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Browns Hostel

45/47 Victoria Street, Stromness KW16 3BS, Scotland
Browns Hostel
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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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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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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6 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
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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4 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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
2 reviews
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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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Gent, België
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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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Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
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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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Thurso, United Kingdom
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37 reviews 37 reviews
15 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

I have to say that first impressions mean nothing here. Staying here was like staying at my grans everything is a bit odd, nothing matches there are nick nacks everywhere the kitchen is large and clean but it is cosy. OK so the shower was held together with duck tape and the room tiny but the bed was so comfy... More 

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Estes Park, Colorado
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8 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

Susan was a lovely host, waiting for us outside the hostel we expected to stay at to lead us down the road a ways to an upgrade. We had this entire building to ourselves, a room facing the bay with a window the twin bed resident could gaze out and watch the sun rise and set. The kitchen was very... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

I stayed on the upper level in a single private room. Small but For the money you couldn't ask for more. The owner was lovely and I was very impressed with the size of kitchen come living room. The owner has made it look like a home with nick nacks on the window seals and ornaments on the mantel piece.... More 

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