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Channings Hotel, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

We spent 3 nights total (2 at start of holiday and 1 at the end) at this hotel. Unfortunately our first night was in room 6, which is close to the reception area. As a result it was extremely noisy and we did not sleep well, causing us to sleep in the next morning and missing breakfast. When I spoke with them the next morning requesting to move rooms the staff couldn't be more helpful. They were extremely pleasant and ultimately they provided us with a complimentary upgrade to a suite, which was much better and much appreciated. On our last night we were in room 2, which was a comfortable and quiet room and we had a lovely stay. Good location for us as it's in a quiet area within about a 15 - 20 minute walk to the New Town. Overall very happy with this hotel.

Channings hotel was beautiful, lovely decor, well maintained and the staff genuinely couldn't have been more helpful. The hotel was in a great location, a short walk to Princes street. The breakfast was delicious and catered for all tastes, same as the bar and restaurant. Will recommend to friends and family and will book again!

The room, bed, setting were all good. We walked a pleasant half mile to restaurants. We slept well. They do need more care with maintanence--our shower would only run hot and their initial apology came with a suggestion that we take baths, which was difficult since the tub plug did not work. On the positive side, the manager in the morning found us at breakfast, apologized, and made a significant refund. We did enjoy the full breakfast.

This is a very charming small hotel. Very comfortable beds. Friendly helpful staff. Breakfast included. Easy location to center Edinburgh. We will stay here again. The staff helped us with directions taxis tours and general information.

Upon arriving in Scotland at the start of a two week stay, we lodged in the Channing's Hotel in Edinburgh. Our party was comprised of 8 folks, so accommodations were sometimes a little tenuous so say the least. But we made the best of it and all went quite well. Our first stay at the Channing's Hotel was very nice, with clean rooms and good service. I might say at the outset, that European plumbing is sometimes quite different from what we are used to at home, so traveler beware. Always study and familiarize yourself with the fixtures before you climb into the shower or tub! The design of the shower/tubs are also quite different, sometimes being quite high off the floor making entry to the shower a bit of a climb. Such was the case here. The shower controls were very complicated and the hot water was enough to make a spot of tea without the stove! The room and beds were satisfactory, as was the bar and restaurant in the basement, a bit pricey but comfortable. The location was the most discouraging part of the whole stay. The hotel was quite a distance from the old and new town sections of the city, as well as the Royal Mile, Edinburgh Castle and Princes Road, so a cab was required to get there. Because of the size of our group, we had to take at least two cabs to go anywhere, and the cost of each always varied by at least 1-2 pounds demonstrating that standard fares are not the norm. So, our stay in Edinburgh was very nice, the hotel being adequate, but the inconvenient location warranted a 3 rating from me.

I was looking for a quaint, quiet hotel during our stay in Edinburgh and what we got was a very old, worn hotel. They only things that I can say that looked new were the bed linens and towels. All the rooms on the first floor need a major update! The carpet in the reception area and on the stairs and bedrooms is worn and has holes in some places. The drapes and fabric around the bedframe have to be at least from the 50s. The guest bathrooms in the lobby area have been updated, they need to do the same to the guest bathrooms. Yes the hotel was clean but for the price you can find another place that is more updated and still has that quaint feel. Breakfast was sufficient but nothing special.

We last visited Channings 22 years ago. We had memories of a rather clubby Edwardian atmosphere in what had, at least in part, been the home of the arctic explorer Ernest Shackleton. But gone was the colourful striped wallpaper we remembered in the basement bar and restaurant replaced by a much barer more functional space. Our visit this time was with our daughter and her aunt. Our rooms on the third floor were, frankly, odd, each a set of two similar in size, each with rather low ceilings, the bedrooms with an overhang risking accidental head banging, the bathroom a large expanse with an elegant bath and a shower in the corner with the most eccentric fittings including a small finger at face height which immediately shot water at my nose as I switched it in. Each room had windows with peeling paint. Overall the whole venue suggested rather dated former elegance. No more so than the minute lift with a corniched ceiling and a mirror however capable of moving only at an 18th century speed. Breakfast was enjoyable once we realised the need to jettison blackened offerings of mushrooms haggis and black pudding for simple bacon sausage tomato and exemplary scrambled eggs.

We found the hotel to be clean and very comfortable. The bar is very welcoming, the staff were pleasant and the breakfast was brilliant. We would definitely stay here again if staying in Edinburgh. Only issue was that I had a bath and it caused a leak into the room below. We then had a maintenance man in our room for a while. However he was very pleasant and professional so no real hardship. I will definitely recommend this hotel to my friends.

I would call this hotel "quaint" because it is obvious that it has been converted from a row of townhouses into a hotel. Our third floor room was large, with a HUGE bathroom, which included bathtub, shower, two warming racks and windows with a wonderful view looking out over Edinburgh. The bedroom had a view into a gorgeous, back yard, flowering garden of the neighbor on the next street. It is showing obvious signs of wear however, in the threadbare carpeting, the outdated furniture and the ultra squeaky floors, There is no safe in the room and if one has anything that needs to be refrigerated, it is necessary to have it sent to, and retrieved from, the kitchen. And one must be prepared to handle one's own bags as there was no visible porter.

I loved this hotel. It's in a quite area of Edinburgh. That was a big plus during the festival. The room was large and quite nice. The service was impeccable. I also loved the bar in the basement. It is a local for the area and had a nice atmosphere at the weekend. I'd stay again for sure.

Room options

Standard Double

Full 1 | Sleeps 2

Standard Twin

Twin 2 | Sleeps 2

Superior Double

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Superior Twin

Twin 2 | Sleeps 2

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

83% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 1304 reviews