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“Our room was a dump, disappointing”
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Royal Hotel
Ranked #8 of 13 Hotels in Oban
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South Kingstown, Rhode Island
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24 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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“Our room was a dump, disappointing”
Reviewed 20 July 2014

We arrived in Oban after a long and tiring drive in the rain. We were excited to get into our room and relax before we found a location for dinner. The two men at the check in desk were not very friendly and we loaded out bags into the tiniest, slowest elevator ever. Our room was very disappointing. There was a stain of questionable origins (ew) on one of the comforters. It made me think of those shows where they comb the hotel room with a block light (double ew). The decor was old, tired and dingy. We went our to dinner and returned as late as possible so that we were so tired we just crashed. We left the next morning for Mull on the Ferry and the young woman at check out was friendlier than the meant he evening before. Oban is a cute town, but this hotel is worth avoiding!

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Chandler, Arizona
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Reviewed 17 July 2014

Stayed with the family for a night(thankfully). The hotel is well located, but I would rate it 2-stars. Front desk employee was rushed and not inclined to help much, rooms were stuffy ( asked for a fan but none available), the floor creaked in multiple places...the list goes on. The Scottish breakfast was fine - but many of the chairs had cigarette burn holes(I think).

The area surrounding the hotel did not seem safe to venture out with family in the evening. There are a few bars around the area with some inebriated customers out having a noisy time.

I would not recommend this hotel if you're traveling on a family vacation. Motel 6's in the US are better, if you're familiar with those.

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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Parker, Colorado
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Reviewed 17 July 2014

This hotel is super easy to get to and is convenient to everywhere, but we are paying 100 pound/night for a tiny, dirty room with 2 twin beds. The room is tucked into a corner of the hallway with beds that are so old the mattress frame can be clearly felt when sitting on the bed. There is mold on the ceiling of our room. The tv is very small and ancient (pre flat screen era). I would not want to walk on the room floor without my shoes on. Very disappointed in our room for the price. Will definitely not stay here again and cannot recommend it.

  • Stayed July 2014
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Milton Keynes
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Reviewed 16 July 2014

We stayed in this hotel twice, though after the first visit I should have cancelled the second.
Very sadly this seems to be the accepted norm for Oban - the hub for ferry transfers to the wonderful islands on the inner and outer Hebrides.
Well positioned in the centre of the town with by and large friendly and helpful staff the decor is "tired" at best and really shabby at worst.
How the wonderful natural produce of Scotland can be murdered in the kitchen is just not acceptable. Lamb that had clearly been sliced thinly some time before and then re-heated to be served up as a desiccated disgusting plate with no apology when this was pointed out just makes me angry as to how lazy my compatriots can be and amazed that an International clientele accept this without demur.
This is just not good enough and this kind of complacency should be a matter of great concern to the local tourist board

Room Tip: Try somewhere else, though this poor hotel may be the norm for Oban.
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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Coalville, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 15 July 2014

Arrived after 2300 hours from a late ferry from Barra so a 5 minute walk only was welcome. My expectancies were not high but for one night only it was fine. Even at 11.00 pm the single room was very hot but was of an adequate size and everything worked. Breakfast was very good and the staff welcoming and helpful. I would stay again for the odd night but for a longer stay in Oban I would look for better. Wifi available in the hotel but not in the room
Top tip - brand new Wetherspoons just around the corner open til Midnight and food til 2200 hours. A nice pub.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled solo
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Kirkcaldy, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 14 July 2014 via mobile

Hotel is well placed for visiting surrounding area, The staff are very helpful and and pleasant.
dinner in the restaurant was lovely and the staff really nice, the same as breakfast this morning. This is a great hotel with friendly staff and we will definitely visit again.

Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Galway
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Reviewed 14 July 2014 via mobile

This was our most expensive hotel we've stayed in on our holiday around Ireland and Scotland. All you expect is a decent bed after traveling. You won't get it here. You can see the springs of the cheap mattress through the cover. Hardly had any sleep at all. Also the TV was probably 20 years old and needed to get someone up to room to get going. Couldn't leave this hotel quick enough!

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Property: Royal Hotel
Address: Argyll Square, Oban PA34 4BE, Scotland
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Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Argyll and Bute > Oban
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 13 Hotels in Oban
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Royal Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 91
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Royal Hotel is located in the heart of Oban town on the western coast of Scotland. Enjoy the very best of Scottish hospitality at this 3-star hotel that first opened its doors in 1895. Rooms at this hotel feature television, tea/coffee makers, large windows and high ceilings, private bathrooms, complimentary toiletries, hairdryers, and climate control. The traditional decor is complemented by the tartan furnishings. There is Free WiFi in public areas, in Superior Rooms, or in all rooms if you book direct with the hotel. Porter, luggage storage and tours/ticket assistance services are provided and there is a very small car park to the rear of the hotel. The hotel’s 170-seater restaurant serves a great selection of Scottish cuisine that you can savour for breakfast, lunch, high tea and dinner. Relax in the bar and/or lounge over drinks and Scottish malts in the company of friends beside the open fire. Close to Royal Hotel are a handful of attractions including the iconic McCaig’s Tower, Oban Distillery, Glencruitten Golf Course, the House at Dunollie, and the Glorious Gardens of Argyll. ... more   less 
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