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“Solo Female Travellers would love.” 5 of 5 stars
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45/47 Victoria Street, Stromness KW16 3BS, Scotland   |  
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4 hotel reviews
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“Solo Female Travellers would love.”
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. Which gives it a very homely feel. Yes maybe it could do with a lick of paint here and there but thats what gives it its homely feel. Its not so posh you feel uncomfortable to move. The fridges are labeled room per shelf. You can't get closer to the marina and all the shops and pubs. newsagent/bakers 2 minutes walk away. What more can you ask for!

Room Tip: Ask to stay on the upper level, If you want a bigger kitchen/living room
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
    • 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
    • 5 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
    3.5 of 5 stars
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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...

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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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 is a little tired and the place is a little messy, but the 'dirt' other people mentioned is only minor and it's the sort of stuff that happens naturally over the summer with so many people coming and going. For the most part things are clean and it has pretty much everything you need. Perhaps some new cooking implements wouldn't go amiss. The bedding was spotless, towels were fresh, there were always fresh drying cloths in the kitchen and the bin was emptied as soon as it's full.
Upstairs is better than the ground floor though, where there is a slightly odd smell and the bathrooms are less nice. The downstairs kitchen is a lot less busy though!
Overall I recommend this place, but maybe ask for something off the ground floor if you are fussy about bathrooms.

Room Tip: Upstairs is better than the ground floor, but the downstairs kitchen is a lot less busy. Ask for so...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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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 fireplace. Bathroom facilities were in good order and very clean. A bonus is the free wifi. I would definitely recommend this hostel to anyone looking for a nice place to stay in Stromness without paying a lot of money. Despite its central location it was quiet and we got a good night's sleep. Parking is a bit tricky given the narrow streets but we managed.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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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 a basic overhall it would be so much more nicer.

Room Tip: take ear plugs.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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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 mood for wandering around Neolithic ritual landscapes or drinking with the local fishermen.

The lady who runs the place is absolutely delightful and has the best accent I heard all holiday. Respec'.

Only downside was that someone ate one of our pizzas from the communal fridge. This is a despicable act and cannot be forgiven. I hope that your visit to Browns is not marred by the same gross injustice.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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15 hotel reviews
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40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
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 rooms we had was so small it was rediculous. Lastly the whole place could do with a clean. All in all the costs did not represent the service.

Room Tip: Don't book a single!
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Browns Hostel

Address: 45/47 Victoria Street, Stromness KW16 3BS, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Orkney Islands > Mainland > Stromness
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 4 Specialty Lodging in Stromness
Number of rooms: 18
Also Known As:
Browns Hostel Stromness, Orkney Islands

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