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Jeremy Inglis Hostel

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Hostelz.com's Review
More of a bed and breakfast than a hostel, Jeremy Inglis Hostel is (and has been since the 1980s) run by Jeremy Inglis himself with the help of his friendly Corgi, Tashish. Jeremy is a learned historian, and his appreciation for the history of Oban, especially of Dunnolie Castle, is contagious. He offers a lovely area to enjoy yourself on your own schedule, without even a specific checkout time to constrain you.

The Location

The bus and train drop you off next to the bay. Find the Bank of Scotland across the street from the bay, and walk to the right of the bank until you arrive at a roundabout; Pound Crazy Jane’s will be on your left. Cross the street and pass the Royal Hotel on your left. At the end of the block, when you see Tesco on your right, turn left. Almost immediately, tucked between the Kodak Vision Centre and the Insurance Brokers, is the Jeremy Inglis Hostel. Be careful -- you can easily pass it without knowing it’s there.

Rooms and Bathrooms

The dorms and bedrooms are clean and homelike. Instead of bunk beds, the rooms have twin- and queen-size beds, sleeping an average of three people per room. Each room is also equipped with a desk and sink. The bathrooms are shared, but it is hardly noticeable because the shower, sink, and toilet are in one room, all for your private use at one time, just like at home. Jeremy keeps them impeccably clean and provides you with a free towel.

Common Spaces

The kitchen is the only common space, so you are free to stay and chat or to eat and vanish as you choose. The cooking area is rather small, so it can be tricky for more than one person to use it at once, but with communication you can make it work. Also in the kitchen, Wi-Fi, continental breakfast, and all-day tea/bread/butter/jam are available for free.

Summary

For a very decent price at the perfect location, you can relax in what is very much like a second home. It is possible to come and go every day without seeing anyone, even Jeremy, but we would recommend trying to bump into him and treating yourself to his broad and profound expertise.

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February 2012
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Hostelz.com Guest Reviews
5   Excellent experience Everything we'd hope for in a hostel and more. The environment and atmosphere is quite unique, loved all the art work and greenery, and we had a great time meeting other guests. The hostel is very clean and well kept. Breakfast was fantastic -- homemade jams were top class. I have stayed twice now, and I am about to book my third visit!  , Scottish ()
4   Freindly, Welcoming, and Personal I phoned the hostel and spoke to Katrine, she said she would find a room, so helpful, she advised me that on my arrival if no-one was present just to go into kitchen and help myself to tea/coffee etc and they wouldn't be long. The kitchen has been extended and is now a massive room with lovely refectory dining table and Jeremy's pictures from Peru. My 11 year old son thought it was old fashioned on arrival but at the end of our short stay he loved it. will go back. Can be difficult to find though, head for Tesco and Rail Station!  , Scotland ()
5   Can't wait to return! Stayed here in 2003 and heading back this May. Has become a family favourite! Much more like a B&B or visiting the Grands; small/private rooms, freshly made up beds, hot scones and homemade jam ... yes please!  , UK/US ()
5   The Best Hostel in Scotland! I'll never forget this outstanding hostel, which really felt more like a bed and breakfast. Jeremy Inglis is kind, helpful, and hospitable. He makes the best homemade jams in the world and serves them at breakfast. These jams should be taken to Buckingham Palace for the Queen to enjoy. Jeremy's sweet dog Tavish adds to the charm of this place. I would go back to Oban, Scotland, in a heartbeat thanks to the Jeremy Inglis Hostel. This is truly a gem of a hostel. I'm a fan of Jeremy Inglis Hostel!  , U.S.A. ()
5   Fantastic This hostel is a hidden gem in Oban and is run by a true gent. The hostel is full of paintings and photographs taken by Jeremy especially during his time in Peru creating a really homey atmosphere. The homemade jams with breakfast are awesome and the rooms are great (showers are powerful) -- very comfortable indeed with a brilliant price tag to boot. Highly recommend. The Light of India opposite the hostel does a pretty good curry too!  , British ()
2  Squashy and small but the rooms are clean and there are plenty of bathrooms. There are low ceilings and narrow corridors; the whole place is like it is squashed in between two buildings. The kitchen is very small; it is difficult to get a meal for yourself and it wouldn't pass a fire certificate in other countries. However, they claim breakfast is provided, and there is always a large basket of scones and bottles of jam in the kitchen, which are good enough for a high carb meal if you are desperate or a good snack otherwise. It is cheap and safe and what more do you want if you are travelling and not planning to stay in the hostel during the day?  ()
5  Being here is like visiting your grandparents.  ()
3  I am from Slovakia and I spent 2 days in this hostel and to me it was a great hostel. Maybe it was not as comfortable as other hostels where I stayed, but the comfort is not always the most important thing. The people working there are very friendly and kind. And that is very important because you have a good feeling.  ()

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