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Merkister Hotel

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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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Pateley Bridge, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We were given a most spacious room for 2 with a bath. The food was really fresh and delicious and the staff are as friendly as those where we both live in Yorkshire. They made us feel welcome and it was like sharing their family home with our group of 16 walkers. Breakfast was served from 7.45am which is rather... More 

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Trefnant
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a very pleasant stay at the Merkister for our week of walking and wildlife watching. The hotel is beautifully situated on the banks of Loch Harry, it is clean with good facilities, however some of the rooms including ours are in need of modernisation. The staff were welcoming and friendly. The food was excellent, a good choice was... More 

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

The hotel is nicely situated by the loch, the room was clean, warm and comfortable and the food was excellent. A nice touch was the availability of complimentary hot coffee and biscuits in the residents lounge after a full day of wildlife watching.

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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

My partner, myself and our wee dog stayed here 4-6 March. I can't imagine there's a better place to stay or eat on the Orkneys. We had a complimentary upgrade to a garden suite which was very well furnished and spacious. The staff and management were all very friendly and welcoming. The food was really good (though I suspect even... More 

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Brit in Gulf
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75 reviews 75 reviews
21 hotel reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

Let me start by saying my visit was very off-season and a number of rooms were being refurbished. For this reason, the manager Lorna upgraded me to a suite for 6 nights. This made the break even better but I was very lucky. The suite was a large room with a very comfortable super king bed, sofa, armchair etc and... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Engaged in Case Study Mission for the Orkney, Flotta Terminal for Talisman Sinopec Energy, my team of two and I spent five nights with full Board at the Merkister. Management at the hotel was highly efficient, friendly and responsive to our needs. The quality and cleanliness of our rooms and the facilities was first class as was the food which... More 

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Harleysville, Pennsylvania
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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
15 helpful votes 15 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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5 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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