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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

you just can t go wrong here. pictureseque location, lovely view from lobby and rooms, special guest lounge and all staff very helpul. a very charming resort, i loved it.bar was nice, food was great, must book a table for supper in day time, as it tends to get sold out.

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Nairobi, Kenya
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We spent two nights at the Merkister and thoroughly enjoyed our stay there. The hotel is centrally located in the Orkeneys and all the major sites are easy to reach. Staff were helpful and attentive. Our room was at the back of the hotel and overlooked the car park. It was small but we were aware about this at the... More 

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Kelty, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

another year another week in orkney 29th july till 7th aug great week in a great hotel weather this year was great fishing second to none service as usual top class alot of new staff in the lounge but what can i say ther manners were superb nothing was a problem to them credit where due to who trains them... More 

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Lexington, Kentucky
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My husband and I spend about a week at this hotel. We enjoyed it very much! The location was perfect to explore the island since it is located in the middle of the island and it makes it easy to go around and travel without having to drive too much. The food at the restaurant was great. We really liked... More 

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West Palm Beach, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 187 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My friend and I found this delightful place for dinner while in Orkney. The menu was large and very interesting. I had a wonderful soup with fresh bread. Great dinner and atmosphere. There were many local people enjoying this place too!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016 via mobile

Lovely meal and friendly staff. Would highly recommend to anybody. Went with friends for dinner and drinks and was great value for money. Lovely views and scenery also. 2 restaurants to choose from, bar or restaurant which offers great choice for kind of evening you want

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2016 via mobile

I would not visit again. Rooms are overpriced, old facilities, mould in the bathroom which was tiny. The bedsheets were translucent and there were lots of spiders and cobwebs in my room including a spider in the bed. I couldn't get phone signal or wifi from my room (which is worth noting for other people considering this hotel) there was... More 

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East Kilbride, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2016 via mobile

We visited the Merkister Hotel and had a lovely family meal in the bar area. The luxury fish pie was beautiful and my dad and daughter enjoyed the seafood salad. Would highly recommend anyone to visit, with its great food and friendly atmosphere.

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Perth and Kinross, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2016

Visited the Merkister whilst visiting family in Orkney. We had a meal in the bar which was excellent .There was something on the menu to suit everyone,the seafood salad was delicious.Portion sizes were generous and the meal along with drinks was good value for money. Staff were welcoming and friendly and service was efficient. The Merkister is in a beautiful... More 

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Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2016 via mobile

Me, some friends and family headed out for my nans birthday last week. I had only ever eaten in the bar which has always been nice but my word is the restaurant brilliant! The staff were all very welcoming and friendly. We were taken to the residents lounge for a drink and to have a look at the menus. Our... More 

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Amenities

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  • Free Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Bar/Lounge
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Situated on the shores of Harray Loch, Overlooing the Hills of Hoy. Spectaluar Views. Family Run Country House Hotel. Hotel features, Residents Lounge, Conservatory, Public Lounge Bar serving extensive Bar Lunch and Supper Menus and our Award winning Skerries Restaurant serving only the best local Beef, Lamb, Crab, Fish etc...etc... ... more   less 

Additional Information about Merkister Hotel

Address: Harray KW17 2LF, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Orkney Islands > Mainland > Harray
Price Range: $122 - $297 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Merkister Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 14
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Merkister Hotel Mainland
Merkister Hotel Orkney Islands/Harray
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