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Oban Bay Hotel
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Reviewed 24 January 2013

Stayed at The Oban Bay with some friends from Friday 18th until Sunday 20th January. Booked a deal through Classic Britain at the outstanding rate of £34.80 per person DB&B. The table d'hote menu at the hotel was very good but we did opt for a selection from the a la carte menu on the 2nd night at a supplement. Excellent quality and plentiful. House wines come in at approx. £16 per bottle. The rooms are basic but clean and beds comfortable and plenty of hot water and towels. There are rooms at the front of the hotel which may incur a supplement but have lovely views over Oban Bay. That said there is a very relaxing conservatory/lounge where you can sit and watch the boats going up and down whilst enjoying a drink from the bar. The hotel does have spa facilities but we did not try these. This is my second visit to The Oban Bay and it will not be the last. I should also add that all the staff encountered on our visit could not have been more helpful and friendly. If there is any criticism it may be that certain areas will need a touch of paint soon to freshen them up. Definitely recommend a visit!

Room Tip: Majority of rooms are standard in large extension and some have side sea view. Rooms with a full view over the bay are at the front of the hotel with a small supplement payable for each night ranging from £12.50pp for an executive room to £25pp for a junior suite.
  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 23 January 2013

We stayed for one saturday night on an online bed and breakfast tarif for £80 in late November 2012.. Good points:
Reception staff were friendly and helpful
Breakfast was freshly cooked and served promptly
Outstanding views across Oban Bay from the bar lounge/conservatory
Bad points:
Beware of additional car park charge of £5 per night for on site parking
The higher floor room we were allocated was in a time warp. Old fashioned door lock, and poor furnishings. The weather was cold and frosty and we awoke to heavy condensation on single glazed windows - very unhealthy. Left wall mounted electric heater on all night but barely adequate warmth in this room in cold weather.
Double bed was old, springs creaked and felt dated with old fashioned blankets
Sauna was broken and unavailable

Would we stay here again? Sorry but a definite "no" to that one

  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 January 2013

My partner and I stayed for an overnight on Friday 18th January 2013. To be helpful for anyone thinking of booking I will address the slight concerns I had before the stay. 1. Dont bother paying £5 to park, there is tons of parking on street just a very short (30 second) walk away. 2. The hotel is a little shabby in parts, but only a little, and considering it's a 3 star hotel, and great value I cannot complain. 3. If you can get DB&B, go for it, the food was really excellent, and 3 courses included in the deal. 4. The spa is small, although is accurately described as a mini spa- just a sauna and steam room, and a bit grubby however the outdoor hot tub is lovely. 5. We stayed in the new part of the hotel, which after reading reviews I asked specifically for and I was happy with the room. There was not a sea view for the room, however it is clearly stated on the booking form that there was an upgrade payable for this so I had no issue there.
Some contstructive criticism for the hotel: we really enjoyed our meal in the restaurant, the food and service were excellent, however the ambiance could be improved. The lighting was bright (too bright for a dinner) and the music played was a bit outdated. Our shower in the room (260)was lousy (poor water pressure and bad shower head), but hard to know if this was an ongoing issue or had recently occured.
Overall we had a really enjoyable stay, and will definitely return if we come back to Oban.

Room Tip: Ask for a refurbished room.
  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 January 2013

My partner and I stayed here overnight, the hotel is a little dated and tired looking in most areas, but clean. The basic double room was comfortable, warm and quiet. We enjoyed the freshly cooked breakfast and the staff were friendly, we paid £60 for our stay and it was decent value at that although the bar is expensive. Would we return? We would probably try others in the area to compare first!

  • Stayed: January 2013
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Reviewed 18 January 2013

we stayed at the oban bay over hogmany and must say i was thouroughly impressed - the room was spotless on entry and as it was a triple i was concerned that it would be a bit small but i neednt have worried as the room was huge - big enough for 3 people comfortably - the food at the hotel was of a very high standard and the brunch on new years day was much appreciated as it was available until 1pm - the staff were always very friendly and helpful when required - it seemed that nothing was too much bother for them - overall our stay at the oban bay hotel was excellent and would struggle to find fault with this hotel or its staff - would definetly recommend this hotel to my friends and family

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled with family
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