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Columba Hotel
Ranked #8 of 13 Hotels in Oban
Sandilands, United Kingdom
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39 reviews
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“Overnighter”
Reviewed 10 May 2013

Friendly staff and excellent location made this a nice overnight stop for us. The hotel itself is quaint and quirky, not flash but certainly comfortable. We had to leave early to catch the ferry and we were given a lovely breakfast (continental) to start the day. I would certainly book in again.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Scunthorpe, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 7 May 2013

We stayed at Columba for 3 nights at end of April, we chose this mainly due to price as we had stayed at another hotel last year and wanted to spend less and have more flexibility. We were not disapointed with the Columba, it may need a bit of a tidy up in places but the food, view and service were excellent. We had room at top with turret and view over town and ferry port towards Kerrera. You could sit there all day. We also did not get kicked out of bar at 10.30pm (no we are not heavy drinkers).
Dining room really nice and food not over priced.

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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Preston, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 7 May 2013

We arrived early so the room was not ready reception took care of our bags and advised a time to return. Right on time the room was ready. We had a superior room with the corner window looking out across the town and harbour really excellent location. The room was large and in a good condition. However the only heat in the room is a small electric convector that is situated next to the door so the room really struggled to get comfortably warm. The room was lovely and quiet we had a great nights sleep.
The breakfast is self service buffet with good choice of hot and cold foods. The staff throughout the hotel are very friendly and helpful. I have stayed in three of SGE’s hotels the Columba is with out doubt my best experience so far.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
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Reviewed 3 May 2013

We stayed in this Hotel on our way to Islay. We did not expect too much, yet were not impressed by what we found at the Columba Hotel.

The hotel is really nicely located in the center of Oban and was a great place to start my morning run along the coast line. Even though we did not have an ocean view room, we had a straight view on the Oban Distillery - which for us as whisky lovers was almost like seing the ocean ;-) Unfortunately the hotel was not really impressing in terms of cleanliness: the windows had not been cleaned for at least the last year - we were briefly wondering whether it was frosted glass ;-) The staff at the reception was not overly friendly - did just about what they had to do. The breakfast was unfortunately less than impressive, really greasy with a very limited choice.

We would probably try to find a different place for a stay in Oban next time.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with friends
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Manchester, UK
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Reviewed 28 April 2013

The Columba is sited at the end of the seafront in Oban and is a five minute walk from the ferry terminal to the islands and the train station. It has limited free parking but is next to a pay and display car park.

Reception was efficient if not friendly and our room was on the first floor, via a small lift, in a corner overlooking the seafront and ferry terminal. A window with table and chairs gave an interesting view of the harbour activity. The room was small and modernly furnished, as was the ensuite and was clean and comfortable. There was a wall heater.

We ate in the newly refurbished and smart first floor restaurant. The service was excellent and the meals were very tasty, especially the curry.

The bed and pillows were comfortable and for once did not have an over togged duvet that roasts you during the night. We had a good night’s sleep. The shower was good but not hot enough.

Breakfast in the modern dining room was a buffet selection of cold or cooked foods and was well prepared.

This was a good, comfortable stay and I would stay here again.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Irvine, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 April 2013

I would like to start of by saying I have stayed at the columba many times over the years and knew what to expect mostly. The location is fantastic right next to the harbour on one side and the other looks into the town with great views also. We booked 2 rooms for our family. My wife 3 year old and myself stayed on the town side first floor and the other room was a sea view double on the other side. There was a terrible smell the first day we arrived on the first floor which I mentioned to reception later and the next day it was gone. The room we had was okay, although we asked for a double bed and got 2 singles pushed together and the windows were filthy with a safety device hanging off. The other room with the sea view was nice with a great shower. The downside was the ferry's are right outside and have their engines running which makes it hard to sleep. The parking is only for about 8 cars and everyone else has to pay and display. The food was good staff are very friendly as always and will probably book here again the next time I am up that way.

Room Tip: Ask for a room on the second floor as it should be quieter and offer superb views.
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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 19 April 2013

I had a single room with a sea-view and the mattress on the bed was really comfortable and room was a good size and bathroom was huge.
Breakfast was good but I agree with Homebody97 that eggs were a bit hard and rubbery. Adequate for a short stay. Staff were extremely friendly and very helpful and I will stay here again.
Weather was poor so views from sea-view room were fantastic.
Hotel needs a makeover as decor is old and lift is archaic, but it all adds to the homely feel of the place.

Room Tip: If you want to avoid an old lift, choose a ground floor room.
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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled solo
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Property: Columba Hotel
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 #8 of 13 Hotels in Oban
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Hotel Class:3 star — Columba Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 49
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