Lynnfield Hotel - Kirkwall, Orkney Mainland
We spent one night at this hotel on 25th sept 2007 as part of our 4-night stay in Scotland.
After the Ferry over from John o’ Groats, we found this hotel quite easily as its on the right hand side as you get into Kirkwall. Frankly, as their website says “The view from the Restaurant over the bay can be a distraction from the excellent menus..” we had been expecting a fairly spectacular location with superb views, but this is sadly somewhat from the truth.
The truth is, you drive up a long driveway into the hotel car park, and become distracted by the building work going on immediately next door. That is not the hotel’s fault, but the effect is not good.
The hotel owner, Malcolm, was a pretty dour Scot to start with, though he did mellow later. Our large room, (Tammie Norrie) facing over the car park with a long distant view towards Kirkwall and the sea, was cold and dull - the lights took a while to brighten up (due I suspect to this new economy lighting we’re all going to have to get used to) and the heating eventually came on. The side window looked diagonally across into the next room, so we drew the curtains as we smiled at the man next door.
The bathroom was also large and could have been warmer (perhaps because the loud & efficient ceiling fan was permanently on with the light) and the shower, could have done with somewhere to put the shampoo, and somewhere close by to hang the towel. The bath was a jacuzzi style, which we are not keen on in hotels.
We went down for dinner (pre-booked) and whilst the food was excellent, the service and attention was poor. No water was offered, no wine was offered, and although requested, no dessert menu was provided after our main course. We got tired of waiting and left the table. I hope the coach party who arrived as we were eating our main course, got better service, as they certainly got all the attention.
We retreated to the residents’ lounge, but it was empty, no fire was lit and it felt like a home for unwanted chairs and sofas, so after a few minutes we came back into the bar. That was better, nice blazing fire and a pleasant couple to chat to, who obviously knew Malcolm from a previous hotel. After a drink, a warm-up and a couple of nice malts recommended by Malcolm, we retired to bed.
Back up in the room, we realised that the high decorative foot-board at the end of the half-tester bed meant that we couldn’t see the TV from the bed very easily, and due to the side curtains on the bed, the bedside light didn’t illuminate the book I was reading unless I twisted the lampshade off its holder. The mattress could have been a little softer too !
Breakfast the following morning was nice enough, though we were a little surprised that our table from the previous night’s dinner still had our breadcrumbs uncleared showing on it. Guess the coach party took everyone’s attention. Also a little surprised to see the staff arriving through the front door for work, but that’s no big deal.
We settled our bill (£100 B&B and around £60 for dinner & bar) and left. For a 3 star hotel that’s apparently just been upgraded to four star in respect of its food, it’s still a little ragged around the edges.
- Also Known As:
- Lynnfield Hotel Kirkwall, Orkney Islands