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Channings Hotel
Ranked #34 of 150 Hotels in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
Bury, United Kingdom
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57 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Fantastic Hotel!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 10, 2014

The hotel has real character! I have stayed many times and have always been impressed with the individuality rooms. Both the food served in the bar and restaurant is fantastic and incredibly reasonably priced. Only negative would be that some of the bathrooms have appeared tired (décor and towels) in comparison to the high quality of the bedrooms.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled on business
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2014

We were really looking forward to our return visit to Channings, with memories of gentleman's club style luxury. However, the past few years have taken there toll on this once quality hotel. The staff were helpful, though not sure about staff wearing canvas colourful boots and missing a concierge. We'd had a long drive so had a quick look at the room which looked ok but tatty around the edges and went for a walk on return the neglect became apparent. The bathroom tiles desperately need re grouting, the plug was broken and the knob used for making it go up and down fell off revealing the silicone glue used to stick it back. We were due to go out so just ignored it - though weren't happy. On return when we went to bed there was no light switch to be found on one side - this meant that you couldn't switch on the bathroom light without putting on all of the room lights, not very good at 3am on a toilet run! The mattress was solid, not firm just old and lumpy, like an old straw one. We eventually found the light switch in the morning - behind the headboard where you had to kneel on the bed and reach around. The bed is big! It must have been moved along the wall as it would be awkward to get in the room with it in place. Breakfast was ok but not the standard once seen. Avoid room 53 if you are going, but after recommending this hotel for years I would not do so again. Good staff who said they would sort the problems out for the next guest, however these are obvious problems that any good hotel would not allow to continue.

Room Tip: Do not take room 53
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2014

A very comfortable hotel with plenty of style. The room was large and very well appointed. The hotel is situated in a quiet and elegant residential road. Parking is available outside the hotel, but costs £1/hr, so they advise moving your car to an unrestricted road some 15 mins walk away after offloading if you do not intend to use it.
Breakfasts are first rate and the bar is a convivial place and the restaurant food is pretty good. The staff are excellent and tell you that the start of Princes Street is only a 10 min walk, but in reality it is a good 15-20 mins uphill (but relatively gentle) all the way.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 23, 2013

Channings is a small hotel situated just a 20 minute walk from Princes street; this hotel has lots of character, as it is a converted Victorian townhouse. We were 4 hours too early upon arrival, & we had been walking in the rain, so we were soaking; however, the helpful receptionist was very welcoming, & told us that our room was already ready & cleaned! We walked through the beautiful lobby to our room via the small, (but nevertheless useful) lift, which was on the second floor. We were pleasantly surprised, as we had paid so little for our room, however, the room was large, spacious, had a large flat screen TV, & a beautiful bathroom with a bath & shower! There was also a huge bay window looking out onto the city ( a stunning view!) The room was also very warm( even though it was freezing outside) and was spotlessly clean (room 44). The breakfast was wonderful as the food portions were huge, and delicious! The waitresses were pleasant, and prompt. We didn't have time to eat in the restaurant, but it looked very nice, & reasonably priced. The next day, we were again helped by the wonderful receptionist who helped us with (lots of) directions, and even provided us with a map. A wonderful stay at Channings hotel, both for accommodation, pricing, & service. Will be returning!

Room Tip: Room 44 (second floor) amazing! Ask for a room with a view over the city (don't stay in the base...
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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EdinburghCollection, General Manager at Channings Hotel, responded to this review, January 4, 2014
A super review for Channings and I am thrilled to read that these guests will be returning - I only hope the weather will be less inclement next time - see you then!

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Carlisle, Cumbria,
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 19, 2013

An annual treat in Edinburgh pre school carol service is something we look forward to. Channings was recommended to us as somewhere 'special', situated just off Queensferry Road, in converted townhouses, one of which was the home of polar explorer Shackleton.
We booked in good time, a junior suite, reqesting one of the Shackleton themed rooms. We arrived and checked in, given our keys and carried our luggage to our rather tired dingy basement room. Enough... back to reception to ask for what we booked, we were re-allocated to a Shackleton room, which was nice.
The hotel is however dissapointing, the furnishings and decor are tired and depressing with a rather dusty air, breakfast unimpressive. To us there was nothing special about Channings. In future our treats will be at No 1 Princes Street.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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EdinburghCollection, General Manager at Channings Hotel, responded to this review, January 4, 2014
Sorry to read that this guest was less than impressed with one of Junior Suites which are, to my mind, fabulous rooms. but I am glad to learn we were able to accommodate them in one of our Shackleton rooms. Please note, that specific room requests are only requests and cannot always be guaranteed - we will always give priority to guests who book directly with us or through our own website.
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Bruichladdich, null, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 19, 2013

This has to have been the best hotel experience I've had in the uk. We were actually in the basement, with windows to the back and front. It was extremely quiet, a palatial and superbly comfortable bed, and heating that went off when told to! Breakfast was excellent - my requested peppermint tea arrived in a giant pot with 2 bags, and the "hard" fried eggs I asked for were exactly as ordered. (This should not be rocket science, but it's amazing how difficult chefs find it to leave the egg in the pan long enough!). Two excellent nights occasioned by having to leave our island home early to avoid the storms, but I'll be looking for an excuse for a repeat visit. If I could give it another couple of stars I would!

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 19, 2013

We stayed here for a few days and found the staff to be very helpful and the room and food good. We would return again. The receptionist went out of their way to arrange taxis and made us feel very welcome

Room Tip: Our room was on the front and had a good view
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Channings Hotel
Address: 12-16 South Learmonth Gardens, Edinburgh EH4 1EZ, Scotland
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Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Edinburgh
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
#21 Luxury Hotel in Edinburgh
#44 Family Hotel in Edinburgh
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
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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