We were pleasantly surprised by the hotel. It sits in the middle of the city of Kirkwall overlooking the harbour which is always busy with the comings and goings of the ferries to the islands and fishermen going about their trade.
The building is imposing and a pleasant red sandstone. The welcome was efficient and they had all the details correct and the receptionist provided useful information. The room was recently refurbished and a very comfortable bed and chairs and a fantastic view of the harbour. The bathroom was pleasant and the shower good. Tea and coffee making equipment and good blackouts but the walls were borderline too thin but not a problem.
We had dinner in the restaurant and it was very good with smooth friendly service and the place was packed which shows that local people use it, not too many visitors at this time of year. Prawn cocktail was excellent and the baked Orkney cheese starter was brilliant. The crab and macoroni was not to be missed as was stuffed chicken. All very good and friendly and a wine list that was well thought out and good value, we had a bottle of Chardonnay.
Breakfast was really well done, competent trained staff and well overseen by the manager.
Slight downside was the noise from the takeaway outside but this stopped early.
Check out was efficient and i would definitely go back. The hotel is ideal for visiting the islands generally, it is close to the north island ferries and also for visiting Kirkwall itself. The cathedral is worth a visit.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Kirkwall Hotel with stunning views to the north is one of Orkney's finest Victorian Buildings, perfectly situated within the historic town of Kirkwall, on the picturesque harbour front, close to the marina and the main shopping area, ideal for business or leisure. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kirkwall Hotel Orkney Islands