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“Charming Grand Dame from Yesteryears Still Going Strong!”
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Regent Hotel
Ranked #13 of 13 Hotels in Oban
Reviewed 26 June 2013 via mobile

I like this charming hotel. Thick rich carpets lined the corridors. My room, number 200, looked new and fresh with a spacious white themed toilet and a long bath to soak in. Loved the plentiful wall sockets provided-all the gadgets needing charging! This hotel reminded me of the colonial E & O Hotel in Penang but without the 6 star prices! Doesn't deserve the put downs it has been receiving. The huge breakfast dining hall blows your breath away with its all full front glass frontage view of the ocean. A slendid breakfast came with quick attentive service, your own pot of tea/coffee, a rack of hot toasts, full Scottish breakfast with eggs, black pudding, sausages and Haggis! This grand dame is well alive and kicking and I hope her prices continue to hark from days gone by. I wish her well!

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Tommy S, Manager at Regent Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 4 August 2013

Thank you for taking the time to leave to your comments on trip advisor
It is always great to read reviews such as yours and then I get to pass these reviews on to the team which is the pat on the back that they so much deserve. I’m glad you enjoyed our hotel and we hope to see you again in the not to distant future

Thank you very much.
Regent Hotel management and on behalf of all the staff at the Regent Hotel Oban.

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Reviewed 24 June 2013

As we had a early ferry to catch the next morning, we decided to stay at the Regent as they allowed dogs in the rooms.
There is no parking at the hotel, but as it was Saturday night, we could park outside on the street. Friends meet us for a drink in the bar - I felt we were in a time warp - shabby chic.
We left the dogs in the van until late, as they love their van. Our room was on the 5th floor, which caused a few problems as the lift is very small - trying to get two dogs and another women who would not let us go on our own, meant that the lift would only go to the 3rd floor, so we gave up and walked up the rest of the stairs. The 12 year old took a little coaxing.
The bedroom was small, but clean and the bathroom was spotless. We all sleep well and even the singing from the street was funny. We did not stay for breakfast as we had to be a the ferry terminal for 7.30am.
We will certainly stay again.

Room Tip: Beware of the small lift - especially if coach parties in - you may have to walk.
  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with friends
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1  Thank Glynisphotos
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Tommy S, Manager at Regent Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 4 August 2013

Thank you for taking the time to leave to your comments on trip advisor
I was happy to read that you and your dogs enjoyed your stay at the Regent and found all the facilities’ spotless and had good nights sleep despite the Oban entertainment.
We hope to welcome you all back to the Regent in the near future.
Thank you again
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Reviewed 24 June 2013

stayed at regent hotel oban and whilst hotel is ideally placed on
seafront and next to town centre, the accomodation leaves a lot
to be desired. Hotel is in great need of upgrading, when we got
to our room, it was dark and dingey, wallpaper was faded and worn with
oose and cobwebs at tops of walls and on doors, bathroom was poor, bed
uncomfortable.

staff ok, breakfast ok but could have been better, if you want quiet location, dont stay
here as it is next to a bar and we were woken at 2.30 in the morning with people shouting
and bawling outside the bar.

I have stayed in Oban now five years running on business and have to say this is the
poorest hotel yet.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled on business
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Tommy S, Manager at Regent Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 4 August 2013

Thank you for taking the time to leave to your comments on the Regent Hotel.
I’m sorry that you did not enjoy your stay with us and hope that this did not effect your overall trip too much .I wish I had the opportunity to resolve the issues you encounter during your stay as this is not the guest experience we hope to achieve .We will use the points raised to continue to improve our product and services .
Thank you again
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Reviewed 15 June 2013

This Hotel has so much potential it is not true, but it singularly fails to achieve this.
The Hotel has no parking facilities. I emailed the Hotel requesting advice as to the best place to park the car. Never had a response. Had no email send failures. The alarm bells started to ring.
Arrived and the Hotel is in a prime position. It was built a long time ago and the exterior needs some attention but its styling could be a major draw point..
Going into the Foyer you notice the entrance doors with draft excluder on the edges that are shall we say slightly falling off.
The foyer is a faded beauty. The carpets appear to have seen long service and the walls are wooden paneling giving a very Regency feel.
Got the key to the room but could not get in the room via the door knob lock. Turns out the lock is not in use & there is a Yale lock above.
Opened the door (or tried) could not get the door open very far. The wardrobe door was ajar & blocking the main door as the door latch was ineffective. Eventually got in and the room is sad.. Decorating is basic to put it nicely. A rewire has been attempted but only to the extent of putting conduit around the rooms to the various plugs etc..
The bathroom door could not be closed because the door latch did not work. Had to use the internal lock to secure the door. If anyone fell ill whilst in the bathroom, there would be no means of getting them out, apart from pulling the door down.
The shower tray had been replaced in the bathroom but the B&Q lino had not so the floorboards were visible. If any splashes come over thge shower tray, they would getinto the floorboards.
We had a back room which was over the kitchens so when you opened the metal casement windows (yes they still exist) you got the smells and the sounds of the kitchen. On the window cill was a phial of some fluid that had been opened. Wasn't sure what was in it so left well alone.
If you could get a front room, the views across the bay must be fabulous. The views from the dining room/bar do give this.
the breakfast was eatable, but to the extent of one bacon rasher, one sausage, one tomato and one egg. Not a meal to set you up for the day.
On the plus side, the sheets were clean.
There would have to be a special reason for me to frequent this one again but it could be so good and unique if some money was pumped into it.

Room Tip: Ask for a front room as high as you can get
  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Fred22222
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Tommy S, Manager at Regent Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 28 July 2013

Thank you for taking the time to leave your comments on the Regent hotel.
Since reading your review we have completed many of the issues you mentioned as part of our on-going refurbishment, this includes all entrance area windows have been refurbished, the entrance has been painted as have the doors you mentioned and the draught excluders have been replaced.
Within the bedroom you were allocated we have replaced the bathroom flooring for this issue I sincerely apologise.
With our breakfast we do have a standard breakfast of one tomato, egg, sausage bacon, potato scone and black pudding, we usually find that when this is served with toast and choices of five cereals, three choices of fruit segments and with the option of porridge and waffles, it is usually met with approval from most of our guests however on request we can increase the cooked breakfast quantity.
Thank you again
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Reviewed 12 June 2013

Hotel seemed rather tired, but in some ways this was rather retro charming. Staff helpful about need for early breakfast before ferry. Interesting historical exhibit about flying boat squadron in WWII

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Janet H
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Tommy S, Manager at Regent Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 28 July 2013

Thank you for taking the time to leave your comments on the Regent hotel.
We are still progressing through our renovations and hopefully if you return in the future you will notice a marked improvement.
I would like to thank the wonderful team at the Oban War and Peace museum for the collection of WW11 items and the upkeep of this display and I am sure they will also be pleased that you found it so interesting.
Thank you again
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Reviewed 9 June 2013

The room was comfortable,the staff were friendly and attentIve. We booked in at short notice having driven up to Oban and deciding I was too tired to drive home. Booking in was easy and the view from the room was stunning. We opted to book in for Dinner Bed and Breakfast. The food served at dinner was ok but not made to order, I chose the crayfish Caesar salad it was nice but both my husband and I chose ham salad as a main course this consisted of a couple of slices of ham, salad leaves that looked like the were from a supermarket mixed leaves a couple of Alice's of cucumber and an overpowering mustard vinegrette.

Room Tip: Room 416 although at the front of the hotel overlooking the esplanade it was quiet enough to sleep w...
  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Sheila M
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Tommy S, Manager at Regent Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 28 July 2013

Thank you for taking the time to leave your comments on the Regent hotel.
It is nice to read that you found your room comfortable, the staff friendly and attentive the views stunning and our booking and check in process easy ,I am sorry that even though you found the food ok there were still a few issues of concern during your meal , I will pass these concerns to our Chef to help us to improve further .

Thank you again
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Reviewed 7 June 2013

small room, shower that smelled of mold, basic breakfast - views from room is the only positive. although the window is ill placed for this view and small.
staff friendly - plenty of others for the price. ...

Room Tip: i don't think there is one... lol - top floor is the best
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1  Thank PJS777
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Tommy S, Manager at Regent Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 28 July 2013

Thank you for taking the time to leave your views on the Regent hotel..
I’m sorry you found problems in the room you were allocated and I have passed these comments to our Head of housekeeping who would like to join me in apologising to you .
As you mentioned some of our rooms are lucky enough to have wonderful views of Oban bay and I am glad you were able to experience this.
I will also pass your kind comments on to the team at the Regent.
Thank you again
Regent Hotel management and on behalf of all the staff at the Regent Hotel Oban

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Address: Corran Esplanade, Oban PA34 5PZ, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Argyll and Bute > Oban
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #13 of 13 Hotels in Oban
Price Range: £42 - £125 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Regent Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 82
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
An Art Deco hotel, The Regent is located on the Esplanade of Oban, opposite the pier. Just a few minutes walk from the town centre, the dramatic views across the sea to the distant islands will captivate guests upon arrival. The restaurant offers a choice of table d’hote or à la carte menus both of which utilise the best of local produce and our bedrooms offer magnificent views across Oban Bay. Local attractions in the area include visits to the sacred isle of Iona, trips to Mull and the opportunity to take a boat ride to the local seal colony, making the hotel ideal for your leisure break. ... more   less 
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