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Oban Bay Hotel
Ranked #5 of 13 Hotels in Oban
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“A lovely stay”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2011

We stayed here for one night dinner, bed and breakfast, and a bottle of wine included, with a groupon voucher and had a great time! The room was very comfortable, our dinner and breakfast very enjoyable and the staff were extremely friendly and efficient. The lounge has a lovely ambience with comfy leather chairs and a great sea view over the bay.
We will definitely be back!

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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2 Thank Sunflower050
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DarrellWilliams, General Manager at Oban Bay Hotel, responded to this review, 18 November 2011
Thank you for your fantastic review, it is great to hear that you enjoyed your recent stay with us. I will certainly pass on your great comments on to the team, look forward to welcoming you back to Oban in the very near future. Kind regards Darrell Williams General Manager
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2011

I took a short trip to this hotel in November. The hotel sounds fantastic, but fails to deliver on the promise.

The rooms are clean and tidy, but the bar and restaurant really let the place down. I was pretty annoyed that if I wanted to upgrade my dinner to include a steak, I had to pay an additional £15 over and above the money that had been allocated as part of our dinner bed and breakfast deal. That seemed over the top. Dinner was very rushed with much of it prepared beforehand.

The Spa seemed like I expected - a room with a hot tub. Not a proper spa.

The bar serves some pretty poor wine and had to be persuaded to sell us their better quality stuff, saved for the dining room.

If you park in their car park, be ready to pay £5 for the privilege. This wasn't made clear to us at check in which was a bit of a blow as off street parking seemed to be plentiful.

  • Stayed November 2011
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank GeographicChaos
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Dunblane, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2011

We booked a one night bed & breakfast with evening meal + wine via 5pm. The meal was very pleasing and plentyful with excellent service. The room was comfortable. A small charge was made for car-parking. Breakfast was excellent. The Cost of the package was very reasonable. The hotel is situated on the coastal front.
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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank BigG99_10
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DarrellWilliams, General Manager at Oban Bay Hotel, responded to this review, 17 November 2011
Thank you for taking the time to complete your review, I am delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us; . I do hope that you will visit us again soon Kind regards... Darrell Williams
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Ulverston, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2011

Upgraded to a sea view room on request - in fact a choice of 2. Friendly and efficient staff. great location, good food - a lovely warm Hotel and would return there.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Thank NorthernNic11
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DarrellWilliams, General Manager at Oban Bay Hotel, responded to this review, 17 November 2011
Thank you for your fantastic review, it is great to hear that you enjoyed your recent stay with us. I will certainly pass on your great comments on to the team 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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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2011

My partner and I booked a night through Groupon and we got treated just like fully paying customers. The receptionist was very pleasant and pretty witty actually. The room was clean and warm, bed comfortable, in fact, I can't fault it apart from not having any toiletries, just a shampoo and a wee soap. No shower gel or conditioner and no facial or body cream...
The dinner was a bit hit and miss; it started off really well with our choice of cullen skink and chicken liver pate which we ordered from the a la carte menu for a supplement of about £3.50 each. Both the cullen skink and pate were the best we've ever had!! However, for our mains we picked braised beef from the set menu which was free with our Groupon offer and oh dear oh dear, it took me right back to my times in the school canteen! Not the best. It also came within 10 seconds of us finishing the starters (?!) and no sorbet to clean my palate as promised. The restaurant staff didn't even ask us whether we're enjoying the meals or if everything was ok. It felt a little bit like they are there just to do the job but don't actually enjoy it. They didn't chat to the customers which didn't contribute to making them feel comfortable and relaxed. I would definitely prefer more friendly waiting staff...
However, the spa facilities....! The hot tub (placed outside) was incredibly relaxing, there's really something satisfying about sitting outside in freezing cold but being warm in a tub full of hot bubbling water! And the views of the bay are simply stunning. Also what I highly recommend is the incredible massaging chair (same room as the entrance to the hot tub). It massages every single muscle in your body - your neck, back, arms, legs, feet and even bum! It's fantastic!! It takes a wee while to work out the settings but keep trying, it's well worth it! Sadly we didn't manage to use any other spa facilities as we only stayed for one night.
The hotel bar is open till very late (maybe till 2 or 3 am? - we stayed till half 1 and they said they were staying open for another hour or so) and the prices are very reasonable. You can also take drinks to your room, which was a nice surprise.
The location is pretty good too, only about 10 min walk to the centre of town. There's a free parking very close to the hotel, less than a minute walk.
All in all, I would recommend this hotel. Yes, it does smell a little when you walk in, as per another review, but you forget all about it once you explore the hotel and find your clean, warm room and the mighty massaging chair!

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank theweetraveller
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DarrellWilliams, General Manager at Oban Bay Hotel, responded to this review, 17 November 2011
Thank you for your fantastic review, it is great to hear that you enjoyed your recent stay with us. I will certainly pass on your great comments on to the staff, 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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Scotland, UK
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18 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2011

My Wife and I have just returned from a 4 night stay at this Hotel which included Breakfast and evening meal. I cannot believe all the adverse comments made by some fools on this site. The food was excellent, the Staff were all polite, one reviewer has put on here that the service was too fast !! Personally I would rather have my meals served in the efficient manner that the staff here excel in rather than sit about waiting for ages, neither of us felt rushed at meal times. As for the staff not asking if everything was ok, which was posted by yet another "Difficult to please" reviewer, they must have been at a different Hotel from us, the Staff in the Reception, Bar and Restaurant were nothing short of exceptional, every time we encountered them they were really friendly, smiling and ALWAYS asked us if we were ok and enjoying ourselves. The waiting staff were polite and efficient, nothing wastoo much trouble for them, they went out of their way to make sure all our requirements were met, particularily the tall slim young waiter who had us in stitches with his humour, unfortunately he was only on duty on our first night (Monday) and the wee guy who has just moved from the Inverary Hotel was one of the best, pleasant, polite waiters I have ever encountered anywhere in the world. Finally the Hotel was spotless right down to gleaming cutlery, the comment on the "Mouldy" Hot Tub is just ridiculous, wood does tend to look like that when it has water in it 24/7........if this bothers you it isa personal issue.....WE WILL BE BACK

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Johnny059
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DarrellWilliams, General Manager at Oban Bay Hotel, responded to this review, 17 November 2011
Thank you for your fantastic 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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Clydebank
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2011

Travelled by rail to Oban and enjoyed a very pleasant 1 night stay at The Oban Bay Hotel. Booked through 5PM but the hotel also does online deals. Room was very comfortable and clean, food was good, bar prices reasonable for a hotel and the staff were all pleasant and helpful. Worth it for the view from the front lounge alone and all in all a very relaxing break.

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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Thank David I
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Additional Information about Oban Bay Hotel

Property: Oban Bay Hotel
Address: | Corran Esplanade, Oban PA34 5AE, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Argyll and Bute > Oban
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 13 Hotels in Oban
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Oban Bay Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 80
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Enjoying a prime position on the seafront, the Oban Bay Hotel & Spa has great views to Mull and Kerrera. For guests looking to relax and get away from it all, the hotel now offers an outdoor hot tub, spa treatments, along with a small sauna and steam room. In addition, Oban Bay Hotel has a comfortable bar and lounge area from which you can watch the world go by. ... more   less 
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