Travel Blogs from Edinburgh
... have an individually catered for breakfast rather than the self serve at the hotels. Gareth, the owner of Froach House is a young bloke who bought the property 10 years ago and has refurbished it well. It is a nice place and we have been spoilt with "extra" touches. Set off at 9.30 and returned at 8pm. Found the information place easily and booked the "on off bus" with a live coach -good move. First hop off, Royal Mile. What an amazing place - ...
... show we stopped for a drink at a pub called 'The Last Drop'. It was a pub at the 'grass market' where people would have their 'last drop' of beer/whiskey before being hung. We thought it fitting to visit the last drop as it was Tom's friends (Tyson) last night in Edinburgh. Not that he was to be hung the following day, he was just traveling to Africa for work.
On Friday morning we went for a jog through Hollyrood park, which is a large parkland area at the edge of ...
... was only 25 degrees! And so with hangovers in tow we headed up the road to take a look at the mighty Edinburgh Castle (hangover factor meant the walk took 20 minutes not 15 minutes hence a slight recalculation was required for the walk back to the pub to see the start of Wimbledon final - needed to allow 18 minutes now). Despite being surrounded by 50 whinging Poms for an hour in what I figured was a fairly quick moving queue I thought the whole Castle tour experience ...
... sued the owners. After that the owners decided they couldn't take the risk and banned photography.
If you want to see some info on the Chapel go to this link www.rosslynchapel.org.uk.
Next stop for us is the Melrose Abbey, where Robert the Bruce's heart is buried. The Abbey is disused now but still quite an impressive site. We only have a brief stop here as our guide, Colin wants to take us to a "surprise" ...
... of Scottish rugby support. With a Scotland rugby jersey in tow and two warm beanies with the Scottish flag on them we were set for the game the following day. Once again we packed into the nearest pub with many other locals to watch France play England in a 6 nations match up. To our surprise the place was full of French supporters (a vocation we could not bring ourselves to do) so quietly supported England somewhere in the middle of the underground pub ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Channings Hotel Edinburgh
Very nice, a wee bit noisy (just a wee bit)
Stayed for one night. The room was small as was the en-suite bathroom - as per British standards - but I slept in the most comfortable bed that I have ever encountered. The room was spotless, had satellite tv and the reasonable rate (65 GBP) included a very grand breakfast. Staff were excellent; very helpful. There was no street noise because it's a quiet neighborhood, but the hotel itself creaked and groaned when someone walked past and the occasional opening and closing of a door was a tumult to behold. Nit-picky, I know, for such a grand old place, but I just thought I'd mention it. I would happily return.
Great boutique hotel
Last week my husband and I visited Edinburgh for the first time. Thankfully, we read tripadvisor before booking our hotel. We chose Channings because they provide free on street parking and nice, clean room. We got what we wanted. The staff was really friendly and seemed to us happy to work. The breakfast was excellent. Even though we had a king size bed, the room was a little small (top floor in this boutique hotel). Apart from that, I would definately recommend it.
During our first, 3 week-visit of Scotland and Ireland, we most happily booked reservations in advance at the former home of Sir Ernest & Emily Shackleton, the famous polar explorer.
We didnt stay at the hotel (although we wished we had) but went for dinner on Saturday evening. We sampled the 7 course tasting menu in the main restaurant. What a treat - lobster, scallops and foie gras to name 4 courses. Although there were few diners that evening the staff were so friendly and chatted to us throughout the meal. We had our wines selected for us and even had an extra wine tasting after dinner. We arrived at 8pm and left at 1am. The whole evening was superb, thank you Philip the restaurant manager - we will be back!
We recently spent 2 nights at the Channings during a trip through Scotland, and it was definitely our favorite hotel. Our room was nice and spacious and the bed was perhaps the most comfortable bed in which I have ever slept! I would highly recommend the hotel to anyone.
We recently stayed at Channings for 3 nights for our wedding anniversary. The setting is very peaceful yet only a 15 minute walk from Princes Street. The room was spotless and very spacious, including the enormous bath-for-2!! The staff were friendly and helpful, the breakfasts were excellent and I cannot recommend the Channings Restaurant highly enough. They offered a 7-course gourmet dinner including a different wine with each course. The food was exquisite and the service impeccable, with the overall experience being exciting as well as educational! Edinburgh is a beautiful city and our visit was made all the more enjoyable for staying at Channings.
Lovely hotel - great breakfast and great service!
Live in Edinburgh but stayed in this hotel as a treat when 'between flats'. Lovely hotel, room was a little on the small side but seemed individually decorated. Very clean bathroom. Nothing bare at all about the decor. Cosy bed ! (Delicious) Breakfast was included in rate and only a tray charge (at the time UKú5) to have delivered to room, worth it for Breakfast in bed. Not as inconvenient for city ctr as you would think looking at the maps, worth the extra few mins walk.
Fine style in classy Edinburgh
Channings is situated in a quiet street yet is only a fifteen minute walk to Princes Street. Our room overlooked pretty gardens at the back of the hotel and was luxurious in every way. Lovely furnishings, king size bed, cosy lighting and lots of wardrobe and drawer space.
Excellent bathroom. The hotel reception was beautifully appointed with large comfortable sofas. fire, lovely drapes and vases of flowers.
Staff were very friendly and service excellent. We ate in the Ochre Vita restaurant - Mediterranean style menu which was very enjoyable.
Overall great value for money and so nice to be in a quiet street yet so near the heart of the city.
My husband & I have recently spent 3 nights at Channings - it was a very pleasant stay. Rooms were clean and comfortable, staff were professional and co-operative and the location is a nice 15-20 minute walk from Princes St. The breakfast was nice and plentiful and room service superb. I would definitely recommend the hotel to my friends.
Our family took a driving tour of Scotland over the summer of 2002. Our first night in Scotland, and two subsequent nights, was spent at the Channings Hotel. I would rate the hotel, service and dining as outstanding. Our family includes a daughter (19, college student) and son (12). We had two beautifully appointed, clean rooms which were next to one another. The meals, of which we took both breakfast and supper, were excellent with wonderfully suggested wine, cigars and scotch. In fact, the nightly scotch discussion and decision became an education that was valuable throughout our Scotland travel. A small rooftop garden was a joy in which to sit and enjoy the essence of the Edinburgh evening. Located in a very quite and safe neighborhood, the Channings is a definite stay-over destination. Other families with smaller children were also guests but we found all the children to be well-mannered in the public areas. Parking can be tight but worth it.