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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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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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73 reviews 73 reviews
20 hotel reviews
57 helpful votes 57 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
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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111 reviews 111 reviews
41 hotel reviews
63 helpful votes 63 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
4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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
12 reviews 12 reviews
5 hotel reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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
12 helpful votes 12 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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270 reviews 270 reviews
35 hotel reviews
130 helpful votes 130 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
18 helpful votes 18 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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