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Columba Hotel
Ranked #10 of 13 Hotels in Oban
Reviewed 14 August 2012

Visited West coast and stayed in Columba Hotelmfor one night. Had it been longer, would have asked for better room. Expected sea view and 'big Victorian high ceilinged room' Got town view and high ceilings but small room. Weird en suite dated from 1970s bath etc purple in colour. Shower a bit ineffective but it worked. Staff on desk a bit indifferent but pleasant enough. Breakfast was good buffet style and food staff good. We expected a wee bit of luxury as it is a hotel and it did not have that. No biscuits or anything in the room and only enough milk for one cup each.

Room Tip: Ask for sea view and take your own biscuits
  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Jeanette R
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Reviewed 10 August 2012

Spent two nights in the Columba. We had an excellent room overlooking the wharf area. The room was in two parts, one the main bedroom and two a lounge set to one side. The old elevator was something we only used once. Breakfast was very good. The location is very good, situated in the town centre and is an easy walk to bars, shops and restaurants. Free wifi is available through out the hotel.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Graham W
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Reviewed 7 August 2012

The Columba hotel is by far the most comfortable hotel to stay in when visiting Oban, we were passing through on the bikes and decided to stop over for one night but the weather was great and enjoyed ourselves so much decided to stay another night. The food is great and the service always delivered with a smile will definately return.

Stayed: August 2012, travelled with friends
2  Thank Pedro L
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Reviewed 30 July 2012

Old hotel, a bit rundown but lots of character. Rooms are modern and clean. Decent breakfast. Free parking is very limited. Nice, fun bar on 1st floor. Walk to restaurants, shopping and ferry.
Lift does not always work.

Room Tip: Ask for water side view
  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with friends
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1  Thank J B
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Reviewed 28 July 2012

Ive stayed at the Columba many times since 1982. I'll be there again in November of '12. The Columba is like a grand old lady, a wee bit tired but very elegant. I love the old elevator. I love the location, smack dab in the middle of Oban and close to shops and restaurants. The staff have always been friendly and helpful. The views of the bay from some of the rooms is spectacular while other rooms have town views.

Overall, a comfortable hotel in which to stay.

Room Tip: Asknforna water view.
  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled solo
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Thank Jean O
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Reviewed 23 July 2012

Stayed here at short notice on 20 July 12. The hotel is very dated but was pretty clean. Our room was also dated, the bathroom suite was aubergine, thought they were outlawed in the 80's. The decor was very tired although the room was clean and the bed was very comfy. We were lucky and had a good view of the harbour. Had to fix the tv arial to get any channels, but figured it easier to self help than call for service. Food in the Retaurant was below par and the waiter struggled to get most orders correct, our drinks never arrived! Although the prices were reasonable. Overall, great location, but not on my list for future visits.

Room Tip: Definately get a harbour view, top floor quieter, but not a noisy location anyway.
  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Mark F
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Scarlett M, General Manager at Columba Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 25 July 2012

Dear Guest,

Many thanks for your comments about your recent stay at The Columba Hotel Oban. I greatly appreciate you having taken the time to share your thoughts. I have taken the opportunity to relay the feedback to the restaurant and kitchen team. Regarding the décor there is an ongoing refurbishment plan in place which is scheduled to restart after the summer the (outlawed bathroom suites first on the list of refurbishment) Thank you once again for your feedback

Kind regards

Matthew Hamer
General Manager

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Reviewed 20 July 2012

we have stayed in the columba hotel 3 times and always found it good . our room was very clean and very comforable. our room has spectacular views of oban bay [ the front of the hotel ] . the breakfast is very good . the staff are very helpful and will attend to you very quickly. the hotel is very family friendly . the elevator is however very small , cramped and old , one man could only fit himself and 2 suitcases in with him [ very small ] the stair cases are slightly tired and worn out
however i would highly recommend this hotel to anyone i will definately be coming back :]

Room Tip: second floor bay rooms have spectular views of oban bay
  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with family
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Scarlett M, General Manager at Columba Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 25 July 2012

Dear Guest,

Many thanks for your positive comments about your recent stay at The Columba Hotel Oban. I greatly appreciate you having taken the time to share your thoughts. I cant disagree regarding the size of the lift however I think the impact would be greater on our clientele if we didn’t have one. Thank you once again for your feedback and we hope we can welcome you back to the Columba Hotel once again.

Kind regards

Matthew Hamer
General Manager

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Address: North Pier, Oban PA34 5QD, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Argyll and Bute > Oban
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Suites
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Ranked #10 of 13 Hotels in Oban
Price Range: £55 - £128 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Columba Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 49
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