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Browns Hostel

45/47 Victoria Street, Stromness KW16 3BS, Scotland
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Situated in the heart of Stromness Browns is close to everything; shops, ferries and buses. Sylvia couldn't be more accommodating and will help with ideas for places to visit. The rooms, I stayed on two separate occasions, were clean (as were the other facilities) and the beds were comfy. I found the hostel to be quiet, even though it was... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Positives...Stunning unrestricted views across the harbour. Centre of Stromness. Banks, ferry, bus station etc. all within 5 minutes walk. Large sitting room/kitchen with free wifi. 2 single beds within the 2 bedrooms. Beds were comfortable. Portable bed available as well. Large quantities of towels etc. and a large bathroom with shower, small bath. A washing machine and tumble drier also... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

We stayed in the Harbourlee House. It is well-equipped, with a very good kitchen and also the use of washing and drying machines. Our room had an amazing view over the bay, and a private bathroom. Great value for money, and you could not ask for a better location.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

We stayed in their Harbourlee Apartments. This was an excellent stay with fantastic facilities for budget travellers right in the heart of Stromness. The owner was lovely too. Slightly dated decor but had free WiFi.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

We arrived in Orkney without having booked any accommodation. My friends had recalled staying here on a previous trip 10 years ago. We called up and we were asked to come down once our ferry had docked. We had a friendly greeting from the owner who walked us down to a private cottage overlooking the harbour. Inside was everything we... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

Loved this little hostel. Mrs Brown's is very handy to everything in Stromness. The rooms and common areas are very clean and the mattresses are thick and comfy. The full kitchen, dining, lounge area is perfect for self catering. There's even a washing machine and ingenious hanging lines over the heating. All free for guests. At around £18 a night... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 via mobile

Sylvia made this stay enjoyable. She was so positive, helpful, informative and eager for us to get the most out of the Orkneys. It felt we had our own tour guide. Thank you. The rooms are basic as you would expect of a hostel. But theyre clean, warm and meet the needs. Location is perfect, right in the centre, next... More 

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

I've been coming to Brown's hostel in Winter for many years and have always had a lovely stay. It's beautifully clean, warm and cosy with lovely comfortable beds and hot water bottles - this makes all the difference in Orkney in December! Recently several of the rooms have been upgraded to include their own basins and the downstairs toilet and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

My first days in Stromness I stayed at the campsite. As it was cold and windy, I was so happy that the Browns could host me for 3 nights. It's a lovely and cosy hostel, I felt like staying at my grandma's. Small dorms are always a plus! Here the maximum was 4 people, so I had a great nights... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Sylvia the owner is lovely and very helpful. Yes the kitchen utensils might not match and there'll likely be a bit of a scrum for the hob if you're cooking but both the main hostel and Habourlee House are clean, warm and comfortable, and just a stones throw from the ferry terminal.

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