Let me preface with this: I travel A LOT. Mostly for work, but some personal. I've stayed at many hotels around the world, of every caliber. I can say with 100% honesty that the my stay at Channings will be remembered forever.
Our trip was booked last minute, one month before departing to celebrate New Years in Edinburgh. We chose Channings based upon Trip Advisor reviews. The property looked quaint, the location quiet and lovely, and the reviews really sold us on our selection. All this being said, nothing could have prepared me for just how beautiful a stay it truly would be.
My confidence that we'd made the right choice in terms of accommodations was solidified weeks before our arrival. I had emailed our hotel to make sure the room had two beds (as I was rooming with a friend), within hours I had an email confirmation, followed by a phone call and offers to help us plan our trip. Our concierge, Scott, truly loves his city and poured that love and attention into helping us with our plans... or actually making our plans for us. Everything was turn-key and easy. He made sure to tell us the best places to stand to watch events like the Torchlight Procession and the Fireworks, the best places to shop, the best restaurants for any cuisine you can imagine, the must see attractions and tours, etc. so that we got the most out of our short, 5 day trip. He took the time to ask questions, get to know the types of things we'd be interested in doing and surprised us daily with additions to our itinerary which, all together, made this literally the trip of a lifetime.
Scott wasn't the only member of the staff who made our trip memorable, everyone at Channings was warm, welcoming and lovely. On our last night (NYE) we arrived back at Channings well after midnight, tired and hungry but still reeling from the excitement of the night. The kitchen was closed but Kevin, the night concierge, graciously appeared with a sandwich to tie us over til morning. The best part was... he cut off the crust. C'mon now! I LOVE THIS HOTEL and I will certainly return.
Thank you Channings! I hope you all know how special you are!
- 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