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West End Hotel
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Reviewed 10 August 2010

We just returnd from four great days in the Orkney Islands and the West End Hotel is the best wee place to stay in Kirkwall.The owners Robert and Giffie are very helpful and the food was very good and plenty of it. The rooms were cumfortable and the staff were very friendly.

Kenny Ann Paterson
Prestwick

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled as a couple
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Thank texayr
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Reviewed 27 July 2010

Myself and a friend (both English) stayed in the West End Hotel in July 2010. The whole experience was highy enjoyable and recommended - Giffie is an excellent host!! We chatted for hours, drank lovely whisky with him, and we enjoyed each other's friendly banter (Giffie called us "blowthroughs" and mocked our (lack of) knowledge of whisky; in return, we teased him about his emmm.."old school" (!!) approach to web design (sorry Gifie, had to mention that!) . All in good fun, and we cannot forget to mention that Giffie lent us his van for free to explore the island all day when there were no hire cars available. We cannot recommend this place more highly - please don't stay anywhere else in Kirkwall!!

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 20 July 2010

This was our first visit to Orkney. Our first impression of the holel when we booked was that the manager was very friendly and keen to meet our needs. This was confirmed and exceeded when we arrived and during our stay.
Good location and very friendly helpful staff.

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled as a couple
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Thank HAMILJAS
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Reviewed 18 July 2010

This is the top ranked place in Kirkwall and I can see why.
The owners are indeed very friendly and helpful which makes such a difference, especially when you're travelling alone.
My single room was just the right size.
The hotel is rather olde worlde in its decor, a little fussy for my taste, but that's just me I suspect.
Free wireless interent always pleases!
Don't think you can go too far wrong with this one.

  • Stayed: June 2010, travelled solo
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Reviewed 7 July 2010

The main hotels in Kirkwall on the harbourside are associated with local pubs, clubs etc and can be noisy! This hotel, at the opposite end of the town, but still only five minutes from the main attractions, is a haven of hospitality and very restful! The rooms are uniquely and personally furnished, comfortable and Gifford, the host, is always helpful and friendly and willing to help, as are his staff. Restaurant is 'pub style' and the food is hearty and good - and relatively inexpensive. We ate there three times and were not disappointed! Room 2 has a comfortable four poster. A 'labour of love' the hotel has been restored over the last three years - and has plenty of local character!

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled as a couple
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