The Oban Caledonian Hotel
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This morning I picked up my rental car and set out on my adventures in the Scottish countryside. I rented a small Mercedes A class car for 5 days at the rate of 7 pounds per day. Its quite a nice car and it runs on Diesel, which will cut the cost of fuel. The funny thing is that the insurance for the car is 14 pounds per day... I though that rate …
... there is always something more exciting to be doing ;-) We all decided that we should eat back at the Tailrace Inn for some dinner as they were doing 2 meals for £10 if we eat before 7pm. After dinner I left them all there at 20:30 to come back for an early night, popping in the hotel bar and ordered a bacon and egg roll for the morning. Back at the cabin I was planning on finishing at least one days blog but I was so tired, I just fell ...
... After about 5 minutes I gave up, it was far too slow to fill up, so I decided to go and have a shower instead.
All clean and fresh again, I grabbed my iPad to try and update some of my blog and headed for the bar to grab a drink and then went to sit in the lounge which has these massive windows looking out into Glencoe. Wow! I was somewhat distracted by the view to write my blog and then Mike came to join me, so I had very little time to do any of it as we ...
... we both headed out to the Green Welly Stop nearby on the A82 to have a look at what was on offer for dinner and also to grab some food for breakfast and lunch tomorrow. I decided on some oatcakes as I could have them with the bock of cheese and chorizo sausage I had been carrying around for the last few days, uneaten. We also checked out the local pub to see what was on the menu. The deal was done, pub it was going to be. We headed back to the hostel to wait ...
... least then I was restricted so much by the time of sunset. If you are reading this, don't do what I did, split this walk over three days and not 2. I would not wish this on anyone. It's getting late now and following the shoreline every now and then I come across a sheltering mountain goat and it scares the life out of me as I approach they get startled and dart out in front of you. One bonus of walking at dusk, I come across a badger walking the WHW and as ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Oban Caledonian Hotel
Warm and friendly
Booked a family room. Plenty of space for a large double and two singles. Very clean throughout with excellent food. Lovely views (through the mist!!)
Great hotel for using Oban to visit the islands as the ferry port is very near but nicely out of sight.
Good value for money!!
Recently refurbished with quality decoration. Also try their sister hotel...Isles of Glencoe hotel.
I thought the Caledonian was a first class hotel. Nice breakfast buffet. Centrally located by the water and shopping. Great view of the water. I would definitely stay there again.
definately the best caley hotel in the land, back soon
The hotel was satisfactory - not great not awful. The staff were friendly, my room was okay, breakfast was good, the price a little high (£75 for a small single room with a single bed off season). Overall fine but not memorable.
The room was nice and clean and the staff were friendly more for older people though as the entertainment aimed at the older generation !
We stayed at this hotel 14th through 17th Sept.2004 and founf the staff to be delightful,very friendly and helpful.The rooms were a bit tired,but very clean and a very nice bathroom.The restaurent staff were great and the food was wonderful.We are very fussy people and it takes a lot for us to be this generous with our praise.Would definitely stay there again.Again I point out especially to Americans the hotel is old and the decor could be improved greatly.The views are wonderful and the location for trains,boats,buses,can not be beat.
I'll be back!
After visiting the Oban Caledonian Hotel this year, I would highly recommend this hotel to any visitors to Scotland. Although I'm originally from Scotland, I have just recently had the opportunity to spend time in the north west of Scotland. The friendly atmosphere created by staff at the Oban, certainly made my trip more memorable and enjoyable.
It was great to stay in a clean, well equipped room where the views from the window were stunning. I was also able to sit in the lounge bar and have a few drinks after I'd finished sightseeing. Most enjoyable was the restaurant food - reasonably priced and well presented. Breakfast was an array of fresh food and was a fabulous start to the day.
I've promised myself to stay longer next time and will definitely use this hotel again - Thanks Oban Caledonian for a stay to remember!
Loved the ambience
I visited the Oban Caledonian Hotel in late August and found the staff extremely friendly and helpful. The bar facilities were relaxing and the restaurant meal was sumptious and well priced. I really enjoyed the buffet breakfast - food was fresh and plentiful and fuelled me for the days sightseeing ahead. The view from my room window was exquisite and I managed to take some fabulous photos. I would love to return next year and see a bit more of the beautiful surrounding area.
A Very Disappointing, Expensive Stay
We decided to push the boat out for a family celebration by staying in what is reputedly the best hotel in Oban. The day before our stay the hotel quoted £100 per person per night for a standard room. I thought this was extortionate so I booked the same room for £65 pppn on lastminute.com. We paid a premium rooms with an 'Ocean View'. The sea could be viewed but only by standing at the window, the bottom of which was at chest height. Also visible were cigarette ends and weeds in the gutters. The nice room shown on the website is misleading as the rooms we had bore no resemblance to that on the website. Marked wallpaper, stained carpets and broken light fittings were standard.
The buffet continental breakfast consisted of one dinner plate with two types of cold meat and another with heat sealed cheese fingers.
The service was awful, too few staff and those there in need of training. We joked about Fawlty Towers being a more apt name.
It certainly was not worth the money we paid. We will return to Oban but not to the Caledonian.
In my opinion it does not deserve the 4* rating.
Very nice. We arrived late in Oban, around 11pm looking for somewhere to stay. We managed to get a double room for £25 pp inc breakfast, what a deal! Room was large and bathroom clean with good facilities. The bar was well stocked but a little pricey. The breakfast was stunning! Dont book ahead, just arrive. Only workout of season