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Hawthornbank Guest House
Ranked #14 of 94 Oban B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
scotland
Level 4 Contributor
36 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Nice stay”
Reviewed 15 October 2012

My partner and I stayed here in July 2012. The host, Morven was lovely; she was very helpful, welcoming and kind. The breakfasts were good too. The establishment was clean and tidy and the bed was comfortable. However, the room we stayed in felt a little dated. The bathroom was tiny and the plastic tile effect reminded me more of a caravan than a guest house. The sea view is nice, but quite far back and you have to look beyond the flats in front of you. There are other hotels and guests houses nearby that have amazing views. We were touring around Scotland at the time, and this was the most expensive guest house we stayed in (and the only one we didn't rate 5 stars). Perhaps there are better rooms though as most of the reviews seem to rave about them! There also seemed to be a house party hosted by the owners while we were there. It was quite noisy until about midnight, but since no-one else has mentioned this, I'll presume it was a one off! All in all, a nice stay.

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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Perth and Kinross, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 11 October 2012

I could tell before I arrived that I would enjoy my stay here. Morven was helpful and friendly from the moment I phoned to book. My bus arrived in Oban earlier than normal check-in time but this wasn't a problem for her. Hawthornbank is conveniently located, minutes from the main street and sea front. My room, on the ground floor, was very comfortable. Good selection for breakfast, porridge was delicious. Would definitely stay here again, highly recommended.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled solo
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Mitchellville, Maryland
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Reviewed 1 October 2012

I have returned from staying six nights in the Hawthornbank. This was one of my best vacations. The Trip Advisor reviews led to high expectations, and everything was more than hoped for. Room 8 gave a view of the harbor through roof windows; a window in the back showed the bowling green. Room size was fine, and there were two comfortable chairs in addition to the bed. Breakfast selections were more and better than could be reasonably expected. (If you don’t like bangers, eat bacon or smoked salmon and eggs.) Morven is the perfect hostess. Precise control of the shower temperature was unexpected. Bonus extra: a wash cloth (face flannel) was provided without my asking. Perhaps the only useful thing I can add to the previous praise is how to reach the place on foot: From George Street (the main road away from the water), take Nursery Lane (next to Taj Mahal restaurant) up the hill for a short block. Turn right at the first opportunity, up a pedestrian path. At the end of the metal railing, take the first left up another walkway. The doorway to the guest house is marked, on your right. (It is easy.)

Room Tip: Room 8 gave views both front and back.
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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled solo
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Melbourne
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 September 2012

Oban was our first port of call after a long flight from Australia. How wonderful it was to be greeted so warmly by Morven. Our room was pretty and quiet, the bed comfortable, and the breakfasts delicious (thank you Robert). The house has a lovely view over the bay and it is a quick and easy walk into the town centre. Great to have off-street parking. We would definitely stay again and have already recommended Hawthornbank to family and friends.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Madrid, Spain
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Reviewed 15 September 2012

Oban its one of the most beautiful places to go in your trip through Scotland. We spent only one night but if we had known how nice Hawthornbank is with sure we would have booked at least two nights.
Perfect located, one of the most incredible views we have ever seen in a room, you can park the car and go walking to everywhere.
Morven is a marvellous hostess that cooks a really tasteful breakfast and she transmits your the most purely scotish hospitability. Please go and check it by yourself ...

Room Tip: The queen room
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Adelaide, Australia
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Reviewed 12 September 2012

What a pleasure it was to have such a wonderful place to stay for 2 nights in at Oban. It was in a perfect position for views and walking to town and the pier without having to take the car. The room was comfortable and clean, Morven was a marvellous hostess and when we had to leave early the second morning she packed us a great breakfast. This place was a real find.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Ayrshire
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41 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 September 2012

Lovely, homely B&B. Nice room, good breakfast, view over bay of Oban. Morven a welcoming landlady. Parking spaces to rear off back lane. 2 minute stroll from town centre. Would stay here again if in the area.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Hawthornbank Guest House

Property: Hawthornbank Guest House
Address: Dalriach Road, Oban PA34 5JE, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Argyll and Bute > Oban
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #14 of 94 B&Bs / Inns in Oban
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Hawthornbank Guest House 4*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hawthornbank Guest House is a delightful Victorian villa built in 1873. It is pleasantly situated in a slightly elevated position, nd have many rooms with spectacular views of Oban bay. We are close to Oban town centre yet in a quiet residential setting. There is off-street parking and a footpath leads from the front garden towards the town. We have facilities for bicycles and welcome cyclists. ... more   less 
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Hawthornbank Guest House Hotel Oban
Hawthornbank Guest House Oban, Scotland

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