Columba Hotel

The EsplanadePA34 5QDObanUnited Kingdom
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About Columba Hotel

Victorian seaside hotel Columba Hotel in Oban is located directly on the North Pier and is a great base for exploring the Western Highlands.

49 classically furnished rooms, some with hill or sea views, feature flat screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, and coffee and tea making facilities. En suite bathrooms include toiletries, and family rooms are available.

Lifts connect all floors in this non-smoking hotel. Columba Hotel offers special rates to those attending functions in the area. There is limited hotel parking with paid parking next door.

On site eateries are Alba Restaurant, which offers a table d'hôte menu; Italian fare at Bar Rio; and the Pier Cafe. Seafood is the popular choice in Oban.

Known as the Gateway to the Islands, numerous Calmac ferries leave from Oban. World famous Oban whisky is distilled just across the street from the hotel. The city is famous for its drinking, shopping, and kayaking.


The Esplanade, PA34 5QD, Oban, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1631562183 | Fax: +44 1631564683 | Official Homepage

Top amenities

  • Free WiFi in lobby
  • Free WiFi in rooms
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Parking
  • Pets
  • A/C
  • Restaurant
  • Hotel bar
  • Gym

All amenities

Hotel facilities

  • 24-hour reception
  • Conference rooms
  • Free WiFi in lobby
  • Hotel bar
  • Laundry service
  • Lift
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Restaurant
  • WiFi in lobby

Room facilities

  • Bathroom with shower
  • Central heating
  • Desk
  • Electric kettle
  • Free WiFi in rooms
  • Hairdryer
  • Internet
  • Ironing board
  • Telephone
  • Television
  • WiFi in rooms


  • Wheelchair accessible

Arrival / Departure

  • Check-in: 15:00
  • Check-out: 11:00

Positive Reviews

A prime location in the Western Highlands.

Many say the best thing about this hotel is its location in Oban and in Scotland. With the harbour only a few minutes away, connecting to the islands is extremely convenient. Furthermore, nearly all of Oban can be reached on foot.

Clean rooms with lovely views.

Clean, spacious rooms have the possibility of fantastic sea views. The rooms are classically furnished in homey colours that invite you to settle in, no matter the weather outside.

Amiable staff to assist during your stay.

Staff get top marks for friendliness, willingness to assist travellers, and kindness to children.

Negative Reviews

Feels tired and old.

The hotel might have seen better days and is in need of a refurbishing. Rooms can be cold, as can showers.

Lift doesn't always work, holds only a few people.

The hotel's lift could do with a replacing. Old and a bit rickety, it fits only about two people, and some strength is required to open the doors.

Beds are disappointing, uncomfortable.

The mattresses are not said to always be terribly comfortable. Issues like dips in the middle and two beds pushed together to make a double have been reported by unhappy sleepers.

Rating Overview

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7.4 /10
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7.4 out of 10 based on 850 reviews