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?
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- Falls Of Lora Connel, Oban, Scotland
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