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Oyster Inn
By Oban, Connel, Oban PA37 1PJ, Scotland   |  
Hotel amenities
Ranked #5 of 9 Connel B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
denny stirlingshire
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61 reviews 61 reviews
19 hotel reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
“restaurant with beds”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

stayed at the oyster inn for a long weekend found both the staff and service good, rooms clean and comfortable food in the restaurant was first class breakfast was good and the view from the restaurant at breakfast was good we saw seals in the bay at the front of the hotel in the morning

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 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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Inverness
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2013

What an amazing place. Wonderful views. Lovely quiet and comfortable room and absolutely delicious food. Really can't wait to go back.Excellent base for touring Arygyll or as a place to stop before heading on the Calmac Ferries further afield.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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London, United Kingdom
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36 reviews 36 reviews
13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2013

The Oyster has recently changed hands and the new owners are committed to raising standards and providing a warm welcome to locals and other visitors.The menu could expand somewhat but the food in general was good though I found the fish [fish and chips]greasy.
The bedrooms are warm and comfortable even in the recent gales and storms.The staff were very helpful and pleasant.
A room is available for private functions and the food and drink provided was excellent.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Yorkshire Dales National Park, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2013 via mobile

After reading in the local paper that the pub/restaurant had new management we decided to give this lovely little place another try, on our previous visits the food had been very disappointing, on this occasion the food was excellent fresh and tasty and nicely presented, four mains, drinks for four bill came in at £54 good value for money too, keep up the good work and good luck, will be back.

Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
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Perth, United Kingdom
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2013

We recently stayed at the Oyster Inn between Christmas and New year with our Bearded Collie Nell. The staff and the management were friendly and very welcoming from the moment we arrived till we left. The room was very comfortable and the Best Dog Friendly Hotel by far that we have stayed in. The locals in the bar were friendly and made for a great atmosphere. Breakfast was magnificent as was the food we were served in the Bar on the saturday afternoon and evening. All in All we enjoyed our stay that much in the Oyster inn that we went back the following weekend.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Motherwell, United Kingdom
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13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2013 via mobile

We visited the restaurant as we were staying in a holiday rental in Connel over New Year. We pre booked for a Hogmany dinner and were advised there would be live entertainment in the bar to take us into the New Year. When we arrived our table was not ready so we were asked to sit in a waiting area whilst they got our table ready. No drinks were offered at this time. The waitress's and owners went back and forward many times before they prepared our table. We were shown to our table and given a menu. We were again, not offered drinks. After a bit of time and watching the staff go back and forward and them avoiding eye contact, I had to distract one of the waitress's and ask if we could have a drink. She went and got it for us. At this point I expected our food order to be taken. This didn't happen. I had to distract a member of staff and ask if we could order our food. Our order was taken. We didn't have side plates for our bread and had to ask but we were only brought one. I watched a waitress setting tables and was amazed by how long it took for the tables to be turned around. The girl kept coming back and adding more cutlery to the table. Our meal was ok. One scallop for a starter is a bit cheeky if you ask me. The all in one steak pie was lovely but not much on plate. We were served a drink at start called atholl brose. We would have liked to have known what was in it. If I had know there was whiskey I wouldn't have drunk it. I was disappointed in the amount of food for the £25 we paid. There was a gentleman diner across from us, who was well spoken but was using foul language throughout his conversation. I was offended at having to listen to this whilst having my meal. Lowered the tone drastically. After dinner we asked for the bill. We had to point out to the owner that we had not been charged for our bottle of wine. In hindsight we should have probably got it free for the poor service and lack of personal touches. My opinion is that the restaurant was overbooked and the staff didn't cope well. After dinner we moved through to the bar. The bar was heavily overcrowded. There was only one poor girl behind the bar. She done well to try and keep on top of things. We waited a while to get served. After one drink we left. There were too many people in a very small space and it was very uncomfortable. The owner said he thought it would have been busier. Really? People were almost hanging from the rafters. Overall a very disappointing Hogmany! Won't be rushing back here which is a shame as we, with friends, are back in the area in a few weeks. Sorry Oyster Inn, but you got your Hogmany event really wrong.

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Brighouse, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2013

I stayed at The Oyster Inn for two nights over the New Year. The staff were professional, very friendly and courteous, the bar had a great atmosphere and the rooms were clean and roomy. The shower was excellent and the bed comfortable. The breakfast was well presented and delicious, especially the porridge. Breakfast is served in the conservatory which has stunning views out to sea, one of the finest in the area. One minor thing, it would be ideal to improve the sound insulation between bedrooms, which would reduce the noise from other rooms. Overall a great place to stay and I would highly recommend a break there.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Oyster Inn

Address: By Oban, Connel, Oban PA37 1PJ, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Argyll and Bute > Oban > Connel
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 9 B&Bs / Inns in Connel
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 11
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Oyster Hotel Connel
Oyster Inn Connel, Scotland - Oban

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