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“More like a badly run hostel” 1 of 5 bubbles
Review of Orca Hotel

Orca Hotel
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Orca Hotel
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Stromness
linburn
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6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“More like a badly run hostel”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2012

Dirty, smelly, dated, carpets badly stained overall dank, musty and uninviting. We decided against staying and moved to another hotel if your not too fussy go for it but I dont look for fancy surroundings just a basic clean and fresh surroundings

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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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morth east scotland
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5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2012

Tiny, cramped twin room. Urine stained and smelly carpet in the ensuite. Unmentionable stains on the walls and carpets throughout and a dirty stained tea tray. Lovely paintings on the walls could not detract form the overall grubby, run down appearance. Huge cooked breakfast, but the smell of it cooking permeated the whole building adding to the overall musty smell. As for Doris, well, listening to her insult other paying guests, gave a true insight to her hosting skills. An extra £6 gets you a beautiful, spotlessly clean room in Orphir.

Room Tip: If there is a carpet in the bathroom, walk away
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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with friends
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Reedllichtie
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Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
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25 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2012

The Orca is a pretty nice establishment, and not overly expensive considering its location. The owner is friendly and the breakfast is very complete, a welcome thing on a chill day. I stayed a night in May, with two friends in one of the larger rooms, a pleasant one. But for the trouble we had with the internet, it would have been most impossible to find fault, yet as it stood, we enjoyed the hotel no less.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Karin M
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London, United Kingdom
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75 reviews
37 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2012

Stayed here at the end of March (touring on motorbike) and was very lucky to have beautiful weather. Anyway the Orca, is very central, but as Stromness is not very big not to much of an issue. The room itself was large with shower room, furniture was oldish but clean and comfy. Fantastic breakfasts served up by Doris the friendly German owner, I would certainly stay again.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Dougie O
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2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 April 2012

We booked 3 nights here for our honeymoon. We decided to leave after 2 mins and find somewhere else. Location was good but the room was very small and we didn't think it was suitable for our honeymoon stay. Tv was tiny and would have been unwatchable. Disappointing.

  • Stayed April 2012
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Brash85
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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 April 2012

we needed to travel to Orkney for a wedding and it was a new experience for us as we had not been to the Islands before . we needed a family room and the budget price was very acceptable but obviously we had qualms as to what to expect.Sill y us our experience was fantastic from the charming hostess to the art collection on display to the wonderful service excellent breakfast it was a wonderful . Initially do not be put off by the laid back approach that is so alien to City Dwellers it is part of the reason for going to Orkney a place where people are friendly and can still leave their doors unlocked when they go out anybody remember when you could last do that in the big bad world Go to Orkney leave your cares behind and enjoy life

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank curmudgeon001
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Isle of Skye, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2011

A bit of a dust would have been nice. Bed was a bit crumpled looked like it had been already slept in, probably wasnt maybe just needed ironed. No parking near the hotel. The owner was friendly and help'full. Can't comment on the cooked breakfast as we were catching the 06.30 hrs ferry in the morning. For the money it was ok, i suppose you get what you pay for. Wont stay there again.

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled on business
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Rabk591
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Additional Information about Orca Hotel

Property: Orca Hotel
Address: 76 Victoria Street, Stromness KW16 3BS, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Orkney Islands > Mainland > Stromness
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Stromness
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Orca Hotel is a family-run guest house in the heart of Stromness. Located right on the harbor just a few minutes walk from the ferry terminal it is ideally situated to explore Orkney Mainland and the Island of Hoy. Comfortable en-suite rooms, generous home-cooked breakfasts and free use of laundry facilities. ... more   less 
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Orca Hotel Stromness, Orkney Islands

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