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“Average - you get what you pay for!” 3 of 5 bubbles
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Columba Hotel
Ranked #7 of 13 Hotels in Oban
Bristol
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“Average - you get what you pay for!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2009

This hotel is 'ok' for the £. The newer rooms are better. We asked to moveas no shower in room, new room had new nice clean bathroom. Staff downtrodden. Hotel very tired. Breakfast ok. This hotel is ok for quick sleep before a ferry. We had a great Indian meal at The Tahaj Mahal, 5 min walk from hotel.

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Glasgow
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72 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2009

This owners of the hotel (McKever Group) are in administration so it is possible that this is having an impact on the hotel. On arrival at the reception the receptionist was dealing with the coffee shop as well.
The room we had been given has been redecorated but when you looked at the ceiling that hadn't been touched.
The bar attached to the hotel was a bit weird with plastic plant pots as light shades, and the music that was playing dreadful i.e. rave.
Breakfast was a bit too greasy. I like a full scottish breakfast but the black pudding was a congealed mess.
It is nice to note that they support the local tesco store as the bread and yoghurts were from tesco.
The location was god as you are right at the harbour

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Grangemouth, United Kingdom
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216 reviews
47 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2009

We stayed at the Columba Hotel for 3 days on a package deal of dinner, bed and breakfast with nightly bar credit - it was great value for money and is now our number one hotel in Oban.

We travel to Oban on a regular basis and have tried pretty much all the hotels there; some have been woefully dire, others okay, but the Columba tops our list. As others have said, it's not impressive from the outside; arriving on foot from the train station, we walked around the whole building before we found the entrance! But from the moment we stepped foot inside the door, the warm, welcoming, friendly staff (Sarah in particular) made us feel right at home!

We were allocated a beautiful top floor turret room with stunning views of Oban Bay and which was spacious, airy, comfortable and modern - a real surprise after the dated exterior and scary, clunky, tiny elevator! The restaurant was large and had lovely sea views and the restaurant staff, although overworked and under a great deal of pressure, were efficient, helpful and friendly. The only let-down was the food, which we felt was "production-line" prepared to cater for large coach parties and did not reflect the wonderful fresh produce available in Oban. Don't get me wrong, the food was okay, good choice on the menu and tasty enough, but definitely prepared for the "older" palette as was often bland and unseasoned. Breakfast was buffet-style and more than adequate regardless of your personal taste.

The Harbour Cafe, which opens straight on to the North Pier, has wonderful views of Oban Bay and we spent most of our evenings sitting on the mezzanine looking at the views, sipping our drinks and chatting with the many foreign visitors, another highlight of our stay.

On the whole we thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Columba and will definitely be back. The highlight of the whole visit was most definitely the staff at the hotel, and we would like to extend our deepest thanks to all who helped make our visit a memorable one.

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Wigan, United Kingdom
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222 reviews
47 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 177 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2009

Stayed here whilst touring Scotland and were somewhat dissapointed. Location was good in the centre with decent parking. The reception, hotel and rooms are a bit shabby but ok for a one night stopover - you get what you pay for I guess. A big upside was the breakfast which was outstanding and sets you up well for the day. If you want 'no frills' than this is a good hotel.

  • Stayed March 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Corpus Christi, TX
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58 reviews
57 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 186 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2009

The outside is not impressive. The reception is not impressive. (but the staff is) The elevator is old and quirky. But what matters are the rooms and breakfast---and both are excellent. I booked on Expedia and didn't really know what to expect. What a pleasant suprise!! We arrived on the train and walked with suitcases from train station to the hotel. The outside facing the bay was not encouraging. But when we got to the room, we were very happy. Breakfast was very good and served in a sunny room with friendly staff. It was a buffet but special orders were also available. We had to depart before breakfast time and a cold breakfast was provided. We could not have asked for a more helpful and friendly staff . Close your eyes as you approach (the entrance is not facing the bay) and prepare to be suprised.

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Edinburgh
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12 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2009

The hotel was clean with nice staff but the biggest suprise was that the public areas didn't prepare me for the room !! - Obviosuly the hotel is going through renovation at the moment and I had a fantastic new room with great views over the harbour. The renovated rooms must be the best in Oban !!

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Toronto
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2009

I was very pleased with this hotel.
My room had been newly renovated and the view from the window was spectacular.
The breakfast was great, buffet style but has something for every taste.
Very friendly staff, nice people.
I would suggest that you book in advance and request a newly renovated room as I did.

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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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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