The Oban Caledonian Hotel
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We started out in Carlisle, with a trip to the supermarket for essential supplies, a visit to Lloyd's Jaguar, checking out the new F-type, then a visit to the nearby Honda Dealer looking for booties for he (none) and buying glove liners for she (purchased). Headed north on the M6 in good time. Stopped after an hour for breakfast and rugged up. …
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 …
... to 25,000 in the summer season. It's a very pretty spot. I went to Dunollie castle to take pics but after climbing up a very steep hill in my boots, forget to take my walking shoes, it was covered in scaffolding due to restoration work being done, so you only get a pic of the Celtic cross. After partaking in a very ordinary coffee, the coffee here is just not good, too many tea drinkers! I decided I had best do some work ...
... to climb a mountain so a mountain climb was greatly enjoyed, despite the cold wind.
I decided to do a bit of driving on the island. It was quite fine, I thought although Ro said we needed to be going a bit faster to make the 5pm ferry home. I was trying to give him a small break and enable him to soak up where we were a bit more. It seemed he enjoyed doing that more from the driver’s side than the passengers. I think he was too stressed ...
... a 'b' road that went cross country, so we, and lots of others turned round and off we set. Others all turned off to Blair Atholl, so we had the road to ourselves. Got to Oban juat after 9pm, our B&B host told us to eat before checking in, so it was late before we at last got here. Nice to Skype the family then though! Special message for Jenn and Dennis - we have a ground floor room!, ...
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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.
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