Oban Youth Hostel
The Best Hostel We've Seen
A "5-Star Hostel" seems something of a contradiction in terms, but this is indeed the rating of Oban Youth Hostel, and with good reason. The hostel is located in a mansion right along Oban Bay, surrounded by luxury hotels sporting far larger price tags. We were fortunate enough to book a 3-bed family room on the top floor with private shower and WC for GBP 69 per night. Those with more modest budgets can book beds on the lower floors, or in the row house behind the mansion, for as low as GBP 15.
For our part, we were very happy with the room and its lovely view of the bay. The shower was fine, though you need to access it through something of a secret door just to your left as you enter the room. The facilities were first rate, featuring common dining and self-catering rooms with picture-window views of the bay. The staff was extremely friendly, helpful, and (given that Minifrosch was not exactly on his best behavior) tolerant.
Not that the hostel was absolutely perfect, of course. While you have private facilities, be aware the water in the room is not safe to drink, so be sure to have bottled water on hand (though the night warden was nice enough to let me sneak into the kitchen for a glass of water). The motion-activated lights in the shower and WC were quirky, with lights suddenly turning on in the middle of the night and turning off in the middle of a shower. Laundry is available for a fee, though many of the machines were out of order. If the dryer isn't working, a heated drying room is available to hang your clothes. Finally, the wi-fi and internet (cost GBP 1 per 15 minutes) were extremely balky, and download times were so slow that we simply gave up.
All of the above nitpicks notwithstanding, this hostel was far and away the best hostel we've ever used, and we would not hesitate to stay here again given the opportunity.
Unique Quality: - Peaceful, family-friendly hostel
- Common areas and many rooms with superior views
- Well-equipped common kitchen
- Friendly and attentive staff
Directions: About a 15-minute walk from the train station/town center along the east side of the bay, just past St. Columba's Cathedral.
OBAN YOUTH HOSTEL
This is the SYHA hostel in Oban. Its right on the esplanade with fantastic views over the harbour and islands. There are good self catering kitchen facilities with dining area and internet access. Its about a 5-10 minute walk from the centre of town. Breakfast is no longer included although you can order a pre-packed breafast from reception.
Directions: On the Esplanade along the road to Ganavan Sands
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- Free Parking
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