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Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2016

I had stayed at the Orca before, and found it to be comfortable and simple accommodation. This time, knowing that this place existed and would be good, we booked in advance and found the warmest of welcomes, as well as an amazing breakfast the following morning. The fried egg that came with it was as fresh as could be, from... More 

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4 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015 via mobile

We stayed 3 nights in room 5 on the 3rd floor. The room was small with a comfortable double bed. We had 2 carry on type bags, so getting them up the stairs to the 3rd floor was not too difficult. The room was a little noisy - you can hear bathroom activities from the adjacent room. But overall, the... More 

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Rockville, Maryland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015

Let's make one thing clear, despite the title this is not a hotel. Guest house?, b And b? It does have a central location an easy walk from the ferry but given the size of Stromness there are no non central locations. I concur with the other comments that the hostess is very friendly and the breakfast is good. It... More 

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Ninole, Hawaii
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

Our schedule changed so that we ended up travelling to the Orkney Islands two days earlier than we planned. We called the Stromness Hotel and they had no rooms available so we contacted the Orca Guesthouse and booked the family room. When we arrived, the first impression was not super, but we were satisfied to have a place to bunk... More 

Thank FMB041
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

Doris was an excellent host - very welcoming, relaxed and helpful, and she worked very hard to give everyone a top-notch, delicious breakfast each morning. The hotel is right in the heart of Stromness which great if you're visiting for the Folk Festival but also handy all year round. I would stay here again in an instant.

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Windsor, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

The Orca is a nice, clean three-star guesthouse centrally located in Stromness. We didn't need pampering while we were there, and the Orca suited us just fine. Breakfast was excellent. The owner provided just what we needed after a day of cycling and an evening of indulgence: strong coffee and a plate of tasty proteins. We enjoyed our stay very... More 

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Eastleigh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

From slightly sceptical to complete satisfaction. Interesting, pleasant and knowledgeable hostess who accommodated us unexpectedly (too wet for camping) without any fuss. Fine little room with all the basic comforts (lots of teabags and biscuits etc). Undisturbed good night's sleep and a first class full Scottish breakfast in the morning which set us up for a very windy and chilly... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We stayed at the Orca Hotel for two nights in late August. We arrived a bit earlier than check-in time but Doris graciously met us and showed us to our room. It wasn't quite ready, but we were able to leave our bags and go out for a bit of lunch and touring around. We came back to find that... More 

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Chorley, United Kingdom
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8 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

First the negatives, the rooms was facing the road and there was a little noise from traffic and the chippy opposite. Size wasn't too bad, not to Premier Inn size, but I've slept in far smaller rooms. Parking was hit and miss, some days we could park almost outside, others we had to park up the hill and walk down... More 

Thank Darrenbentham
Inverness, United Kingdom
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3 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

B&B not hotel. Nothing fancy, but does the job. No problems with room. Friendly host, good bfast. Free Wifi. Good location for ferry and walking around Stromness. No parking. Sound proofing not great. Nice collection of art work

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
The Orca Hotel is a family-run guest house in the heart of Stromness. Located right on the harbor just a few minutes walk from the ferry terminal it is ideally situated to explore Orkney Mainland and the Island of Hoy. Comfortable en-suite rooms, generous home-cooked breakfasts and free use of laundry facilities. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Orca Hotel

Address: 76 Victoria Street, Stromness KW16 3BS, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Orkney Islands > Mainland > Stromness
Price Range: $83 - $83 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 6
Also Known As:
Orca Hotel Stromness, Orkney Islands
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