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St. Ola Hotel

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#9 of 10 hotels in Kirkwall
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The St Ola Hotel is situated in the heart of Kirkwall on the picturesque waterfront. We offer beautiful comfortable rooms, 2 very friendly bars and homemade food using the finest local produce on our all day menu.
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Property amenities
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Wifi
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
Laundry service
Room features
Desk
Housekeeping
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Flatscreen TV
iPod docking station
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Non-smoking rooms
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3.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Centrally Located
Great View
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sheilaroussel wrote a review Sept 2023
Dundee, United Kingdom8 contributions6 helpful votes
The staff were very helpful and friendly. The breakfast was good value with a fair selection in the menu. The room was poor standard in general. However there was a kettle and tea and coffee provided. The bed was comfy but the furnishings were dated, the carpet was stained, the surrounding area of the bed I slept in was un clean. Once in bed it was impossible to see the TV because of the room layout. The curtains were hanging off the rails and could be fixed with just a few more hooks. The bathroom was in need of an upgrade. Clean towels were provided each day. It was a disappointing room
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Date of stay: September 2023
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Sylvia S wrote a review Aug 2023
Dunfermline37 contributions31 helpful votes
This hotel is a very shabby establishment badly in need of a complete makeover. The front door set the tone - dirty, scruffy and marked, This is basically a pub with 6 rooms to let. Our room had a good view over the harbour, but furnishings were old and chipped, not as clean as possible, tea making area with directly under the TV (health & safety issue) - we moved it. The shower was very small and rickety, and base was damaged. A lot of noise from the bar below, often till after midnight. If I had not paid in advance, I would not have stayed.
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Date of stay: August 2023
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Don't stay here.
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Arthur B wrote a review Jul 2023
Birmingham, United Kingdom76 contributions74 helpful votes
Good things. Breakfast £9.55. Worth it, if you have everything. Good beer in the bar. Not so good. Stop doing food after 8. Surely they know the last flight (if on time) arrives at 7.20? Lounge bar closes at 8. Main bar very noisy. Breakfast very good, but coffee not (Nescafe?). Can they not afford a filter machine?
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Date of stay: July 2023Trip type: Travelled solo
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anniebee-7779 wrote a review May 2023
Gympie, Australia122 contributions12 helpful votes
We didn't stay here for the accommodation but had lunch today so I just have to rate the Steak and Orkney Ale pie and mash... Absolutely 10/10! And very friendly helpful bar/restaurant staff. The restaurant area is lovely and clean. Thanks so much
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Date of stay: May 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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David R wrote a review Apr 2023
Arbroath, United Kingdom4 contributions
Friendly staff helpfully only had a few drinks and a meal all four of us where amazed at the size of the meals nobody will leave hungry 11 out of 10. If ever on the island again will visit for a meal
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Date of stay: April 2023
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Room Tip: Might not look the best from the outside can't fault inside
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Fiona C wrote a review Apr 2023
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Worst hotel ever!!!! Do not stay here!!! See photos. Smelly, dirty, mouldy and unsafe. Staff unwilling to assist or help find alternative accommodation. Please don’t book here as you will be very disappointed.
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Date of stay: March 2023
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Trip type: Travelled on business
Room Tip: Don’t book!!!
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Hels wrote a review Apr 2023
4 contributions2 helpful votes
Do not go here unless everywhere else is booked up. It has a very vibrant bar on the ground floor and if you stay Friday or Saturday night you can guarantee not to get any sleep until about 5am, if you are lucky. The rooms are ok, basic but clean but my main reason for a room was to get some sleep and this was not acheived so nothing else would have made the stay any more appealing. I vowed not to stay here again after my first stay 10 years earlier- where the surly receptionist was not interested in my complaint and i moved to another hotel-but this time work booked it and ive told them never to do so again.
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Date of stay: November 2022
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Room Tip: maybe mid week is quieter, not sure if the staff will be any more friendly/ helpful though. Cheap...
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Happyhill123! wrote a review Oct 2022
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Just had meal in the bar- extremely slow service, never did get plates taken away- had to go to bar to ask for service/sweet menu. Extremely fed up having to wait so long so decided to leave and not have sweet/ coffee, watched guests who came in after us getting served first! Chicken goujons very greasy and chips tasted of oil used to fry fish. Very disappointing as I’d heard the food was usually good. Wouldn’t go back.
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Date of stay: October 2022
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Room Tip: Never stayed in the hotel- just had a meal in the bar.
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Jason J wrote a review Sept 2022
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Called into the hotel bar when on honeymoon as hotel website it was popular with locals. This is definitely NOT the case. Very frosty reception from the locals and a few nasty comments. I set a new record for the quickest pint ever and left to another nearby place. My last totally honest review was deleted
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Righdubhmor wrote a review Sept 2022
cumbria36 contributions53 helpful votes
Stayed 2 nights on arriving on Orkney for a short break, really nice welcome and friendly staff in all areas , reception, bar, restaurant and housekeeping. Food was reasonable and pub grub. Room had a great view over harbour and although ready for some modernisation was large, clean and very comfortable. Slight downside was some noise from people outside on street directly below our windows, either smoking or when leaving at closing time. However it was Friday and Saturday nights, so understandable to a degree. Would not stop us returning, it was booked up and unavailable on our return to Kirkwall hence my previous review of disappointing (and more expensive) nearby hotel
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Date of stay: September 2022
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Frequently Asked Questions about St. Ola Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to St. Ola Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Saint Magnus Cathedral (0.2 miles), The Orkney Museum (0.2 miles), and The Earl's Palace (0.3 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at St. Ola Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at St. Ola Hotel?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
What are some restaurants close to St. Ola Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Storehouse Restaurant With Rooms, Cafelolz, and Helgi's.
Are there any historical sites close to St. Ola Hotel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Saint Magnus Cathedral (0.2 miles), The Earl's Palace (0.3 miles), and Bishop's Palace and Earl's Palace (0.3 miles).
Does St. Ola Hotel have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the harbour view available here.