in port. Charming host and hostess. Warm and friendly and FULL of lots of local knowledge. DO drop in on your next visit to Kirkwall for a memorable experience!

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Samantha B, Owner at The Shore, responded to this review

Thank you for your review and for popping into see us when calling into Kirkwall. I hope you enjoyed the rest of your Cruise and if you consider another visit to Orkney (maybe for a longer stay next time) please pop by or come and stay! With best regards and thanks, Sam & Mike More 

Kirkwall, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

The hotel has been taken over by new owners who are very accommodating. Nothing was too much trouble, the food was great and the service could not be faulted! The rooms look fantastic as well and the price js very reasonable!

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Samantha B, Owner at The Shore, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback on TripAdvisor. We are delighted that you enjoyed you stay with us and sincerely hope you visit again in the near future. Many thanks, Sam More 

Branscombe, United Kingdom
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36 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

A few little niggles with our stay at The Shore. First off we were kept waiting for ten minutes at reception before anyone came to check us in, despite ringing the bell several times - a bit frustrating after a day travelling and to be honest I was trying to phone another hotel when someone appeared. Secondly, I had requested... More 

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Samantha B, Owner at The Shore, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. Obviously concerned to read that there were aspects of your stay that you were unhappy with. I would welcome the opportunity to discuss your review in more detail. Please do not hesitate to contact me on 01856 872200. Kind regards, Sam More 

United Kingdom
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15 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

The rooms have been refurbished and are very clean, warm and modern. The beds are very comfy and just in case you get cold a plentiful supply of extra blankets is available. The smell of food from the dining room/bar sometimes wafts up the stairs so you are definitely better on the top floor. This also gives you an excellent... More 

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Samantha B, Owner at The Shore, responded to this review

Thank you for your review following your visit to The Shore. Thank you for noting how happy you were with the "Hotel" aspects of your stay. I am unsure why there was no fruit or yogurt at breakfast as this should be a standard part of our service - I would welcome establishing the dates of your stay and discussing... More 

Guildford, United Kingdom
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30 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

We recently spent a few days in Kirkwall and stayed at The Shore. The new owners were very hospitable and made us feel welcome. Our room was very comfortable, clean and spacious with a very comfortable bed and partial sea view. The breakfast was good and all in all a great stay especially as the weather was sunny most days.

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Samantha B, Owner at The Shore, responded to this review

Delighted to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us. What a week the weather was - it's not always like that - I promise! Please come and see us again - we'll order the sunshine..... Sam More 

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