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Orcades Hostel

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#1 of 3 hostels in Kirkwall
4.6 of 5 bubbles
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4.9 of 5 bubbles
Cleanliness
4.8 of 5 bubbles
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4.8 of 5 bubbles
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Orcades Hostel is an independent, family run hostel in Kirkwall - the capital of the Orkney Islands. Clean, modern, friendly, comfortable and situated in a peaceful location but only 10 minutes walk from St Magnus Cathedral or 5 minutes walk to the supermarkets. All rooms are en-suite and we have double/twin and 4 - 6 bed dorms.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Wifi
Non-smoking hotel
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Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Dean A wrote a review Aug 2021
Sheffield, United Kingdom213 contributions126 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Pleasant comfortable accommodation 5 minute walk from centre of Kirkwall, and even closer to the supermarkets (Tesco, Lidl, Coop). Rooms are all en-suite, clean and comfortable. On-site parking. Free high-speed WiFi. Communal kitchen facilities not currently available (COVID), but fridge and kettle with complimentary tea and coffee in room. Pleasant stay – recommended.
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Date of stay: July 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Kimberly P wrote a review Feb 2023
1 contribution1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We had to get an emergency place to stay with my autistic teenager, and booked into Orcades Hostel. The place is wonderful, comfy beds, clean as you like, big kitchen with everything you could need, lovely living/dining room which we made use of during a scary and stressful time for us. The owners bent over backwards to ensure that we were ok and had everything we needed, and extended our stay when we were not able to get home. Absolutely fantastic people, would definitely recommend. Very autism friendly, really tried so hard to make us very welcome.
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Date of stay: February 2023
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Elizabeth S wrote a review Jun 2023
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This quiet, clean and well located hostel met my husband and my needs perfectly. We had a decent sized twin beðed room with ensuite. There was a wardrobe with hangers, two shelves, tea making facilities and even a small fridge in our room. The self-catrring kitchen was clean and very well equpped and there was a decent sized sitting-dining room.
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Date of stay: June 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: We got number 4 bus from the airport and the hostel was about 5 minutes walk from the bus stop....
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alba8608 wrote a review Sept 2022
Edinburgh, United Kingdom57 contributions100 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
There is limited accommodation in Orkney. So if you don’t want to spend a lot then you can stay here. It’s very basic. Our room was 3x2 bunk beds reminiscent of camp. There was a fridge, tv, kettle. But that’s about it. The bed was comfortable. Free Wifi is available. The shower is hot but didn’t drain very well. 10am prompt exit. Decent place to stay. But in a larger place you would get a more comfortable room in a Premier Inn for the same price.
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Helen B wrote a review Aug 2022
Teignmouth, England, United Kingdom13 contributions4 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
In attending a wedding in Kirkwall we checked into the Orcades Hostel the night before and had an excellent night’s rest. Both the hostel and the rooms were very welcoming and with added touches that made it a home from home. We were even able to book a room to spend the day in getting ready for the afternoon wedding. The man we met was hugely helpful and kind and made our stay and what we needed to do as easy as possible. It’s a definite 5*s from us! Thank you so much Orcades Hostel!
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Date of stay: August 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Pete Flynn wrote a review Aug 2021
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Basic, clean, warm, great facilities, helpful instructions and staff.

Well placed to go and explore Kirkwall and the Orkney Islands. Would strongly recommend this as an excellent hostel.

Just one night stay and wished I'd stayed longer.
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Date of stay: August 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Lizzy B wrote a review 18 Apr
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Lovely place to stay! I booked the double room with bathroom. Very comfortable bed. Tea and coffee provided, plus a small fridge. Great kitchen and sitting room. Clean and well managed. Very close to buses, Cathedral and shops. I will book again as missed out on visits due to weather.
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Date of stay: April 2024
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled solo
Room Tip: Very good if on a tight budget. Well equipped kitchen for cooking own food.
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Deadlybiscuit wrote a review Jan 2024
Ballachulish, United Kingdom114 contributions46 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Fantastic hostel. Copy twin room, very warm, good kitchen, excellent lounge and location. Very helpful staff, I had quite a few questions and had to change dates a few times due to the weather. Loads of information available. See you again soon.
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Date of stay: January 2024
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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michael h wrote a review May 2016
Stirling, United Kingdom28 contributions18 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Very well equipped hostel about 10 mins walk from centre of town but only couple of mins from supermarkets. We stayed in a comfortable double room with en suite toilet and shower . Room had tv & kettle and was quiet . Would stay again.
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Date of stay: May 2016
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Nathalie B wrote a review May 2016
Liege, Belgium25 contributions3 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Staff friendliness, rooms cleanliness, wifi, free parking, well equipped kitchen...
We enjoyed every second of our stay in this hostel!
We booked a double room with shared bathroom and it felt more like an hotel than hostel.
Would come back again and again!
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Date of stay: April 2016
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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jilledavies asked a question Feb 2017
Manchester, United Kingdom4 contributions
Do you have bike storage?
Answer from Erik B
Hello, yes we have a locked shed where guests can store their bikes. Thanks, Erik.
Lizzy B wrote a tip 18 Apr
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Very good if on a tight budget. Well equipped kitchen for cooking own food. "
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Elizabeth S wrote a tip Jun 2023
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"We got number 4 bus from the airport and the hostel was about 5 minutes walk from the bus stop. We got off the bus the stop after the Tesco storestop"
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Victoria S wrote a tip Aug 2018
London, United Kingdom28 contributions5 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"We chose a shared bathroom because we were only staying one night. For a longer stay I would ask for a room with private bathroom."
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Diane F wrote a tip Sept 2017
Ab34 5ej19 contributions3 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"In a quite spot on edge of Kirkwall. Nice lounge/ dining room. Well equipped kitchen for residents if you are watching the pennies."
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Zoe T wrote a tip Aug 2017
Leeds9 contributions5 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Kitchen and common room on the 1st floor and no lift, but bedrooms on the ground floor are available."
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PRICE RANGE
£61 - £77 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
United KingdomScotlandOrkney IslandsMainlandKirkwall
NUMBER OF ROOMS
9
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Frequently Asked Questions about Orcades Hostel
Which popular attractions are close to Orcades Hostel?
Nearby attractions include Saint Magnus Cathedral (0.5 miles), The Orkney Museum (0.4 miles), and The Earl's Palace (0.5 miles).
Is parking available at Orcades Hostel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Orcades Hostel?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Storehouse Restaurant With Rooms, Cafelolz, and Lucano.
Are there any historical sites close to Orcades Hostel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Saint Magnus Cathedral (0.5 miles), The Earl's Palace (0.5 miles), and Bishop's Palace and Earl's Palace (0.5 miles).
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