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Channings Hotel
Ranked #37 of 148 Hotels in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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133 reviews
42 hotel reviews
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“A team that go the extra mile”
Reviewed 2 May 2012

Stayed for a night with my daughter to celebrate the end of her exams and as she was house hunting.Reception team were excellent. Mario and Scott very pleasant and professional team. Keen to help in any way with maps etc. Our room didnt have much of a view and had slightly dated furnishings , but a very nice bathroom. Everything was clean and lovely fluffy towels.
We ate at the hotel and the food was fine.It would have been nice to have a biscuit with tea in the bar in the afternoon. Breakfast in the conservatory was paticularly good. The dining room was very quiet, but service ok. The hotel is in a lovely location, in a leafy part of Edinburgh. Its about 15 minutes walk into Princes street. Plenty of metered parking outside.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with family
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Ngaire_Stanaway, General Manager at Channings Hotel, responded to this review, 22 May 2012
Thank you for your review and we are delighted that you enjoyed your time with us. It is so rewarding for the team to received such positive feedback regarding their service and it is certainly not taken lightly.

Although there is metered parking outside this does ensure spaces are available more often than not, as well as, being free of charge at weekends!

We hope to be able to welcome you back in the near future.
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Reviewed 30 April 2012

Service was good and very friendly but we felt that the room was a bit dated/shabby. Breakfast was just ok - good enough selection but the rolls were very stale and therefore not eaten!

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Ngaire_Stanaway, General Manager at Channings Hotel, responded to this review, 22 May 2012
Thank you for your review and your comments.

We are contining with our refurbishment programme to upgrade our rooms and I am sure you will like the results so please do let us know if you are returning.

With regards to your breakfast experience this is certainly not Channings standard and your comments have been passed to the food and bevaerage team.

I hope we will be able to welcome you back to Channings.
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Reviewed 29 April 2012

Booked this hotel last minute, but had been looking at it for a while.
Went with my boyfriend for 3 days during the week towards the end of April. Upon arrival, hotel seemed far out of the centre but once acclimatized, it is only a 10-15 minute walk from the centre which is really handy.
The hotel is lovely and the decor was traditional and homely, it had a very welcoming environment. The staff throughout the stay were polite and willing to help with anything you may have wanted. Our bags were even carried from the car to our room.
The room was a standard double and it was clean and very comfortable. Again lovely decor and the bathroom was of a great size. Great view out of the window too! (stayed in room 55)
We booked with otel.com and it came with full scottish breakfast which was very good, and the staff were very pleasant and helpful.
The only downside to the hotel is the parking situation. Parking is free from 5.30-8.30 the next morning, however depending on when you leave for the day, you MUST move the car every 4 hours, you can't pay for the whole day and leave the car without moving it. Plus wardens patrol without fail!!!!!
Parking is free on weekends, but we ended up parking in the castle terrace car park (which is extremely expensive £26 for 24hours, 9 hours being the only other option after 6, 4, and 2 hours all priced high) just because we didn't want to return after 4 hours.
Another downside was the water from the hot tap was hardly warm and the shower was sometimes too cold.
Overall a great stay and woukd definitely book again, but get the train!!!!

  • Stayed May 2011
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Ngaire_Stanaway, General Manager at Channings Hotel, responded to this review, 22 May 2012
Thank you for your review. We are delighted you enjoyed your stay and it is always nice for the team to received such lovely comments.

With regards to the water temperature this will be looked into further however this may of occurred if there was high volume of use at a particular time. Thank you for drawing this to our attention.

The parking situation at Channings can be frustrating and we are delighted that it would not hender for you staying with again. We look forward to welcoming you back.
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Reviewed 28 April 2012

reasonable rate, friendly staff, and very nice clean room in a charming setting. we would definitely stay there again and recommend to friends. only minor complaint is that our bed mattress felt like it was as old as the hotel and wifi was spotty.

Room Tip: lower floors get better wifi connection.
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Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Scotland, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 27 April 2012

I have been recommended to stay at the Channings Hotel a few times as it is near my office (but I have another local fave). Finally gave in and glad I did... what a lovely little gem. I say that especially because we only paid £75 a night and that included wifi (tho I never managed to get on it). This is half of what I normally pay at the other hotel I stay at in Edinburgh.

The location is a bit out from the main drag, but a £5 taxi or 15 minute walk covers it. The hotel is small and non-descript with a quaint, but very friendly check-in. The lift is tiny as well and you're better served walking up.

There's a restaurant and bar - which we utilised both and were pleased (nothing over the top, but again good for the price).

My room was one of the larger rooms with a pretty bay window overlooking the view. There is White Company shampoo/gel in the showers (ACE!) and the bathroom was clean and tidy. The beds were very comfortable and I had a full-range of television channels to chose from.

The décor is not very modern - dual faucets, antique-type dressing table, floor lamps, etc. But it was very charming and the hotel staff helpful and considerate.

There are no gym facilities onsite but they offered a nearby fitness centre to guests to use for £7 or there's a nearby park with a great run.

I will definitely come back here for my next business trip to Edinburgh.

Room Tip: Had the "standard" basic room 52 and it was larger than others.
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled on business
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Reviewed 27 April 2012

After a prompt reception, the concierge took my heaviest bag up to very nice room (32) facing the park. Very nice historic room with a super bath. Some walk to Princess street, as I wanted. Full Scottish breakfast was filling and good. Was directed to an excellent seafood restaurant in nearby Stockbridge called Cafe Fish. Turndown service was appreciated and the street was very quiet all night. Also, had a meal in the bar which was good. They had the fire going which was cozy. Getting a taxi was easy and quick.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled on business
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 25 April 2012

There is absolutely no doubt at all that I would certainly choose to stay here again. This is a charming hotel with a very homely feel to it and, as other reviews so rightly point out, the staff are incredibly courteous towards their guests. The service is outstanding and nothing seems to be too much trouble. My wife forgot to pack her phone charger, but a quick enquiry at reception soon solved that problem. We had fantastic accommodation with a wonderful view and we enjoyed a very relaxing two night stay. We were also made to feel very welcome. The hotel is ideally situated in a very quiet and pleasant area of the city about fifteen minutes steady walking distance from Princes Street. It has a very nice restaurant with an excellent choice menu and there is also a very pleasant bar area with ample seating. Prices are also very reasonable and food is served until quite late into the evening. A delicious breakfast can be enjoyed in the conservatory and a vegetarian choice is also included. I would highly recommend this hotel to anyone that is looking to spend a relaxing few days in Edinburgh in what can only be described as a very stylish and elegant hotel.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank Micklefielder
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Property: Channings Hotel
Address: 12-16 South Learmonth Gardens, Edinburgh EH4 1EZ, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Edinburgh
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#13 Business Hotel in Edinburgh
#15 Romantic Hotel in Edinburgh
#24 Luxury Hotel in Edinburgh
#44 Family Hotel in Edinburgh
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Channings Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 46
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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