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Standing Stones Hotel

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Everyone needs a place to lay their weary head. For travellers visiting Stenness, Standing Stones Hotel is an excellent choice for rest and rejuvenation. Well-known for its family-friendly environment and proximity to great restaurants and attractions, Standing Stones Hotel makes it easy to enjoy the best of Stenness.

Rooms at Standing Stones Hotel offer a flat screen TV providing exceptional comfort and convenience, and guests can go online with free wifi.

An on-site restaurant will also help to make your stay even more special. If you are driving to Standing Stones Hotel, free parking is available.

When you’re feeling hungry, be sure to check out Gerri's Ice Cream Parlour, which is a cafe that is popular with locals and out-of-towners alike.

Best of all, Standing Stones Hotel makes it easy to experience many great Stenness attractions like Maeshowe (1.2 mi) and Standing Stones of Stenness (0.6 mi), which are a short distance away.

Whether you’re travelling for business, pleasure or both, Standing Stones Hotel is sure to make your visit to Stenness one worth remembering.

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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Bar / lounge
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Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Non-smoking hotel
Laundry service
Breakfast available
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3.0 of 5 stars
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Great View
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rob j wrote a review Feb 2024
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on 17/02/2023, I emailed and booked 7 rooms for 11 people for JUNE 2014, for 4 nights, so 16 months in advance. on 23/02/2023 I receive the confirmation email. We assumed all was good, I emailed and called on 25/10/2023 to confirm prices with no response, tis continued until December 2023. It then became urgent as one of our party had just passed away and I needed to amend the room allocations, again after numerous emails and calls, nothing just the ansaphone and automated email reply. Finally 09/01/2024 I received a call, all changes were made and confirmed with names allocated to rooms... SUCCESS... not a chance, on 25/01/2024 I receive a short email, "hotel is sold, we can no longer accommodate your party"... since then many calls and emails asking if the new owners are not honouring booking, nothing , not a peep YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED... dishonest and unhelpful , be aware
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Date of stay: February 2024
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JSL94 wrote a review Oct 2023
Alton, United Kingdom125 contributions49 helpful votes
The positives, good location, cosy clean room with nice decor and lovely view of Loch Stenness and Standing Stones. Unfortunately there was nobody at reception on arrival just a mobile number to phone which we did and the call went to voice mail. When someone did appear we did not receive a warm welcome. The cooked breakfast was very anaemic the bacon and sausage looked as if they had been steamed. The continental selection was adequate on the first morning, but on the second morning most things had run out and were not replenished !! Poor value for money. Would not recommend.
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Date of stay: October 2023
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Lynn M wrote a review Sept 2023
Benfleet, United Kingdom73 contributions31 helpful votes
Staying for one night as wanted to take in the local sights The Standing stones, Ring of Brodgar and the Maeshowe chambered tumulus, room was quite nice but my travel partner asked for another towel to which it was no. After the restaurant closed there was no presence of staff in the hotel, no reception. The restaurant was very slow and seemed to only cater guests. The breakfast was very nice but we were off early. Was handy for the sights.
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Date of stay: August 2023Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Penny R wrote a review Aug 2023
5 contributions1 helpful vote
Hotel has an amazing location in the midst of all of the Neolithic sites on Orkney. However, the staff is NOT friendly or helpful at all. In factN it appeares the desk only operates during check-in. The toilet in our room was not flushing properly and there was no one to contact about it. At some point the cleaning staff left only one coffee mug in a room where 2 people were staying. They do NOT clean the room at all unless you put out the "Please make up room" sign. And the rooms are quite small - not enough room for 2 people and our bags.
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Date of stay: August 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Anne-Marie wrote a review Aug 2023
Wigan, United Kingdom8 contributions2 helpful votes
We had such a wonderful stay here whilst we were over on Orkney! Some of the reviews I have read absolutely don’t do the hotel justice - I have no idea how anyone can say anything negative about the staff, rooms or breakfast!! We arrived at the hotel later than we’d anticipated but the lady who checked us in (Lauren) was so lovely and was straight there to greet us when we arrived. I can’t comment on dinner as we’d already eaten before we arrived, but once we’d dropped off our bags we headed down to the bar for a drink. What was going to just be one drink turned into two and a bottle of wine, simply because of the wonderful Lauren behind the bar who chatted away to us and made us feel so welcome - she is a great person and was so funny and lots of fun to talk to! She even gave us some tips for the rest of our journey along the NC500 which was really appreciated! We were on the late side coming down for breakfast in the morning, but there was still a full cooked breakfast available (bacon, sausage, eggs, beans, mushrooms and tomatoes), as well as coffee, a range of fresh juices, cereal and croissants - despite the fact we only got down 2 mins before breakfast ended, the staff were extremely accommodating and offered us coffee etc straight away. Again, I have no idea how some people have complained about this in other reviews I’ve read!! The location of the hotel is great - we had left our car in Thurso and travelled across on the ferry. We were able to get the X1 bus from directly outside the ferry terminal which took us right to the hotel (probably a 2/3 minute walk from the bus stop), and the hotel is also located very close to the Standing Stones (1 mile walk) and the Ring of Brodgar (a further 1 mile past the Standing Stones). With the bus stop being close, it’s also really easy to hop on the X1 down to Kirkwall/ The Italian Chapel with very little fuss (though my advice would be to plan your journey in advance as the X1 bus only runs once per hour across the island). Overall I thought this stay was excellent value for money - the hotel didn’t cost too much for our stay and we couldn’t have asked for anywhere better to spend the evening/ night!
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Date of stay: August 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Emma_fom_Ruislip wrote a review Jul 2023
United Kingdom96 contributions265 helpful votes
I was really worried about staying here after reading some of the reviews, though that worry was needless. We had a double room booked, but the day before we arrived found out that our 13 year old daughter would be unexpectedly joining us. I phoned the hotel in a panic, and the owner/manager was really helpful, and always returned my calls, and we were able to book a second double room. The location is exactly what we wanted, somewhat isolated but amongst all the sights of neo-lithic Orkney. I guess it may have been a different experience if we didn't have a car, but we did. Check in was easy, the rooms were clean, and comfortable with good decor. Beds were comfortable enough. The bar was serving evening food on the night we were there. The service was good and the food decent. Breakfast was also decent, though as we went down towards the end of the sitting, they were running low on a few things. There was no member of staff on the reception desk when we left, and the house keeper cleaning the rooms upstairs told me to just leave the keys on the desk, which I did. I cheekily returned to the hotel five hours later to use the toilet as we were passing, and was a bit surprised to see the keys still where I'd left them. I pointed them out to a member of staff who said they hadn't seen them, so I do wonder what would have happened if I hadn't returned for the toilet! Overall, a nice, clean, comfortable hotel in a very atmospheric location. It did feel somewhat like it had had busier glory days in the past. The bar was very quiet, and the breakfast buffet room was so large that the few breakfast tables in it felt lost. Staff were not always on hand at the front desk, though were available on the phone.
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Date of stay: July 2023
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Rory S wrote a review Jul 2023
Perth, Australia110 contributions68 helpful votes
I thought we were going to have an excellent stay based on the our late arrival . The ferry did not get in until late and we couldn’t get to the hotel until about 11.30pm. The manager/owner heather had our keys to our room all ready and we went straight to our room . Room itself was nice as was bathroom however no lift and plenty of stairs to negotiate our luggage ! Breakfast was ok . The restaurant was shut as the chef was unable to come in so no dinner available and as hotel is not close to other facilities we had to eat before going back to the hotel . We came in on second day and asked when the bar was opening . Heather advised that it wasn’t and then had a change of heart and said that she could open it for us . She kind of made us feel unwelcome . I had to go and look for her so we could get a second drink so we left after that . .
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Date of stay: July 2023
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Lynn P wrote a review Jul 2023
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For a recently updated hotel it's very worn n tired. Bar is well done but the rest is tired and in need of updating. Food was OK. Beds were so uncomfortable unless you like sleeping on a brick. Manager Heather isn't very welcoming n doesn't come across as friendly. Website n descriptions are not very accurate. Rooms are very small There are however 2 positive points to this hotel and that is its location for touring about and the young staff members who are all exceptional and friendly n helpful. They make this hotel and if it was updated would be a great place.
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Date of stay: July 2023
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D Conley wrote a review Jun 2023
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The Standing Stones hotel is beautifully situated with a lovely walk to the rear alongside a sea loch, which is home to a large number of different birds including swans. However, the building fabric is very tired, lots of chipped woodwork and not very clean. There was long-standing seagull poo on many windows. Sadly the bar and restaurant area is absolutely soulless. On the first morning the restaurant staff failed to turn up to serve breakfast. On the third and final morning there was no one in reception to deal with the bill and checkout - clearly there are staffing problems.
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Date of stay: June 2023
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Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Don't expect much from a stay at the Standing Stones
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Karana190 wrote a review Jun 2023
Brisbane, Australia345 contributions84 helpful votes
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Older style hotel in a magnificent situation next to a loch across from the Stenna Standing Stones. Lots of bird life here. Rooms were comfortable, staff friendly and breakfast excellent. Rooms clean except for the windows which we noticed when trying to take a photo of the magnificent sunset which was after 10pm. Would definitely recommend this hotel, especially after driving through the narrow, crowded streets of Stromness. It was lovely to have the space around us yet not be far from the ferry.
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Date of stay: June 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Arrive after 3pm
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Frequently Asked Questions about Standing Stones Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to Standing Stones Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Yesnaby Cliffs (4.8 miles), Ness of Brodgar (0.7 miles), and Maeshowe Chambered Cairn (1.2 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Standing Stones Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Standing Stones Hotel?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Standing Stones Hotel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Standing Stones Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Ferry Inn, The Hamnavoe, and Julia's Cafe.
Are pets allowed at Standing Stones Hotel?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Are there any historical sites close to Standing Stones Hotel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Maeshowe Chambered Cairn (1.2 miles), Ring of Brodgar (2.0 miles), and Standing Stones of Stenness (0.6 miles).