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Falls Of Lora
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Connel
Lancashire
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128 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Great place and good value”
Reviewed 19 August 2013

An odd mix of reviews for the Falls of Lora Hotel, but all I can report on is our experience.
We were a party of 7 - a family of 5 with 3 teenagers and a couple - and we all loved the hotel and bistro.
We have tried to find reasonably priced accommodation in the area before, without success. We have tried Travelodges before (and did on this trip) but accomodation is basic and we like Premier Inn but the nearest one, at Fort William, has a two-night minimum policy at this time of year.
So we found the Falls of Lora, rang a few weeks ago and spoke directly to a young girl who took our booking and explained that there was a room to sleep 5 in a double, bunks and a futon-style chair. She also explained that the hotel makes no charge for children's accommodation, only for their breakfast. So that made for a very reasonable charge overall. In fact, on a charge per person basis, the couple paid much more than the family! We were surprised that they could accommodate us at only a few weeks' notice in high season and we're a bit concerned at what we might get.
We were very pleasantly surprised. We were warmly welcomed by a young receptionist who said she would alert the bistro to our arrival so they could prepare a table for 7.
Yes,the rooms are dated but both were clean, warm and had everything we needed.
Dinner in the bistro was excellent - a blue steak came exactly as ordered, which is not always the case, a prawn cocktail came in a huge glass (also used for the ice cream sundaes). All starters, main meals and desserts were very well presented. Add to that a good wine list, a gin list and over 100 whiskies and we were all very happy. The place was full - clearly of locals not just residents.
Breakfast again was top notch. Scrambled eggs & smoked salmon with brown toast was just as expected. Lots of toast and tea.
We all thoroughly enjoyed our night at the Falls of Lora. I'm sorry that others had such a bad experience as it might affect our decision to go back. Perhaps the owners might reply to some of the comments?

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 16 August 2013

If you like sleek modern city hotels, this is not the place for you! Felt like being transported back to my childhood in the 1970s. The furnishings may be tired but this hotel is packed with character. My 7-year-old son voted this his favourite hotel ever, as he loved discovering all the knick knacks around the reception area, stairs and corridors. He also loved the orange retro phone in our room and the teddy bears on the beds were a nice touch. Can't say I'd agree about it being my favourite hotel, but it was a comfortable and quiet night. Breakfast was basic ("The Big Yin" did not live up to its name, with only one of each item) and it was expensive for an average room. It wouldn't be my first choice in and around Oban, but if you're looking for something a little different then this is it.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 August 2013

Did not stay at this hotel. Went only to have Dinner. The hotel was very nicely kept, Staff very friendly. Bar was very well stocked. The restaurant was quite full but the order was executed very fast.Dinner was marvelous. Hotel & the garden was very well kept. The building was very old & very well maintained. Good place to break journey if passing Connel.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 August 2013

If ever you want to experience what provincial hotels were like in the 1960s/70s, look no further. We spent a night here as a big family group. We chose this hotel on the basis of the location (very convenient for sassenachs returning from the Isles as the ferry docks at Oban at 10pm - it's a particularly tiring drive south at that time of night) and the fact that they flexibly accommodated us - 3 kids and dog in one room, a family of 5 in another, two doubles, one single, and all on the same floor. It wasn't particularly cheap - our group of five plus dog was nearly £200 including breakfast - but the rooms were clean, quiet - if a little cramped - and the beds were comfortable and breakfast was good. But what really made an impression was the decor. Every stretch of wall space was hung with some ornament or other; some of the collections were a truly impressive example of the Victorian mania for collecting, and I suspect dated from that era. Paintings of landscapes and collections of taxidermy - stag heads on wall as well as birds and otters in glass cases - abounded. There was a multi cultural thing going on too - 'eclectic' barely does it justice - with Russian icons hung next to Hindu sequins-embroidered elephants, photos of Concorde, and shelves of immaculately polished silver all vying for attention. Chinoiserie of various kinds - a blue and white rabbit sat next to a very large butter dish and copious jars and vases - decorated the deep windowsills in the landings and in the hallway a cowrie shell chandelier hovering near a bamboo birdcage delighted the children. I was particularly struck with the original servants' bell board in front of the reception desk. It bookended a historical spectrum with the radio/intercom (pictured) in the bedroom. Forget wifi - here was how life was really lived when people were directly looked after by people, rather than through the medium of machines. On which subject, the service was friendly and welcoming. 'The bar stays open depending how many people are in it,' was the cheerful answer to our enquiry about how late we could get a drink. Breakfast was served by efficient local ladies of a certain age liveried in brown polyester dresses with cream aprons. A favourite on the menu among our group was 'the Big Yin' - cooked breakfast with all the trimmings. The dining room with its mahogany sideboards groaning under yet more polished silver, flower stands, bevelled overmantels, dark brown artex ceiling, and glass lamps hanging down 2 feet from the high ceiling would not have looked out of place on the set of a Henry James adaptation. And if the swirly carpets gave you a 70s timewarp headache, just lift your gaze to the views from the huge bay sash windows across Loch Etive across to Ben Lora: timeless and breathtaking, even in the heavy rain.

Room Tip: Our room overlooked the loch which was lovely but it was a warm night so with windows open we did he...
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Perth, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 August 2013

We have done a reservation four days before the arrival and for the price of £91 per double room at the hotel in a tiny village I expected to get a very comfortable and spacious room with an excellent décor and facilities. What we got was a tiny room with a worn out furniture in the new part of the hotel with a small window squeezed to the left of the room. The height of the ceiling is not worth mentioning. The first thought was that the management of the hotel got very confused with their pricing policy. I thought... OK.. maybe there is a light at the end of the tunnel. However, to finish off, the table 'reserved' for us for our breakfast was located in a new part of the hotel too - a low ceiling hot area with small windows. When I ordered scrambled eggs with salmon and brown bread slices, I've got eggs and bread but with very thinly chopped salmon on top - NEVER seen this before. Maybe the level of service was appropriate for the hotel but the level of breakfast was NOT.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Livingston, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 August 2013

You can tell from the flowers and shrubs in the beautiful garden that the people who run this hotel care about what thy do. For those who do not know, Connell Bridge is on the road to Oban and is a very good base as a first stop if you are travelling into the Highlands on the west coast of Scotland. The Falls of Lora hotel sits right on the main road at the bridge the crossing which you would take on your next leg of the journey. We were travelling on to Apple Cross and staying here again on the return leg of the journey.
I have stayed here before and as other reviews relate this a very charming friendly hotel. But we have also found that it is a great home from home and they know everybody and everything about the area. If you want to go fishing, need boot repairs, know the name of a fast food place in town, or a contact in a village further north - they know it. The food is good for the price and all in all, if you are on the move and are looking for a resting place with space to get sorted out while you travel, this is the place. They have some special rooms for a little extra. Room 42 for a funny naughty weekend and 37 (if I remember correctly) for loads of space and a great view.

Room Tip: Ask at reception because they have a range of rooms in a very large older house, from queen beds in...
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 August 2013

If you need somewhere to base yourself whilst visiting Oban & the islands, I would definitely recommend this place!

We stumbled upon it by chance after searching tirelessly around Oban looking for a room for a few nights. Be warned that 60% of the accommodation viewed in Oban was of hostel standards with city hotel prices.

The Falls is full of character, the staff were all wonderfully helpful and welcoming. The standard double had fantastic sea views, good quality of cleanliness in all areas and the breakfast was fit for a king.

Will definitely returning asap!

Room Tip: The hotel has amazing views over the Loch. When booking make sure you ask for a sea view!
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Falls Of Lora
Address: Connel Ferry, Connel, Oban PA37 1PB, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Argyll and Bute > Oban > Connel
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Connel
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Hotel Class:3 star — Falls Of Lora 3*
Number of rooms: 30
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