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The Ranald Hotel
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Reviewed August 12, 2013

I was underwhelmed by this hotel. There was nothing really wrong with it but it just didn't have a lot of character. It was modern and clean- no elevator, though, which is no fun if your room is on the third floor- although the staff were very helpful and carried our bags up for us. Actually, the staff were really friendly throughout our stay- though they couldn't help with the problem of the heat. There's no air con in the rooms (there often isn't in Scotland) and they get VERY hot on the hot days of summer. The rooms were modern and clean and breakfast was quite good- their speciality is baked eggs. The hotel is located centrally, right in the middle of town, but if I was to return to Oban (oh, what a town!) I'd look for a hotel with a little more character.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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Harry F, General Manager at The Ranald Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded September 8, 2013

Thank you for taking the time to review The Ranald. We're sorry to hear that we weren't for you.

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Reviewed August 12, 2013

We spent 2 days in Oban and this hotel is well located for people arriving without car
At the short walk distance of the ferry terminal and in the city center so it was perfect for us.

The rooms are really quiet, comfortable and with enough space .

People are helpful and very friendly so it's a real good place to stay

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Harry F, General Manager at The Ranald Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded September 8, 2013

Thank you for your review of The Ranald. We're all pleased that you enjoyed your time with us. We hope to see you again in the future.

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Reviewed August 11, 2013 via mobile

The rooms were clean and adequately furnished. We were in a downstairs room but it was dark and it felt slightly claustrophobic. Breakfast was adequate and my husband said the baked eggs were good. We found the staff a little quiet so it wasn't the most cheery start to our holiday. Wouldn't stay again. We felt a little anonymous and too much like a motel.

  • Stayed: August 2013
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Harry F, General Manager at The Ranald Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded August 12, 2013

Thank you for taking the trouble to share your experience of The Ranald with the rest of the tripadvisor community. Our prices are constantly reviewed to make sure that we are competitive with other establishments in town. I'm sorry to hear that you don't feel that you would stay with us again.

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Reviewed August 11, 2013

We booked this because our first choice in Oban was unavailable and it was near the ferry terminal for our next day's departure to Mull. We knew the location in advance, which is not the most salubrious part of Oban but is clearly improving (the stream for example, in front of the hotel, had been cleaned up beautifully). We knew also that parking could be a problem but it's OK outside the hotel between 6.00pm and 9.00am. The appearance of the hotel itself was disappointing - greatly let down by the plastic box trees and window box flowers (better none at all than artificial ones). The welcome was friendly and helpful but the interior décor of the stairways was a bit institutional and depressing. The rooms, however, were much better, but lacked sufficient storage if one was staying more than one night. The bathroom was small (but the shower was definitely one of the best we've come across) yet again a lack of storage space with nowhere to put sponge bags and toiletries etc. We were surprised that the spare pillows, in the wardrobe, did not have pillow-cases on them. Our room, termed 'splendid', was large enough but quite dim as it looked straight out onto a cliff face not more than twenty feet away. 'Splendid' was in our view an exaggeration.
Breakfast, in the slightly cramped breakfast area, was fine and the baked eggs very tasty.
Where this hotel would be ideal is for those coming into Oban by train in order to catch a ferry the following day - less than ten minutes walk to the ferry terminal and station.
It suited us well enough in the circumstances of our visit but the overall feeling is that it is expensive for what it is (apart from the excellent shower!)

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Harry F, General Manager at The Ranald Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded August 12, 2013

Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We appreciate the feedback from guests to help us improve the service that we offer where required. We have already revamped our website since your stay with us to make our offering clearer and have changed the classification of the room that you had.

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Reviewed August 6, 2013

Arrived here late for a one night stay. No spaces in the street but found the free car park easily and it is only a short walk away. The person in the bar/reception was very friendly and didn't rush us despite our late arrival. The room was as I expected from the description. The bed and pillows were so comfortable and there was no noise at all from other rooms. Enjoyed the light breakfast as I don't like a full breakfast. I will definitely stay here again if I am in the area.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled solo
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Harry F, General Manager at The Ranald Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded August 8, 2013

Thank you for leaving a review of your time with us at The Ranald. We're all pleased to hear that your stay was a comfortable one. We hope that we'll see you again.

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