Derelict site in Oban could be reborn as boutique hotel as local entrepreneur reveals plans

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A businessman in Oban, Scotland has lodged plans to build a new 28-bed boutique hotel on a site that has been derelict for years.

Callum MacLeod, owner of Piazza and Ee-Usk restaurants on the North Pier has now submitted a proposal to create a new hotel on the site of the former Argyll Hotel on Corran Esplanade which was knocked down in 2012.

The building will be split across two floors, using the roof space as a third floor, above an open reception, dining room and lounge.

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The plan has been scaled down from the original proposal to build a 63-bedroom hotel over five floors, which MacLeod had first envisaged.

If planning permission is granted, he hopes work will commence at the end of the year, with a view for the hotel – which is currently unnamed – to be open in the spring of 2019.

He said: “It will be a modest, but smart hotel that is up to date, for the contemporary modern traveller with high expectations.

“The restaurant is a breakfasting room; the guests will be showed to the restaurants on the pier for dinner.”

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