This is a truely great little traditional Orkney hotel (with interesting history) in a really nice part of Kirkwall where there is still traditional flagstone paving on the streets (lots of this still in Stromness (and being revamped) but much lost in Kirkwall, sadly).
It's within strolling distance of the Cathedral and the centre of town/ferries in a quiet location with on street parking out front and a car park to the rear.
Giffie and Robert are excelllent hosts; the open fire in the bar is a very welcome sight in autumn/winter; their lovely dog, Balfour, is very friendly and unusually laid back for a Springer Spaniel.
Continental breakfast in my room the 2 days I had to leave before 7.00 was great and the welcome 'home' and equiries aout my day were very much appreciated as I was solo on business.
Read some gripes on TripAdvisor about the decor and the carpets but - hey - the welcome and the service are what matter most - and both are fantastic here.
I've stayed in many Orkney hotels in the past but this is by far the best value for money, the most welcoming and personal (rather than annonymous) I've stayed in - it's beyond me that I did not discover it before.
Go for the specials on the menu - lovely fish pie one night and a great crab salad another.
Next trip I'll be staying at The West End, for sure.Thanks Giffie and Robert
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This hotel offers simple comforts but is still in the top two or three places to stay in Kirkwall. In 1824, it was built just outside Kirkwall by a retired sea captain, and became Orkney’s first hospital in 1845. Today, owners Gifford Leslie and Robert Dawson provide a warm welcome and comfortable guest rooms. Each with a shower-only bathroom. The property has been refurbished in the past few years and it now fresh and inviting. Cost-conscious meals are served in a small restaurant and bar. Fully licensed to sell alcohol, the hotel attracts both locals and visitors. The West End Hotel, in many ways, is the ideal blend of old and new. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- West End Kirkwall
- Hotel West End
- West End Hotel Kirkwall, Orkney Islands