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“Was the only option”
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Kirkwall Hotel
Ranked #7 of 9 Hotels in Kirkwall
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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“Was the only option”
Reviewed August 29, 2012

Probably due to the time of year but everywhere else was either full or more than £100 a night. The room was clean and had a tv, but that's the good points. Was also at the back next to service stairs so get a lot of noise and door banging. Can't believe that in 2012 places still don't have showers!

  • Stayed August 2012
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Buckinghamshire
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Reviewed August 26, 2012

We stayed here for 2 nights a part of a tour of the Orkneys. Nice hotel, bedrooms a little dated but clean. Ours had a nice view over the harbour. Staff very friendly and the food, breakfast and dinner, was good.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Leuven, Belgium
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51 reviews
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Reviewed August 24, 2012

They have a great restaurant in this hotel. We had 2 great dinners there.
Apparently this is the best hotel in Kirkwall. As long as you don't expect a 5 star hotel, this is a good place to stay. Well, the rooms could do with some renovation, especially the bathrooms which look like they were installed in the 70s.
I would compare this with a 3 star hotel. Beds were very good, location is great, rooms are old fashioned.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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69 reviews
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Reviewed August 21, 2012

When in Kirkwall try eating and drinking at the Skippers bar, part of the Kirkwall hotel. The bar staff are great lads, friendly and service is great. For a pub lunch you wont beat this place for quality and value. Time and time again the food is great and the fish is as freash as ever! Keep it up boys!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Shropshire,UK
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Reviewed August 14, 2012

Nice food, but large dining room and it got a bit noisy later as it filled up. Steak and Clams were delightful - local beef and hand-dived scallops

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Eugene, Oregon, United States
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Reviewed August 12, 2012

We stayed on the second floor which had its pros and cons. Pro: excellent large room, could walk up easily, nice view over harbour, huge windows. Con: right over very popular bar! We were fine, but if you need quiet ask for a room away from the bar! Very clean. Nice shower (still never a given in The U.K.). Good tv, but wi-fi pretty bad (they admitted they probably need a new router)-- it worked in the lobby, but not anywhere else. Yummy local shortbread left with the tea makings daily, but no decaf options. Nice reading room also on second floor--wi fi seemed to work ok in there.

They were super friendly about letting us drop our bags when we arrived before check-in, and then also about letting us leave them, and ourselves hang out in the reading room when our departure ferry wasn't until midnight.

I would definitely stay there again, were I ever to return to this rather distant part of the world!

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Ramsgate, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 7, 2012

What a great place!
Friendly staff with a great atmosphere!
The food was good and great value for money. Such a cool environment, I thoroughly enjoyed my time in the Skipper's Bar! I recommend this place to anyone visiting Kirkwall.

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Property: Kirkwall Hotel
Address: Harbour Street, Kirkwall KW15 1LE, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Orkney Islands > Mainland > Kirkwall
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 Family Hotel in Kirkwall
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Kirkwall Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 36
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Kirkwall Hotel with stunning views to the north is one of Orkney's finest Victorian Buildings, perfectly situated within the historic town of Kirkwall, on the picturesque harbour front, close to the marina and the main shopping area, ideal for business or leisure. ... more   less 
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