Kirkwall Youth Hostel

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Address
Old Scapa Road, Kirkwall, Mainland, Isole Orcadi, Regno Unito
Coordinates
58.976317, -2.969549 (accuracy not guaranteed)
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Website
www.hihostels.com/hostels/orkney-isles-kirkwall-syha
Telephone
+44 (0)870 0041133
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(87 ratings)
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Hostelz.com Guest Reviews

 
Fairly good with one significant criticism
The hostel building and its immediate environs are not welcoming from the outside but inside it is a generally well presented building with more than adequate kitchen/dining facilities. We were allowed to stay indoor on one very terrible day, they were helpful to hostelers. Then one significant criticism is the way they allocate beds on nights the hostel is quiet. There were many empty rooms yet some people were expected to sleep on top bunks. The main reason for using a hostel is to sleep and get a good nights rest. Admittedly ferry arrival times can create problems, if possible these should be put in separate rooms. The usual mixture of character, some very interesting one or two slightly boring. The system does not allow giving three-and-a-half stars, as that is what I would rate.
STAN
(Scottish)
2008-06-29
 
Wonderful rural retreat
Before all the praise I feel obliged to mention that this hostel is about fifteen to twenty minutes (uphill) from the town centre and the bus station. I have been so cruel as to deduct half a star for that reason. That being said, this is a wonderful place to get away from it all. I had a single en-suite room, which surprisingly did not have a shower, but merely a toilet and sink. But I really enjoyed waking up in the morning and opening the curtains to look out at the cows, who would stare back dumbly. The hostel is well located for walking tours and, even more so, bicycle routes. You are close to the beaches on both sides of the island. I found the staff very friendly and with a delightful sarcastic humour. You can expect the staff to wait for you if you arrive on the ferry late at night. That is after all part of their livelihood. Best to remind them about the time you're coming though, just in case. You might even get them to pick you up for a fiver? The guy on duty the day I left, I think his name was Gary, let me hang around the hostel all day and night on the day I was leaving, and then drove me and another guy to the ferry terminal. I don't remember giving him a tip and I felt badly for it. He was just wonderful and the cleaning lady was very conscientious.
Connie
(Denmark)
2008-02-17

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