Rockvilla Guest House
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Rockvilla Guest House

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#1 of 6 guest houses in Lerwick
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
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A warm welcome awaits you at our refurbished Victorian villa centrally situated on a quiet street but still only a few minutes from all Lerwick has to offer. Music venues, museum, local restaurants pubs, sports centre, parks, etc. Also located on the famous Up Helly Aa procession route and our letting rooms overlooks the Galley Burning area. Scottish breakfasts are cooked to order and there is always a full range of cereals, fruits and yogurts. Special dietary requirements will be accommodated.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Street parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Wifi
Free breakfast
Breakfast available
Taxi service
Non-smoking hotel
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Special diet menus
Room features
Seating area
Wardrobe / wardrobe
Iron
Private bathrooms
Flatscreen TV
Walk-in shower
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
Room types
City view
Non-smoking rooms
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HOTEL STYLE
Romantic
Business

Location

88 St. Olaf Street, Lerwick ZE1 0ES Scotland
Getting there
Great for walkers
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Matt wrote a review Jun 2021
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom765 contributions241 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Stayed here for 3 nights and loved every single one! Our room was a huge twin room with one single and one double bed in it, large TV, en-suite shower room and with a beautiful bay window view of the park and mountains in the distance.

I booked via booking.com and thankfully it’s paid via the platform to make things easier, free cancellation was what also made me book just in case Covid got worse again.

Breakfast was also delicious, lots of variety and good quality local produce.

Thanks again for being such kind and welcoming hosts.
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Date of stay: May 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: On street parking is available outside the property which is free and no reservation is needed....
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BertandJoyce wrote a review Oct 2020
Nottingham, United Kingdom80 contributions34 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
What can we say? Well, the location is excellent. The breakfasts are wonderful with plenty of choice - we loved the fresh fruit each day.

Anona and Jeff are perfect hosts. They really made us feel so welcome and their attention to keeping all the guests safe during Covid was very reassuring.

Jeff’s tour to Unst was very good. His local knowledge is broad and very impressive.

We loved Shetland and will return to Rockvilla when we do.
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Date of stay: October 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Anona Michael, Owner at Rockvilla Guest House
Responded 12 Oct 2020
Thank you both for such a wonderful review - it was a pleasure to accommodate you. We look forward to seeing you again in the future x
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Michael hughes wrote a review Oct 2020
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Upon arrival i was greeted and show my room and was allowed to check in early as i had only just arrived in Lerwick off the ferry! the owners were very polite and helpful always greeting me with a smile and made me feel at home right away.
The room was presented lovely, a choice of a double bed or a single in the room i was allocated and was very spacious. i had an en-suite in which the shower was amazing!
Breakfast was served down in the dining room to which i was greeted and the table was laid out with different jams, orange juice, a choice of tea or coffee and while i ate there was some peaceful music played in the background which i loved.There was a choice of cereals to choose from and help myself aswell as yogurts to add to a cooked breakfast if so desired.
I was catered for with my very early starts for which i am grateful.
I highly recommend staying here if visiting the Shetlands!
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Date of stay: October 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled on business
Room Tip: the first floor room above the dining room is amazing!!!
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Response from Anona Goddard, Owner at Rockvilla Guest House
Responded 24 Oct 2020
Thanks for taking the time to give us a great review - we look forward to seeing you next time 👍 kind regards Anona & Jeff
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Roger W wrote a review May 2022
Northamptonshire, United Kingdom46 contributions82 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We had two nights in Lerwick, and Jeff and Anona very kindly picked up our booking when the Fort Charlotte let us down... what a great / better outcome!

Located on a quiet street with plentiful free parking outside, it is just a 5 minute walk to some of the best restaurants in Lerwick, such as No.88 Kitchen and the Dowry.. both recommended to us by Jeff and Anona.

We appreciated the little touches, such as milk in a fridge, tea and biscuits.

The breakfasts were excellent, and Jeff was very knowledgeable on any topic that you threw in his direction! Ask him about his guided tours.
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Date of stay: May 2022
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Response from Anona Goddard, Owner at Rockvilla Guest House
Responded 18 May 2022
Thank you for the great review it is much appreciated. Hope we can accommodate you again in the future 👍 kind regards Anona & Jeff
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Nete S wrote a review Aug 2022
2 contributions7 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Anona and Jeff are the greatest hosts, and their house is welcoming, warm, cozy, and with a splendid location. It is easy to walk anywhere in Lerwick, and it is lovely to come back to a large, bright room with a refrigerator - always with a full milk bottle - as well as tea, coffee, and biscuits (new ones every day!) It is easy to feel at home in the lovely bedroom and modern bathroom, and the breakfast is simply scrumptious. Anona is a great cook. And Jeff is a great tour guide. I can highly recommend the whole-day tour to Yell and Unst we had with Jeff. They were always helpful and accommodating, and we learned a lot of interesting facts about Lerwick and Shetland from our lively conversations. Thank you sincerely for a spectacular experience. We would love to come back.
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Date of stay: August 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: All rooms are excellent
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Response from Anona Goddard, Owner at Rockvilla Guest House
Responded 28 Aug 2022
Thank you both for the wonderful review - you were superb guests and we would love to accommodate you again in the future xx kind regards Anona & Jeff
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AnonimaViennese wrote a review Aug 2022
Padua, Italy394 contributions246 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Located in a very nice area in Lerwick, at a walking distance from all places of interest, this B&B is a true jewel. Ours was the Red Room, all in white and red, illuminated by big windows with a view over the whole area. The owners are so helpful while discreet, trying to satisfy any need we had. Breakfast was excellent, with many different choices included the"full scottish breakfast", and the special fresh-made porridge, with fresh strawberries, raspberries, blueberries.
We enjoyed a lot the experience!
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Kirsty M wrote a review Jul 2021
11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I stayed with Jeff an Anona for 4 nights from 26th June - 30th June 2021 in the attic room which has a double bed and spacious room. There is an ensuite shower and toilet. Jeff gave detailed instruction on how to operate the shower, and I had no problems. The breakfasts were amazing! I had 2 half full breakfasts and 2 scrambled eggs with smoked salmon while I stayed. I was using a bike, and was offered to use the garage which protected it from the rain. To be honest, I didn't experience much rain during my visit, but I made use of the garage when there was a threat of it, and I wasn't using the bike. Jeff and Anona were both very friendly and accommodating. I lost my reading specs and Anona kindly lent me a pair until I was able to purchase another set. I really enjoyed my stay and would highly recommend.
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Date of stay: June 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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Response from Anona Goddard, Owner at Rockvilla Guest House
Responded 4 Jul 2021
Thankyou Kirsty for the great review, you were a lovely guest and you were great fun with our other guests at breakfast - we look forward to seeing you again. X
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Divine S wrote a review Oct 2020
88 contributions2 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
With a winning combination of a clean, warm, spacious and comfortable Green room, generous breakfast, friendly and welcoming service, Anona, Jeff and Piper proved to be top hosts in their homely guest house. On top of that, Jeff offered guided tours across the islands where his boundless knowledge and enthusiasm proved to be ever inspiring as we journeyed to every corner of Shetland over the course of nearly a week. Considering I'd made a last minute booking as other travel destinations fell by the wayside, Anona and Jeff stepped up to the plate to provide me with a true adventure to rid the covid blues away. I really can't thank them enough and should good fortune permit a return, I would have no doubt that Rockvilla would be my #1 choice again!
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Date of stay: October 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Response from Anona Goddard, Owner at Rockvilla Guest House
Responded 24 Oct 2020
Thank you for the wonderful review. You were a great guest and Jeff thoroughly enjoyed showing off our islands to you. Despite the difficult times we are in, you certainly made the very best of your time in Shetland but if you ever return, I am sure Jeff will find more for you to discover. It was lovely accommodating a guest that was so interested in all Shetland has to offer. Thank you for choosing Rockvilla and Rockvilla Tours. Kindest regards from Anona & Jeff x
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Sally F wrote a review Apr 2021
8 contributions3 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I had essential travel to Lerwick. Jeff and Anona were responsive and helpful in emails when planning the trip and warm and welcoming during my stay. The room was very clean, comfortable, well equipped and quiet. All the appropriate measures for Covid were in place. Would highly recommend to couples, families or lone travellers. The guest house is in a great location on a quiet street a short distance from the old town which has some lovely shops and restaurants. Thanks very much for a pleasant stay.
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Date of stay: April 2021Trip type: Travelled solo
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Louise C wrote a review Jun 2021
Bedford, United Kingdom28 contributions8 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I thoroughly recommend Rockvilla. Jeff and Anona were wonderful hosts and their guesthouse located on St Olaf street was perfect for walks into Lerwick town or drives around Shetland with ample free parking on the street just outside.

Anona’s cooked breakfasts are excellent especially the scrambled eggs and sausages. Guests rooms are spacious, comfortable and all have en-suite bathrooms.

Thank you Jeff and Anona, l will be back !
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Travelled solo
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Response from Anona Goddard, Owner at Rockvilla Guest House
Responded 4 Jun 2021
Thank you louise for the great review,myoubwere a wonderful guest and we enjoyed your company. We hope to see you again 👍👍👍😘😘
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£119 - £129 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
United KingdomScotlandShetland IslandsMainlandLerwick
NUMBER OF ROOMS
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Frequently Asked Questions about Rockvilla Guest House
Which popular attractions are close to Rockvilla Guest House?
Nearby attractions include Shetland Museum and Archives (0.2 miles), Hauteville House (0.2 miles), and Mousa (0.2 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Rockvilla Guest House?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and free parking.
Which room amenities are available at Rockvilla Guest House?
Top room amenities include a flat screen TV, a seating area, and a walk-in shower.
What food & drink options are available at Rockvilla Guest House?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, complimentary tea, and free instant coffee during their stay.
Is parking available at Rockvilla Guest House?
Yes, free parking and street parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Rockvilla Guest House?
Conveniently located restaurants include No 88 Kitchen and Bar, The Dowry, and Peerie Shop Cafe.
Are there any historical sites close to Rockvilla Guest House?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Hauteville House (0.2 miles) and Bod of Gremista (1.1 miles).
Does Rockvilla Guest House have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the city view available here.
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