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Channings Hotel, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

12-16 South Learmonth Gardens Edinburgh Scotland

Hotel highlights

  • Close to Edinburgh International Conference Centre and Princes Street Gardens
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Onsite dining
  • 24-hour front desk

Located in Comely Bank, Channings Hotel, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member is within a mile (2 km) of popular sights such as Edinburgh International Conference Centre and Princes Street Gardens. This 41-room, 4-star hotel has conveniences like a restaurant, a bar/lounge, and free in-room WiFi. Edinburgh Castle and St. Giles' Cathedral are also near this Edinburgh hotel.


Explore the hotel and meet new friends over drinks at the bar/lounge, or enjoy a bite to eat at the onsite restaurant. Satisfy your hunger from the comfort of your room with room service. For your convenience, a full breakfast is available for a fee.


All 41 rooms feature ironing boards and desks. Guests can enjoy digital TV and stay connected with free WiFi and wired Internet. Bathrooms offer hair dryers and designer toiletries.

Property features

Guests of Channings Hotel, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member enjoy access to free WiFi in public areas, a meeting room, and coffee in a common area. The front desk has multilingual staff on hand 24/7 to help with dry cleaning/laundry, luggage storage, and securing valuables. Additional amenities include express check-out, a garden, and a fireplace in the lobby.

Room options

Petit Double

Full 1 | Sleeps 2

Standard Double

Full 1 | Sleeps 2

Standard Twin

Twin 2 | Sleeps 2

Superior Double

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Guest reviews for Channings Hotel

Everyone (1) Couples (5) Other (2)

comfortable grand old hotel.

Triple room, view of the park in front of the hotel.

The entrance was gorgeous and the rest did not disappoint. We needed a triple room, and when we opened the door gasped with delight at a large TRIPLE room. Linen was fresh and clean, with plenty of thick towels. There was wifi, but it had spotty zones in the building. No matter- you should take down a copy of Dickens and read by the fireplace in the lounge anyway. My only difficulty was that there was no way to print a boarding pass. No problem really. Breakfast was classy and delicious with many choices, but they ran out of pastries and croissants when too many hungry tourists (not only American!) found them irresistible. The staff are personable, solicitous, and professional. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay.

By on Jul 7, 2016


there for 2 days


Location is not great, walking for 25 min will take you downtown, taxi will cost about 8-9 pounds to get you downtown. Clean room and very friendly stuff. Overall good value.

By on Jun 22, 2014


great stay


The hotel is a short walk from the city center in a quiet neighborhood. The staff was very nice and helpful. Onsite restaurant and bar were great. Only downside is parking. Overnight parking is fine but there is no all day parking onsite. Have to feed a meter.

By on Jun 1, 2013


one night in june


I spent one night here in June as I extended a business trip into a weekend holiday in Edinburgh. The two best features of the hotel in my (limited) experience there was the staff (very friendly and helpful) and the restaurant (excellent breakfast and a good dinner). The issues I had was a very small room (perhaps to be expected as it was a single) and that the wireless only worked around the lobby. However, I would recommend hotel to others. It is in the age and style as most of New Town is and has a certain amount of charm. It is located about a 10-15 minute walk from the Waverly train station, so its location is not the most convenient but is in a nice quiet residential area.

By on Jun 26, 2012


a lovely week at channings


We stayed at Channings for 6 nights in September. It's not like other hotels I've stayed at in European cities, it's relatively small, fancier than I usually book (I'm usually a budget traveler but this was very affordable), and off by itself in a quiet suburb of Edinburgh. You have to walk about 15 minutes past the end of the New Town to get there, but the walk is on a street with enough traffic and in a nice enough neighborhood that I never felt unsafe, even late at night. There was good bus service nearby once we figured out how to use it. And as we discovered over the trip, although at first this seems out on an edge, and isn't close to the Castle and Old Town (probably a thirty to forty minute walk), it's surprisingly convenient to other Edinburgh sites like the lovely little in-city villages of Dean and Stockbridge, the Royal Botanical Garden, and the Royal Yacht Britannia. The hotel was lovely, a row of old houses that were decorated in a way that made you feel like you were at the gentleman adventurer's club, as fits a former house of Ernest Shackleton. The room was comfy, great high ceilings, a good shower and bath with plentiful hot water and pressure, and big beds. The only thing I would have wished for was a safe in the room. We were right off the lobby but never heard a sound from other guests from in our room. We had the full Scottish breakfast, in which all the components were well done, although even the continental breakfast was better than at some of the places I've stayed. The hotel restaurant had some very reasonable options if you just needed a tide-me-over and the dinner menu looked lovely, although we never took advantage of it. We dealt with the concierge and front desk three times, and they were always helpful, prompt, and enthusiastic. If you don't mind being a little bit away from the usual tourist path in Edinburgh (and it really isn't that far), then I highly recommend Channings. I would stay here again anytime.

By on Oct 3, 2011


channings, edinburgh


One of the reasons we keep going back to Channing's is they're consistent quality and homey "feel." This time was no exception.

By on Jan 8, 2011


a disappointment


I arrived with high expectations after reading all the great reviews.The hotel is in a beautiful part of town and looks very nice.Reception staff were very pleasant. Interior of hotel looks very nice.Getting to my room there were clear signs of wear and tear.Stains on the carpet,scrapes on the walls and chips of the furniture;not 4 star at all.In the bathroom the washbasin did not drain.The showertemperature proved almost impossible to set.From freezing to scalding hot. Going down to dinner in the bar area ,the seats and the floor looked grubby.The food was mediocre.I slept well it was very quiet outside.In the morning after the struggle with the shower{I heard other guests having the same problem}I went downstairs to breakfast.There they serve the worst coffee I have ever tasted.A very bitter brew.Breakfast is nothing to write home about.Afterwards I asked housekeeping for some extra instant coffee sachets to have a decent cup of coffee in my room,which they happily supplied.Front desk staff and housekeeping are very pleasant and helpful.This hotel is in need of maintenance and loving care. I will not stay again,and can not recommend.

By on Oct 13, 2010


very nice, quiet, romantic


Very nice stay. Quiet, Romantic Hotel. Great Value. Recommended.

By on Aug 12, 2010