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Royal Hotel
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Reviewed 9 April 2013

We stayed here for two nights and slept well as the bed was very comfortable. Our room had been newly refurbished and was spotlessly clean. The staff were very friendly and helpful. Food was good too. Lovely sea view from our room. Oban is a very beautiful place to be.

Room Tip: Sea View is stunning.
  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Sheila B
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Reviewed 8 April 2013

Stayed for two weekend nights in April. Due to bad weather and ferry cancellations the Hotel was full. We had only booked the night before at a very good price for dinner bed and breakfast. The room we had on the first night was very small think room 208..especially the bathroom. You had to walk backwards to sit down on the loo. The service and food on the dining room made up for the disappointing room. I asked to move the following morning. We only moved 3 doors down but the room was much bigger and overlooked the square. Even had the bath I had requested. Staff were very nice especially in the bar and dining area. Food hot and freshly made. Would stay again. We went back in to the hotel bar for lunch with a friend as we knew it would be good. Would give if 3.5 if I could.

Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
1  Thank Lem G
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Reviewed 8 April 2013

Personally I would advise people not to stay at the Royal Hotel, Oban.
Admittedly it's cheap, so the poor standard of accommodation could perhaps be excused (shouldn't really), but what upset me most was the poor standard of service.
There was a total lack of greeting or welcome on arrival, allied to a most unhelpful attitude that made you feel you were an inconvenience.
Breakfast was chaotic, with guests ignored, tables dirty and no attempt at any sort of welcome. Guests were obviously the problem.
What is of concern is that the worst service came from what I suspect would be more senior members of staff - male manager at reception, female supervisor in dining room.
The only bright spot was the young girl in the bar who provided an excellent standard of service, which I suspect came naturally to her and was not a result of any training which I suspect is non-existent.
This really is the type of hotel which gives the British hospitality industry a bad name. I thought they had had their day, but some obviously still survive.

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled on business
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3  Thank Gordon Y
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Reviewed 7 April 2013

The location of the hotel is just minutes away from the ferry and train stations and the main street. Stayed here for 1 night in Room 512. This room is right at the top of the hotel and is found through a maze of corridors and immediately beside an internal fire door. (This resulted in lots of noise early in the morning (5.45am) when other guests were checking out as their cases scraped along the narrow hallway walls and banged into the fire door). The room was quite dark as it only had a small window as compared to the bathroom which was very bright and clean. The soundproofing is not good as we could hear the people talking in the room next to us. The floor was sloping and full of creaking boards. Although the bed was very comfy, the frame creaked loudly every time you moved. On a positive note, the food in the bar was absolutely delicious and the service from the young man behind the bar was excellent. There was a very good selection of foods on offer for breakfast and again the service could not be faulted. The hotel is dated but looked pretty similar in this respect to other hotels in Oban. Had the room been better, including its situation in the hotel,(it faced the side with no view of anything worth looking at)I would have given this at least a four rating instead of three.

Room Tip: Don't accept room 512
  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Dinky13
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Reviewed 6 April 2013

The Royal won't win any prizes for decor but at £36 for a single room it was fine. The staff were friendly, The breakfast was good and the town centre location very handy. Car parking at the rear. Good hot powerful shower and a clean bathroom. nice comfy bed.

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled solo
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