This was my 2nd stay at Channings. Both trips I took teen age grandsons to Scotland to connect with their Scottish heritage. I like the fact it is situated in a quiet neighborhood and feels like you are at home. Both visits our room overlooked the back garden and terrace which we enjoyed. The room both stays was a little small with a king size bed (two twins with a common headboard so the beds can be separated, if needed), but they had arranged everything for guest comfort even including 2 easy chairs; probably one would have been better with the tight space in the room. This stay we even had a nice little foyer area. Both stays we have enjoyed having a very nice, spacious bathroom. I especially enjoyed the bath this stay as it had plenty of space for toiletries to be stored on a tiled ledge stretching along the entire side of the bathroom above the sink. When we didn't feel like sitting in our room, we enjoyed the lounges on the main floor as well as the lovely backyard and terrace. They are very flexible with guests being able to order food or beverages anywhere in the hotel you choose including the dining room, the pub room, the terrace, the lounges (two living room type rooms on the main floor) or in your room. Having the restaurant and pub available after a day of touring was wonderful. One comment on the restaurant service; they are friendly and anxious to please, but the service can be slow sometimes. WiFi is available in the room through the TV, but we had difficulty with it and reverted to using the computer in one of the common areas on the main floor. The WiFi was out 2 days while we were there. While we couldn't access our e-mail, reception was most accomodating in printing out our boarding passes the day before we left. The rooms are not air conditioned, but they were only warmish during the day, then with the windows open cooled off nicely all but one night when a fan would have been appreciated. If it is warm, ask for a fan as they do have them, but we didn't know this until checkout when I mentioned how nice it would have been to have one. Apparently they store them for the winter, and since they are not used to constant air conditioning (like me!) they deal better with the warm days than I do! The nice flat screen TV in the room has movies available for a charge; my grandson enjoyed that after dinner when we were in the room relaxing. Either a bus or a taxi will have you in the city center in less than 10 minutes, and some people chose to walk there. The area from Channings to downtown goes from a residential neighborhood, to one with restaurants and services to the central city. I like the hominess of Channings much more than a big hotel!
- 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