As you enter Oban, turn right and before you get to the end of the Esplanade you'll find the Queens Hotel. I reckon that most Best Westerns, being privately owned, try to make you hospitable if you a... more
As you enter Oban, turn right and before you get to the end of the Esplanade you'll find the Queens Hotel. I reckon that most Best Westerns, being privately owned, try to make you hospitable if you are passing through.
Parking on what had once been the front gardens seemed somewhat chaotic, but there was plenty of free parking on the road outside so no problem.Oban being Oban, in the summer months there are lots of visitors and the hotel was full. This made the reception job of the friendly manager quite frenetic as he multi-tasked us in three at a time, including unusually, taking full payment up front. Perhaps he had noticed the fast motorbikes of some guests ?!
Negotiating various corridors and stairway we found our 'superior' room. It was spacious enough, if a little overcrowded with furniture and had nice big windows which, as we had been warned, did not have much outlook. This was a pity as the hotel has lovely clear views across the bay with ferries and yachts coming and going.
Fortunately we could see the view from the dining room which, with a bar and lounge now occupies a large part of the ground floor of the original building. I guess there is an extension to the rear with many more rooms.
Dinner turned out to be a pleasant experience with my wife and I sharing a nice lobster washed down with a Chilean Sauvignon, all served by pleasant young ladies with foreign accents. I don't know how the tourist industry in Scotland would manage without the foreign student on a gap year, over here to improve their English and see the country. They are most hard working and very welcome.
After a generous buffet breakfast, the following morning we and everyone else were on the road again. As a hotel for when "passing through" The Queens is just what you need, but if staying a few days try to get a room at the front for the view. less