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“Timeless elegance”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Stromness Hotel

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Stromness Hotel
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Stromness
Shetland
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15 reviews
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“Timeless elegance”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2013

I last stayed here 13 years ago. For the time it was good.

November 2013 and it is still good. For a hotel that is over 100 years old you cannot expect to find purpose built rooms with en-suite facilities. What you will find are well converted rooms that have adapted Victorian accommodation to modern day standards.

The bedrooms are pleasantly decorated and furnished (but with rather small TVs). The bathroom/shower room (or at least ours) may be a little on the small side and the decoration is drab, but it is clean.

You will only get a decent view if you are on the front of the hotel, but there are few of these. Otherwise the views are not unpleasant - you will not be left looking into a light-well and will see some bits of Stromness.

Food - it was okay (13 years ago it was great) and prices are reasonable. Not a bad wine list.

Service - can't fault it. The staff were extremely helpful and very friendly.

Try the lift (unless you are claustrophobic). It is an experience in itself.

Room Tip: Ask for a harbour view
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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London, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2013

Nice pub. Great views!

The décor is a bit dated and could be modernised, but the bar staff were great and friendly. Beer was reasonably priced (from a Londoner's point of view!).

Didn't try the food or stay at the hotel, so have no comments on this

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with friends
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Montrose, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2013

Although It was perfect location for the business I had to attend I felt the hotel was very dated, some may like the original characteristics and the old style of decor but I felt it looked very drab and in need of some tlc. The room especially was very basic with a delightful view of a scrapyard out back. Overall didn't leave me feeling the need to return.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled on business
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Edmonton, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2013

Don't be fooled by the romantic look of the hotel or their website! We were very unhappy with our 1-night stay at the Stromness Hotel. Upon arriving at our room, I found silverfish crawling in my sheets and the state of the room was quite old and overdue for a renovation. The room was not very clean, the linens had holes in them, and who knows what other kinds of critters were milling about.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled on business
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Corvallis, Oregon
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2013

Stromness is a beautiful village, and the Stromness Hotel is a great place to stay. It's centrally located within sight of the ferry terminal and the bus stop. It features three different pubs, including a whisky heritage bar with a great selection of malts. The rooms are cozy, well maintained, and give the guest the impression of staying in a sort of frontier hotel in the Scottish periphery during a bygone era - and I say that in the most positive way possible. The building also has a fascinating history, and is decorated with gorgeous photos of Orkney throughout its halls. All of the food is well prepared, and the staff are extremely friendly. I would definitely stay at the Stromness Hotel again.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled solo
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infoking
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2013

Our first introduction to the Stromness was not good, pouring rain, road at the front closed for roadworks, nowhere to park.

We just dumped the car and went in, strangely the reception is on the first floor but the guy behind the counter was friendly and they had got the booking right. He showed me where the car park was and directed us to our room. Unfortunately the room was freezing cold but having sought instructions from reception the heating warmed up and the judicious application of cardboard to the sliding sash windows stopped the draughts and the knocking. Car moved to car park and everything looked a bit brighter.

The room was clean and tidy but slightly care worn, I would not have been as happy at full price but OK on the deal we were on. The bathroom likewise tired but clean and functional, the shower however was erratic and went from hot to cold unpredictably but OK after you learnt how to fly it.

We thought one of the light bulbs din't work but actually there were two switches along way apart and after telling recption two people came up separtely to check it was alright.

The bed was really comfortable and the view of the harbour and over Scapa Flow was beautiful when the rain and mist eventually cleared. Every boby we met on the islands said don't go there expecting less than gales and rain and you will not be disappointed, I have to say it was a lot better than that. The room was slightly noisy due to the ferry moored in the port running it's generators all night, why?

Breakfast was in a back ball room and very competent, there seems to be a marmalade shortage in west Orkney though. The poached eggs and porridge were great, not together. Dinner in the lively restaurant was equally good, brilliant fish and chips, curried tofu good, tomato and basil soup very good, seafood medley brilliant you get the idea. The wine list was good chilen chardonnay at very sensible price. Lively bar! Rather irritatiing was that we were given the wrong menus and so did not realise that there was a surcharge on some items if you were on dinner bed and breakfast, silly but I have to say the uplift was worth it..

The waitresses and waiters were really helpful and worked hard to make it an enjoyable experience and I would give them a big thumbs up so many places have a "couldn't give a damn" attitude. There is a clue in the name "service industry" if you don't want to serve don't expect things to go well!

We checked out and the man was helpful and very good about the uplift query, we were happy to pay as they tried hard and the food was very good. I think the waiter said there were two Indians and a Hungarian in the kitchen hence the exotic overtones to the menu. Well done.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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2 Thank infoking
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Brisbane, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2013

Was staying on Orkney and came here for dinner one night hoping to have a view while enjoying some of the local cuisine. The hotel is the real deal, charming, while old yet not trying to hide this. The food was great and the service, both for drinks and food was friendly and efficient. Was lovely to enjoy a meal and a drink while soaking up the local scenery and historical ambience. The prices were fairly reasonable and what one might expect to pay in this location.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled solo
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Property: Stromness Hotel
Address: 15 Victoria Street, Stromness KW16 3AA, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Orkney Islands > Mainland > Stromness
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Stromness
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Stromness Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 39
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Established in 1901, our historic 42 bedroom hotel lies in the heart of the unique fishing port of Stromness, overlooking the working harbour and Scapa Flow. The bedrooms are en-suite with telephones, colour television and tea/coffee making facilities. There is a lift to all floors and car parking is available to guests. Indulge in the charm of a picturesque village harbour view from the bay windows of the Hamnavoe Lounge Bar where award-winning Orkney Ales are available on tap or enjoy a welcoming open fire and warm atmosphere in the splendour of the Flattie Bar. Residents can enjoy a cosy quiet atmosphere in the Still Room with a choice of over one hundred malt whiskies. The a la carte Scapa Flow Restaurant prides itself on using the finest local Orcadian produce - the very best grass-reared beef, fresh fish and succulent shellfish. To the rear of the hotel we have a large beautifully kept Victorian Garden where residents can enjoy a stroll in the evening or a quiet refreshment whilst relaxing in the afternoon. The hotel can also cater for weddings, parties and functions for up to 120 guests or any special event you may require, at very competitive rates. Please contact us for details. ... more   less 
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