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Columba Hotel
Ranked #7 of 13 Hotels in Oban
Leicester, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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“Mixed review.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2014

Some features in our stay were very good and some not so.
The room was a bit small, but ok, bathroom very good and the harbour view was excellent.
The food is very good, served by lovely friendly staff.

The bar is just awful...desperately in need of refurbishing.
One of the disappointments for us is that there is nowhere to sit and relax, except for your bedroom.No lounge or comfortable seating area at all.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Kate J
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darrell w, General Manager at Columba Hotel, responded to this review, 27 June 2014
Thank you for taking time to review your stay with us.
Your comments have been passed on and where feasible improvements will be made. Thank you once again for your comments.

Kind Regards

Darrell Williams
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Saint-Victor-de-Malcap, France
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2014

Non welcomming staff, they do not know what a smile is. Breakfast quality very average. The coaches use to park in front of the windows of the dining room avoiding then the sea view. Very poor bed and I got a stiff neck while there !!! Ashame we could not go on the "balcon" to appreciate the view. At least the thick carpets in corridor keep e very smelly odor.....

Room Tip: If I had to go back to Oban, I would not go back to thïs hotel
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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darrell w, General Manager at Columba Hotel, responded to this review, 27 June 2014
Thank you for taking time to review your stay with us. I would like to apologise that you did not enjoy your experience with us; however I can assure you that it is not typical of our service. Your comments have been passed on and where feasible improvements will be made. Thank you once again for your comments.
Kind Regards Darrell Williams
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 May 2014

An excellent stay, in a very commodious room with a magnificent view over the North Pier and the bay. I have mobility difficulties, but the staff couldn't do enough for me at the breakfast buffet. Highly recommended.

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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled solo
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darrell w, General Manager at Columba Hotel, responded to this review, 27 June 2014
Thank you for your review, it is great to hear that you enjoyed your recent stay with us. I will certainly pass on your great comments on, Thanks again and I look forward to welcoming you back to Oban in the very near future
Kind regards Darrell Williams
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Barnsley, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2014

we stayed in this hotel over the haloween week in 2013, the hotel was in the process of being modernized, but there where always a group of cleaners keeping public areas spotlessly clean. the bed room where very clean and modern with every thing you could need> the only problem being some of the walls where rather thin. staff very helpful and friendly. Buffet breakfast was fantastic with everything you could ever wish for. Evening meals plentiful and excellent. Would recommend and stay again, but earlier in the year to explore the surrounding islands

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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darrell w, General Manager at Columba Hotel, responded to this review, 31 May 2014
Thank you very much for review on Trip Advisor. It is greatly appreciated by both management and the entire team. A good review is incredibly motivational for all of us and encourages the entire team to keep up the good work. So once again a big thank you and we hope to be able to welcome you back to the hotel at some time in the future
Kind Regards Darrell Williams
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Wellingborough, England, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2014

We felt lucky to get two rooms on a Bank Holiday Saturday night.

Check in was easy and friendly.

Rooms were very nice - mine had a view over the harbour and distant hills (very nice). For birdwatchers - I saw a Black Guillemot from bed.

Easy parking right by the hotel.

Great location for exploring Oban.

Good breakfast available from 0730.

We felt lucky to have found such a nice place in such a good location at such a reasonable price.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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darrell w, General Manager at Columba Hotel, responded to this review, 31 May 2014
Thank you very much for review on Trip Advisor. It is greatly appreciated by both management and the entire team. A good review is incredibly motivational for all of us and encourages the entire team to keep up the good work. So once again a big thank you and we hope to be able to welcome you back to the hotel at some time in the future
Kind Regards Darrell Williams
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Phoenix, Arizona
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30 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2014

The hotel is located right on the bay and so has beautiful views. We were there during the holidays (November) and were able to park in the lot out back for free. Normally I think there's a charge.
The hotel itself has a beautiful traditional facade and a prime location for shop access, etc. It's also right across the way from the Oban distillery (very conveniently).
The staff was nice but a bit distracted. We had to wait for someone to come to the desk to check us in and to check out. We didn't have much interaction otherwise as we didn't see many people.
The elevator is one of those tiny 2 people deals with the old school double closing doors. I didn't ride in it personally, but my travel buddy said it was an interesting experience (and good for transporting luggage).
The room was spacious and clean. We had a great view of the city and the McCaig's Tower, which was particularly beautiful at night when all lit up. There was even a little sitting area in the turret part of the room which was a nice touch.
The rest of the hotel looks a little dated inside, although it appeared they may have been renovating. The wifi is spotty at best, so I wish you the best of luck maintaining a signal (despite having a network for every floor).
The main restaurant was closed, but we had dinner at the connected pub. The food was good and staff was nice. The breakfast was included with the room, but it wasn't particularly special. The cold buffet was a little lackluster although the cooked food was made to order and decent. It seemed like it was on half staff (perhaps due to the time of the year) as the same guy who served us dinner also served us breakfast. We went out for breakfast the second day.
Overall, not a bad place to stay. The rates were reasonable and the room was really nice.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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darrell w, General Manager at Columba Hotel, responded to this review, 31 May 2014
Many thanks for taking the time to review your stay with us. We are delighted you enjoyed your break and look forward to welcoming you back. We have taken on board your comments with the hotel and will look to improve where possible.
Kind Regards
Darrell Williams General Manager
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Carnoustie, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2014

Room small but clean, extractor fan did not work in bathroom. Very limited parking for hotel and had to park in public car park. Bed uncomfortable and we had noisy neighbours.

Buffet style breakfast was good and staff were friendly and helpful.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Shirley G
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darrell w, General Manager at Columba Hotel, responded to this review, 31 May 2014
Many thanks for taking the time to review your stay with us. We are delighted you enjoyed your break and look forward to welcoming you back. We have taken on board your comments with the hotel and will look to improve where possible.
Kind Regards
Darrell Williams General Manager
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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 #7 of 13 Hotels in Oban
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Columba Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 49
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