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Great Western Hotel, Oban

Hotel Summary

  • A pleasant walk from the shops and harbour
  • Magnificent views of the bay can be seen from the two large lounge areas, bar and front facing rooms
  • A myriad of sightseeing opportunities
  • The very spacious entertainment suite provides the perfect place to enjoy the quality entertainment
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We have two great selections of hotels tailored to make your short break just the way you like it.

Bay Hotels - these hotels represent all that is best about Shearings - the warmth, the hospitality, the comfort, the great entertainment and all round great value.

Coast & Country - each hotel has a comfortable bar and lounge offering the perfect place to relax and unwind and our restaurants pride themselves on offering good food and a choice of wines.

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5 out of 5 stars ( from 22 customers )

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About Great Western Hotel

In a prime location, right in the centre of the curving esplanade, just a pleasant walk from the shops and harbour, stands Oban's Great Western; a hotel proud of offering space and comfort, as well as magnificent views of the bay (remember to look out for those memorable sunsets!). Ideal for a relaxing holiday, the activity on the bay can simply be watched from the welcoming lounge and cocktail bar, while it's also an ideal touring centre. With Glencoe, serene lochs and the Western Isles on the doorstep, there's a myriad of sightseeing opportunities. And with coast and country walks, angling, sailing, diving, bird-watching and a whole host of other leisure pursuits at hand, you should never be at a loss for something to do.

This hotel has a car park with a limited amount of priority spaces, these can be reserved at £5.00 per day. There is a public car park nearby, charges apply.

Great Western Hotel
Corran Esplanade
Argyll & Bute
PA34 5PP

: 01631 563101

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Room Type Details

Bay Great Western Hotel Premier Room

Typical Premier Room at Bay Great Western Hotel

Our most luxurious room option, most of our Premier Rooms come with a four poster bed as well as a spacious refitted bathroom that accommodates both bath and a separate shower. These bedrooms will normally offer extras such as comfortable seating area, a 32 inch digital flat screen television, hair dryer as well as a hospitality tray.

  • En-suite with separate bath and shower
  • Luxurious four poster bed
  • 32 inch digital flat screen television
  • Large bedroom with comfortable seating
  • Hair dryer and shaving point

Bay Great Western Hotel Superior Room

Typical Superior Room at Bay Great Western Hotel

Our Superior Rooms are more spacious and tastefully refurbished, they offer luxurious beds, a 26 inch digital flat screen television. The spacious bathrooms have been refitted with shower over bath. These rooms also come with the facilities to make yourself a hot drink.

  • 26 inch digital flat screen television
  • En-suite bathrooms with shower over bath
  • Spacious rooms
  • Hair dryer and shaving point

Bay Great Western Hotel Standard Room

Typical Standard Room at Bay Great Western Hotel

Our Standard Rooms are charming and have everything you would expect. The rooms have digital televisions, tea and coffee making facilities as well as an en-suite bathroom.

  • En-suite and WC
  • Telephone
  • Digital television
  • Shaving point
  • The above image represents a typical Standard Room

Local Attractions

The following places, attractions and things to do are easily reached from Oban:

Places To Visit

  • Sailings to the Isle of Mull
  • Tiree and Colonsay
  • Fort Willian
  • Mull of Kintyre
  • Kilchurn Castle
  • Salmon Center
  • Iona, Coll
  • Glencoe
  • Inveraray
  • Oban Distillery

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Kathy Diwner


12 August 2014

Great Western Hotel

I have just returned from a 7 night, half board self-drive break. I cannot fault the hotel, the single bed was so firm & comfortable, the room spotless & spacious. The staff were all so friendly & helpful. The food was delicious with plenty of choice. There was plenty to see in the area. I enjoyed the Sightseeing bus around Oban to Seil Island & Connell Bridge. Such a short walk to the harbour & shops. I would have no hesitation recommending the Hotel to family & friends.



3 June 2014

Good one

Just had a 4 day break and will definitely repeat the experience. Top floor room overlooked Oban bay which was spectacular. Always something to see from ferries, fishing boats, cruise liner and even the Waverley. Great area to use as base for sightseeing - some wonderful scenery. Food was good with plenty of choice and staff always polite and helpful. Fire alarm went off at 7.10 am on first morning but there was no fussing and flapping. Only downside was poor shower power.

P Turner


15 February 2014

Darren and Zivile

Just back from a 5 day break .After being travel sick on the way to the hotel and needing to change clothes quickly, there was a slight hitch with the room .Darren took charge of the situation immediately upgrading us to a premier room then made certain our luggage was brought up pronto. My clothes were then washed by Zivile what an amazing lady I can't thank her enough. The meals were excellent as were all the staff, excellent entertainment, room spotless we'll be back!



16 December 2013

Top hotel

Apart from not being given our free drinks which I forgot about and no one reminded me until going home, this place was really really good value for money. We had a wonderful Turkey and Tinsel break and the food was first class. The service was also first class and my room was kept very clean every day. Our days out were good and we enjoyed this holiday to put us in the mood for the real thing. Only one little moan and that is the music was not Christmas music which let it down somewhat.

Joyce Wilson

Bilston Nr Edinburgh

15 December 2013


Just back from Tinsel/Turkey 4 days and it was brilliant. The room was spotless meals were excellent and plenty choice. We had entertainment every night and Bingo which was great. All staff were so friendly and helpful. We have been to 4 other Shearing Hotels but this one tops them all. We had excitement on the Thursday morning at 1 30 am. Fire alarm went off and we had to get out, and it was heavy heavy rain, lucky for us it was a false alarm. We also met a lot of lovely people on the bus tours.

Jean Ellaby


12 December 2013

Darren is a star!

Had a wonderful Turkey and Tinsel break with Shearings. I had a maintenance issue with my room and was upgraded to a superior room, which was beautiful. Darren is a wonderful manager and all his team are excellent. The food was exceptional. The dining room is to die for. Shearings holidays are such good value and so enjoyable. I recommend them to everybody. I travel solo and always feel comfortable and am well looked after. Anyone out there concerned about going alone, don't be worried .

Eileen Porter


31 October 2013

Great Hotel

I stayed in this hotel with my parents for a short four day break, and I have to say I have nothing but praise for both the hotel and the staff! The rooms were spotless, we asked for shower cubicles and got rooms with then no problem. My mum’s bed was uncomfortable the first night and as soon as I told Maggie (the housekeeper) about this she brought mattress toppers which resolved the problem! The food was first class, definitely restaurant standard and our waiter Jose was a star!

John and Gillian


14 October 2013

Oban sunset was amazing

Just like to say holiday was fab staff work hard fab sea view from room 304 will be going back again dinner and breakfast was good.

Joyce Ford

Stoke on Trent

16 September 2013

Great Holiday

Thanks Shearings for another great holiday we had a lovely surprise when we got into our room .a four poster bed and a beautiful view everything about this hotel was good the food was probably the best up to yet. Just a long journey but well worth it thanks again.


Harrow, London

19 August 2013

Great Service

Enjoyed a 5 night stay as part of a coach party. Dining Room now very nicely refurbished. Sizeable sea-view room - décor tired but clean. What is worth commenting on is the excellent service at this hotel from all the staff who couldn't do enough to sort out any problems. A particular thank you to the great service of our waiter, Toto.

Anne Carr

North Yorkshire

18 August 2013

Great Western

We had room 115. Excellent, room was clean, modern, thank you to Luba for looking after us. Special mention to the management. Food was excellent except for the Shepherd’s pie, I think they forgot to put any gravy in the mince. Lovely staff, Bar Manager needs to loosen up and smile at and talk to customers a bit more, he walks around as if there is no one else there and only responds when a customer actually talks to him. Kitchen and dining room staff, full marks for your hard work.


Crewe, Cheshire

5 June 2013

Dining Room

After spending 5 days in Oban loved the place amazing scenery. Staff very friendly and helpful .Not happy with meal times when we arrive we were told there would be 2 sitting as the dining room was being refurbished felt like we had to rush meals for the next sitting. Also the fire alarm went off twice. We have been on 5 Shearings breaks this is the only one we have had issues with.

Mrs Simcox

Crewe, Cheshire

3 April 2013

Lovely Linda

It was mine and my husband’s 30th wedding anniversary on the 19th the day after we arrived and Linda made my day and got me a lovely room with a four poster bed and a lovely view. We had a lovely holiday and we won’t forget our 30th wedding anniversary thanks to lovely Linda.

John Thomas


17 December 2012

Car Parking Charge

Just back from Tinsel and Turkey weekend - enjoyed. As stated in the other reviews here the hotel and staff are absolutely fine BUT and it's a big BUT - charging £5 per day for car parking is a lot on top of the headline price and having taken at least 6 Shearing's self drive breaks in the last year, makes us much more likely to look at alternatives. We're not scrooges but feel this car parking "extra" is a bit of a rip off.

Kath Gardiner


10 December 2012

Great Weekend

We had a lovely weekend the staff were excellent could not do enough to please .the entertainment was very good and the rooms were clean and comfortable we had room 117 and the views were great .Many thanks to you all for a lovely weekend we travelled with Shearing and they were first class.

Norah Mcintyre


12 November 2012

Great weekend

We had a great weekend staff and management were fantastic gave us our room for longer on the day we were leaving as my brother in law needed oxygen as our was not until 6 pm value for money entertainment very good going back next year at Easter.

Irene Moran

Woburn, Bedfordshire

14 July 2012

Fabulous Holiday

I have just had a eight day holiday at this hotel to find ALL staff and management could not do enough for you and as for Linda who is an amazing lady, going the extra mile to make sure your stay is a success. I celebrated my birthday whilst there and I have NEVER had a birthday like it. Thanks to Linda, Ohm and all of the kitchen staff. I will certainly be going back again and already I have been recommending Oban a beautiful place and of course The Great Western Hotel.

Donna Fraser


5 March 2012

So Friendly

We might be remembered as the young couple LOL, my partner, son (7 weeks old) and I booked into a guest house originally and we got treated bad to cut it short if my baby cried he would be causing a problem, refused to stay and asked great western if they had room and the staff was so helpful and kind. was 9pm and really needed bed for my son (home 2hr away) we got the big room on the 3rd floor with 5 windows overlooking water was fab, lots of space for my sons cot, we had a great time so thanks again

George Swarbrick


18 June 2011


My wife and I had a five day holiday at this hotel and the service was just outstanding. The staff and management could not do enough for you, the meals were fantastic and plenty to choose from and the hotel rooms were spotless. There was entertainment very night and it was very good my wife and I hope to return to this hotel next year for our holiday. All in all, excellent value for money we feel this hotel should be upgraded to at least four star.

Ian Bond


18 June 2011


My wife, daughter and I stayed for four nights in this wonderful hotel. Really enjoyed our stay and would like to thank the staff. The whole area around Oban is stunning and we enjoyed such a delightful walk around the harbour one night just before the sun set. Would recommend (and have done) this to friends and family. Hope to return soon.

Jenny Harry


3 May 2011

Our Great Weekend

Just come back from here, had a great time. We were lucky with the weather but would still have enjoyed it. Our driver was great, the day trip and scenery were amazing, hotel older but clean and everything we needed, food good, entertainment good, staff pleasant and friendly guests. All in all would recommend. Oban is a lovely place as well, will definitely go back.

auline Nairn

Port Glasgow

15 April 2011


Before we even arrived, the staff were so helpful, Darren , the manager and Linda were great. My mum was with me and they made sure her room was perfect for her and she didn’t have to walk too far. The hotel, was lovely, our rooms were brilliant, amazing scenery, comfortable beds, just a really good stay. I will certainly be back again, and I will be recommending the hotel to my friends and family.

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