As part of a touring holiday around Scotland for my husband's 50th birthday we decided to take the ferry over to Orkney for a couple of nights. It was the shoulder season so we hadn't booked in advance and ended up ringing the Orkney Hotel around 6pm to see if they had any rooms available. I had done a little research on Trip Advisor before we left home so we had a bit of an idea on suitable hotels. The receptionist said they did indeed have a room available and as a last minute deal she was able to upgrade us to what they called their Junior Suite at the standard price for 2 nights. The hotel is in a very narrow old one-way street (which is actually a semi main shopping street). After arriving reasonbly late (8pm) and going inside we were warmly greeted and told about their rear carpark. The friendly receptionist also said that the restaurant was closed, but she would ask the kitchen in the lounge bar to stay open for us which was appreciated.
As is often the case with these old hotels, you go up and down a number of staircases and wind around a couple of different corridors to get to your room. The only drawback was that there was no lift and my husband had to lug our two huge suitcases up.
Our room was very pleasant and spacioius with a four poster bed and a full sized spa bath with shower over. I must say though that it was what I would expect for a standard hotel room, and if it was the suite I would hate to see the standard room. The room had opening windows out to the rear of the property and was very quiet and the bed was very comfortable. We had breakfast over the next two days in their restaurant which was included in the rate. There was pretty standard fayre such as fruit, cereals and yoghurts to help yourself to, and then you ordered an a la carte cooked breakfast which was quite satsifactory. The room was bright and sunny and overlooking a garden and traditionally furnished.
The receptionist also organised overnight laundering of our clothes which was appreciated. All in all a very comfortable stay in a tradtional hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Experience a 17th Century hotel where fresh local produce meets friendly Orcadian hospitality. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Orkney Hotel Kirkwall
- The Orkney Hotel Kirkwall, Orkney Islands