We stayed in the apartments : this is a bus tour hotel and independent travellers can book the motel unit type apartments at the rear separately.
I am kind of reluctant to say bad things about the Alexandra : the people were very nice and trying very hard, and I think my issues may not be someone else's. However, here it is :
The good things :
staff were very friendly and helpful, except on arrival (see below)
the rate was very reasonable for Oban on the May weekend : £66 pn B&B
good parking away from the street, again very hard to find in Oban on a busy weekend
the hotel does have a pool which we didn't use and a bar and lounge
The bad things :
on arrival we were given no information about the hotel, it was about the same time as 2 coaches arrived. There was no information in the room, so we didn't find out about the pool until too late, and also had no idea about breakfast (other than the start time, fortunately my husband had previously stayed in guest houses run on very rigid principles so he did realise that we needed to turn up promptly at 8.30 for breakfast).
The breakfast : no choice, a choice of porridge or cereals to start, friendly service, terrible coffee, all served very promptly at 8.30.
The room : very large but smelled damp, over the course of a couple of days this aggravated my asthma, I was getting a bit worried. The room was not cleaned one day. The damp is probably due to a combination of the climate and the fact there is not much attention paid to these rooms, they would probably be OK if aired every day while being cleaned. The room was very clean on arrival though.
The other guests : I don't know how to say this without being unkind but they were bus party guests who were very elderly and largely complained about everything, very loudly. At breakfast we were segregated, but otherwise if you wanted to use the lounges or bar you would be in the company of very loud, elderly, complaining folk : it just wasn't fun.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- With return coach transport form your local pick up point, this hotel has been built on one of the finest locations in Scotland to take full advantage of the glories of Oban Bay, complete with outstanding views across to the Island of the Inner Hebrides. The site allows easy access to the town of Oban, and a superb walk along the coastal road to Ganavan beach. At the rear of the otel, there are seven Superior Rooms in the Alexandra Apartments, which are the largest in the company and suit those who come by car and need private parking. Free WIFI available in Quiet Room. Free WIFI available in Quiet Room. (Please note - our swimming pool is not in use currently). ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Alexandra Hotel Oban
- The Alexandra Hotel Oban, Scotland