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“Just a Bit Odd”
Review of Bon Accord

Bon Accord
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Bon Accord
Ranked #17 of 26 Kirkwall B&B and Inns
Somewhere in England
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53 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Just a Bit Odd”
Reviewed June 30, 2009

Looked a fine house and we were greeted by the owner on arrival and shown to our room on the top floor. The first thing we had to do was fill in a card for breakfast with what we wanted and when we would like it and we were told to be on time. Well the room looked fine but when I tried to open the bedside drawers I could not and on investigation I found that the runners were broken, one drawer even had some cigarette debris in it – strictly non smoking was one of the many rules in the list of rules on the wall, ‘absolutely no food’ was another. The breakfast was on time as were we and it was quite good. While this was a decent place to stay I thought that the list of rules, strict times for breakfast and having to order the night before was a bit fussy. All in all it just seemed a bit odd.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled with friends
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Gullane, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 11, 2008

We enjoyed our stay at the Bon Accord. Thanks to the owners they were very patient with our children. They played with them at night and advised us were to go for children as they are Orcadian and know the place like the back of thier hands. We will return and thank you for your recommendations were to go, what to do were to eat. I'm sure we will see you again soon.

  • Liked — The owners they were fantastic with the kids
  • Disliked — to near the main road for our wee one he's not road wise yet.
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 25, 2006

A friend and I stayed at the Bon Accord for two nights at the beginning of September 2006. She had booked the accommodation throught the internet, as it seemed to be relatively near the center of Mainland. The B&B was relatively easy to locate, as it is on the main road out of town heading towards the causeway to the south of the island. The B&B obviously was at one time a home. The owner was there to greet us, take our breakfast order, and give us our room key. She also stated that there was only enough parking for three vehicles and, that if all spaces were taken, we would have to park a block away around the corner near the hospital. When we tried to open the door to the room the key failed to work. The owner was almost accusatory that we couldn't open the door, until she tried it, & was also unable to open it. - it turned out the wrong key was on the chain. After giving us the proper key we were able to get into our room. It was on the upper floor of the B&B, and was fairly spacious, with comfortable beds, a decent ensuite facility, and complimentary tea & coffee.
The list of rules on the wall was a bit off-putting, as they appeared to be a little condescending - absolutely no food, check out at 10 am sharp, and the like.
Breakfast both days was adequate. The location is in town, but a little towards the edge - Kirkwall is small, so everything is quite walkable.
I believe the odd vibe my friend and I both experienced was due to the fact that this was not what I would calll a true B&B. The owner no longer lives there; in fact, no one lives there any more. The house and decorations feel staged and set up to look like it is a home, although it no longer is. It also felt a little creepy the second evening when my friend and I arrived in the evening, and no one was there. Definitely a business, and not a B&B with a homey, welcoming feel. There was some discussion the first morning we were there with several of the other guests at breakfast; other than that, it felt very sterile.
If you need a clean place to stay, this isn't a bad place. If you are looking for a B&B that is more of a home, you might want to stay elsewhere.

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Property: Bon Accord
Address: Bon Accord New Scapa Road, Kirkwall KW15 1BT, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Orkney Islands > Mainland > Kirkwall
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Ranked #17 of 26 B&Bs / Inns in Kirkwall
Number of rooms: 3
Also Known As:
Bon Accord Kirkwall, Orkney Islands

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