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“Time in Orkney” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Royal Oak Guest House

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Royal Oak Guest House
Ranked #11 of 26 Kirkwall B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Northampton, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
49 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Time in Orkney”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2013

Just a short taxi ride from the airport, the Royal Oak is up high in Kirkwall. Nothing was too much trouble for Liz, had a couple of small problems but were sorted without any hassle. room was spacious with plenty of storage for clothes, so if you bring plenty of clothes - no hassle. there is a separate kitchen for the guest to use, with plenty of plates, cutlery, cups, glasses, etc to use. there is a view of Scapa Flow from the window. Breakfast is included in the cost with plenty of choice, which was very good. There are Orkney information pack in the rooms with info of whats on and the islands in the Orkeny group, as well as flyers in the reception area. Around the back there is parking spaces for plenty of cars. The pubs and restaraunts are 'down' in Kirkwall, which are about a 15 min walk, but will take longer going back at your going uphill, but there are plenty of taxis available. The question is "would I go back?" the answer is yes. Very well priced and very comfortable.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 bubbles
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Sutherland
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4 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2013

Arrived at 9 pm off the last ferry. Liz was away on a well earned holiday to Canary Isles. House left in capable hands. Lovely welcome on arrival and shown around the public areas. Felt at home right away. Spacious comfortable bedroom with fine spacious and spotlessly clean en-suite. Breakfasts were very good. You will not leave the table hungry here!! Would recommend to anybody needing good value accommodation in Kirkwall.

  • Stayed October 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2013

We arrived at the Royal oak on fri 11 October at approx 9pm. Liz was away for a few days and left the B&B in the hands of 2 capable ladies to oversee things. We were given a friendly welcome and taken to our room which had a double bed and a single. This suited me perfectly as I was travelling with my father. The room was very comfortable with a lovely big en suit shower room. The cooked Breakfast was lovely and there was also a selection of cereals fruit juice yoghurt and fresh fruit. Overall we had wonderful stay and would definitely recommend and stay here again.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank jross126
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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196 reviews
41 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2013

With so many places overstating their merits, its refreshing to visit Liz at the Royal Oak. Our room was spotless with a large double bed and a bathroom that look like it was newly fitted. Everything worked. We arrived late and Liz got in her car and led us to a restaurant that was still open. (hows that for service!).

Breakfast was excellent with a choice of everything we could want. We stayed for 2 nights and Liz was most helpful with information on the area. Extremely good value for money and we would stay there again without doubt.

Location is just out of the town centre, either a few minutes drive of about 10 minutes walk. There is private parking behind the guest house.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Pabnet
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aberdeenshire
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151 reviews
47 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2013

We had 3 nights in September very comfortable good large rooms clean spacious. Excellent breakfast liked the home made Orkney chees. Not to bad 10 minute walk to the town centre. Liz was very helpful we enjoyed our stay and would go back. Free Wi-Fi (why some hotels charge other than pure greed defeats me)

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank stewartdick
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Taunton, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2013

I stayed at Royal Oak for 3 nights in September. Liz was really accommodating as I was arriving late at night on the Sunday. She made me feel welcomed and cooked a lovely breakfast. The room was very clean and very comfortable. The kitchen/living room area was also comfortable and provided good views. It is about a 5 minute walk from the town centre but it is nice and quiet at the house. I would/will come back when I am next in Orkney.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Andrew W
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Reading, England
Level Contributor
24 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2013

We had an overnight stay here on a short tour of the Orkneys. The rooms we had were large, clean and very comfortable with smart ensuite bathrooms and flat screen TV. There is a separate lounge with TV which was perfect for my teenage children when one wanted sleep and the other late evening viewing. There is a spacious car park and panoramic views from the breakfast room, both of which I appreciated.
We had to make a reasonably early start the following morning to make a flight and the proprietor was really helpful and accommodating. She started breakfast a little early for us all and was very approachable. A couple of days later she even went out of her way to return an item I found I had left in the room.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Caroline_Berkshire
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Additional Information about Royal Oak Guest House

Property: Royal Oak Guest House
Address: Royal Oak House Holm Road, Kirkwall KW15 1PY, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Orkney Islands > Mainland > Kirkwall
Hotel Style:
Ranked #11 of 26 B&Bs / Inns in Kirkwall
Number of rooms: 8
Also Known As:
Royal Oak Guest House Kirkwall, Orkney Islands

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