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Argyll Square, Oban PA34 4BE Scotland
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitised in high-temperature wash
  • Floors marked for social distancing
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
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Updated 20-07-06 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Updated 20-07-06 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


#13 of 14 hotels in Oban
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Royal Hotel is located in the heart of Oban town on the western coast of Scotland. Enjoy the very best of Scottish hospitality at this 3-star hotel that first opened its doors in 1895. Rooms at this hotel feature television, tea/coffee makers, large windows and high ceilings, private bathrooms, complimentary toiletries, hairdryers, and climate control. The traditional decor is complemented by the tartan furnishings. There is Free WiFi in public areas and in Superior Rooms. Porter, luggage storage and tours/ticket assistance services are provided and there is a very small car park to the rear of the hotel. The hotel’s 170-seater restaurant serves a great selection of Scottish cuisine that you can savour for breakfast, lunch, high tea and dinner. Relax in the bar and/or lounge over drinks and Scottish malts in the company of friends beside the open fire. Close to Royal Hotel are a handful of attractions including the iconic McCaig’s Tower, Oban Distillery, Glencruitten Golf Course, the House at Dunollie, and the Glorious Gardens of Argyll.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free internet
Bar / lounge
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Taxi service
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Non-smoking hotel
Paid public parking nearby
Public wifi
Paid internet
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Complimentary instant cofffee
Complimentary tea
Meeting rooms
24-hour front desk
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Seating area
Coffee / tea maker
Flatscreen TV
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Hair dryer
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Room types
Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
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Tuppence430 wrote a review Jun. 16
Folkestone, United Kingdom56 contributions17 helpful votes
I lived in Oban for 6 years 30 years ago and the Royal was always poorly thought of. I honestly thought it would have improved but I was with a Group of holiday makers and was embarrassed as soon as we entered the Hotel. 18 of us arrived by train from Glasgow at 1345 and were immediately told our rooms wouldn't be available until 1500 hours. We were then a pushed into a filthy dark room and advised to go and find something to eat. When we eventually got to our room it was miniscule, dirty and cracked tiles in the bathroom were positively dangerous. This Hotel is filthy throughout and I wouldn't recommend it to anyone. You would be better off going to the Premier Inn which is cheaper and cleaner.
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Catons wrote a review Feb. 2020
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom162 contributions43 helpful votes
Hotel's Favourite
Stayed in this hotel on the week of the worst winds,but did not dampen our spirits. Absolutely wonderful hotel,warm,very clean and such amazing views from our splendid room in what I called the turret. Have stayed in 3 other Strathmore hotels but the food in this one was exceptional and far superior to the others with friendly helpful staff. Thanks to Kimberly who served most of our tea,coffee and sweet treats which were simply delicious. There is a beautiful staircase,which was great to climb after all the scrumptious food !!
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Date of stay: February 2020
Sleep Quality
Room Tip: Definitely sea view
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Response from ROYAL1895, Manager at Royal Hotel
Responded Feb. 27, 2020
Good Morning Sir/Madam. Thank you very much for leaving this fantastic feedback on your recent stay with us at the Royal Hotel. It's great to hear that the scottish weather didn't dampen your spirits. At the Royal Hotel we take great pride in our food and services so its always good to read feedback like this. I will pass your lovely comments onto Kimberley that was serving in Blasta during your stay. I hope if you're planning on coming back to Oban you will choose to stay at the Royal hotel. Kind Regards Joseph Darrah Assistant Manager
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young-guns06 wrote a review Jun. 6
Lancaster, United Kingdom7 contributions1 helpful vote
On the plus side - Friendly staff and nice breakfast, comfy clean mattress, lovely sea view (if you stand on a chair to see out of the window), great central location. On the negative side (and I don’t wish to be negative) - Filthy, dated hotel. See photos, although not fully representative. We stayed in the turret, room 206. The carpet was swathed in white dog hairs, clearly not seen a vacuum before the room was turned to us. It was dusty enough to write ‘clean me’ on the tv. The decor was dirty and dated and needs a good wipe down. The paintwork needs a good scrub with cream cleaner. The bathroom sink has paint all over it. It scrapes off with your fingernail - why not scrape it off then! Can hear next door flushing the toilet with the pipes clattering in the night! The sash window has a sign stating it is restricted, it isn’t, it opens fully - on the 5th floor! The other window is sealed shut with silicone. The room was very hot on our first night but there wasn’t a fan. When we left we pointed out all the good and the bad points to the receptionist who said she would tell the head housekeeper. It was over £300 for this scabby room for 2 nights, would we stay again - NO!
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Steven_Langley wrote a review Jun. 5
London, United Kingdom52 contributions45 helpful votes
The room was ok, certainly over priced All of the front desk staff I encountered were robotic, impersonal and lack customer focus. As I arrived they were dealing with a couple that had encountered problems with their room, they were very apologetic to the customers but as soon as the couple left the area, one of the receptionist pointed to the computer and said to the other “look at the rate they pay, and they still complain” - erm .... you had a new guest checking in that was paying a similar rate !!! Bit rude. On departure the lady receptionist was having a conversation with her male colleague- completely ignored me as I put my key down Oh, and wash your bedroom keys- they are filthy and we are in the middle of a global pandemic
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Travelled solo
Richard H wrote a review May 2021
12 contributions4 helpful votes
We slept in the turret right at the top of the 5th Floor. For those that do not like a lift give this a miss. It was clean and the staff were great but the place is in need of some serious attention. The windows were too small and one was screwed shut. It was a warm day and just not air. The extraction system in the bathroom did not work. The lock on the door is a key (imagine that) and you actually have to put a key in the lock to lock it when you leave! That was funny. People claiming they were "members" kicking off in the bar because there were no booked seats for them gave the place a bad feeling so we left and found somewhere else to eat.
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Date of stay: May 2021
Sleep Quality
Room Tip: Avoid the 5th FLoor.
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Response from John Horne, General Manager at Royal Hotel
Responded 1 week ago
Dear Sir/Madam. Thank you for leaving this feedback on your stay with us during May. I have since looked into your booking and i have passed these comments about the window to our maintenance team so that they can manage to sort the window in this room so that other guests don't have the same problem again. I can only apologise that you felt that way during your stay with us. I will look into this and speak to the duty manager that was working that night and make sure that we have everything in place so that this doesn't happen again as we don't want any of our guests feeling that way while in the Restaurant. I hope that you will come back and visit Oban again and chose to stay with us again. Kind Regards, Joseph Darrah
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US$87 - US$198 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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United KingdomScotlandArgyll and ButeOban
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Frequently Asked Questions about Royal Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to Royal Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Oban War & Peace Museum (0.4 km), McCaig's Tower (0.4 km), and The View (0.2 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Royal Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and free parking.
Which room amenities are available at Royal Hotel?
Top room amenities include a flat screen TV, a desk, and a seating area.
What food & drink options are available at Royal Hotel?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Royal Hotel?
Yes, free parking and paid public parking nearby are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Royal Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Etive Restaurant, Food from Argyll at the Pier, and Coast Restaurant.
Is Royal Hotel located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.08 km away from the centre of Oban.
Are pets allowed at Royal Hotel?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Does Royal Hotel offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers meeting rooms, a banquet room, and conference facilities.
Are there any historical sites close to Royal Hotel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Dunstaffnage Castle & Chapel (5.1 km) and Gylen Castle (6.3 km).
Does Royal Hotel have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the harbour view available here.