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Browns Hostel

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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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Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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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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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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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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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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

Nice landlady, great location and cheap rate but the place is damp and not very clean. There was a very unpleasant smell in the bedroom and the tablecloth of the common area needs changing. A real bathroom would be nice (not very pleasant to brush one's teeth in the toilets...) and the shower is not very inviting...

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Stromness, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2013

Brown's is inexpensive and for a cheap price it's not a bad place to stay. The landlady is simply lovely and will go out of her way to help you and make sure you have what you need, including advice and getting things fixed. When the internet stopped working she was there to fix it within 10 minutes! The decor... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2013

We stayed here for one night in a family room which was better than some hotels we've been to, with comfortable beds and everything clean and in good condition. The kitchen is well equipped with everything you need to cook if you want to, a big dining table to eat at and there's a comfy living room area with open... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2013

Needs a very good clean. Some nice personal touches but would be good to have a keypad lock on the outside door as not very secure. right next to a loud pub so remember ear plugs. not the best drying facilities and kitchen dirty. served its purpose. the owner was lovely and if she was just able to give it... More

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2013

£20 per person, per night for a private room with self catering facilities downstairs, which certainly isn't bad value by any stretch. You're not going to get the most luxurious, most decadent room in the world in a hostel on Orkney but it was clean, comfortable, warm and well equipped downstairs with armchairs, TV etc, if you're not in the... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2013

Stayed here for 3 nights in October and found the hostel very cold and unwelcoming. The facilities are in serious need of an upgrade and it was difficult to cook effectively with the other guests as there were not enough facilities and a lot of things were broken or didn't work. The rooms were very cold and one of the... More

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Address: 45/47 Victoria Street, Stromness KW16 3BS, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Orkney Islands > Mainland > Stromness
Also Known As:
Browns Hostel Stromness, Orkney Islands

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