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Lochnell Arms Hotel
Ranked #2 of 8 Connel B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Colintraive, United Kingdom
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“I beg to differ, I think it is very good”
Reviewed July 8, 2012

Had lunch at this restaurant without previously checking Tripadvisor as it was the choice of my daughter. It is in an excellent location overlooking the Falls of Lora, rapids in the mouth of Loch Etive underneath Connel Bridge, from the Connel side.
Turn left after Connel Bridge and after about half a mile turn left again, there is a black and white sign saying 'Hotel'. The previous reviewer must not travel much in Scotland if they think that this section of road is bumpy.
At this point one enters a car park. There is a small area of well kept garden before one enters the hotel which is not is need of refurbishment. One walks down a clean and relatively newly carpeted, tartan, hallway; at the end of which the restaurant opens out. There is a bar, a nice seating area with open fire and leather settees and club chairs. This will be nice in the winter. There is a nice bright timber and glass conservatory in which the tables and chairs are paced. The roof is of glass. None of that nasty polycarbonate, which I despise.
There is also a lovely terrace with circular picnic tables, if you want to sit outside, and all this over looks the majestic falls. These change in their intensity with the state of the tide and the amount of rain/snow.
The food was very good, the cullen skink, the seafood chowder, the carrot and coriander soup and the spring rolls were all excellent.
This was followed by a very good venison pie in a pot with a browned cheesy mashed potato top. The mussels in lemony, herby creamy wine were divine, the vegetarian spinach tart had a spinach sauce and good salad and the burger and chips were of high quality, all home made.
We rounded it off with ice cream, profiteroles, bread and butter pudding and a creme brulee. The bread and butter pudding was a bit sticky but it did come with custard. The brulee was truly excellent and beautifully presented.
We had wine and then coffees and were not rushed at all. Service was good and at the pace we wanted. We were more than 2 hours over lunch, chatting and watching some hardy canoeists shooting the rapids and capsizing.
Take a trip to Connel, the scenery is delightful and the bridge a great favourite of ours.
Oh by the way the toilets are in the corridor from the door and are very good. The ladies has a rather fine coral coloured tiled floor.
In fact all being on one level this is a great destination for disabled or mobility impaired visitors.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 6, 2012

Well run family hotel with good food and plesant staff .
lovely situation with great views and good walks around the area nice comfy rooms

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled on business
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Pitlochry, Scotland, United Kingdom
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Reviewed June 29, 2012

Stayed for one night, while traveling round the west coast. Lovely location looking over the falls of lora.
The resturant served good food, with quailty service. the staff were very polite. The room was comfatable with a great sea view and was clean and well furbished.
Breakfast was a bit of a let down, with what seemed like only one member of staff taking orders and cooking the breakfast, or really just warming up the ingredients! It was very greesy and like warm. Even when I asked for a fresh pot of tea, it was the same pot topped up with hot water, so resulting in very weak tea, And as the waiter was doing everything he dissapeared for what was such a long time I gave up and left. (probably still cooking someones breakfast now?!)

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled solo
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Reviewed June 24, 2012

The Lochnell Arms Hotel was a lovely, comfortable stay. On arrival i was greeted by a staff member who was very cheerful and polite. i had decided to stay in and have my evening meal there and i was glad i did because the food was excellent and the service was fantastic. the staff obviously love there job there. The atmosphere in the hotel was very nice and the hotel it self was lovely. i have recommended the hotel to others and they have thanked me because they experienced the lovely stay as well. The owners were lovely and should be proud of a great hotel and staff that they have got. I would also recommend there Sunday carvery. the service yet again was fantastic and the food was great! when i next go back to oban i would definitely stay at the Lochnell Arms Hotel again!!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed June 3, 2012 via mobile

It's not often I would do this but due to the fact I'm still annoyed at the service we received I'm going too.

On arrival I was a bit unsure as to what to expect as the entrance road was very bumpy and from the outside the building requires some renovation.

Upon entering we entered the lounge and were served by a friendly chap. I had a pint of tennents and the misses opted for a pint of strongbow. It came to just over £7 which I thought was reasonable enough maybe slightly overpriced. We were in a party of 6 and the batman arranged with the restaurant for a table to be set for us.

Upon entering the restaurant we were asked " are you the six from down the stairs" not particularly friendly no hellos etc. she then said "your over there pointing us to a table in the corner in front of the lake. It was a nice view. However no menus! After a couple of minutes we were given some menus along with the Saturday steak night menu and the waitress then showed us the specials board. After about a minute a waitress approached the table asking us if we were ready to order. I asked her for a couple more minutes - massive mistake!

We sat for a further 30mins in which time 2 tables that arrived after us were served. The waitress also decided to clear dirty table right beside us despite me making eye contact to her with a smile as if to say we're ready to order now. She then came back to clean the table at which point I asked could we please order now. The response " I'll be a couple of minutes I'm cleaning a table that's been reserved"

At which point after waiting 35 mins to order in a half busy establishment I asked the rest of the party if they wanted to leave which they did so we got up and left.

Something I've never done before which says something.

  • Stayed June 2012
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Reviewed May 28, 2012

Stopped here on the last day before we were going home, but we should have stopped a lot earlier. The hotel has a fantastic spot, looking out over the loch, and bridge, and the dinning room gives you the opportunity to watch the water flow under the bridge and you tuck into your delicious food. The host was more than happy to chat, and the choice on the menu, was interesting. When we return to this beautiful part of Scotland, this is going to be one of our major stops.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed February 18, 2012

We visited lochnell arms on a sunday for the carvery. There is an option to go for the carvery only or an option to include starter and dessert. The carvery itself is very good and the meats and accompaniements nice and fresh. The starters are set out on plates for you to help yourself and are not so good and were all a bit dried up. The desserts were the same unfortunately. The hotel is in a lovely location with great views over the water.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with family
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Property: Lochnell Arms Hotel
Address: North Connel, Connel, Oban PA37 1RP, Scotland
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Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Argyll and Bute > Oban > Connel
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 8 B&Bs / Inns in Connel
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Lochnell Arms Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Lochnell Arms Hotel is a small family run hotel in a spectacular Loch side location, situated just 5 miles outside of Oban. We have 10 on-suite bedrooms, lounge bar, restaurant which is also open to non residents, outside terrace, and public bar with pool table and darts. The cosy lounge bar has a large open fireplace, and the restaurant has a stunning view over the Loch. All our meals are home made and freshly prepared by our chefs, who use local produce where possible. Popular Sunday carvery served all year round. ... more   less 
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