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Channings Hotel 4.0

City Centre, Edinburgh, Scotland

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  • Chic and contemporary rooms, some with views of the Forth
  • Charming hotel, once the former home of Sir Ernest Shackleton, an Antarctic explorer
  • Cozy lobby with big leather couches and glowing fireplace
  • Some bathrooms have freestanding bathtubs and separate stall showers
  • Cozy bar and brasserie on-site, named after Shackleton
  • 10-minute bus ride to Princes Street 
  • 10-minute drive from Edinburgh Castle
  • Free Wi-Fi


  • Far from the city center
  • Fee for breakfast
  • No pets allowed (a pro for some)

Bottom Line

The Channings Hotel is a four pearl townhouse with 41 rooms spread over five floors. The property consists of five Edwardian townhouses, one of which was once the home of the great Antarctic explorer, Sir Ernest Shackleton. Packed with memorabilia from the infamous Antarctic exhibition, period pieces, and humorous art, this hotel has a traditional but informal vibe. The rooms are chic and contemporary with a serene color palette; some bathrooms have separate soaking tubs and stall showers. Guests rave about the friendly and welcoming staff, but the hotel is quite far away from the city center -- at least a good 15-minute walk. For the price, this quaint hotel delivers good value for Edinburgh and is full of character. Wi-Fi is free.

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Charming, upscale hotel full of Victorian paintings, prints, books, and furniture  

The Channings Hotel was once home to Sir Ernest Shackleton, an Antarctic explorer, when he was secretary of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society between 1904 and 1910. The hotel named their top-floor suites after Shackleton and his fellow adventurers; in the rooms, nods to the explorers include black-and-white photographs that were taken on the expeditions. The lobby is covered in polished wood paneling and a cheeky brass monkey guards the bell at the front desk. The lobby and lounge area feels like the inside of an expensive private club set with masculine furnishings such as stiff leather armchairs and dark colored carpets. Vases of fresh flowers lighten up the ambience and a real fire adds a cozy touch. Overall the atmosphere is warm, welcoming, and polished. 


On a quiet, cobblestone street, just a 10-minute bus ride from the central Princes Street

The Channings Hotel is situated in a quiet residential area in Stockbridge, near Dean Village, and is a leisurely walk or bus journey from Edinburgh's city center. Most tourist hotspots are a bus ride away. A 10-minute bus ride will take guests to Princes Street, a buzzing street that's brimming with shops, bars, and restaurants. The Scottish National Gallery is also about 10 minutes away by bus, and has a full range of Western art and sculpture from the Renaissance to the present day, with particularly impressive collections of Old Masters. The Caves -- an exciting music venue and bar -- is a little further, a 20-minute bus ride away, but is housed in the legendary Edinburgh Vaults -- a distinct series of chambers formed in the 19 arches of the South Bridge. It's a fantastic place for having a drink and listening to the latest bands. Nature lovers will be drawn to Arthur's Seat -- a 15-minute drive away -- which is popular with cyclists and joggers who are attracted to the extinct volcano's hikes amongst nature. Edinburgh Castle, a historic fortress which dominates the skyline of the city of Edinburgh, is a 10-minute drive from the lobby door. The Royal Mile is 20-minutes away on the bus and is full of quirky architecture, shops, restaurants, and traditional whisky shops.


Stylish rooms with rich fabrics, comfortable plush beds, and sweeping views to the Forth

The 46 bedrooms have rich fabrics such as silk, velvet, and suede, with plush and comfortable mattresses, fluffy towels and bathrobes, and Internet access via the TV. The top-floor bedrooms are smallish and cozy and the views are spectacular. The rooms on the first floor are more spacious. It's worth upgrading to a Superior Room -- as some have beautiful four-poster beds and black and white-tiled bathrooms with Victorian roll-top baths. One of the suites has a double whirlpool tub. The Shackleton Suite is particularly exquisite, with a free standing bath that sits in front of a feature wall that has a painting of the famous explorer's boat. Rooms are quiet and peaceful and the ones at the front have sweeping views to the Forth and the spires of Fettes College. Rooms facing the back overlook a private patio garden. Free toiletries are The White Company branded and all rooms have a safe, an ironing board, and 24-hour room service.


An on-site restaurant but no fitness center or meeting rooms

The on-site restaurant and bar -- Shackleton's Bar and Brasserie -- serves up decent food in a cozy environment with a fireplace and red leather banquettes. Expect to pay for breakfast. The patio has several sets of outdoor wooden furniture and an outdoor heater to keep guests cozy in the chillier months. There is no fitness center on-site but there is one meeting room. Wi-Fi is free throughout. 

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