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. …
... it could easily have been somewhere far more exotic. We splashed around in the water for a while, dried ourselves off (including getting some incredibly stubborn sand out from between our toes) and made our way to the Jacobite memorial at Glenfinnan. This tower represents those who fought as part of the Jacobite uprising and it has been built on the very ground where it all began. You can also see the impressive old viaduct from here, the very same ...
Today is our last day in the Scottish highlands, the tour went by so fast! Our first stop was back at the other side of Durem castle to take some beautiful pictures. Next we went on to a war memorial called the three commandos in a town of lochabar. Then it was time for a long drive through the hills, we saw many places that were used for the filming of Harry Potter! Arriving at glenco, under the shadow of the three sisters mountain, we listened to ...
It was a cold, wet but beautiful trip from Edinburgh to our next stop Glencoe. After such a warm day when we first got to Edinburgh it was a bit hard to handle getting out the jumpers and raincoats but the views were worth it. Glencoe is stunning! We couldn't believe that there was still snow on the mountains in the middle of Summer. It's very different to home. ...
... he felt like he was there too.
A Beautiful castle with lovely courtyards, Doune was another pleasant visit. I enjoyed walking through it and seeing the various rooms used for the classic shows and walls rich with royal history. Upon my exit, of course I purchased a guidebook and magnet; I'm a sucker for every tourist trap there is....
Finally, after the many stops we made it to Oban. A small fishing village on the Scottish coast it was ...
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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