I love a deal, and when I get a deal plus a whole lot of great reviews for a hotel, I don't hesitate to book it. The Channings in Edingburgh gets wonderful reviews. My impression: the hotel was just ok.
The Channings is located in Edingburgh's West End. Only a short walk from the main attractions, but still in a quiet and nice neighborhood. We drove and the hotel has only street parking, which is paid during the day. So, if you are not there during the day to feed the meter you have to pay the hotel to issue you a permit. After making sure that this was settled, we had dinner at the restaurant. Excellent food, good prices, wonderful service. I think the hotel description called for nice views from the restaurant, but there are none. The restaurant is in the basement. The breakfast is also there. All the usual parts of an English breakfast, plus fruit, cereal, etc.
My biggest issue was when we asked the front desk for a room for a second night. They gave us a rate over double the price we had booked the original reservation for. Did not leave any room for negotiating, which I found odd since it would have been easier for them to leave us in the room we had than to get a new person in. Anyway, we left and moved to another hotel.
P.S. The bathroom toiletaries are not Molton Brown and the rooms, although vintage and large, are not anything like the photos online.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Channings in Edinburgh is an informal, relaxed hotel with a very friendly approach. It occupies five Edwardian townhouses in Stockbridge, one of Edinburgh's most popular 'urban villages'. Channings is a wonderfully quirky property which feels a bit like a Scottish country home, full of charming Victorian paintings, prints, books, furniture and memorabilia reflecting the history of previous tenant Sir Ernest Shackleton. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Channings Hotel Edinburgh, Scotland