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Channings Hotel
Ranked #42 of 151 Hotels in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 30 November 2008

Our booking was a last minute whim, in order to visit two of our sons in Edinburgh; as most of the reasonably priced hotels were booked we thought we would treat ourselves to some luxury.
The hotel is luxurious, but we both felt more could have been done in little things to warrant the £185.00 we paid for one night.
We ate in the restaurant, knowing that we were paying high prices for what we imagined would be fine dining.
It was mediocre for the price,two of the party had rib-eye steak; which looked as if it would fared better in a sandwich.
Ran out of sausages and smoked salmon for breakfast.
expected guests to pay for water in bedroom.
I felt so sad that we had paid so much and received so little for price.
Only recommend to friends if they have money to burn.
Julie from Aberdeen

  • Stayed: November 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 31 October 2008

Booked this hotel on the strength of reading TripAdvisor reviews.

Our superior bedroom was lovely with all the usual trimmings. Flat screen TV and internet, crisp white linen sheets, bottled water, hospitality tray, trouser press, Gideon bible.

The turndown service and bottle of wine was a nice touch. Reception staff and the Concierge were cheerful and helpful. It does make a difference.

However breakfasts were just OK and the breakfast staff were brusk throughout our stay. The first morning the waiter looked at his watch when we came down to breakfast at 9.45.

We did not try dinner as the dining room didn't look so welcoming - empty and without atmosphere.

Also wish the hotel was nearer the city centre. It was a good 15 minute walk.

So location and breakfast slightly disappointing, everything else was great.

  • Stayed: October 2008, travelled with family
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2  Thank Moody_Margaret
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Reviewed 24 October 2008

We stayed here for my husbands birthday and had a fab time.
The hotel was in a great location - it takes about 10 min to walk to the town centre.

The staff were great, very welcoming and only to happy to help, from giving advice on where to go in the city through to the friendly bar staff.

We arrived early and were suprised when we checked in to find our room ready for us.

The room didnt let us down, it was large and had all the mod cons whilst decorated to a high standard.

The boozy snoozy lunch was great and excellent value for money - so if you are staying at the weekend it is worth booking.

Both my husband and I have travelled extensively for work and pleasure and we both felt this was one of the best places we have stayed.

  • Stayed: October 2008, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank NellyBuckinghamshire
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Reviewed 13 September 2008

Small hotel in a quiet residential area, but very close to Princes Street. Lovely rooms with high quality furnishings. Free parking at front at weekends.

Very friendly and attentive staff.

Fantastic breakfast - especially the french yoghurts!

  • Stayed: September 2008, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank NigelAPT
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Reviewed 24 August 2008

Great boutique hotel, about 20 minute walk from tourist attractions (bring raingear). Wonderful small bar with fireplace, frequented by locals each evening. We stayed over a week and used the hotel as a base for day trips. Staff was superlative. Excellent breakfasts included in room rate. Comfortable beds and pillows. Very clean. Our first few nights were in a small room with internet not working and rather stuffy. Switched to a slightly larger room, good internet access in room, nice breeze through windows. Would definitely stay there again.

  • Stayed: July 2008, travelled as a couple
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Thank ColemanNative
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Reviewed 20 August 2008

Where can I start! This hotel is in a fantastic location. Right in the heart of Edinburgh but on a quiet and very beautiful street! It is only a fifteen/twenty minute walk up to the castle which we did as we were staying at this hotel while we went to see a Runrig concert at the castle for my boyfriends birthday.
The hotel itself is very cozy,welcoming and beautifully decorated. The staff are attentive and the rooms are fabulous. We stayed in the James Caird superior room which was a bit more expensive but well worth it. We had a very large room with amazing prints of Shackletons adventures on the wall. The room was equipped with a large tv and entertainment system with internet, email, tv, films and a jukebox which was great to get ready to! The room also had a gorgeous and very large bathroom with a modern freestanding rolltop bath and a large shower. This made our stay that extra little bit special as did the lovely molton brown toiletries. The bed in the room was extremely comfortable and we both had a great nights sleep.
Unfortunatly our concert started early so we did not have time to sample the hotels restuarant but we did have a meal in the bar area which was very good. I had wild mushroom risotto and my other half had posh fish (monkfish) and chips which were also very tasty and well priced. On returning to the hotel we went to the bar to try the cocktails which were also very good. we were the only people sat in the bar and it wasnt even late. Apparantly it is always very quiet as it tends to be older people who stay at this hotel.
In the morning we ordered room service which was BRILLIANT! everything was cooked to order and there was lots of choice and you could tell that everything was to the highest standard-freshly squeezed orange juice etc. We felt sorry for the poor guy who had walked the three flights of stairs to carry our tray up though!
This set us up nicely before we hit the road again. We were just sorry that we could not have spent longer at this hotel and we will hopefully return one day! The only downside to this hotel that I can think of is that the different areas of the hotel are not signed at all so we had to ask everytime we were trying to find somewhere. This wasnt a problem as all the staff were very friendly and accomodating.

  • Stayed: July 2008, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank looooosey
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Reviewed 21 July 2008

Large, clean!!, beautiful room with a large very modern bath. This hotel was more than you could ask for. The staff was suberb!! Only a 5 min. walk to the bus to get to downtown Edinburgh. Very safe neighborhood.
The breakfast was excellent, book your room with it included. The bar downstairs stayed open as long as there were guest to be served. It was a great place to top off a day of sightseeing.
We would highly reccommend this hotel to our friends and would definately stay here again.

  • Stayed: July 2008, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about 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
#26 Luxury Hotel in Edinburgh
#44 Family Hotel in Edinburgh
Price Range: £74 - £163 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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