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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Channings Hotel Edinburgh, Scotland