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Karrawa Guest House
Ranked #2 of 26 Kirkwall B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Corvallis, Oregon
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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“Exceptionally Well Run”
Reviewed 22 October 2013

My only regret about the Karrawa Guest House is that I only had the opportunity to stay there for a single night. One would be hard pressed to find a guest house as well run as the Karrawa. Albert and Aileen are extremely well organized. This included an excellent guest information binder in my room, and pre-selection of both dining times and menu the night before. (And breakfast was delicious!) My room was spacious and comfortable, the shower was big enough even for a big guy like me. Excellent, highly recommended.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled solo
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Karrawa Guest H... A, Owner at Karrawa Guest House, responded to this review, 3 January 2014
Thank you for your super review! We are so pleased that you had a comfortable stay and you found your room spacious. We are glad you enjoyed breakfast also :) All the best, Albert & Aileen
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Frankfurt, Germany
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Reviewed 3 October 2013

Great hospitality and charming welcome, very comforting upon arrival on a dreary night and quite late. Comfortable room with all amenities provided; interesting and diverse info material and a good night's rest alongside a healthy and delicious breakfast helped us into a nice day out. The owner very graciously helped to provide our next accomodation as the house was booked out for the next night! We would gladly have stayed on and can fully recommend a stay at the Karrawa.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
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Karrawa Guest H... A, Owner at Karrawa Guest House, responded to this review, 13 October 2013
Thank you for taking the time to write a great review! We are really pleased that you had a comfortable stay and are delighted that you would recommend staying here at Karrawa, we really appreciate it. We hope you enjoyed the rest of your time on Orkney. Best Wishes, Aileen & Albert
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Elgin, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 29 September 2013

We started with the warmest of welcomes and the weekend just kept getting better. Amazingly clean, wonderfully warm, with all the amenities that we were looking for. The breakfast was perfection itself, everything you ask for, perfectly cooked exactly when we wanted it. I look forward to returning to the Karrawa. Thanks for a great weekend.

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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
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Karrawa Guest H... A, Owner at Karrawa Guest House, responded to this review, 13 October 2013
Thank you for your excellent review! We are delighted that you found the facilities and the breakfast to a high standard. We look forward to your return. Best Wishes, Aileen & Albert
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Reay, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 28 September 2013

Friendly, comfortable and welcoming with off road parking on the outskirts of the town, have used it before and the new owners are providing a very good service. Easy access to Kirkwall and the airport with plenty of information available on the amenities of The Orkney Islands.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Karrawa Guest H... A, Owner at Karrawa Guest House, responded to this review, 13 October 2013
Thank you for taking the time to write a lovely review. We are glad you enjoyed your stay. Best Wishes, Aileen & Albert
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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 25 September 2013

It was pure chance l stayed here as booked by a friend on my behalf, and WHAT a good turn that was. Scrupulously clean , nicely spacious with very comfortable furnishings . I like the electric heating that one can choose the settings., nothing worse than arriving chilled to the bone and having to wait for the timed heating to come on.
Breakfast was first class with a good choice of cereals , FRESH fruits and juices of all kinds to choose from and beautifully cooked food served very promptly. Top marks too for the porridge only problem the portion was much to big for me !!
Staff helped by carrying my luggage up to my room for me and most helpful on local information. I strongly recommend this for truly relaxing comfortable break.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled solo
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Karrawa Guest H... A, Owner at Karrawa Guest House, responded to this review, 13 October 2013
Thank you so much for your brilliant review! We really appreciate your kind words. We try our best to offer comfortable accommodation, delicious breakfasts each morning and we always try and prepare our fresh fruit salad with tasty fruits that are in season and we are glad you enjoyed it along with a bowl of hearty porridge! :) We hope to have you stay with us again in the future. Thanks again and Best Wishes, Aileen & Albert
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Baden
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Reviewed 23 September 2013

After overcoming difficulties getting to Orkney because of weather and ferry problems Karrawa was a most calming experience. We were welcomed by Eileen who showed us to our rooms and answered our numerous questions in a most helpful fashion. We were a party of four adults and all of us agreed that our rooms and the beds were most comfortable.The ensuite facilities are of similar high standard. This standard was continued at breakfast with a wide selection of offerings to satisfy the diverse tastes of our group. Would not hesitate to return there at another time.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with family
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Karrawa Guest H... A, Owner at Karrawa Guest House, responded to this review, 13 October 2013
We are pleased you had an enjoyable stay at Karrawa and found that the beds were comfortable and that the en-suite facilities were to a high standard. We are also glad that all 4 of you found breakfast varied and enjoyable. We hope to see you again in the future. Thanks & Best Wishes, Aileen & Albert
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 23 September 2013

Karrawa was a lovely surprise, from the moment that I checked in to the moment that I sadly left four days later. Welcoming, friendly, helpful, accommodating are all the words that come to mind when I think of Albert and Eileen. My room was heavenly with plenty of space, light and air - and a super en suite bathroom - both rooms spotless with exactly the facilities that I enjoy and plenty of hanging space, etc. My room was so comfy that I really would have been quite happy to stay in all day and enjoy it some more - but there was a lot to do and see on Orkney, so no time to waste! Breakfasts were seriously good and served in a beautiful conservatory with lots of space and light. I was also very impressed with Albert and Eileen's organisation of everything - usually well in advance, so there was no messing about or delays with anything. Karrawa also provides an easy walk into the centre of Kirkwall and easy access to the airport - I have already recommended several people to stay, it was so perfect. Thank you again for a wonderful stay.

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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled solo
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Karrawa Guest H... A, Owner at Karrawa Guest House, responded to this review, 13 October 2013
Thank you for taking the time to write such a great review! I'm sure our future guests will find it helpful. It was lovely meeting you and we are so glad that you have enjoyed your time at Karrawa and Orkney itself :) We hope you enjoyed the rest of your travels as much. Best Wishes, Aileen & Albert
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Property: Karrawa Guest House
Address: Inganess Road, Kirkwall KW15 1SP, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Orkney Islands > Mainland > Kirkwall
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 26 B&Bs / Inns in Kirkwall
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Karrawa Guest House 3*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Karrawa Guest House is set in the centre of Kirkwall and within 2.5 miles of the airport and ferry terminal. This family run property offers comfortable, modern en-suite rooms with free Wi-Fi. Kirkwall town centre is less than a mile away with an easy 15minute walk into town or 2 minutes by car. ... more   less 
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