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Late night check in - and a hike to the room - but all ok.
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4.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 11 Oct 2022
This a centrally located and reasonable hotel. Getting to the room at 23:30 was a challenge up and down stairs. The room was clean and well appointed.

The restaurant was located about a block away in the Kirkwall hotel. Here the food was good and breakfast was good and coffee hot.

It is central to town so that made up for the minor issues we found.
Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 September 2022

Location really good but the booking website did not explain that “the Shore hotel” had closed during COVID lockdown and property was being managed by nearby Kirkwall Hotel. No good food and lively bar as described!
Linen , towels (obviously came from large hotel next door) and room very comfortable , but corridors and stairs smelled damp and slightly “fursty”, no staff in building and concerningly our first floor room, rear facing overlooked an empty yard and blank wall. The windows did not lock, there were ladders lying in the yard which was open to the Main Street via an alley
Would have booked elsewhere had we known

Room tip: Go elsewhere or Check with Kirkwall Hotel!
Date of stay: September 2022
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Reviewed 8 September 2022 via mobile

It’s criminal this hotel is allowed to operate. First the phone number published is not being answered. If it wasn’t for a local we would not know this hotel was taken over by Kirkwall hotel and to contact Kirkwall hotel. However it is abandoned and neglected. No staff. The room we are in is a dungeon. Dark and damp. Feels and looks like the place where victim of abduction is taken and kept into. This a major security concern. Paper thin walls and ceiling. £160 a night is absurd. Not worth £50. Thankfully it was our last night in Orkney in this hotel. Otherwise it would have destroyed our 4 day holiday in Orkney. This hotel is very poorly representing Orkney. Save yourself and stay elsewhere.

Date of stay: September 2022
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 August 2022 via mobile

Shore Hotel building was previously a separate hotel and now part of Kirkwall Hotel which is situated a very short distance away. On main front near harbour with easy access to centre of town. Staff were all pleasant. Shore definitely needs an upgrade. Rooms are clean but variable in quality. Room 1 was at lower level and right next to a fire exit that was not always secured. Lookout was onto untidy waste ground where bins and unused garden furniture lying around. Windows dirty. Damp and musty feel. Booming music from nearby disco until 1a.m. On the Saturday night. Definitely not worth the £150 p/n price paid.

Date of stay: July 2022
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Reviewed 18 July 2022

The Shore Hotel is actually part of the Kirkwall Hotel next door. There is no lounge, bar or dining room. If you have booked breakfast, you need to go along to the Kirkwall hotel.

The room we had was at the top of the hotel in what was a converted attic space as the ceilings were combed and the windows were skylights.

An effort had been made to freshen the room, however the patched wallpaper and poor paint quality let it down. The door lock was faulty and on complaining the very helpful receptionist managed to get it to work on a temp basic and arranged for a joiner to come out the following day.

The following day after ensuring the lock was secure we went off to tour Kirkwall. ON onu return many hours later we discolvered the door was insecure. The cleaner had been in and failed to secure it.

Off to reception and we were then given a room in the main Kirkwall hotel. it was like night and day when comparing the rooms. Twice the floor space and about 2 stars above the level of the Shore.

Staff were great in assisting getting us into the other room, service in the dining room was also great. Made the rest of our stay enjoyable.

Date of stay: May 2022
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Reviewed 14 July 2022

The Shore Hotel is an "interesting" place. It is an unstaffed hotel so you need to collect the keys and have breakfast in the Kirkwall hotel (I recommend Full Orkney).
The hotel room itself was clean, with a very good selection of biscuits, teas and coffees, the bathroom is a good size, the bed was very comfy, and had good wifi.
What was strange is that I had a landline phone in my home that for some reason seems to have been a phone for the Kirkwall's reception as a full time I had guests staying in the other hotel ringing my room asking about wifi passwords and menus which was an experience I've never had before in a hotel.
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Room tip: room 1, for some reason, has a phone for the Kirkwall reception in it
Date of stay: July 2022
Trip type: Travelled on business
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