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“Immaculate - one good reason to stay in Kirkwall”
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West End Hotel
Ranked #6 of 9 Hotels in Kirkwall
Certificate of Excellence
Lancashire
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73 reviews
31 hotel reviews
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“Immaculate - one good reason to stay in Kirkwall”
Reviewed 10 August 2009

This place is gleamingly clean and very well appointed, albeit it's an old building with small rooms. The owners and staff are attentive and excellent in every way and the in-house bar and restaurant are comfortable and provide excellent fare - bettering everything else in town in our opinion. Add this too a plethora of floral arrangements from a lovely private garden and you have a delightful small hotel, which is exactly what it claims to be!

Kirkwall is quiet, except for Saturday night we were told, and relatively expensive too.

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 July 2009

The West End Hotel is in an 1824 building. This is important: rooms are small. However, the place has been restored with great care at great expense. In fact, our room had too much decor "clutter": teddy bears here and there, a heated towel rack in a very small bathroom -- an "invitation" to being burned perhaps -- all of which added to a claustrophobic feeling. There's no elevator, of course -- it's an old building -- and the stairwell landings were likewise cluttered (e.g., little spinning wheels), and perhaps a little dangerous for getting heavy luggage to one's room. However, the two hosts were very welcoming -- and the location is very convenient: right in Kirkwall's heritage preservation area. The diningroom is quite charming -- more teddy bears, however -- but be aware that there are -- depending on your tastes -- some pretty "challenging" items on the breakfast menu: haggis, blood pudding, a lot of fried stuff, etc. ( The hotel does dinner -- and the same is true of the dinner menu.) Be aware that much "healthier" food is availiable in and around Kirkwall. However, one must keep in mind that the hotel is in Orkney -- and, given the isolation, is a commendable and inviting place.

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled as a couple
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Glasgow,
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Reviewed 4 July 2009

Three great nights in this small but friendly hotel. Set back from the Harbour front means it is quiet even on a Saturday but situated only five minutes walk from the the Catherdral. Excellent staff made me feel welcome from the moment I arrived, I'll single "Giffie" out as an exceptional host who went out of his way to make sure I had all the info I needed for my sightseeing round the Island. Room I had was a Twin with en-suite. Clean and comfortable well decorated and quite spacious. Already planning my next trip to Orkney . Don't know when yet but this will be the hotel I use.

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled solo
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Manchester, UK
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Reviewed 30 June 2009

This is such a nice hotel and so different from the norm. It has old-fashioned décor – done very deliberately by the owners – so a very pleasant change from the usual ubiquitous modern boutique hotel style. Our room – room 3 – was very comfortable, with a sofa and large enough for two not to feel cramped. We also had a teddy each which was a lovely note. Hotel is also a popular local so there’s always something going on. The food is excellent – well chosen local produce, cooked properly and delicious. Overall, I’d really recommend it.

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled as a couple
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staffordshire
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Reviewed 31 May 2009

The hotel was a perfect treasure and the staff were pure gold.
After a long days sightseeing it was a joy to come back to the hotel and enjoy a night cap in the bar or dinner in the restaurant.
They helped with booking ferries and hotels to other islands and were full of information about places to visit.
Definately one of our best holidays and many thanks to the staff at the West End Hotel.

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled with family
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stirling
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Reviewed 25 May 2009

My wife and I visited Orkney for the first time last month and had a great time which was enhanced by the West End hotel. Friendly staff, good food, comfy accommodation with a teddy bear in our room to welcome us.

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled as a couple
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montreux, switzerland
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Reviewed 16 May 2009

This was a find; a friendly, spotlessly clean oasis with great food. Giffie and Robert, the owners, have put heart and soul into creating a smashing wee hotel. Rooms are not huge but very well appointed and comfortable. Deservedly No 1 in Kirkwall.

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about West End Hotel

Property: West End Hotel
Address: 14 Main Street, Kirkwall KW15 1BU, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Orkney Islands > Mainland > Kirkwall
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Business Hotel in Kirkwall
#4 Romantic Hotel in Kirkwall
#5 Family Hotel in Kirkwall
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — West End Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This hotel offers simple comforts but is still in the top two or three places to stay in Kirkwall. In 1824, it was built just outside Kirkwall by a retired sea captain, and became Orkney’s first hospital in 1845. Today, owners Gifford Leslie and Robert Dawson provide a warm welcome and comfortable guest rooms. Each with a shower-only bathroom. The property has been refurbished in the past few years and it now fresh and inviting. Cost-conscious meals are served in a small restaurant and bar. Fully licensed to sell alcohol, the hotel attracts both locals and visitors. The West End Hotel, in many ways, is the ideal blend of old and new. ... more   less 
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West End Kirkwall
Hotel West End
West End Hotel Kirkwall, Orkney Islands

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