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“Very Good”
Review of The Shore

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The Shore
Ranked #10 of 26 Kirkwall B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Marrakech, Morocco
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3 reviews
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“Very Good”
Reviewed January 28, 2013

I've stayed a number of places on Orkney over the years, The Shore was pretty good. It's location in Kirkwall couldn't be much better, the staff I dealt with were friendly and helpful. The food was good and the room was excellent. Clean, comfortable, reasonably contemporary look and feel, quiet, nice bed, free and fast wi-fi. If I had to venture a (very) slight criticism I'd say the bathroom and shower could be better. However, I liked the place, I’d recommend it and would happily stay there again.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
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Karen C, Owner at The Shore, responded to this review, January 29, 2013
Thank you for your lovely review. We are glad that the room and food were to your liking. Not all of the bathrooms in the hotel are the same. Rooms 23, 24 and 25 have new bathrooms and we are upgrading others again over the winter. We hope that you will stay with us again and try out these other rooms to see how the bathrooms compare.
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Reviewed October 12, 2012

First stayed here a couple if years ago and it was my first choice when I came back this month. I really like the character of the building, that super Orcadian welcome, great staff, comfortable room and a terrific breakfast. Didn't have dinner here this time but did the last time I stayed and it was excellent. The Shore has everything that makes Orkney so special.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
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Karen C, General Manager at The Shore, responded to this review, October 14, 2012
Thank you for staying with us aagain and for your compliments about the staff and premises. We hope that you will be able to visit again soon.
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Reviewed October 5, 2012

We turned up without booking in advance. Very helpful and friendly reception. We found our room was very nice and the bed was really comfortable. Had a great nights sleep. We had a bar meal which was good value for money and served promptly even though the staff were busy. Good breakfast choice with smoked haddock, or a full Scottish available in addition to the usual continental style.
Well positioned in the middle of Kirkwall

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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Karen C, Owner at The Shore, responded to this review, October 8, 2012
Thank you. We are pleased that you found your room comfortable and that your evening meal and breakfast were of a hign standard. Also good hear that the staff were friendly and helpful.
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Reviewed September 24, 2012

The Shore is a real treasure in Kirkwall. A wonderful band of welcoming staff, comfortable, spacious rooms with excellent breakfasts and dinners. Dinner in both the lounge bar and restaurant were superb, tasty and generous portions. Great location rigjht on the seafront and seconds away from the winding pedestrian street of shops that makes Kirkwall, quite unique. Plenty of parking closeby. Enjoy!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled on business
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Karen C, Owner at The Shore, responded to this review, September 25, 2012
Many thanks for all of your compliments about the staff, rooms and food. It is good to hear that you had an enjoyable stay with us.
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Reviewed September 20, 2012

We spent a week here while exploring neolithic sites, Scapa Flow, and the Orkney Science Festival. Friendly and helpful staff. Room was clean, efficient. Good food in restaurant and pub. Negatives: marginal wifi in room (strong in restaurant and pub).

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Karen C, Owner at The Shore, responded to this review, September 25, 2012
Thank you for letting us know that yopu enjoyed your stay with us and that you found the rooms clean and comfortable. It is good to know that the wifi is good in the public areas. Thank you for letting us know that the wifi strenght wasn't so strong in room 17. We got boosters put in fairly recently to cover that room but I will check to see if there is anything else that we can do to improve the reception.
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Reviewed September 14, 2012

This is a nice comfortable and friedly hotel with a great restaurant attached. Nice atmosphere to relax in after a day of exploring the island. Good location too. A great thing about the online booking system is you know exactly what room you are booking.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 27, 2012 via mobile

I go to Kirkwall for work a few times a year and I always try to stay at this hotel. The food is marvellous, the atmosphere in the bar great and the accommodation is lovely. The rooms vary in size but all are a decent size and the wee extras are lovely - I never have to pack a bathrobe!

Stayed April 2012, traveled on business
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Additional Information about The Shore

Property: The Shore
Address: Shore Street, Kirkwall KW15 1LG, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Orkney Islands > Mainland > Kirkwall
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 26 B&Bs / Inns in Kirkwall
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — The Shore 3*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Shore Inn the perfect stay overlooking the harbour in Orkney Islands. ... more   less 
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