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Lochnell Arms Hotel
Ranked #2 of 8 Connel B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 3 June 2012 via mobile

It's not often I would do this but due to the fact I'm still annoyed at the service we received I'm going too.

On arrival I was a bit unsure as to what to expect as the entrance road was very bumpy and from the outside the building requires some renovation.

Upon entering we entered the lounge and were served by a friendly chap. I had a pint of tennents and the misses opted for a pint of strongbow. It came to just over £7 which I thought was reasonable enough maybe slightly overpriced. We were in a party of 6 and the batman arranged with the restaurant for a table to be set for us.

Upon entering the restaurant we were asked " are you the six from down the stairs" not particularly friendly no hellos etc. she then said "your over there pointing us to a table in the corner in front of the lake. It was a nice view. However no menus! After a couple of minutes we were given some menus along with the Saturday steak night menu and the waitress then showed us the specials board. After about a minute a waitress approached the table asking us if we were ready to order. I asked her for a couple more minutes - massive mistake!

We sat for a further 30mins in which time 2 tables that arrived after us were served. The waitress also decided to clear dirty table right beside us despite me making eye contact to her with a smile as if to say we're ready to order now. She then came back to clean the table at which point I asked could we please order now. The response " I'll be a couple of minutes I'm cleaning a table that's been reserved"

At which point after waiting 35 mins to order in a half busy establishment I asked the rest of the party if they wanted to leave which they did so we got up and left.

Something I've never done before which says something.

  • Stayed: June 2012
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Reviewed 28 May 2012

Stopped here on the last day before we were going home, but we should have stopped a lot earlier. The hotel has a fantastic spot, looking out over the loch, and bridge, and the dinning room gives you the opportunity to watch the water flow under the bridge and you tuck into your delicious food. The host was more than happy to chat, and the choice on the menu, was interesting. When we return to this beautiful part of Scotland, this is going to be one of our major stops.

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 18 February 2012

We visited lochnell arms on a sunday for the carvery. There is an option to go for the carvery only or an option to include starter and dessert. The carvery itself is very good and the meats and accompaniements nice and fresh. The starters are set out on plates for you to help yourself and are not so good and were all a bit dried up. The desserts were the same unfortunately. The hotel is in a lovely location with great views over the water.

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled with family
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Thank Lesleyann40
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Reviewed 28 November 2011

our visit to lochnel arms was comfortable room we found clean and tidy staff very freindly nothing to much trouble and they all wanted to work there food very good house keeper a1 personly my stay was faltless

Room Tip: room no 11 very good view
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  • Stayed: December 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 November 2011

The Lochnell hotel is becoming our local - a great place for a bite to eat on the way home.
Can't vouch personally for the rooms but by all accounts clean & comfortable and with great views in some cases of the only saltwater falls in Europe - The Falls of Lora.
From the restaurant and bar you can sit and watch the water and the odd canoeist go by while dining like kings and queens. The menu is all fresh as far as we can see - with the fish pakora from the specials board a very tasty starter. I followed it up with the roast of the day - a very fine ham with all the trimmings - great veg and roast potato accompanyments. Lady C had the chicken in pasta which was delicious indeed with large pieces of fowl which she preceded with the soup of the day. retiring back to the comfy leather sofa near the wood fire with a wee dram and a coffee to finish was sublime indeed. This family run hotel is a credit to Colin and Joan and their superb friendly team.

Room Tip: Try and get one with a view of the falls - well worth it
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  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 August 2011

We were disappointed with our stay. Room was pokey and needed an upgrade. For the price, it was poor value. Wifi was not available in the room and only seemed to be accessed at or near reception. Breakfast had variety but the full English was too greasy. Walls were quite thin. Window in the room didn't close properly so the room lacked security. On the plus side, they allow dogs to stay and the staff were friendly. Parking was free and readily available.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 August 2011

We chose this location because it was close to Oban and most of the decent B&Bs we had tried in Oban were full up. I'm glad it worked out this way, because we came across this place. It's about a 10 minute drive to the centre of Oban over a rather impressive bridge which overlooks the Falls Of Laura. You can hear the sound of the water from the falls from the veranda.

If you're willing to pay a bit extra, you get a room with a lovely view of the water and a bistro table to sit outside. £50 pp/pn was the rate we paid for two nights. One of our favourite things to do was to come back after a day of sightseeing and sit at the table with a bottle of wine and some fish & chips watching the light change on the water. Bliss.

The toiletries are high quality and the room is a reasonable size. There's a great view whilst you shower! Very cosy room with well stocked tea & coffee facilities, Freeview TV and a comfortable bed. We ate in the restaurant for one of our two nights. The food was excellent with a well stocked bar with some decent Scottish lagers and whiskies. There is no lift up to the rooms, so you will be lugging your stuff up a narrow staircase for a few flights.

Despite the room being a few floors above the pub we never had any problems with noise from below.

The included breakfast was a highlight of the stay. We had the porridge which was great, smoked salmon (loads) with scrambled eggs, smoked haddock and the full traditional Scottish breakfast was plentiful and tasted superb. Lots of cereals, yoghurt and fruit too. Very quick and attentive service.

Hotel staff were very friendly who work their socks off. The only thing to say is that a £10 deposit is taken at the time of booking but wasn't knocked off on our departure. But was sorted with a quick phone call a few days after we returned.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Lochnell Arms Hotel

Address: North Connel, Connel, Oban PA37 1RP, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Argyll and Bute > Oban > Connel
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 8 B&Bs / Inns in Connel
Price Range: £57 - £115 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Lochnell Arms Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Lochnell Arms Hotel is a small family run hotel in a spectacular Loch side location, situated just 5 miles outside of Oban. We have 10 on-suite bedrooms, lounge bar, restaurant which is also open to non residents, outside terrace, and public bar with pool table and darts. The cosy lounge bar has a large open fireplace, and the restaurant has a stunning view over the Loch. All our meals are home made and freshly prepared by our chefs, who use local produce where possible. Popular Sunday carvery served all year round. ... more   less 
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Loch Nell Arms Connel
Lochnell Arms Hotel Connel, Oban, Scotland

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