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“Best Hostel yet for me!” 4 of 5 stars
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Oban Youth Hostel
4.0 of 5 Hostel   |   Esplanade, Oban PA34 5AF, Scotland   |  
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Ranked #7 of 15 Specialty Lodging in Oban
London, United Kingdom
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28 hotel reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“Best Hostel yet for me!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013

I really liked this SYHA place, the buiding is magnificent, doesn't feel like a hostel. The beds were very comfortable, apart from the pillow which was flimsy. There are lockers at the side of the beds - bring a padlock though. Helpful night lamp. En-suite toilet, shower and additional wash basin. There was a little more space here and I didn't have that crammed in feel you normally get in hostels. Good self catering kitchen here and there is catering too. Location perfect. I wish I could have stayed longer than 1 night.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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London, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

I stayed in Oban Youth Hostel for a couple of nights- very decent price especially for an en-suite room. Nice clean hostel, great kitchen and friendly staff.

Nicely chilled out place. Breakfast may be a wee bit overpriced though.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2013

The hostel has been done up since my last visit and they have done a great job. The location is very handy as it is only a couple of minutes walk into the main part of town and you are right on the esplanade overlooking the water. We stayed for one night and had two bunk beds and a separate single bed in our room along with a toilet and separate shower. The staff were friendly and the accommodation was just what we needed at a reasonable price and very clean. The only issues were that the plugs are at the wrong end of the beds and there was a timer switch on the light in the shower room...it stayed on for 13 seconds before going off - good luck showering in that time. As a result we had to keep poking and waving our hands outside the shower curtain to get the light to go on again. If we had been staying for more than one night this would have been frustrating. We did let the staff know on the way out but were not overly convinced that they would fix this.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

Booked the youth hostel as there were 8 of us needing overnight accommodation in Oban for a wedding. For £ 10 each we were given fantastic family accomodation. Could not believe how spacious it was - large living room with a kitchen off. Two sofas , a dining table and chairs. Up stairs there were two large bedrooms which could sleep nine. Only problem was having one bathroom - bit of a queue in the morning. Also the door to this property is at the side of the hostel so you can come and go as you please - not needing to go through reception at all if you don't want. This is ideal for families and get togethers. so glad we did not book a B and B. Hostel has been updated since my last visit and is fresh and modern. The large communal kitchen has gone ( replaced by smaller cooking area) and there is the option of purchasing breakfast and other meals as there is now a chef. Had dinner - small choice but very large, home cooked meals and reasonably priced. You can also have a drink as there is alcohol for sale at reception! Hostels have definitely changed! We were so impressed that we want to book another stay.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Stayed here a couple of times on my way around Scotland. Recently refurbished - very clean and comfortable. Lovely rooms, some with great views over harbour. Good facilities. Friendly staff. Very convenient location - limited parking at hostel (get there early!), but plenty available on road along sea front.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013 via mobile

We booked into Oban SYHA hostel for one night to board the ferry for Mull the next day. The newly refurbished hostel included offering the former live in managers flat which they now let out for families. This is a great flat. Own kitchen, bathrooms etc and lots of beds and rooms. If you are thinking of booking into this hostel , ask about the flat !

  • Stayed August 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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6 hotel reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

Clean hostel in a great waterfront location just a short walk from shops and restaurants. Our four person en suite room was in the back building, at the end of the hall next to a heating room that hummed, clicked and clacked at irregular intervals, keeping us up throughout the night. The kitchen downstairs was well equipped. The dining room has a lovely view but I would say skip the hot breakfast.

Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Address: Esplanade, Oban PA34 5AF, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Argyll and Bute > Oban
Amenities:
Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 15 Specialty Lodging in Oban
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Oban Youth Hostel 4*
Number of rooms: 42
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