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Balmoral Hotel

4 Craigard Road, Oban PA34 5NP Scotland
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#94 of 101 B&Bs / Inns in Oban
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Leslie W wrote a review Nov 2021
60 contributions4 helpful votes
There’s no desk staff and the front door is locked, except in the evening when the ground floor pub is open. Contact by phone brought someone within 10 min to check me in and take my money, giving me a room key and front door key. On my second stay I received the keys but no one came to take my money until day 3. Check out is leave the keys in a basket and go. I had already booked two stays and didn’t want the bother of finding another, but if not for that I would not have come back. The bed in the first room was terrible. The second one was better, though. The hot water was so slow to arrive I thought the shower was broken. There was only 1 electrical outlet, and soft spots in the floor. Tiny shower, no towel racks. Soap, no shampoo. Run down but clean. No A/C, but it wasn’t needed after the 1st night. Great location, though. Fish & chip shops (“chippies”) everywhere. Groceries not close, but near enough once I got my car. Lots of interesting shops on the main street very near, including a good outdoor clothing and supply place.
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Date of stay: September 2021
Room Tip: Room one, when I was there, had a terrible mattress.
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Richard H wrote a review Sep 2021
Great Harwood, United Kingdom19 contributions4 helpful votes
Needs badly updating you can smell disinfectant as you enter the front door quite sickly the hotel itself needs a major revamp I won’t be staying here again when in Oban the owners seem friendly enough and the bed was decent but skirting board’s need cleaning flaky paint i suppose for £30 a night you get what you pay for it wouldn’t be difficult in Oban too find better for a little more money and there was a musty smell so it’s definitely a no from me.
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Travelled solo
Room Tip: It’s convenient for McCaigs Tower.
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Simon M wrote a review Aug 2020
Glasgow, United Kingdom7 contributions15 helpful votes
First of all I can’t believe all the negative views from this great wee hotel right in the heart of Oban, yes the decor is a bit outdated and a little bit shabby but for the price and location it’s unbelievable. Amazing location just short walk to ferry terminal for island hopping plus close to all bars and restaurants and 4 big supermarkets close by as well. Bed was comfy after long days hiking round islands and room had all mod cons and good wi-fi. Landlady was super friendly as well and let me put my stuff in my room and start exploring Oban when I arrived at the hotel early on check in day. All in all a great wee hotel and serves as a reminder not to always believe what you read on here.
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Date of stay: August 2020Trip type: Travelled solo
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halfpint21 wrote a review Aug 2019
Motherwell, United Kingdom4 contributions1 helpful vote
I was here for exactly 4 hours, the stairs just about killed me I have MS,so I advise go elsewhere even if you don't have any disability, there is only info on the site from other guests complaining about the number of stairs, NOT THE OWNER AS SHE TOLD ME!!!! Sharon I think her name is. The electrical sockets are off the wall behind the bed!!😡 & you had to giggle the key on the Chubb lock too, I found it it a miss or a hit..lucky dip if I managed it!! Ladies - gents you may think it's cheap(not that cheap how much is your life worth!! The owner at the time was nice to my face, but when the crunch came she didn't follow through on our verbal agreement, so I claimed the funds back👍through other means. Why anyone would have this Hazzard to life (upstairs) on their books is bewildering to me!! I managed to get into another hotel and it was super!! Electric sockets actually on the wall 👌 0 STARS NOT AVAILABLE SO HAD TO GIVE ONE ⭐ Did NOT TAKE MY CAMERA OUT MY BAG TO TAKE ANY PICS OF THIS RIOT!!
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Date of stay: July 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
TartanWanderer wrote a review Jun 2019
England, United Kingdom3732 contributions759 helpful votes
This is a real locals pub. Quite pleasant and a few real characters in the place. The loos are really antiquated and in need to some attention. The upstairs accommodation is terrible. The whole place needs to be renovated. Doubt that I’d hurry back to this place.
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Date of stay: May 2019
Trip type: Travelled solo
US$49 - US$75 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
United KingdomScotlandArgyll and ButeOban
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Frequently Asked Questions about Balmoral Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to Balmoral Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Oban War & Peace Museum (0.07 km), McCaig's Tower (0.3 km), and Oban Phoenix Cinema (0.2 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Balmoral Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a lounge, and meeting rooms.
What food & drink options are available at Balmoral Hotel?
Guests can enjoy a lounge during their stay.
What are some restaurants close to Balmoral Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Etive Restaurant, Food from Argyll at the Pier, and Coast Restaurant.
Is Balmoral Hotel located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.3 km away from the centre of Oban.
Are there any historical sites close to Balmoral Hotel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Dunstaffnage Castle & Chapel (4.8 km) and Gylen Castle (6.5 km).