Really disappointing. Booked this as a luxury middle to a camping holiday. £110 pounds per night, per room with breakfast included. On arrival at 17.30 nobody available to check us in so a member of bar staff found our key (very friendly, advised us someone would some to see us to give us a form to fill in and give us information - this did not happen and I had to go and find someone later to ask about breakfast). Although the rooms have been refurbished and are very nicely decorated this is basically a pub with rooms above. Details are lacking - the room is nicely decorated but the kettle in the room is old, cheap and horrible, shampoo in sachets (stayed in a hostel the night before that had better facilities!). Breafast was disappointing too, basic (canned tinned fruit, boxed cereals, full scottish but just bog standard, not advertised as local produce and did not appear anything special), breakfast service pretty gloomy too to be honest. The main complaint we had was the noise in the rooms. On booking I was told that the rooms could be noisy if theyre was a live band on, I was offered a room away from the noise and requested this. On arrival our designated room was above the bar. There was a band in a function room opposite on the same floor as our room and a party in the bar. We went out for dinner and were out till midnight. On return the party was still going on and noisy but it was a saturday night and everything quietened down about 01.00. On the Sunday there was a live band all afternoon. Very loud when we arrived back at 17.30 and singing out of tune, painful. This stopped just after 18.00 to be followed shortly by loud dukebox selections from the bar below. We asked for this to be turned down twice - once about 22.30 and once just before midnight. It was turned down but could still hear it in the room. Please don't waste your money on this hotel - if it was £70 per night per room with breakfast it might be worth a punt but I have stayed in amazing hotels on small islands for £100 a night with exceptinal service and quality food and sure you can find much better on Orkney. Getting back to camping the night after was a total relief!
- Also Known As:
- Royal Hotel Stromness, Orkney Islands