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 …
Have returned from our day on Iona - wonderful. Iona was the centre of Irish Monasticism for four centuries. The Iona Community runs 3 residential centres - 2 on Iona and another on the Isle of Mull. John Bell, songwriter of many hymns used by the UCA, is a member of the Iona Community, and visits the island from time to time. We were on a large ferry by ...
... imagined and alive with small villages of schools churches and pubs.
The ferry across the strait to Iona was small as was the water. Columba's Abbey, much read about by myself, was charming, ancient ... in a setting of magnificence that spoke to me. Jan and I concluded that as non Christians this was wierd but the place was something to behold. We stood on the spot where MacBeth and Duncan were buried. ...
... is going to run out. The tasting was good ... a maritime-style low peat orangey flavoured single malt. Ambled with a rosy glow off to Cuan Mor on the water front for a local pint and home up Jacob's Ladder to roast pork and apples, kale and carrots. From our table we watch the end of day light over the harbour, the near and distant craggy islands, with ferries arriving amidst the rain squalls, spotting clouds, beams of golden light striking any or all of those ...
... a song. Fab views, really comfortable, someone's furnished holiday let. Our host drove us to a restaurant I'd read a review of last night, courtesy of travel advisor, and we had a great meal of Mull scallops and Scottish salmon with a French Malbec. Then a walk home up Jacob's Ladder, 140 steps, and a stroll along the streets at dusk. The map tells me we are less than 100 metres from the Oban whiskey distillery ... destiny awaits. We are home for three nights in our own ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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