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The Shore
Ranked #10 of 26 Kirkwall B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed June 30, 2013

Room 17
If you are come to this hotel and are on your own,  check your room before deciding to stay.   It is small and dark, I reckon 12'x9 and had a small window which opened on to a flat roof and was under the fire escape, so could not leave it open.
No information leaflet in the room.
No telephone in room, no wi fi and mobile phone reception was very poor, probably due to position of room (in amongst the chimneys and under the fire escape) The only place wifi worked  was in the bar.
There are no staff on the premises overnight.     In case of fire, make your own way out and gather in hotel next door!
There is a phone along the corridor to contact a member of hotel staff - as if one would wish to walk to it in middle of night possibly forgetting room key and being locked out.
Very creased sheets on the bed.  I thought they had been slept on before, but think they just do not iron them.  Not a nice first impression.  Bed was comfortable though, and surprisingly I did sleep well.  The final straw was to discover that breakfast was an extra.  which I had definately not been told.
Only redeeming feature was friendly staff

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed June 23, 2013

We recently stayed at this hotel in Orkney for two nights whilst visiting the island. Right on the harbour we were upstairs with views over the water. The room was recently refreshed and very clean and comfortable. With the shops and restaurants only a few minutes walk from the hotel the choices are numerous for eating out, The food provided in the hotel is good value for both dinner and breakfast. Parking if you are lucky is across the street (room for 3 cars) for free or there is a carpark a few minutes up the road or another around the corner also for free, as we were there on a weekend it was very busy.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 28, 2013

We stayed in the family room (two rooms and a bathroom) in the roof of this pleasant Inn with rooms on the dock front. The room worked well for three of us, it needs a bit more hanging space, hooks or just a little more shelving. The room door was very difficult to open (to the point of laughter) but given the fine weather we had the room just to sleep in.

Breakfast was limited to "Full Scottish" and a poor continental version. We tried to have breakfasts in different places down the main street to see what else was available but generally found nothing of any interest. So while the breakfast was disappointing here it was everywhere we tried due to no competition.

All in all I'd stay here again.

Room Tip: Probably too noisy to be above the main bar, higher is quieter
  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with family
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1  Thank bilboburgler
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Karen C, General Manager at The Shore, responded to this reviewResponded May 30, 2013

Thank you for letting us know that you enjoyed your stay. The door into that room is heavy in order to meet the fire regulations. Glad that you could have a laugh about getting in! While we offer a full Scottish Breakfast, we are happy to respond to any special requests that guests might have. Our chefs love a challenge!

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Reviewed May 17, 2013

A good situation on harbour front in Kirkwall and very handy for shops and restaurants. a free car park across the road.The food was excellent and staff very friendly and welcoming. The room, although up 2 flights of stairs was well worth the climb! Spotless well equiped and quiet.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank windyrig
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Karen C, Owner at The Shore, responded to this reviewResponded May 18, 2013

Hello, we are really pleased that you enjoyed the food and rooms at The Shore. It sounds as though you managed to get some shopping done too. Hope that you found lots of nice things to buy!

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Reviewed May 16, 2013

We arrived at 12.30 at night and was greeted by a very nice night porter,who explained everything to us as regards breakfast times, rooms,etc. The room was very clean,and the bed was comfortable,and enjoyed a quiet nights sleep. Breakfast was very good,and relaxed.
All in all i could not think of anything that i wasnt happy with, and would recomend this place to anyone stopping in kirkwall.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Roy S
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Karen C, General Manager at The Shore, responded to this reviewResponded May 18, 2013

Many thanks for your review. We are pleased that you enjoyed the rooms and food. Come back for another rest soon!

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Reviewed May 4, 2013

The Shore is nicely situated on the harbour front in the town of Kirkwall, just a short walk from the town centre, there are a good number of shops, restaurants and bars within walking distance.

The hotel staff are very welcoming and the rooms are clean, well equipped and furnished with a contemporary feel with a good en suite. The hotel has a pleasant bar and restaurant and the breakfast selection is very good, I can recommend the smoked haddock with cheese sauce. The bar has a good range of drinks and the restaurant a great menu with some special dishes available.

The hotel represents really good value for money and I hope to revisit it in the future.

Travelling back to the airport is realtively easy with the airport bus stopping close by and a taxi rank accross the street.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled on business
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Karen C, General Manager at The Shore, responded to this reviewResponded May 7, 2013

Thank you for this lovely review. It was a pleasure to look after you during your recent stay.

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Reviewed May 3, 2013

Very clean rooms. needed an iron to get prepared for a wedding and it arrived in our room 10 minutes after requesting it. The staff were very, very friendly and helpful. We didn't eat in the restaurant but had a couple of bar meals and they were excellent. Location for centre of Kirkwall is perfect with airport bus stopping directly outside and a taxi rank 100 yards away. Would definitley stay again.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with family
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1  Thank Claire S
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Karen C, General Manager at The Shore, responded to this reviewResponded May 4, 2013

Thank you for letting us know that you enjoyed your stay. Really pleased that the staff looked after you so well. They are a lovely bunch of people.

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Additional Information about 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: $111 - $200 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — The Shore 3*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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