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Kirkwall Youth Hostel

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Shetland
Reviewed 7 September 2016 via mobile

Stayed for two nights with friends Showers slow to warm at times but we were pre-warned Staff really helpful and let us leave bags there until our evening ferry home Even gave us towels and a room so we could freshen up after rowing regatta weekend Also said we could stay in lounge until evening meal as ferry departed so...

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SYHAHostelling, Public Relations Manager at Kirkwall Youth Hostel, responded to this review

HI ShetlandPearson, Thank you for taking the time to review our hostel following your recent stay with us,i will pass on your kind words to Gareth and the team and we hope to welcome you back soon. Regards Dan

Los Angeles, California
Reviewed 24 August 2016

I loved the single twin room which was very affordable. Plently of room in the kitchen. I enjoyed the 20 minutes walk to the beach or half hour into Kirkwall. They do ask that you stay out for several hours in the afternoon for servicing which is the only thing i wished were different.

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SYHAHostelling, Public Relations Manager at Kirkwall Youth Hostel, responded to this review

HI Owlspotter2013 Thanks for your kind review,Its great to see you had a good time and enjoyed Kirkwall and all it has to offer. I have noted your comment regarding the servicing and we will have a look to see how we can improve that. Regards Dan

Leeds, United Kingdom
Reviewed 3 August 2016

The youth hostel is an old barracks and it shows: the rooms and (shared) toilets and showers are very basic, spartan even. That said, during my stay there the only thing I found myself wanting was better wifi. The hostel is brightly painted and the rooms are comfortable and warm. It is immaculately clean which is impressive given the size...

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SYHAHostelling, Public Relations Manager at Kirkwall Youth Hostel, responded to this review

Hi Tom M Thank you for taking the time to review our hostel following your recent stay with us.Its great to see you had a good time and I will pass on your kind words to Gareth and the hardworking team whose passion for great customer service shines through. We hope to welcome you back soon Regards Dan

Cambridge, United Kingdom
Reviewed 24 July 2016

Nice hostel situated in Kirkwall, about a 10 minute walk from the centre of town. Pretty much everything you'd expect from a typical youth hostel! Was clean, warm and the staff were friendly. Shared showers, but they were nice and hot which is the main thing. Room was fairly basic but overall good value for money!

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SYHAHostelling, Public Relations Manager at Kirkwall Youth Hostel, responded to this review

Hi FernandoTorres9, Thanks for your kind review following your recent stay with us. Its great to see you had a good time and found us value for money. We hope to welcome you back soon. Regards Dan

Gloucester, United Kingdom
Reviewed 17 June 2016

The hostel is just a few minutes walk from the bus station/travel centre, in a quiet location. Rooms were clean, beds comfy, and shared areas (kitchen, dining room, tv room) were away from the rooms so good for not disturbing those in bed. Gareth was very helpful, gave me tips for good walking places. The hostel is closed from 10am...

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SYHAHostelling, Public Relations Manager at Kirkwall Youth Hostel, responded to this review

Hi Gail D Many thanks for taking the time to review our hostel following your recent stay with us.Its great to see you had a nice time and I will pass on your kind words to Gareth and the team who all work hard at ensuring all guests have an enjoyable stay. We look forward to welcoming you back soon....

Baildon, United Kingdom
Reviewed 4 June 2016

I spent a week here for my holiday in the Orkneys. I chose to stay here because I'm on a budget but this option allowed me to have my own room and meet other people. I was a bit shocked at first that we had to leave the hostel between 10 am and 5 pm and that there was only...

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SYHAHostelling, Public Relations Manager at Kirkwall Youth Hostel, responded to this review

Hi Ruthie b, Thank you for taking the time to review our hostel following your recent stay with us.I will pass on your kind words to Gareth and team who as you say work tirelessly to ensure all guests have a great experience. I have noted your comments and will discuss with the team to see how we can improve....

Greater Melbourne, Australia
Reviewed 29 May 2016 via mobile

I loved staying here. The staff are very helpful. The rooms are large and clean, and the kitchen and lounge areas are great. And for what is on offer( all of this plus generous laundry facilities, hot showers and big fridges and stoves with lots of clean cutlery ,plates etc.) the price paid to stay is a bargain. Though they...

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SYHAHostelling, General Manager at Kirkwall Youth Hostel, responded to this review

Hi bertiebeetle1 Thank you for taking the time to review our hostel following your recent stay with us.Its great to see you had a good time and will pass on your kind words to the hardworking staff. Regards

Huddersfield, United Kingdom
Reviewed 21 May 2016

A great place to spend a week exploring Orkney by bicycle (highly recommended, head-winds aside). The hostel is very comfortable, warm, clean and well equipped. The staff are fantastic, very friendly and helpful, with excellent local knowledge. The reception becomes a hub in the evenings due to limited WiFi range, but this results in some great conversations once everyone's checked...

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SYHAHostelling, General Manager at Kirkwall Youth Hostel, responded to this review

Hi Simon B Thanks for your review and kind words. Its great to see you had good time and as you point out the hostel is a great base for exploring Orkney particularly by bicycle. I will pass on your kind words to our hardworking team who pride themselves on their customer service and its great to get this feedback....

Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Reviewed 9 May 2016

when we visited, the hostel was occupied by a few people. The lady at the reception is very friendly; she upgraded us from the dormitory to the private room (2 beds) as it was available. By far this is the largest hostel, I have stayed in. It is extremely tidy and has a large kitchen and dining area.

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SYHAHostelling, General Manager at Kirkwall Youth Hostel, responded to this review

Dear Ananya K Thank you for reviewing our hostel and kind comments. We look forward to welcoming you back soon Regards

Brisbane
Reviewed 6 May 2016

Apparently old army digs, the hostel now boasts nice bright corridors, I was down the orange one. Room was cosy and bed comfortable. Toilets and showers, in separate rooms, were down the corridor and the self catering kitchen and dining area were well utensiled. Enjoyed the welcome by the "girls", a half dozen or so different variety chickens who enjoyed...

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SYHAHostelling, General Manager at Kirkwall Youth Hostel, responded to this review

Hi Kasawesty Thanks for taking the time to review our hostel following your recent stay with us,Its great to see your comments regarding the staff and will pass on your kind words to them all. We look forward to welcoming you back Regards

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Kirkwall Youth Hostel is a friendly and welcoming hostel close to the historic town and beautiful 12th-century St Magnus Cathedral. A former World War Two base and school hostel, Kirkwall Youth Hostel is located in a quiet location on the edge of the Royal Burgh of Kirkwall. Wi-Fi during your stay: We do our best to deliver a free Wi-Fi service but apologise that connectivity, particularly in our rural locations, can be intermittent due to the level of our current broadband provision along with high usage when the youth hostel is busy. Please be assured we are endeavouring to improve where we can. We thank you for your patience and understanding. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Kirkwall Youth Hostel

Address: Old Scapa Road, Kirkwall KW15 1BB, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Orkney Islands > Mainland > Kirkwall
Price Range: £21 - £51 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 58
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