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“RELAXED, QUIET, COMFORTABLE AND GOOD VALUE” 4 of 5 stars
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Channings Hotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   12-16 S Learmonth Gardens, Edinburgh EH4 1EZ, Scotland (Stockbridge)   |  
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Ranked #57 of 147 hotels in Edinburgh
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“RELAXED, QUIET, COMFORTABLE AND GOOD VALUE”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2011

I had not stayed here for 2 years and so wondered if standards at this 4 star hotel had gone up or down since my last visit at Christmas 2009. I am glad to report that I thoroughly enjoyed my 4 night Christmas break here. The hotel is about 3/4 of a mile from the west end of Princes Street in a quiet, up market area of the City. There are plenty of buses which stop nearby.

Room sizes vary. The "standard doubles" are not really large enough for 2 people, but fine for one. You can pay extra for a larger room. No need to spend all the time in your room, though - the lounges have plenty of seating and are attractive places to sit.

My tip is to book via the internet for the best deals; for bed and breakfast over Christmas I paid less than £60 per night!

The restaurant and room service are expensive but the all day bar menu has a good selection of food at reasonable prices. With comfortable seating and waiter service, it's like a mini-restaurant. Breakfast is good and the service was faster than on previous stays, but that may be a reflection of the fact that the hotel was far from being full.

A few points to watch:

- I used buses, which in Edinburgh are plentiful and cheap compared to other towns and cities. The council parking regulations at the Hotel are a bit of a nightmare as others have written on Trip Advisor, so if you plan to spend all your time in Edinburgh, try not to bring a car!

- avoid room service unless you are content to pay a tray charge of £4.50 per order.

- if there are two of you sharing a room, ask about upgrades to larger rooms - as stated, the standard doubles can be on the small side.

- be aware that the restaurant and bar are in the basement (not everyone's choice).

- at public holidays, check breakfast times. They can vary and you may not be told automatically.

Eating in the City. If you don't want to brave the City Centre for lunch or dinner, it's a 10 minute walk to Stockbridge where there is a nice restaurant Rafael's (open Tues-Sat), opposite Pizza Express (a good one). Fot a snack or just a cup of tea in the City, away from the teeming hordes, do try Forsyth's tea room off the High Street, down an alley a few yards west of the Scottish Storytelling Cente/John Knox's House, on the same side of the road - look for the yellow signs. It's quiet and friendly, I always finish a day's sightseeing there before returning to the hotel (the no.36 bus is almost door to door).

Sightseeing - Princes Street is currently free of traffic. Do walk along it in the evening and see the Castle illuminated.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Ngaire_Stanaway, General Manager at Channings Hotel, responded to this review, January 10, 2012
Thank you for your review and and delighted to hear that you enjoyed your return visit to us. If you do plan to return then please pay a visit to our website as you'll alway find the best rate available there with great offers and promotions.
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21 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2011

We stayed for one night on December 17 in room 35. The welcome was courteous and friendly. The bedroom itself was comfortable, as was the be. However the bathroom was not particularly clean - hairs were in the sink and there was mold in the grouting above both the sink and bath. The TV remote system did not work due to a fault in the box which was just above the skirting board and the staff clearly new about this when someone came to the room to check it. The wifi only functioned near the door. When we checked out there was no real apology for the lack of TV and wifi - just we cannot fix these things at weekends. No complaints about the breakfast.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Ngaire_Stanaway, General Manager at Channings Hotel, responded to this review, January 10, 2012
Thank you for your review for your stay at Channings on 17th December. With regards to the issues you experienced we shall investigate this further with our housekeeping department as this is not a common complaint for us. We have been having issues with the TV that have now been resolved and we are delighted to advise our WI-FI is about to be upgraded so that there shall be no issues whatsoever with our wi-fi in the future. If you do plan to return to Edinburgh please don't hesitate to get in touch with us directly.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2011

We stayed here for a weekend's holiday in Edinburgh. There was a mix-up about our dinner reservation on the first night, but they had emailed us about a week ahead so we were able to contact them and they fixed it perfectly. The staff were particularly pleasant, friendly and helpful. The food was excellent. The location is a little way outside the centre, but taxis were available with a five-minute wait. We splashed out, and had a junior suite, which was comfortable and very quiet. Not sure when we will be back in Edinburgh, but when we are, we'll stay at Channings.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ngaire_Stanaway, General Manager at Channings Hotel, responded to this review, January 10, 2012
Thank you for your lovely review and we're glad you enjoyed your stay in our Junior Suite on this visit and that everything was resolved with your dinner reservation. We look forward to welcoming you back to Channings on your return to Edinburgh.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2011 via mobile

We stayed here for three nights on a pre Christmas visit to Edinburgh. This is a very comfortable hotel where the staff were unfailingly helpful and pleasant. It has an old fashioned charm and our room, though rather small, was nevertheless very comfortable, clean and cosy. It is a pleasant (20 min) walk to Princes St and the majority of Edinburgh's many attractions. A good Scottish breakfast set us up nicely for each day's sightseeing.


  • Stayed December 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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GeneralManager12, General Manager at Channings Hotel, responded to this review, December 21, 2011
I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us at Channings hotel - please contact us directly to let us know if you are returning and will shall give you an upgrade if available!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2011

We stayed at this hotel for 2 nights. Dec 7 and 8. Unfortunately there was a major storm and viewing Edinburgh was difficult with the high winds. Charming traditional style B and B. Incredibly helpful staff. Free WiFi and a wonderful Breakfast and dinner. This is pure Scottish charm. A bit off the beaten path but easy access into town. It's a comfy type of hotel where you can read the paper in the lounge in front of the fireplace. Great sandwiches for lunch and great quality for price. Very good dinner restuarant

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Ngaire_Stanaway, General Manager at Channings Hotel, responded to this review, December 22, 2011
Thank you for your lovely feedback and we're glad you managed to take shelter from the winds at Channings and enjoy all the facilities (its our little haven!). Please get in touch if you're returning to Edinburgh
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2011

We are regular visitors to auld reekie and decided to try a different area to have as our base. We were up for a birthday celebration at the end of November. We decided to sample the air and the ale on the way to the hotel from Waverely, not difficult to find about a 15 minute brisk walk without refreshment stops.
We received a warm welcome and a nice suprise as we had been upgraded as they had found out it was my partners birthday. We were shown to our room by the staff and given a tour of Ernest Shackleton's former residence, (we are admirers ofthe man so it meant a lot to us). he room had an enormous 4 poster and a sumptious bathroom. We adjourned to the hotel bar and as the weather had become rather dreek we decided to order dinner at the hotel. The food was nice though because of the weather there was not much of an atmosphere in the diningroom as there were so few customers. The service was polite and professional and as mentioned nice food, 20% off the meal as part of the hotel deal, result!
A good nights sleep, after match ofthe day of course, and a pleasant breakfast in the bar area the next morning.
We spent the rest of the day around Stockbridge and george street shopping eating and slurping beer and whisky. Really liked Stockbridge it has a small village feel with a little sophistication, I'm from gateshead and may be easily impressed. The fish bar is highly reccomended as is the bar just down the road down some steps (that description should help you find it). the atmosphere was lush as was the deuchars.
We returned to the hotel and had a late evening in front of the box. Overall a lovely place to stay a little off the beaten track but no worse because of that, a good base to explore that end of the city. Heartily reccomended

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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GeneralManager12, General Manager at Channings Hotel, responded to this review, December 16, 2011
Thank you so much for your review and we're delighted to hear you enjoyed Channings as a new base to explore the city from! If you're Ernest Shackleton fans then please keep an eye on our website as we've had some Shackleton themed events recently. (Most recently a Shackleton themed dinner with Stephen Venables the arctic explorer as a speaker!) All great fun!
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2011

We stayed here for 2 nights a week ago and really like this B&B

Pros:
- Very cute, clean, modern facilities. Bathroom is very new
- Nice staff. very attentive
- Extensive breakfast; both hot and cold (continental)

Cons:
- It's a 15+ min walk to Old town. Not as near as it looks on the map. Not as convenient IF you want to stay near The Royal Mile
- Very quiet surrounding area; no shops or restaurants nearby
- Room walls are a little thin. We could hear our neighbors walking around the 2nd nite; the 1st nite was fine.
- Inconsistent food.
the 1st morning, breakfast was great; we had the hot scottish breakfast which came with eggs of your choice...i had fluffy scrambled eggs which were delish and 2 sausages, yummy bacon etc.
The next morning, completely diff. They gave me 1 sausage, the scrambled eggs were horrendous- like airplane eggs. I had to send it back and get a poached egg. My friend had requested an over easy egg and it wasn't...it was pretty much hard-boiled. It was odd to get such an inconsistent b'fast the very next day after a really yummy one the day before.

Overall, i liked the B&B even though it was a little further away from the main strip...would recommend for a quiet getaway. Good luck with the chef/ b'fast

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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CarolineMcIntosh, General Manager at Channings Hotel, responded to this review, December 14, 2011
Thank you for your recent review for your stay with us at Channings, I'm glad to hear you enjoyed your stay and that you would recommend us for a quiet getaway in Edinburgh. You will also be pleased to hear that our head chef is putting new standard operating procedures in place to ensure there are no further issues with the breakfast, and we hope to welcome you back to Channings in the future.
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Address: 12-16 S Learmonth Gardens, Edinburgh EH4 1EZ, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Edinburgh > Stockbridge
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center 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
#36 Luxury Hotel in Edinburgh
#44 Family Hotel in Edinburgh
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Channings Hotel 4*
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'. To suit its location slightly away from the city centre, 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 that owner Peter Taylor has collected over the years. ... more   less 
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