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“great location and views” 4 of 5 stars
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Standing Stones Hotel
Stenness, Stenness KW16 3JX, Scotland   |  
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Stenness
scotland
Top Contributor
97 reviews 97 reviews
26 hotel reviews
Reviews in 41 cities Reviews in 41 cities
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
“great location and views”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2011

I liked a lot about this hotel.It overlooks a loch and you can see the Standing Stones.Our room had a great view.The reception staff were friendly and we had a good meal in the bar.I feel it is a bit expensive though .The rooms are quite small and we had no bath .It was £84 a night for each room.This worked out at £168 a night for our family of 4 for bed and breakfast.The vegetarian choices were a bit limited on the bar menu and the a la carte choice was expensive.There was good local beer at the bar .The coffee ran out at breakfast and took a while to be replaced.The breakfast was tasty and there was a lot of local information available.Our bar meal was good and the bar staff serving were exceptionally nice.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • 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
    4 of 5 stars
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Munich
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6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2011

I recently stayed here with my partner and in-laws and was very impressed to say the least. I understand that they recently went through a change of management and that the hotel is going through a period of renovation. (These things do not happen overnight). The hotel is perfectly located for those wishing to visit The Heart of Neolithic Orkney UNESCO World Heritage Site (Maes Howe, the Ring o' Brodgar and the Stones of Stennes are visible from the hotel and only a short walk away - although be aware of traffic as the road does not always have a pavement).

Rooms were comfortable (mum-in-law reckoned that it was the most comfortable hotel bed she'd ever had) and had nice views across the loch. The bathrooms have decent, easy to regulate showers.

What made my stay (apart from the location) was the food. To be more specific, the a la carte menu. My group enjoyed a haggis and Highland Park pate with black pudding and oatcakes and a plate of scallops, black pudding and peppered rhubarb (it actually works really well believe it not) for starters followed by a lovely big seafood platter (there really was a lot of it and was beautifully presented) whilst I tucked in a pork steak with roasted veg. Local Orkney Brewery beer (try the "Dark Island") was accompanied by a very acceptable Chenin Blanc.

We were so impressed we asked to meet the kitchen crew. The head was away that evening and so we spoke to the two young Sous chef's who were on. I suggested that if they were not going for AA Rosettes that they seriously consider it...this restaurant is going places.

Waiting and reception staff very friendly.... very impressed and we will be coming back at some point. The same can not be said of the Ferry Inn in Stromness but that is another story.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2011 via mobile

Small room, beautiful view over loch. Food OK but service a little on the slow side. Not great at boiling an egg - needed two efforts at soft boiled egg and both ran from the shell on their own!! Decor a little shabby in places and windows could really do with a clean - when you have scenery like there is outside, please let us see it clearly!

  • Stayed July 2011
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Buntingford, United Kingdom
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133 reviews 133 reviews
36 hotel reviews
Reviews in 78 cities Reviews in 78 cities
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2011

Not the best of places even allowing for a recent change of management. Purports to be 3 star but is basically a pub with a number of rooms. As a hotel it does not rate 3 star and is expensive for what you get. The food is not "chef" quality. One bedroom had the curtains laying on the floor, the other a dirty bathroom. They did sort them out straight away but then we had no heating or hot water for two nights, then fortunately we managed to find another hotel.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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32 reviews 32 reviews
26 hotel reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2011

A modern building with decent rooms and a nice bar/reception area. Very friendly and helpful staff. In February the heating was turned OFF in rooms they knew would be occupied! My room was so cold that it took nearly two days to warm up after I turned on the radiator!! And the bathroom had no heat at all. AND the shower was pitiful.
But the food was really good, and the manager was great, so they deserve 4*.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2010

An excellent location for touring the Orkenys. Rooms were clean, tidy and spacious. The staff were always friendly and helpful. If anything they could have been slightly more organised. On one occasion we had to ask for milk, then butter, coffee and fruit juice. Overall breakfast was lovely, especially the kippers!! On the whole this hotel has a lovely feel and is obviously popular with the locals as well as tourists.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Fort William, Scotland
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2010

Time to update these reviews I think. I stayed for one night after being on Orkney for a week performing in the St Magnus Music Festival (well worth atttending - as performer or audience). Reception was welcoming, price very reasonable, and the room was very clean, well-appointed and comfortable. The bars and lounges were well-maintained and welcoming. The bedrooms facing the water have a stunning view, and in the other direction a very nice view of the hills opposite. Breakfast was nicely cooked and served in a friendly atmosphere. If they could get a better broadband connection from the telephone exchange (they can do nothing about that) I would have no niggles at all - you can get wi-fi but not everywhere in the hotel.

Stayed June 2010, traveled solo
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Address: Stenness, Stenness KW16 3JX, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Orkney Islands > Mainland > Stenness
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Stenness
Number of rooms: 17
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