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About the Best Western Queens Hotel, Oban.

You will be assured of a very warm welcome at Best Western The Queens Hotel, in the beautiful yet bustling little town of Oban.

Oban's traditional role as the Gateway to the Isles means that even a short break up here can open up a tantalising list of island destinations.  Alternatively, it is also well placed as a stop off on a wee whistlestop tour of Bonnie Scotland itself!

This independently owned and operated hotel has 45 rooms in total, including 2 lovely sea view suites and a mixture of Standard, Standard Plus rooms (which have some lovely partial bay views), Superior and Deluxe Bay View Doubles. Some of the rooms have Jacuzzi baths with overhead showers and we do have a small number of standard single and double rooms with walk-in showers.

Please note however, that the hotel is a listed building therby does not cater well for the needs of those with disabilities.  There are no ground floor rooms and there is no lift in the Old Bishop's House.  The lift commences at first floor level in the adjacent Iona building.  All suites and rooms are fully ensuite and finished to a 4 star standard.

The hotel has a very small car park which is available on a first come-first served basis.  We can reserve parking for those with Blue Badges given sufficient notice in advance of your arrival.  There is also free parking on the adjacent esplanade and you will find another carpark 0.4 miles from the hotel which offers free overnight parking.

Getting in touch
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Our History...

BEST WESTERN The Queens Hotel in Oban is formed over two buildings. The old Bishop's House, a lovely old listed building, fronts out onto the Esplanade.  The Iona Building at the rear has the standard accommodation.

The Bishop's House was originally built for the 1st Episcopalian Bishop of Argyll and the Islands as his home. Later it was a church retreat and then a temperance hotel called The Glen Campa Hotel before it gradually evolved into the 45 bedroomed hotel of today.

We believe that you will not find a better base from which to explore this beautiful part of the world.

About the town of Oban...

In days gone by when travel was mainly by rail and steamer Oban was called the Charing Cross of the north. It was where all routes seemed to meet.

The same still holds true today, if you’re going out to or coming from the islands then your ferry will berth here.

It’s a great place to sit and watch the world go by.  On the hill above the town stands McCaig’s Tower, an unfinished project which has gone on to become the town’s major landmark and a beautiful spot to look out over the sea to the islands. Or you can pick your spot in the bay and watch the boats and people come and go.

There’s the Lighthouse Pier, where the ships servicing the lighthouses and navigation buoys dock; the South Pier with the fishing boats; the Railway Pier with the Caledonian MacBrayne ferries and the North Pier with boats from the Royal Navy, visiting foreign navies, tall ships, Customs cutters and dive boats.

Should you feel the need for some retail therapy Oban has a variety of shops with something for everyone. The town centre has various art galleries from where you may be lucky enough to witness the breathtaking vividness of your first original John Lowrie Morrison oil. The local Artist’s materials shop has a glorious selection for the budding amateur painter and professional alike. Here you can also find an eclectic collection of local scenes transposed onto various greetings cards.

Oban is also lucky enough to have its own “Chocolate Factory” and Café not to mention the exquisite delicatessen complete with its in-store café.  Oban is now blessed with a variety of quality restaurants should you wish a night out in the town.