Channings

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Address: 12-16 South Learmonth Gardens, , Edinburgh, EH4 1EZ, United Kingdom

Star rating:
3 star hotel

4.2

Privately-owned hotel comprising five Edinburgh Edwardian townhouses, minutes from city centre.

Channings is part of the locally-owned and run Town House Collection. Each hotel has its own unique atmosphere and this is no exception. Explorer Ernest Shackleton lived in the building for several years after returning to the UK in 1904, so the photographs of his expeditions that adorn the walls have an unexpected poignancy.

A peaceful hotel on a residential street, Channings is furnished with an eclectic collection of Victoriana that the owner, Peter Taylor, has collected over the years. It has a lovely relaxed feel and the expression "home from home" is perfect for this wee gem. There's a bar and restaurant on the lower ground floor and a sun terrace on the rare days the sun decides to appear.

Location
4.5
90%
Eating/drinking
4.6
90%
Leisure facilities
n/a
90%
Service
4.8
90%
Value for money
4.9
90%
Bedrooms
4.7
90%
Public areas
4.7
90%

Location

From Princes Street a walk over the Dean Bridge to Edinburgh's residential West End takes no more than seven minutes.

Bedrooms

There are 41 bedrooms in all. Redecorated a few years ago, they are done out in warm reds and golds with big comfy beds, free internet access and pristine white en-suites. Ask for north facing rooms for some cracking views right across the water to Fife. On a clear day you will see forever, or at least as far as the Firth of Forth and the Forth Rail Bridge. The huge gothic pile you will also see to the north is Fettes College - some say the inspiration for J.K. Rowling's Hogwarts. That is of course  conjecture, what is fact is that ex Prime Minister Tony Blair was educated there.

Public areas

A lounge area beside reception and the bar and restaurant in the lower ground are the main areas - with the sun terrace usable about three weeks a year.

Eating and drinking

Bar in the lower ground is perfectly adequate and the bar food pretty good. The restaurant is quite formal comparatively but the chef knows what she is doing.

Service

Very friendly and informed.

Who stays there

Couples, the older traveller, shoppers, parents (well, mine did and loved it).

Amenities

Recommended for

  • Culture vultures
  • Families with teenagers
  • Mature travellers
  • Singles
  • Shopping

Pros & Cons

  • Friendly, atmosphere
  • Peaceful location
  • Stairs up to the entrance - not wheelchair-friendly
  • Bar lacks real atmosphere
  • Parking is a pain in the neck around here
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