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“just lovely”
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Channings Hotel
Ranked #37 of 148 Hotels in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
Vermont
1 review
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“just lovely”
Reviewed 12 May 2008

This small hotel is nicely settled in a quiet neighborhood outside of all of the hub-bub, yet, within comfortable walking distance to Edinburgh center. The staff is supburb with their graciousness and hospitality. We enjoyed the restuarant downstairs and found the food world class gourmet. We will return.

  • Liked — the staff really made our stay special
  • Stayed May 2008, travelled as a couple
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 May 2008

This is a quiet, historic hotel in a peaceful neighborhood in Edinburgh. The sights are just a 10-15 minute walk though and the stroll will take you through some formidable and imposing Victorian architecture, all meant to impress. The hotel itself is staid and hushed but the staff members are all warm, friendly and helpful. Rooms are clean and accommodating: the bed was piled high with bed linens and the view out the window was of the lovely, luminous Edinburgh sunrise and of Fettes, where Tony Blair was schooled. Breakfast is downstairs and is included in their B&B rate. It features a buffet as well as Scottish traditions such as the Scotsman's day's cornerstone: porridge. But not the US type of porridge, rather the Scottish kind, namely, fantastic. Everything about Channing's is dedicated to providing you with a home away from home. It will be your home in Edinburgh. Those who want noise, lights, action? This isn't for you. Free coupons for breakfast? Probably not your kind of hotel. Busloads of tourists? Maybe over at the Sheraton. This is for those who want the quintessential UK experience and a good night's sleep.

  • Liked — It's Scottish-ness.
  • Disliked — The lift is a bit small; the stairs rather steep and narrow.
  • Stayed April 2008, travelled solo
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Berkshire
1 review
Reviewed 4 May 2008

Excellent hotel. Staff were friendly and helpful. The room was a good size with an enormous bed. The bathroom, with whirlpool bath and shower, was almost as big. Room was in the basement but still looked out onto the garden. Easy parking (pay and display with four hour daytime limit) on street outside. The lobby/lounge is comfortable and the restaurant was good.

  • Liked — great room
  • Disliked — nothing to dislike
  • Stayed April 2008, travelled as a couple
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Twin Falls, Idaho
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 April 2008

My husband and I booked our short (3 day) stay at this lovely hotel. Being American the room size was a little on the small size (Room 25) but we weren't in it much.

The room was wonderfully decorated and was very clean. I really enjoyed to size of the tub.

I was worried when I read some of the previous reviews, but found none of the troubles that others might have experience. Scotty was one of the most helpful staff. He came to our calls when ever we needed the help.

We enjoy the pub downstairs and had very friendly service. We only ate breakfast at the hotel and it was typical European breakfast.

I loved being away from the noise of the city, but at the same time we weren't too far away that we couldn't catch a quick cab. I wouldn't recommend this hotel for families. But for everyone else, YES. This is a place to love.

  • Liked — The great staff
  • Disliked — have none
  • Stayed April 2008, travelled as a couple
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2 Thank debbill
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Southport
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76 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 April 2008

My wife and I stayed at Channings for a long weekend in March. We had a deluxe room on the first floor at the front. The best part of the room was sitting in the bay window looking out over the rooftops towards Fife. The staff are as friendly and helpful as all of the other reviews say.

The only real downside is the restaurant is only really OK. Breakfast was fine but nothing special and we had dinner in the restaurant on the first night. We'd also booked for our third night but changed our mind. The meal was fine but really nothing special. Considering the price it was a bit disappointing. We ate at Howies on he second night which was better food and quite a bit cheaper.

The public rooms are also just OK. The "lounge" is also the reception so not as cosy as it might be. They didn't really seem to be used much by the residents.

The location is great; on the edge of the New Town just 10 mins from the West end of Princes Street/ Charlotte Sq etc.

So, in summary, I would definitely recommend staying there but there are better places to eat during your stay.

  • Liked — The staff and the location
  • Disliked — The restaurant
  • Stayed March 2008, travelled as a couple
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2 Thank RohanFan
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Glasgow
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27 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 March 2008

We found Channings to be really relaxing, Our room (52) had a lovely skyline view to the front of the hotel and it was really comfortable and nicely decorated although the bathroom was a bit dated. We had room service which was excellent value and we enjoyed using the jukebox on the tv whilst getting ready for our night out. The hotel isn't central but a nice walk in nonetheless and there's always th e option of a short taxi ride home if you can't be bothered walking. The cooked breakfast in the morning was really nice and a generous portion. Finally the staff were really friendly and helpful. I would definately recommend this hotel.

Stayed March 2008
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north northumberland
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Reviewed 2 March 2008

I can't believe that we stayed in the same Channings Hotel which has had so many fantastic reviews.

Based solely on the trip advisor reviews we stayed there last night. Room 34 - supposedly a superior double. Scruffy, terribly dated - like sleeping in grannys front room!- they turned down the beds but didn't clear away the dirty glasses, threw the soap wrappers which we had left by the basin into the loo but didn't flush it. The showers thermostat didn't work and I was scalded.

The hotel was half empty but when we booked (2 days before we went) we were made to feel as if we were terribly lucky that we could be squeezed in. I felt that the room was our punishment for being given a reduced rate.

On a positive the staff were very friendly. How sad that that is the only positive I can give this "Boutique" hotel. Oh yes it is quiet and the bed was comfortable but they had hollow fibre pillows - 4 Star I don't think so.

  • Liked — Very good wine!
  • Disliked — Dated and scruffy rooms and the lack of any real attention to detail.
  • Stayed March 2008, travelled as a couple
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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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