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Reviews of Kirkwall Youth Hostel Kirkwall Hostel

Old Scapa Road, Kirkwall, Orkney, Kirkwall, Scotland

Atmosphere 80%

Cleanliness 88%

Facilities 78%

Location 73%

Safety 90%

Staff 94%

Value 79%

Facilities

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Self-Catering Facilities
  • Adaptors
  • Board Games
  • Book Exchange
  • Breakfast Not Included
  • Common Room
  • Free City Maps
  • Free Parking
  • Hair Dryers For Hire
  • Housekeeping
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Linen Included
  • Luggage Storage
  • Meals available
  • Reception (limited hours)
  • Tea/Coffee Making Facilities
  • Towels for hire
  • Washing machine

Important Information

Hostelling Scotland is a charity aiming to inspire all, especially young people, to broaden their horizons, gain knowledge and independence through new experiences of adventure and discovery. In support of this aim, all bookings will include a temporary membership fee per person per night which is displayed as an inclusive rate. (Full, existing members of Hostelling Scotland and HI using this booking engine are not entitled to a membership refund).

Kirkwall Youth Hostel reception is open 08.00-10.00 and 17.00-22.00, with check-in from 17.00 and checkout by 10.00. The hostel closes at midnight but late check-in is available if you notify us in advance.

If you plan to travel on the Aberdeen/Lerwick ferry, please contact us at least 24 hours in advance so that we can arrange for staff to welcome you.

From the age of 5 to 15 years, young people must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and may be accommodated in a single-gendered shared room with the parent or guardian and other guests, at the discretion and responsibility of the parent or guardian. The young person/people, the parent/guardian and the other occupants of the room must be of the same gender.

Hostelling Scotland advise that additional notice be given to the destination youth hostel when travelling with children, to ensure that suitable accommodation is available. Contact details can be found on your booking confirmation.

Parties with young children (under 5 years) will only be accommodated in designated family rooms, where available. There is no capacity for extra beds or cots in a shared dormitory or private accommodation.

When booking for more than 9 people:
• Full prepayment is required within 8 weeks of arrival as otherwise the booking will automatically be cancelled
• The following cancellation charges will apply to the entire booking:
57 days or more - 20% of total cost
56 to 29 days - 55% of total cost
28 to day of arrival - 100% of total cost

No stag or hen parties are permitted at any youth hostel.

Hostelling Scotland does not accept American Express cards as payment or guarantee.

Check-in / Check-out

Earliest check-in: 17:00

Latest Check-out: 09:30

Policies

  • Child Friendly
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Non Smoking
  • Taxes Included

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Atmosphere 80%

Cleanliness 88%

Facilities 78%

Location 73%

Safety 90%

Staff 94%

Value 79%

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94% Overall Rating
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94% Overall Rating

Anonymous
29 Jun 2016

Travel Type:
Alone

Trip Type:
Sightseeing & culture

Age Range:
41+

Liked: An excellent place to stay. Very clean and comfortable. Very helpful staff.

Disliked: A little out of town (about 2 miles) But right on a bus route.

Customer would recommend this property

77% Overall Rating
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77% Overall Rating

Anonymous
02 May 2016

Travel Type:
With my spouse / partner

Trip Type:
Backpacking / gap year, Events / festivals

Age Range:
31-40

Liked: Very nice place, very helpful staff. Pretty close to city centre.

Disliked: You had to be out of the hostel between 10am-5pm because of cleaning.

Customer would recommend this property

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100% Overall Rating

Anonymous
09 Sep 2014

Travel Type:
With friends / other travellers

Trip Type:
Sightseeing & culture, Sports, adventure or outdoor activities

Liked: Great location, very helpful staff and a very good choice for staying on Orkney.

Disliked: Absolutely nothing.

Customer would recommend this property

83% Overall Rating
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83% Overall Rating

Anonymous
02 Aug 2014

Travel Type:
Alone

Trip Type:
Sightseeing & culture

Liked: a) The staff was extremely nice and helpful. b) The hostel was very clean.c) Showers were amazingly hot and relaxing.d) Many rooms do not include more than 2 or 3 beds.e) You can meet amazing people in this hostel.f) You can cook meals in there.

Disliked: 1) I found it difficult to locate it (had to take a taxi, google-map does not give exact information about Orkney). Actually, if you arrive by ferry boat (Northlink, at 11 p.m.), you could walk to the hostel (it's approxim. 4 km, if you know the way AND if you have informed the staff to stay open until your arrival. The taxi costs from Hatston ferry boat terminal to the hostel between 10 and 12 pound). 2) Like many buildings on Orkney, the Youth hostel is a former army property, basically a weird structure of barracks. The staff did its best to make it cosy :-)).

Customer would recommend this property

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100% Overall Rating

Anonymous
14 Jul 2014

Travel Type:
Alone

Trip Type:
Backpacking / gap year, Sightseeing & culture

Liked: The hostel is situated just a 10 minutes walk from the small city centre and not far away from a main attraction the Highland Park distillery.

Customer would recommend this property

94% Overall Rating
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94% Overall Rating

Anonymous
23 Aug 2013

Travel Type:
Alone

Trip Type:
Backpacking / gap year, Sightseeing & culture

Liked: The staff were incredible.They were friendly, and very thoughtful - the kitchen facilities were excellent and there are several grocery stores down the road to cook a proper meal! I didn't know how much there was to see in Kirkwall and Orkney in general, now I will certainly come back again.

Disliked: No wifi!

Customer would recommend this property

97% Overall Rating
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97% Overall Rating

Anonymous
10 Jul 2013

Travel Type:
As a family with children

Trip Type:
Family Holiday, Sightseeing & culture

Liked: close walk to town and staff was always helpful.

Customer would recommend this property

71% Overall Rating
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71% Overall Rating

Anonymous
21 Jun 2013

Travel Type:
With my spouse / partner

Trip Type:
Sightseeing & culture

Liked: Excellent reception staff. Welcoming and informative,Bedding and towel provided.Showers and toilets fine.Recycling promoted.

Disliked: Distance from town centre.Overflowing bin in kitchen.

91% Overall Rating
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91% Overall Rating

Anonymous
08 Sep 2012

Travel Type:
Alone

Trip Type:
Sightseeing & culture

Liked: I stayed in a single room which was good value for money. The staff are super helpful and friendly and the hostel has plenty of room for everyone to eat and socialise.

Disliked: No wifi access.

Customer would recommend this property

89% Overall Rating
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89% Overall Rating

Anonymous
28 Jul 2012

Travel Type:
With friends / other travellers

Trip Type:
Sightseeing & culture, Work / volunteering

Liked: Clean and warm, the latter being very welcome addition.

Disliked: very late check-in time; although we just dumped our backpacks at the entrance hall and went for a walk, and we weren't alone in this.

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