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“Channings is a peaceful, homey place to stay.” 4 of 5 stars
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Channings Hotel
Ranked #41 of 151 Hotels in Edinburgh
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Knoxville, Tennessee
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“Channings is a peaceful, homey place to stay.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2010

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!

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled with family
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2010

We recently spent three nights at the Channings Hotel in Edinburgh and greatly enjoyed our stay. The staff is very helpful and friendly. The room was clean, nicely furnished and extremely comfortable and cozy and we loved the size of the bathroom and tub! We enjoyed a lovely view of the back garden. We also enjoyed eating on the outside patio and the fish and chips from the bar were the best we had in Scotland! The food and hotel restaurant were excellent. There is a roomy space provided for lounging, reading the newspaper or visiting with other guests. This hotel is located in the New Town area of Edinburgh. Although we needed to take a bus or short taxi ride to the Royal Mile, we enjoyed the quiet neighborhood feel of the place and nightly walks.. If we are in Edinburgh again, we would most definitely stay at the Channings Hotel.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2010

It is important to understand that this is mostly a business hotel. I think that they give the better rooms to the businessmen, because our room was in the basement and had a few problems. First of all, in the entry room, where the desk is located, it was impossible to get the WiFi signal. You could only get it in the bedroom, where there was no desk. The bathroom was clean, but the water temperature of the shower was awful. Sometimes it would go really hot, so then you would turn it down, and then it would go completely cold. Also the room we were in was next to the bar, so it was noisy until quite late into the night. Otherwise, the room was very nice and clean. The concierge, Scott was extremely friendly and helpful. Overall, I'd say our experience was pleasant, but could have been ameliroated if we'd had a better room.

  • Stayed June 2010
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2010

Channings was a lovely hotel to stay in . We had a burger in the Bar on the first evening And it was the best I have ever tasted because of the salsa I think .We were given an upgrade to a superior room which had lovely views over the front gardens . Enjoyed mooching about Stockbridge and we made it as far as Frederick street but not as far as Princes street but it was just great really felt as if we had had a holiday .Will be looking out for more of their special offers

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2010

The physical atmosphere, the bar and restaurant food, and the breakfasts are only surpassed by the quick and courteous service. The disadvantage of it's 10-15 minute walk from Princess Street is outweighed by its location on a quiet street opposite a public garden.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
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Northern England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2010

A wonderful hotel. Difficult to imagine how it could be improved. Quiet, but handy for the city, lovely room, especially the bathroom, excellent facilities, superb, helpful staff, good breakfast [although the coffee was a bit average!]. This was our first stay here and we'll definitely be back. Parking, as usual in Edinburgh, is expensive so it might be best to pay up for the hotel's valet parking or, if you're a cheapskate like me, drive up to a residential street near the zoo, park for nothing and get the bus back to town.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
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Riverside, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2010

Channings is in a residential area and was created by combining a number of Georgian houses. It has a wonderful feel. All of the rooms are different, the public rooms on the ground floor are very inviting, and the staff are all friendly and helpful. Their restaurant for dinner and their Scottish breakfast are also first rate. If you do not mind walking for a few minutes to get to Princess Street (of course taxi's or busses are also available), you should treat yourself to something different.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
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Property: Channings Hotel
Address: 12-16 S 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
#23 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'. 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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