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“Clean and Contemporary”
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The Ranald Hotel
Ranked #2 of 13 Hotels in Oban
Ephraim, Wisconsin
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Clean and Contemporary”
Reviewed 1 July 2014

My husband and I spent two nights at The Ranald in mid-June and were pleased with our accomodations. The room was attractively furnished in a non-fussy fashion, and it was very clean and spacious. Although small, the bathroom was also very clean. The hotel's location, downtown just one short block off the main street,is convenient and means it's possible to walk nearly everywhere. We enjoyed the breakfast included with the room, but were amused by the room in which it was served-- a quirky combination of breakfast room, bar, and reception area. However, it seemed to function well in all capacities. We would happily return to The Ranald if we are in Oban again, but I would like to address some of the comments made by other reviewers. First is the lack of elevator. While this didn't bother us since our room was on the second floor, it could certainly present a problem under some circumstances and is something to take into consideration. Second is noise level. Once again, this does not apply to us because our room at the back of the hotel was quiet, but when one is staying at a hotel located right downtown, it is only realistic to expect some noise. If quiet is a priority, request a room at the back or realize that this might not be the hotel for you.

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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Hayley K, General Manager at The Ranald Hotel, responded to this review, 7 July 2014
Firstly I would like to thank you for leaving such a lovely review of your recent stay at The Ranald Hotel. We are so pleased to hear that your enjoyed your stay with us and found our hotel, clean, contemporary, spacious and positioned in the ideal location. If you do happen to visit Oban again, we hope that you choose The Ranald Hotel. Thanks again.
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Preston, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 30 June 2014

Perfectly placed to walk not Oban. New clean and we'll appointed. Good continental breakfast. The hotel is three stories and has no lift. So my only warning is if you are infirm, probably go somewhere else

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Hayley K, General Manager at The Ranald Hotel, responded to this review, 7 July 2014
Thank you for taking the time to leave your experience of The Ranald Hotel on TripAdvisor. We are all delighted to hear that you enjoyed your time with us and we look forward to welcoming you back if you happen to return to Oban
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Reviewed 26 June 2014

We stated here with 6 friends 2 weekends ago for two nights. We were all on motorcycles and found parking outside no problem at all. The hotel was very inviting and we were greeted with a huge smile and good humour. We paid a bit extra for a huge room on the GOP floor. Ok, no lift but come on, nit exactly a big deal! The room was fantastic and we were over the moon. Lovely big bed, nice lounge area and a nice bathroom. The only issue we had was a leaking shower door where the seal had come away - we could have complained but didn't get around go it - no big deal.

The bar area was lovely and the waitress was very nice - great go have the drinks brought to you.

Breakfast in the same room was, I have to say, bloody brilliant!! I was a bit worried having read some reviews on here, but it made a lovely change from your usual fried English breakfast. The selection was fine and the coffee very tasty - no complaints.

Returned that night to freshly made room. Lively shower, coffee in room then Back to bar where the poor waiter was rushed of his feet - despite this he had time to chat, crack some jokes and make us feel really welcome.

Final morning was also really busy - we couldn't get a table for breakfast so went for a walk in the sun for 30 minutes then came back for a late feed.

Overall, we loved this place - room, food, staff and general feeling can't be faulted.

Thanks to all the staff. We will return!

Room Tip: Avoid reviews - pay a little extra for top floor suite!
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
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Hayley K, General Manager at The Ranald Hotel, responded to this review, 7 July 2014
Thank you very much for your excellent review of The Ranald! It's great to hear such positive comments from our guests and that you enjoyed everything we had to offer. We look forward to welcoming you and your friends back in the near future. Thanks again!
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Isle of Arran, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 24 June 2014

had some time off from work love oban last minute decision to go away for the night found a great deal at the hotel very clean as hotel is only 2 years old very light breakfast as not a big eater in the mornings . our stay was over too quick but we will return sometime in the future

Room Tip: 2nd floor suite very peaceful
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Hayley K, General Manager at The Ranald Hotel, responded to this review, 7 July 2014
Thank you very much for leaving a review of your experience on TripAdvisor. It's great to hear that you enjoyed your time with us and we look forward to welcoming you back to The Ranald Hotel when you return to Oban.
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Newbury, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 23 June 2014

I could not have asked for a friendlier stay. From a young lass called Lorna, who is a real gem, to the lady who served me breakfast. I apologise, I can't remember her name, but treated me like an old friend. I may have only stayed one night but I intend to return.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled on business
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Hayley K, General Manager at The Ranald Hotel, responded to this review, 7 July 2014
Thank you very much for your excellent review. Your comments are greatly appreciated and we are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay at The Ranald Hotel. Lorna is a great asset to The Ranald team, I will make sure your comments are passed on. We hope that we will have the pleasure of welcoming you back to stay with us again in the future.
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Malmö, Sverige
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Reviewed 23 June 2014

Not so far from the stunning port of Oban, this small warm hotel in a three-story house with no lift! The rooms are cozy and warm, the breakfast is eat as much as you can & riklig.Servicen is high & always with a smile. Well worth a rental if you do not mind climbing stairs. Sure they offer to help with the bag but the staff had probably had the same problem we were having to get them up three floors.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Hayley K, General Manager at The Ranald Hotel, responded to this review, 7 July 2014
Thank you very much for taking the time to leave a review of your experience at The Ranald Hotel on TripAdvisor. I'm delighted to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us and you enjoyed our friendly service. Thank you again, and we hope to see you again soon.
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Berkshire
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 June 2014 via mobile

Stayed at the Ranald on a visit to Oban. Good location (walking distance to town), comfortable bed and room with friendly, helpful staff. But, no parking, no lift (we were on the 3rd floor) and no cooked breakfast available. Good enough for a single night, but lacking in a couple of important areas for a longer stay.

Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Hayley K, General Manager at The Ranald Hotel, responded to this review, 4 July 2014
Thank you for taking the time to leave a review of your recent stay at The Ranald. We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed some aspects to The Ranald Hotel but felt we were lacking some areas. We try to be as honest as we can in all that we do and have on offer at the hotel and it is stated on our website that we do not have a lift but staff are always on hand to help with luggage. We make guests aware that there is no designated car park but give many alternative options of where you can park close by and on our breakfast page on our website it states we do not offer a full Scottish breakfast but have many other items to choose from. Thank you once again and we will hopefully see you again if you return to Oban.
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Property: The Ranald Hotel
Address: 41 Stevenson Street, Oban PA34 5NA, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Argyll and Bute > Oban
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 13 Hotels in Oban
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — The Ranald Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Oban's only purpose built hotel in decades, ushering in a new era ofmodernity whilst keeping a distinctive local flavour. Add the passion, warmth and dedication of Hayley's team and The Ranald experience was born.Our metro hotel is set in the heart of Oban's Victorian architecture and located just off the main esplanade. We are just a couple of minutes walk from both the Calmac Ferry Terminal and Oban Train StationOur vision at The Ranald was to bring you affordable luxury. Our range of 17 ensuite guest rooms have sumptuous king sized beds, fluffy duck down pillows, flat screen TV's, i-Phone docking stations and complimentary wifi throughout the hotel. Enjoy a relaxing drink in our contemporary lounge bar, perfect for before or after sampling Oban's fine choice of restaurants. ... more   less 
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