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Standing Stones Hotel
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Stenness
Reviewed August 21, 2010

An excellent location for touring the Orkenys. Rooms were clean, tidy and spacious. The staff were always friendly and helpful. If anything they could have been slightly more organised. On one occasion we had to ask for milk, then butter, coffee and fruit juice. Overall breakfast was lovely, especially the kippers!! On the whole this hotel has a lovely feel and is obviously popular with the locals as well as tourists.

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled with friends
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Reviewed June 28, 2010

Time to update these reviews I think. I stayed for one night after being on Orkney for a week performing in the St Magnus Music Festival (well worth atttending - as performer or audience). Reception was welcoming, price very reasonable, and the room was very clean, well-appointed and comfortable. The bars and lounges were well-maintained and welcoming. The bedrooms facing the water have a stunning view, and in the other direction a very nice view of the hills opposite. Breakfast was nicely cooked and served in a friendly atmosphere. If they could get a better broadband connection from the telephone exchange (they can do nothing about that) I would have no niggles at all - you can get wi-fi but not everywhere in the hotel.

Stayed: June 2010, traveled solo
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Reviewed September 1, 2007

We were in the orkney's for seven nights and had eaten at the Standing Stones for t wo lovely meals. My husband and I always ask about cats in the places that we stay because I can become deathly ill if I sleep in a place that has them. The well rated B&B that we were staying at was not forthcoming in this matter.I started to have health issues but thought it was the weather or her old furniture. When we saw the cat and told the owner, she told us to "get out-get out now". I will not say the name of that B&B. We had no place to go! We went across the road to where we had eaten the night before in the hope that they had space for us. The new owners of the Standing Sontes were wonderful and very understanding to our needs.We had a nice, very clean,and modern room.Every night I stayed up to watch the swan family play on the water until the midnight sun finally set beyond my large windows.Thank you Standing Stones for being so kind.We love you and would come again in a minute.

  • Stayed: July 2007, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 7, 2007

Have just read the NZ review of this hotel and cannot understand it. Why post a piece in March 2007 about a trip in 2004? We have just spent five nights at the Standing Stones Hotel and have received nothing but kindness, courtesy and super service from everyone on the management and service team. The owner was particularly helpful. Indeed, we would rate the attitude of the staff as one of the hotel's strongest points. The value-for-money meals also impressed us. A lot of work is now being done to update the facilities there and so the hotel should become even better. Just one little niggle: noisy floorboards can be a major distraction in the early hours of the morning! Incidentally, we are in no way related to anyone at the Standing stones and though we are in the public relations business, we were not paid in any way for writing this review. We shall certainly go back there when we are next in Orkney.
Ron and Anne Eyley - Chesterfield, Derbys

  • Stayed: March 2007, traveled on business
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Reviewed March 2, 2007

In 2004, my partner and I were travelling around Scotland, and arranged for the tourist office at John O'Groats to phone ahead to book our room at the Standing Stones Hotel, and to confirm the price, which we paid to the tourist office in exchange for a voucher. On arrival at the hotel, we handed our voucher to reception, spent a reasonably pleasant night in the beautifully situated hotel, and returned our key to reception the following morning to check out. At this point the manager checked the voucher, and announced that the price we had paid was wrong, and that we would have to pay a further very significant sum. We pointed out that the tourist office had confirmed the price, by telephone, which we had paid in good faith, and had given him the voucher the night before, which he hadn't checked, and that the dispute was between him and the tourist office. Had the tourist office quoted the price he now wanted us to pay, we would not have stayed at the hotel at all. He threatened to call the police, and stated that we would not be allowed to leave the island; these threats were made in a very arrogant and threatening manner. After some discussion, we persuaded him that he should take the issue up with the tourist office on the mainland, and we were allowed to leave. Whilst we accept that a mistake had obviously been made, and that he would be out of pocket, his attitude was unhelpful. If he had offered to meet us half way on the price, we would have happily agreed, but his arrogance and rudeness set us against this solution.
This experience nearly spoiled our trip, but I can say that the rest of our time on Orkney was completely different; we met nothing but great friendliness and generous hospitality everywhere else.

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This hotel changed ownership / management in 2005 and is now fully committed to customer care and ensuring guests enjoy their stay.

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Reviewed September 12, 2017
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  • Stayed: August 2017, traveled with family
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Reviewed December 25, 2016
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  • Stayed: November 2016, traveled with friends
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Address: Stenness, Stenness KW16 3JX, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Orkney Islands > Mainland > Stenness
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Bar / Lounge Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Stenness
Hotel Class:3 star — Standing Stones Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 17
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