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Bay Great Western Hotel
Ranked #5 of 13 Hotels in Oban
Reviewed October 14, 2013

This is an hotel right on the front in Oban with views out over Oban Bay, just the spot you want to be. It is situated mid-way along the promenade and there is a pleasant level walk in either direction from the hotel. There are thirteen steps form the car park to the hotel main entrance, but there is access at ground level for those with mobility difficulties.

Our room was designated superior and was just right for us: spacuious, clean, comfortable large bed and quiet at night. The bathroom was modern with an excellent shower over the bath. The quality of the towels varied from day to day.

The dining room is on the main floor at the rear of the hotel and has been nicely refurbished. It is well lit with a high ceiling and bright decor. The tables are well spaced. The food was good simple mainly British fayre with the occasional more ostentatious item at dinner for those who favour that style of food. There is a good choice. Breakfasr finishes at 9 a.m. which was a little too early for me when on holiday.

Both the lounge and the bar were comfortable with magnificent views over the bay. They have both been refurbished. There was a singer/music in the lounge for an hour or so on occasional evenings after dinner.

There is an on-going programme of refurbishment. While we were there the central heating was being updated and our windows were measured for secondary glazing.

The staff were all friendly and helpful, but occasionally the evening service in the dining room was slow.

There is much to do and see in Oban and the ferry services to the outer isles are a must. There is an airport just to the north at Connel where flights to some of the outer isles depart from, but strangely there is no air link with main centres in Scotland.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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DarrenMoyle, General Manager at Bay Great Western Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded October 27, 2013

Dear James,

Thank you for your detailed review of our hotel and your overall stay with us. I am pleased to see that you enjoyed many different aspects of your stay with us, and appreciated one of our superior rooms so much. I couldn't agree more that these rooms do have fantastic views over the bay.

Thanks you again,

Warm Regards,
Darren Moyle

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Reviewed October 14, 2013

Just a short break but found the hotel typical of a lot of old buildings in Scotland,full of character.As per other comments by different people,we found the restaurant,recently refurbished,very cosy with excellent service provided by cheerful and efficient staff(a special mention for our table waitress,Maria from Slovakia.)Prices in the bar were not extortionate but typical for a hotel(we found a great little bar two minutes walk away,"Markies Dans"),and the centre of Oban only five minutes walk.all in all we enjoyed our break and would have no hesitation returning,ps the weather was great.

Room Tip: Second floor,,facing the water,lovely views with sunsets thrown in for good measure.
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  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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DarrenMoyle, General Manager at Bay Great Western Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded October 27, 2013

Thank you for taking the time to post your kind comments regarding your stay with us. We always read through the many reviews we receive and the restaurant team are over the moon with the great comments they get. It's always great to see individual staff mentioned on here, and Maria had a big smile on her face after this so i thank you again.

It's always great to see that you would not hesitate to return to us and hope you do so very soon.

Warm regards
Darren Moyle

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Reviewed October 13, 2013

Our room was large and very clean with great see views,
the staff were friendly and the food was very good.
The hotel is just a short walk to the ferry if you fancy a trip to
mull or any of the islands but do try and visit Iona.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with friends
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DarrenMoyle, General Manager at Bay Great Western Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded October 27, 2013

Dear Micklehurst,

Thank you very much for your kind comments and taking the time to share them on here. I hope to welcome you again sometime soon.

Warm Regards
Darren Moyle

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Reviewed October 12, 2013

Having stopped at a few hotels in OBAN .this hotel in my opinion has it all!
Great food, dining room staff very efficient and all other staff went out of their way to make your stay pleasant.
A special mention to ALL the reception staff who solved all our LITTLE concerns efficiently with no fuss.
Just one thing I failed to understand was that the fact that the entertainment was very good but only a few guests stopped in lounge to see the acts. Some said the it was the lack of dancing space and the fact that the bar prices were far too high ( Pint lager shandy and half soda water and lime £5.20) / Whatever the problem I think management should address it and then more guests would stop in and not leave this brilliant hotel after scoffing the free coffee in the lounges!!!!!!!!
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Room Tip: go for a sea view!!!!! what a bargain!!!!!!
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  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank xorbi
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DarrenMoyle, General Manager at Bay Great Western Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded October 27, 2013

Thanks for taking the time to share your great comments on here. I am really pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us. I have passed on your comments to the reception team who also thank you.

Our entertainment is usually well attended, especially since we have recently refurbished our lounge and I always watch with interest if this is not the case. As you said in your review we do offer great entertainment, however we are blessed with such a good location in a beautiful town and must appreciate that people want to enjoy that also.

I look forward to welcoming you again on your next trip to Oban!

Warm regards
Darren Moyle

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Reviewed October 8, 2013

Have been to this hotel several times before. The food is very good with a varied choice and ample portions. Staff in the restaurant are very friendly, efficient, and helpful and seem happy to be serving the guests. Top marks to all.
Found reception staff also very nice and approachable with a friendly attitude. Had to request change of room as the first one only had a bath with no shower facility (hadn't realised all hotels don't always have at least an over the bath shower)! Receptionist managed (willingly) to accommodate us in another suitable room which was appreciated. Hotel has a great position in Oban, very convenient for everything with great views. The dining room and lounge have been refurbished and look really modern and inviting. Only complaint is that the ballroom is now out of use and unlikely (very sadly) to have money spent on it to bring it back into use. The very small "dance floor" substitute is a joke if you want to dance as opposed to standing on the spot "round your handbag". Come on Shearings rethink a refurb for your ballroom at this popular hotel and give us "oldies" who like to dance rather than just sit a nice ballroom again.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Marianne B
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DarrenMoyle, General Manager at Bay Great Western Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded October 27, 2013

Dear Marianne,

Thank you for your kind comments regarding your latest stay with us. I love to read such comments from loyal guests like yourself. I am also really pleased that you liked our beautiful new restaurant. It is great to see the reception team were able to switch your room to accommodate your request for a shower. The majority of our rooms do have showers, however we do have a small amount that don't and as we refurbish these rooms we are adding showers where possible.

When planning our refurbishments, we always take a lot of time and effort to ensure anything we change is what our guests actually want. We deliberated for sometime over the ballroom, but in the end most of our guests 'voted with their feet' as the room became very unattended as the majority of people preferred to enjoy the entertainment and the views from the bar and lounges. I am sorry that you did not enjoy this change, but hope you understand our reasons for this.

Thank you again for your kind comments and look forward to seeing you on your next visit.

Warm regards
Darren Moyle

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Reviewed October 8, 2013

After a long trip by coach to Oban we were more than relieved to eventually arrive at the Bay Great Western Hotel. We had booked a twin bedded room with a view of the loch and were rewarded with a really great view of the ferries opposite. The hotel is very large but everything was very well organised and we had a table (fixed for every meal) which was a bonus instead of rushing to choose one for every meal. We were pleasantly surprised with the quality of the meals and the waiting staff were very friendly and efficient. Our room was very large, clean but it did need a bit of TLC. Having said that I believe that some renovation was in progress. We would certainly use the hotel again if we were to holiday in the beautiful area.

Room Tip: Pay the extra for the rooms overlooking the loch.
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  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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DarrenMoyle, General Manager at Bay Great Western Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded October 27, 2013

Dear Sylvia,

Thank you for taking the time to post your comments! I am pleased to see you really enjoyed your stay with us. I must agree with you that the view from the hotel is spectacular, and am so pleased that you enjoyed the view from your room.

Again, many thanks for your kind comments, and hope to see you again!

Warm regards
Darren Moyle

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Reviewed October 7, 2013

4 night stay was very good . we were on national bus trip , bus journey was good as was driver.lovely set of people on bus.staff in bar and restaurant were good as were room cleaning staff all need a pat on back from management.we were in room 117 with great view, room clean and tidy only down was the bathroom which was in need of good revamp.would go back thanks to every one at the bay great western p.s food was good

Room Tip: sea view is a must
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Thank doddsy96
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DarrenMoyle, General Manager at Bay Great Western Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded October 27, 2013

Well what can I say? Thank you for such a great review! It's always a delight to read that the staff are so appreciated as they truly work hard to ensure our guests receive the best possible service. I have taken on board your comments regarding the bathroom and with our on-going refurbishment program, bathrooms are included in our next phase which is due to start early next year.

Thank you again, and I look forward to welcoming you back sometime soon!

Warm regards
Darren Moyle

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Address: Corran Esplanade, Oban PA34 5PP, Scotland
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Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Argyll and Bute > Oban
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant
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Ranked #5 of 13 Hotels in Oban
Price Range: $77 - $170 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Bay Great Western Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 79
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
In a prime location, right in the centre of the curving esplanade, just a pleasant walk from the shops and harbour, stands Oban's Great Western; a hotel proud of offering space and comfort, as well as magnificent views of the bay (remember to look out for those memorable sunsets!). Ideal for a relaxing holiday, the activity on the bay can simply be watched from the welcoming lounge and cocktail bar, while it's also an ideal touring centre. With Glencoe, serene lochs and the Western Isles on the doorstep, there's a myriad of sightseeing opportunities. And with coast and country walks, angling, sailing, diving, bird-watching and a whole host of other leisure pursuits at hand, you should never be at a loss for something to do. ... more   less 
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