Having read the reviews of this hotel before staying there (not a good idea) I was puzzled as to why contributors either awarded it one star, or four. My first thought was that the 'moaners' were fussy. However, having stayed there for five nights as part of a Shearings tour, I can understand their comments.
We got off to a bad start: having waited over an hour for our luggage to be delivered to our room - I would happily have carried my own case - I went to enquire why it was taking so long as I seriously needed a change of clothes! I was informed that they only had one porter to deliver all the cases. I felt sorry for the guy, so took my case from him.
The room had various defects: cracked coving, missing bathroom tiles, mildew above the bathroom window and a heated towel rail connected with gaffer tape. Additionally, there was an ancient, tiny TV which only showed the main channels (badly). We did at least have a shower, although controlling the water flow was an art in itself. I must say that the cleaning was very good, with towels changed daily and tea replenished daily.
I suppose that all of this might have been bearable had the food been okay. However, to paraphrase a Woody Allen joke, the food was terrible and the portions tiny. My kippers were of the 'boil in the bag' variety, likewise any curry or chinese options. We were served a mere four breaded mushrooms as a starter. My wife had to send her scampi back as it was cold and what that brown stain on her chair was, God only knows. The only good point was that the waitress was efficient. Oh, and the drinks were very pricey - London prices.
As regards the public areas, the toilets were in need of refurbishment, there was paper peeling off the walls in the basement area. The entertainment was held in a dingy basement suite, so it was no wonder that few people ventured down there.
All this is a shame, as the hotel is situated in the most beautiful location. Unfortunately, if you go on this tour with Shearings you have to stay at this hotel. Speaking to other guests, the only ones who seemed satisfied were those who had booked at the last minute and had paid half the original price. 'Cheap and cheerful' was how one guy described the place, Needless to say, we paid the full price so were not happy.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In a prime location, right in the centre of the curving esplanade, just a pleasant walk from the shops and harbour, stands Oban's Great Western; a hotel proud of offering space and comfort, as well as magnificent views of the bay (remember to look out for those memorable sunsets!). Ideal for a relaxing holiday, the activity on the bay can simply be watched from the welcoming lounge and cocktail bar, while it's also an ideal touring centre. With Glencoe, serene lochs and the Western Isles on the doorstep, there's a myriad of sightseeing opportunities. And with coast and country walks, angling, sailing, diving, bird-watching and a whole host of other leisure pursuits at hand, you should never be at a loss for something to do. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Great Western Oban
- Great Western Hotel Oban
- Hotel Great Western
- Bay Great Western Hotel Oban, Scotland