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Oban Inn, Spa and Restaurant
Certificate of Excellence
Canada
Level 3 Contributor
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Why we loved it!”
Reviewed August 13, 2006

This was our third consecutive year at the Oban Inn. We have seen the transformation occur, and would like to offer the flip side to the comments that are bemoaning the changes.
Change is good. Fresh decor, furniture, and linens make the rooms and dining area a treat to occupy. Beds are unbelievabley comfortable, and rooms are immaculate and gorgeous. Yes, the dining is expensive - Chef Tony DeLuca is worth it. This is a classy restaurant. The food was amazing, fresh, and just delicious. Complimentary continental breakfast was the best continental I've ever had. The management accommodated our request for a specific room, and provided us with a special anniversary bottle of wine, and anniversary wishes.
Unfortunately I did not visit the spa - probably will next year!
Overall - pricey, but a very special vacation.

  • Liked — Comfort, privacy, beauty
  • Disliked — Price
  • Stayed August 2006, traveled as a couple
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Guelph
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed August 2, 2006

The Oban Inn was once an old stage coach stop. It became a high class country hotel with a Lounge Bar full of Shaw Festival memorabiliar, and a first class dining room. The old inn is gone. The dining room area is now a Health Spa, the memorabalioa have all gone to make way for a pretentious dining room with miserable decor. and the prices have gone out of sight. Dinner with one glass of wine, bed, and breakfast, for two people, $493.69.

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10 Thank lionderv
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Toronto
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed July 23, 2006

How sad, a beautiful Inn, completely ruined by someone's lack of vision. What happened to the beautifully recontructed with original artifacts, decor inn. The great pub is now gone, with actor's corner and all. The tartan carpet and its original trim completely removed to amke way for a fad. And look at the outrageous overpriced menu, where's the pub fare and beers on tap, the waiters' tartan vests? The whole town has losts its charm and attraction, all in the way for profit by foreigners. The real question is how did the locals permit such a travesty?

  • Liked — nothing
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Tips/Secrets — historic town, no more historic inns!
  • Stayed July 2006, traveled with friends
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New York
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed January 30, 2006

My husband and I had a weekend at the Oban Inn last weekend. The room was beautiful , however the rest of the inn is under constuction. There is no cocktail lounge , dining room or bar available. There is a small sitting room they have converted into a dining room. Having said all this, I would definitely go back after the renovations are complete. The staff are obviously working under alot of presure but every one of them were friendly and very helpful. My hat goes off to all of them. Please consider the inn it's well worth the trip, but after the construction.

  • Stayed January 2006
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6 Thank Lynne R
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Ponte di Legno, Italy
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3 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed June 13, 2005

My husband and I decided to spend a weekend in Niagara-on-the-Lake since it is only 3 hour drive from our home in Michigan. We wanted to stay in an authentic and quaint place. The Oban Inn was recommended by my friend who had visited this charming town. The helpful receptionist Leslie took us to our room (#15) and our first reaction when the door opened was - WOW! I want to dive into our king sized bed. The room had just been recently renovated and was very much appreciated. Every comfort and small detail was taken care of. It was the perfect relaxation and escape - we didn't want to leave our room!!! As this was our anniversary, it was defintely memorable! We will be back!

  • Stayed June 2005
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12 Thank Pdl_1
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Fort Worth, Texas
Level 5 Contributor
35 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
Reviewed January 2, 2005

We have been staying at the Oban for over 25 years (both pre and post fire, and pre and post ownership change). It is now part of the Vintage Inns, a group of NOTL hotels owned by a brother and sister from Hong Kong. While there have been some positive changes, it is hard to replace the cozy familiarity we once experienced when the Mayor owned the Oban with any amount of amenities. I advised management in a survey form left in my room that they need to lose the framed ads in the bathrooms; I'm pleased guests can utilize a spa, but I could've been told in some other way. We have always found the locale to be the #1 feature as the inn faces the golf course which is at the exact point where the river flows into Lake Ontario. Only 4 rooms have this view, and you pay the price. They are oversized with 2 chairs, a loveseat, a fireplace and 3 windows. Having booked 2 standard rooms for 3 nights, I decided to ask for an upgrade on 1 room and was pleasantly surprised when it was offered for only $50 (CDN) more per night when it should have been nearly double the standard rate, so my husband and I found ourselves in one of the 4 prime rooms. There is nightly turndown service with a surprise left on the bed (no, it's not a mint...I won't tell you what it is as I want you to be surprised, too), and the front desk personnel are truly helpful and caring. If you don't spring for a deluxe room, you can always take in the view at breakfast, which is included in the room price. There are many choices, and you can mix and match a bit and manage to come up with a fairly healthy meal if you work on it. We have always preferred pub lunches and dinners to the diningroom fare. It is a cozy setting and is on pub time (don't expect a speedy meal...so just relax and enjoy). The food is above average. Don't leave the Oban without using the 2nd floor library, now only open to hotel guests, which is a welcome change. There is a large selection of reading material (don't expect current magazines) and some games and puzzles, but that's not the draw. Prepare to immerse yourself in an oasis where you can pretend that you are landed gentry if you desire or you can finish that novel you brought (either reading OR writing it). This all said, it would be very hard for me to stay anywhere else on subsequent trips to NOTL; but I am a bit curious about the new Harbour House and might consider splitting my stay between the Oban and it!

  • Stayed January 2005
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Toronto
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed August 15, 2004

We were at the Oban Inn for two nights in August 04. The room was incredibly small, almost claustrophobic with dark furniture and intensely patterned flowered wallpaper. The tv was a cheap small model and the bedding was substandard. We had a window looking out on the back lane! We had a meal from the lounge one night and it was perhaps the worst Indian food I have ever tasted; considering the large population this ethnic group has in Ontario one wonders why they couldn't have found a good chef.
On the postive side the breakfast was excellent and very inexpensive. However, again there was nothing low fat available on the menu. Not everyone wants high fat, high calorie! I would not stay here again.

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Property: Oban Inn, Spa and Restaurant
Address: 160 Front Street, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario L0S 1J0, Canada
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Location: Canada > Ontario > Niagara-on-the-Lake
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Spa Hotel in Niagara-on-the-Lake
#7 Luxury Hotel in Niagara-on-the-Lake
#10 Romantic Hotel in Niagara-on-the-Lake
#10 Family Hotel in Niagara-on-the-Lake
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Oban Inn, Spa and Restaurant 4*
Number of rooms: 26
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled serenely in the heart of wine country and historic Old Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, minutes to theatres and attractions, The Oban Inn overlooks Lake Ontario and the Canada’s oldest golf course. With 26 tranquil, luxurious guest rooms and elegant dining surrounded by delightful ponds and lush English gardens and the creation of the beautiful new OSpa, The Oban Inn has become a celebrated wellness retreat. State-of-the-art exercise room, outdoor hot spring and infinity lap pool. ... more   less 
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