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“A Weekend Well Spent”
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Channings Hotel
Ranked #37 of 148 Hotels in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
Glasgow, United Kingdom
1 review
“A Weekend Well Spent”
Reviewed 13 February 2013

We recently spent the weekend at the Channings, Edinburgh. Although I had visited Edinburgh many times, I had never been to that area, or heard of the hotel, I was pleasantly surprised by both. The hotel is excellently run, the staff are friendly, the bedroom (Nimrod) spacious and the bathroom huge. A small criticism would be that the floor of the bathroom was too warm.
The bar was nice, reasonably priced (for Edinburgh) and populated by locals - which is always a good sign.
The buffet/cooked Scottish breakfast was excellent, and just the thing you need before exploring Edinburgh. Incidentally, the black pudding was THE best I've ever had!!
Just a word of warning!! If you take afternoon tea, don't book a table for dinner until much later as it it is excellently varied and filling.
The hotel is situated in a quiet and residential area and is only a ten minute walk from the the main Edinburgh tourist attractions. Unfortunately, there are few local pubs or eateries that are within less than five minutes walk. So unless the weather is fine, or you are particularly inclined to venture elsewhere, the hotel is your local refuge.
However, that should not detract from the hotel and what it provides. We will definitely be back!!

Room Tip: If possible, get a room facing over the gardens at the front of the hotel.
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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 February 2013

My husband and I stayed here for two nights with friends at the end of a golfing/sightseeing vacation. It is in a very nice, quiet part of Edinburgh but because of this, it was not within walking distance to anyplace we wanted to go. The rooms were stylish and very clean. The staff was helpful but not particularly friendly. In the middle of our second night the fire alarm went off twice. Both times we had to evacuate into the street in our pajamas, grabbing our passports and other important belongings. While it wasn't the fault of the hotel staff, it would have been nice to have received an apology the next morning. The little bar downstairs was very Edinburgh-like. It was one of our favorite parts of our stay. We would stay here again if the location was close to the tourist areas. We will be back in Edinburgh with our kids this summer and have chosen to stay closer to the old part of the city. If you don't care about being a little removed from the Royal Mile area, then I would definitely recommend this hotel with hopes of no fire alarm issues.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 February 2013

Went here as part of Christmas present,it was definitely Downton Abbeyesque - classy, clean and very comfortable. Staff were very nice. Dinner and breakfast were very good, a bit more choice for vegetarians might be an idea. Loved the homely lounge areas.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 February 2013

Good stuff:
- Located in a quiet residential area, like staying in a private home
- The furniture is Downton Abbey-style
- I borrowed an adapter for charging my phone for free
- Over-friendly staff

Not so good stuff:
- My shower took ages to get hot
-The breakfast was OK, but not fantastic (maybe because I stayed there Saturday-Sunday?)
- No minibar

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 3 February 2013

Got a deal on itison for this lovely hotel. The room was smallish but perfect and had an amazing jacuzzi bath. The room and the hotel in general had a really cosy and luxurious feel and look. This is one if the nicest hotels I've stayed in!

As dinner was include in the deal the menu was very limited but the food was delish. Only negative point was that as dessert wasn't included my hubby ordered some cheese and biscuits for a £7 supplement. He waited over 30 minutes for them and only got them when he reminded the staff. Out came 6 small biscuits and 1 rather small slice of blue cheese. That was disappointing but in no way hindered our stay, in fact I would be happy to stay here time and time again!

  • Stayed February 2013
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Reviewed 1 February 2013

Channings is subtly situated on a typical Edinburgh terrace. It has a snug and comfortable feel as soon as you walk in the front door.

What was the nicest part of the stay was the friendly nature of all the staff and as a business traveller the hotel gave a warm and welcome feel away from home.

Breakfast was good and the staff were prompt and attentive.

Room Tip: You should ask for a room facing north as you don't get much of a view out the back.
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  • Stayed January 2013, travelled on business
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 30 January 2013 via mobile

I have stayed at this hotel twice now. The room are very nicely kept with good facilities. Hotel has really nice relaxing ambience. The breakfast is exceptional, cold buffet has a good selection, cooked breakfast very tasty and the best porridge around!!

  • Stayed January 2013
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Property: Channings Hotel
Address: 12-16 South Learmonth Gardens, Edinburgh EH4 1EZ, Scotland
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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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