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Merkister Hotel

3.0 of 5 Harray KW17 2LF, Scotland
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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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Harleysville, Pennsylvania
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98 reviews 98 reviews
39 hotel reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

This hotel is in the country, by a lake, and has a beautiful view. It is, however, very close to everything by car, as the island is not very large. Our suite was wonderful. Very comfortable bed, sofa, chairs. Good TV and bathroom. The only quirk was that for the dining room, you are put at a different table each... More 

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Stroud, Australia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

Stayed here on a walking holiday. Loved the location, enjoyed sitting by the loch in the evenings and unwinding after the walk and before dinner. My room was compact but had eveything I needed and was very clean. The staff were incredibly helpful, going out of their way to ensure I got a ride into Kirkwall (wanted to get to... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Myself my partner and 3 year old had a great time in Orkney and The Merkister Hotel made it for all of us. We stayed in No 1 suite and had the most amazing views. The room was huge, very clean and comfortable and even had free WiFi! The staff in the hotel were very friendly and couldn't do enough... More 

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Bozeman, Montana
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

The Merkister is a delightful family-run inn, perfectly located for easy access to all the best sites on mainland Orkney. We especially enjoyed the charming pub and great food. Our room was clean and quiet, comfortable and had magnificent views. If we are ever back in the Orkneys, this is the place we'll stay.

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Bergamo, Italy
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23 reviews 23 reviews
5 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

We enjoyed a great meal in a cozy and family atmosphere. The food was very good, the staff very friendly and helpful. The owner sent us an e-mail before we arrived, so we could translated with easy. We thank her very much for this Ms. Jacquie Smith. We aren't local, so you can imagine what can be great for us,... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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258 reviews 258 reviews
32 hotel reviews
122 helpful votes 122 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

'It's all about expectation' and in some respects this place excels, and in others, it is average. The most attractive feature for me, was that the hotel welcomes dogs. The location on the edge is simply stunning. By the edge of a beautiful lake, and during the few days I stayed in October, the weather was glorious. My garden room... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

We have been coming to Orkney for the last 10 years and having stayed at other hotels on the island, but when we found the Merkister 6 years ago, we have never gone anywhere else! With its fabulous setting on the banks of Loch Harry, you can have a fabulous view at Breakfast, Lunch and Evening meal!. This is a... More 

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Banchory, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

Spent 2 lovely nights here. Staff extremely helpful and very friendly. Wanted to stay for 3 nights but no rooms available the middle night. Lorna organised for us to stay in another hotel that night. Really appreciated this. Food fantastic in the bar and the restaurant. Rooms immaculate and very comfortable

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Melbourne Australia
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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

Wonderful menu with lots of variety each day we ate there every night for the 3 nights we were in the Orkneys and the food was fabulous Staff are friendly & welcoming I had the eye fillet steak one night and it literally melted in my mouth The Orkney Fudge cheesecake is to die for :-)

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Perth and Kinross, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

Rooms spotless,very comfortable,views stunning.The cuisine excellent ,staff very friendly.As a base for a fishing holiday,perfect!Whilst enjoying breakfast,one can watch the boats being made ready & engines warmed up.The boats are very comfortable,engines well maintained & reliable. However, such fishing luxury does not come cheap,the boats are expensive with no discount for residents. Ghillie service is available & recommended for any... More 

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Address: Harray KW17 2LF, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Orkney Islands > Mainland > Harray
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Merkister Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 14
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Merkister Hotel Mainland
Merkister Hotel Orkney Islands/Harray

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