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“Good for an overnight stay”
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The Ranald Hotel
Ranked #2 of 13 Hotels in Oban
Certificate of Excellence
Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
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“Good for an overnight stay”
Reviewed 30 July 2014

We stayed here so that we would be close to the terminal for an early sailing to North Uist. It is purpose built with a kind of warehouse vibe, ie painted blockwork, but quite luxurious in feel and tasteful decor and comfortable. Staff were very friendly and helpful. There was no free parking available during the day (a Friday) although we searched the two suggested carparks, but we were able to park free outside the hotel after 6pm. Only downside was the level of street noise on a Friday night with shouting and merry laughter until well after 2am! Even with the window closed it was quite loud.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Hayley K, General Manager at The Ranald Hotel, responded to this review, 16 August 2014
Thank you very much for leaving a review of The Ranald Hotel on TripAdvisor. We are so pleased to hear that you thought our staff were friendly and helpful and found the hotel tastefully decorated and very comfortable. You are correct, that at the weekends, all town centre hotels, there can be a bit of noise from people leaving pubs. We do have rooms at the rear of the hotel that are quieter and could be an option for you if you do return to Oban. Thanks again!
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 29 July 2014

This hotel stands out from the crowds in Oban as a modern purpose built hotel.
I have stayed in a couple of hotels in Oban and most are old style and quite often lacking modernization.
The room was a good size with a really comfy big bed.
The porter showed us to the room and explained all the bits and bobs including the free wifi and password etc.
We had to leave early to get the morning ferry so would miss breakfast but the porter offered us a goody bag with fruit and yogurt etc which was a nice touch.
Would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a good sleep :)

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Hayley K, General Manager at The Ranald Hotel, responded to this review, 16 August 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. We hope that we will have the pleasure of welcoming you back to stay with us again in the future.
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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed 25 July 2014

We spend a night at this place. Had seen good reviews of the hotel and it does not disappoint you to that count. However if someone is looking for a low end luxury then one will be disappointed. The rooms are very small and the hotel itself looks like it is in an apartment. Well for a long stay in Oban, I am not so convinced that this is the right place however tastes do differ. Breakfast was great with assortments of fruits, cookies and yogurts amongst other things. Recommended for a short visit.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Hayley K, General Manager at The Ranald Hotel, responded to this review, 16 August 2014
Thank you very much for reviewing The Ranald Hotel. We are pleased to hear that you found our hotel ideal for an overnight stay and liked our quirky breakfast we have on offer. Thanks again.
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 25 July 2014

We arrived in Oban after stunning train journey from Glasgow. Staff were very welcoming. The decor is modern & it is spotlessly clean. We had a good nights sleep dispute extremely warm weather - fan in room was helpful & didn't make too much noise. As the hotel was fully booked & we booked late we had to move on second night - again staff so helpful, we left luggage in first room & when we got back that night it was transferred to second. The breakfast was delicious - recommend the salmon egg pot!! The breakfast was varied & home cooked. I thoroughly recommend this lovely little hotel & staff. Hope to come back.

Room Tip: If weather hot pick ground floor room - cooler.
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Hayley K, General Manager at The Ranald Hotel, responded to this review, 16 August 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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Reviewed 20 July 2014

We spend a single night here in July on our way to Isle of Mull. Our criteria was central and close to ferry terminal. It satisfied on all counts. The hotel is modern; well appointed room and bathroom. Family room accommodates four. Unusually, it was a warm day and the room temperature was somewhat uncomfortable during the night. An unusual circumstance so no A/C but there is a fan.

The hotel does not seem to have a lift which maybe an issue for elderly or with lots of luggage.

Breakfast was served in the small reception area. It was perfectly adequate.

The hotel is well located close to all the town centre within walking distance of the Oban distillery and restaurants on the north pier.

The ferry terminal is a short 5-minute drive away; hotel has no parking so need to park on the street which is an hourly charge during the daytime.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Hayley K, Manager at The Ranald Hotel, responded to this review, 22 July 2014
Thank you for leaving your feedback of The Ranald. Unfortunately during your stay we had a heatwave which is very uncommon for Scotland hence the reason why we have no air con but we do provided fans in all rooms for these situations. We are glad that you were satisfied with your stay and hope to see you again if you return to Oban
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Reviewed 19 July 2014 via mobile

Nice simple and clean hotel to enjoy Oban in a great location. Rooms are little cramped but well equipped. Limited parking outside the hotel but for a short break the hotel was nice and comfortable with helpful and pleasant staff. Not many hotels in the region and this is one of the best.

Stayed July 2014
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Hayley K, Manager at The Ranald Hotel, responded to this review, 22 July 2014
Thank you very much for leaving a review of your experience at The Ranald. It's great to hear that you enjoyed your time with us and that you found us one of the best hotels in the region. We hope to see you in the near future!
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Surat Thani, Thailand
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 282 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 July 2014

The Ranald is a modern hotel. There are one or two disadvantages but these didn't alter my opinion that it's a good place to stay. The disadvantages are that there is no lift so if, like us , you have a room on the third floor, be prepared for some exercise! If you have mobility problems, when booking ask for a ground floor room. The other disadvantage is parking. The hotel has no car park and street parking immediately outside the hotel is pay and display and is quite expensive. However, we didn't have any problem parking here to unload luggage etc and the hotel staff will direct you to the 2 free car parks in Oban. Other car parks within walking distance of the hotel are pay and display but free after 6pm.
What does this hotel offer? Its only a short walk from the ferry terminals and shops. The rooms are very comfortable, excellent facilities and the housekeeping is first class. All the usual tea/coffee/hot chocolate supplies are provided and there is a small safe in the wardrobe. The reception is also the bar and dining room for breakfasts! The buffet breakfast is very good with fruit juices, cereals, toast and croissants available along with excellent porridge, baked eggs and filled bagels. It is possible that there might be a slight delay in getting a table for breakfast but that didn't happen to us.
It is also possible to order a packed lunch which is extremely good value at 4.99.
All the staff were very friendly and helpful and we would certainly stay here again.

Room Tip: There is no lift so if you have mobility problems request a ground floor room
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
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Hayley K, Manager at The Ranald Hotel, responded to this review, 22 July 2014
Thank you for your feedback of The Ranald. I am delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us and that your enjoyed our breakfast options including our grab bags which are excellent value for money. I am also pleased to hear that you were not put off by the lack of car park and lift and that you would happily return to the hotel. Thanks Again!
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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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