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Busta House Hotel
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Busta
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Reviewed 16 June 2014

We enjoyed our stay at Busta House. The folks there were very nice and accommodating and worked hard to make our stay enjoyable. They even spend several minutes during the morning rush giving me detailed guidance on how to spend our day sight-seeing on the island (which was very helpful!).

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 12 June 2014

Arthritis Care Shetland Summer Outing. Their was 21 one if us and the meal and service was brilliant considering there was wedding taking place. Thank you Grant and your staff for a brilliant meal. Well worth a visit

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Reviewed 5 June 2014

This is my first review for a hotel property and I am sitting in the Busta House as I type this now. We stayed two nights and it was everything we expected and more. Service was excellent, the staff basically went overboard with the small town hospitality. We weren't pampered but felt like members of the family instead. Thank you Arianne and Granville.

The property itself is a few hundred years old but damely and sturdy. Rooms are clean and comfortable, we had a good sleep - the best dreams we had were when we woke up though. Our room overlooked a vast expanse of the bay and to watch the sunrise over the islands is one thing I will not forget. You should try the food at the restaurant too, and come down early to have a chat with the owners. We were particularly surprised to know the story of their resident ghost, but we did not see "her" at all during our stay.

What we did see though, on our second morning here, was a huge herd of more than a hundred Shetland ponies wearing knitted sweaters greeting us when we looked out our window in "fair Isle". They were delightfully lined up in rows on the lawn waiting to get "dressed up" by contestants of The amazing Race, who had to match the right knitwear design to the pony's mane. Sadly I doubt we'd see it again, as a staff told me it was a one-off event for the American travel show.

The hotel is ideal for exploring around the region of Brae, Shetland Island and Esha Ness. I am unable to write reviews for these places as they are not listed on TripAdvisor, but God are they beautiful. Apart from The Amazing Race contestants (they caused a minor traffic jam on the one-car lane to Esha Ness Lighthouse), we did not meet anyone from mid-morning till the sun went down on the roads that day. Truly an idyllic, isolated piece of heaven - this is one for the kids!

Room Tip: Our favourite view was the one from Fair Isle room.
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  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 June 2014

Nice but dated hotel in need of some updating in the rooms (some fixtures and fittings in need of repair eg fan extractor in bathroom not working, toilet flush handle loose, the single glazed windows have condensation regularly). We stayed in the Bressay Room. The room was a bit old fashioned and quite small for a double room but did have a great sea view. The garden is partly wild flowers which have gone to seed, partly cultivated.The grass was being cut while we were there.The staff were very friendly, extremely hardworking and helpful, service was good and the food was excellent. The waitress was very polite, attentive and courteous.We spent two nights here and ate both times in the hotel. The evening meals were served in either the bar or restaurant. The restaurant is medium sized but had an intimate ambiance, candles on the tables, nice music etc. Breakfast was also of a high quality with a good selection including smoked salmon and scrambled eggs which was delicious.

Room Tip: We only saw one room which had a nice view of the sea but was a bit small and dated.
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  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank Helen W
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Reviewed 30 May 2014

We stayed here for 2 nights. Good room, nice location, wifi. Food good especially dinners.
Staff on the whole good but some (new?) waiting staff lacked a bit of experience.
Lots of steps so maybe not so good for those with mobility difficulties.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 May 2014

Had two dinners at Busta on our recent visit and thoroughly enjoyed the food. The menu is extensive and varied with something to suit all tastes. The delicious food was well prepared and presented. Service was friendly and attentive. In all, an enjoyable experience and one which I would quite happily repeat.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 May 2014

Had a few meals here and also stayed a couple of times. Staff are always welcoming an food is great. We did have one slight disaster with a meal but it got corrected and all was good after we got our drinks for free and a bottle of wine. We have stayed in the Fair Isle room, which is nice and big but the door going up to another bit with stairs is not great for trying to sleep as its always getting slammed shut with staff and feet always stomping up- unless its up to an extra bit for rooms? Could do with getting a new shower in also as it was very slow on power and not to hot. All in all, a great place to stay an eat. Don't let this few small bad points put you off.

Room Tip: Fair Isle is a nice room with big bed and a view over the sea and into garden. Although, not to good...
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  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Busta House Hotel

Address: Busta ZE2 9QN, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Shetland Islands > Mainland > Busta
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Busta
Price Range: £122 - £126 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Busta House Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Charming, romantic hotel dating from the 16th century. Old World character blended with all the benefits of current technology. ... more   less 
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