Hotel The Shetland

Holmsgarth RoadLerwickZE1 0PWUnited Kingdom
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About Hotel The Shetland

Discover the distinctive Scottish and Viking heritage of the beautiful Hotel The Shetland Islands at the Hotel The Shetland Hotel in Lerwick, the archipelago’s capital. This modern low-rise hotel is conveniently situated opposite Lerwick Ferry Terminal for boats to the Scottish mainland and other islands.

Colourful, spacious rooms feature modern en suite bathrooms, televisions and hot drinks provisions. Accessible rooms and family rooms are available as are suites adding living areas.

Conveniences include a 24-hour reception, lift, room service, lounge-bar, luggage storage, event space, free Wi-Fi throughout and complimentary parking.

A free cooked breakfast plus cold buffet selection is included. The informal Waterfront Bar and Grill restaurant is open for lunch and dinner, specializing in meat and seafood dishes using Hotel The Shetland produce.

The Hotel The Shetland Hotel is 15 minutes’ walk from the Hotel The Shetland Museum. The Broch of Clickimin Iron Age roundhouse is roughly one mile away. Sumburgh Airport is about 30 minutes’ drive away.


Holmsgarth Road, Lerwick, ZE1 0PW, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44(1595)695515 | Fax: +44(1595)695828 | Official Homepage

Top amenities

  • Free WiFi in lobby
  • WiFi in rooms
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Parking
  • Pets
  • A/C
  • Restaurant
  • Hotel bar
  • Gym

All amenities

Hotel facilities

  • 24-hour room service
  • 24-hour reception
  • Computer with internet
  • Conference rooms
  • Elevator
  • Free WiFi in lobby
  • Hotel bar
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Parking garage
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • WiFi in lobby

Room facilities

  • Bathroom with bathtub
  • Bathroom with shower
  • Central heating
  • Desk
  • Electric kettle
  • Hairdryer
  • Internet
  • Room safe
  • Satellite TV
  • Telephone
  • Television
  • WiFi in rooms


  • Wheelchair accessible

Positive Reviews

Spacious and comfy rooms often appealed

Many reviewers said they liked their rooms, describing them as functional but modern and more than sufficiently spacious and comfortable for a shorter stay. Guests also appreciated the reliable free Wi-Fi network.

Superb location for the ferry terminal

This hotel proved to be highly convenient for ferry passengers as Lerwick Ferry Terminal was just across the road, offering regular boat services to Scotland, the Orkney Islands and smaller outlying islands. It was also easy to walk to Lerwick town centre for shops, amenities and dining options. Guests wishing to explore Shetland's unusual coastal features, wild landscapes and secluded sandy beaches welcomed the direct access to the A970. It was also straightforward to reach bird-watching and whale-watching hotspots as well as airports, golf courses, historic sites and local attractions. The free parking was another bonus.

Popular food and pleasant personnel

Diners enjoyed the cooked breakfasts complemented by a buffet selection. There was also frequent praise for the restaurant, which reviewers said offered reasonably-priced and tasty food in pleasant surroundings. Travellers also appreciated the friendly and welcoming personnel.

Negative Reviews

Some doubts over value for money

Several critics questioned whether their stays represented such good value for money, especially those who paid a premium to stay at peak times.

Obstacles to sleep reported

Some rooms facing the A970 leading into Lerwick were exposed to traffic noise from time to time, according to several light sleepers. Furthermore, the curtains in some rooms reportedly did little to exclude external light.

Minor cleanliness and maintenance grumbles

There were occasional reports of cleanliness issues in some rooms like stained carpets or dirty windows. Several critics also noted maintenance issues in certain parts of the property such as dated decor, worn out items of furniture, dim lighting and curtains in need of replacement.

Rating Overview

Rating trivago Rating Index based on 177 reviews across the web
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7.7 out of 10 based on 177 reviews