Just returned from 5 day break with Shearings (4-8th March).
We arrived at the hotel at around 6:30pm the same time as 2 other coaches. We thought we would be waiting an hour or so for our rooms and baggage. However, we were in our room and had our bags within 20 mins so well done to the staff and drivers for a quick job well done.
The hotel lift was out of action (again) so we had long haul up to the 3rd floor. OK for us but not so good for some of the older guests, although to the hotels credit they did offer help and support to those who requested it.
Our room was big and warm with a “4 poster bed” and large bathroom with shower. One thing that needs changing is this bed. It’s like sleeping in a box and every time you turned over or moved in your sleep you would knock your arm or leg on the side panels. The mattress has also had some hammer over the years so needs replacing as well. The shower is a challenge. It took around 10 mins to get the water temperature right so be careful, its either too hot or freezing cold.
The views from our room were stunning. There is some traffic noise from the main road but the views more than compensate for that.
We found the food choices and quality very good and the staff efficient and friendly so I don’t understand some of the bad reports I have read. It’s a case of some people expecting a 5 star service at 2 star prices. The drinks vouchers scheme works very well and is much better than the free for all scrums I have seen in some hotels. There is entertainment on each night including a comedian on the Thursday who was very funny
Our driver Dennis was superb. He kept us entertained with his knowledge and stories. The excursions are very good and the “extra” trip to Seil Island is a must. This place is stunning so take your cameras.
Oban shopping centre is a 5 min walk from the hotel as is the ferry port where you can take a trip to Mull, Iona and Lismore. At the other end of the road from the hotel is Dunollie castle and along this road you may be lucky enough (as I was) to spot otter in the sea.
Will return to this hotel again next year. Yes the place has creaky floors, dodgy plumbing, old sash windows and a bit worn carpet in places, but it has character, its 200yr old so all the above add to its charm. Don’t be put off by all the negatives.
- 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