Review of The Royal Hotel, Oban, Scotland (2016)

The Royal Hotel, Oban, Scotland

Stay: September 2016 (2 nights)

Reviewed by: Andrew Chan (Professional Film Critic and former global luxury hotelier)

The seashore quiet Scottish town of Oban is a hidden gem of seafood, whiskey and retirement lifestyle. We choose to stay at the centrally located Royal Hotel and arrived on a rainy Scottish afternoon. Unfortunately, the car park was full and we were lucky to find parking opposite the road. Rest assure, the reception advised that we should check with them tomorrow morning for a parking spot. You don’t really need to drive in Oban as every where is within walkable distance.

The hotel is one of those oldies and heritage style with staircases available if you do not wish to wait for the ancient lifts.
The rooms are on the small end and with two twin beds tucked in cotton blue. The view was nothing to look at as we were given a room at the back of the hotel which literally takes around 5 minutes to walk from the lifts or staircase. Luckily the small bathroom looks decent enough with a bath to relax after a long drive. The decor is old and amenities are rather basic.

We dined on both mornings at the complimentary breakfast buffet which was plentiful and full of variety. The bar downstairs is also cosy and great to mingle with a tour group of retirement couples on a game of Scottish Premier League. Another issue is that Wifi is not included and we are forced to use it at the lobby area. Given the age of information, this is really a basic need.


All in all, it is the kind of hotel where you spend only your sleeping hours within as the city of Oban is very beautiful to endure and experience. Go on the Oban whiskey tour, walk on the seashore and a lovely lobster and oyster feast to finish off are ideal way to fully enjoy this amazing city. This is a decent hotel within expected laid back services and plenty of retiring couples along the way.


Service – 3/5

Room – 3/5

Cleanliness – 3/5

Experience – 4/5

Overall Rating – 3.25/5

Disclaimer: We paid for the entire hotel stay

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