The Stromness Hotel

The Stromness Hotel Under New Ownership

The Stromness Hotel has finally changed hands, following a lengthy period of conveyancing. As one of the most iconic buildings on the Orkney archipelago, we are proud to welcome this property of historic significance to our growing portfolio of hotels.

Since 1901, The Stromness Hotel has been more than a landmark building, it’s a festival hub and jumping off point for Orkney mainland transportation links. During the Second World War The Stromness Hotel became the headquarters of the Orkney and Shetland Defence Forces. It had many notable visitors and on one occasion, during a visit to entertain the troops, Gracie Fields sang from the balcony of the hotel to the crowds below.

More recently featured in the New York Times, The Stromness Hotel forms a central part of the community, regularly attracting both locals and tourists from around the globe.


The Stromness Hotel is found in the West of the beautiful Orkney Islands which is home to around 19,000 people.

It is situated within the town of Stromness which is a main sea port for people crossing from the mainland.

Stromness is a popular tourist stop-off point and is only 15 miles distant from Kirkwall, the Islands capital and major administrative and communications centre.

Voted as Scotland’s best island, Orkney has a strong history encompassing pre-history, Pictish and Viking heritage which is reflected in the many places of interest to visit. Besides abundant wildlife, Orkney holds possibly the greatest concentration of archaeology in NW Europe, including the unique Neolithic village of Skara Brae, and the group of sites clustered around the Ring of Brodgar, and known as Orkney’s Neolithic Heartland, which was granted World Heritage status by UNESCO in 1999.

Visitors can also enjoy the vibrant contemporary culture and a wide range of activities including excellent fishing, bird watching, golf, walking, climbing and sailing, though many enjoy the peaceful ambience of the islands. There is a strong legacy of history on the Islands, as it was a major naval base during both the First and Second World Wars.

The Property

The Stromness Hotel is a 4-storey detached property boasting 42 letting bedrooms. Of stone construction under slate roof, the original subjects date from around 1901. A most attractive feature of the property is the stunning location of the business with its expansive seaward views over the harbour and Scapa Flow.

The Future of The Stromness Hotel

Speaking of plans for the future of The Stromness Hotel, Na’ím Anís Paymán, CEO at Paymán Investments, commented: “It’s a great relief to be able to announce that following protracted negotiations, we have now completed on the purchase of The Stromness Hotel. Our growing portfolio of hotels across the country has now been enriched with the addition of this northernmost jewel. We are extremely proud to have become the guardians of yet another piece of history, and look forward to working with the local community and all of the hotel’s well-wishers across the globe to build on the excellent reputation and legacy that this building already enjoys.”

Some renovation works are planned for the immediate future, with the hope of the hotel opening in September 2021. To book a stay at the hotel, visit Paymán Club’s website.

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      Other hotels Paymán Investments owns are Lovelady Shield Hotel, Douglas Arms Hotel, Knighton Hotel, Amethyst Hotel, The Grand Hotel, Royal Hotel Kettering, Maycliffe Hotel. You can find them on our website under Our Assets.

  1. Julie Katyryniuk

    I have stayed at the Stromness twice. I wouldn’t stay anywhere else. I have great memories of staying there. If I could leave today, I would certainly stay there. Julie

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