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“Great stay - warm, hospitable, clean and interesting”
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Orca Hotel
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Orca Hotel
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Stromness
Reviewed 29 May 2013

Had a great time at the Orca Hotel - staff friendly and obliging and very interesting to speak with. Breakfasts were grand and the room was warm and clean. Great little place to relax and gather yourself together. Highly recommend the Orca Hotel and if you enjoy youth hosteling then you will love this place - very similar ambiance - free and easy and anything goes .............

Thanks Doris!

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 18 April 2013

I stay at the Orca with my mate as we went there to move his father back to the main land after living in Orkney for 33 years. We found the hotel basic but clean, & very friendly,& after 12 hours on the road it was nice to find a nice comfortable & warm bed. The breakfast was very good indeed & filling kept you going all day. Would recommed anybody wanting a place to stay that is reasonable to stay here.The price is good & the staff cannot do enough for you.

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 16 April 2013

I have read some of the negative views about this hotel, and I cannot see why people are complaining. yes the furniture is a bit dated, but the hotel is clean and tidy, It is a budget hotel so don't expect the Ritz.
The landlady is very friendly and she does a really good breakfast and she is constantly asking if the breakfast is ok and do you want anymore.
If I should have a need to return to Orkney I would have no hesitation in returning to the Orca hotel.
As the hotel is on the main street there is limited parking, I would recommend that you park near the ferry terminal and walk to the hotel it only a couple of minutes and the parking will cost you a whopping £1 from 9am to 5pm, the rest of the time is free.

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 5 January 2013

Very friendly, warm welcome after a very long journey. The bedroom was comfortable and warm with an unexpected en suite shower room. Breakfast was good with a reasonable choice on offer. I booked for 1 person and was given a family room which would have been perfectly good if I had taken my husband and son.

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled on business
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4  Thank MontanaReid
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Reviewed 30 September 2012

As a group of 9 (originally 11) mostly 60+ year olds, we thoroughly enjoyed our Orkney holiday and were very pleased we chose the Orca. Doris and Marlene were most accomodating and welcoming and the breakfasts were great and varied. We were free to use the dining room during the day/evening and the spare fridge and washing machine/drier (which we needed after missing the tide slightly at Brough of Birsay!). We thought the price was good and the location in the centre of Stromness couldn't be better. The rooms were all a bit different in size and ours wasn't all that easy to move around in but it didn't matter to us. Not everyone would like the basic b&b set up without modern bedroom furniture etc but I would rather have that than pay a fortune as it was clean and comfortable. Thanks, Doris!

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  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 29 September 2012

I always think that when you get the extremes of reviews that you have here,then you are talking about an establishment which deviates from the norm and this one certainly does! It is not the Premier Inn! If you are a person who requires a toothbrush to be have been taken to every corner of the room, then this is not for you. In my opinion however,the Orca is clean. I was with a party of nine and none of us felt the place to be dirty although I would agree the communal carpet should be replaced soonish! Doris is very enthusiastic and cheery and her able helper Marlene is a breath of fresh air and a good laugh. We had different breakfast offerings every day, which was nice and we also got access to a fridge and washing/ drying facilities. My main beef would be that the shower was not hot enough. So if you're into power showers this wouldn't be for you either! Clearly, two big advantages are the price and the situation right in the heart of Stromness and a five minute walk from the ferry terminal.

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  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 23 September 2012

Three of us stayed three nights (14-17 September 2012) in the Orca Hotel, two in a family room and the third in a single room. The furnishings were unpretentious but clean and comfortable. The owner, Doris Fischler, and her staff were extremely friendly and helpful. Breakfasts were very good indeed and could have been enormous, had we so wished. Our long weekend in Orkney was thoroughly enjoyable and our stay in the Orca contributed to this in full measure.

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about 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: £20 - £30 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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