Deluxe and original hotel just off Edinburghs well-beaten tourist path
On the cobblestone street of South Learmonth Gardens, a 10 minute walk from Princes Street and the West End, home to most of the citys tourist attractions, sits the Channings Hotel Edinburgh. This 4-star hotel offers travellers a deluxe but informal atmosphere, much like that of the Scottish city itself.
Having combined three houses into one, attempts have been made to recreate a Georgian townhouse style, including the provision of a library and drawing room. These rooms in fact are a part of the home once owned by Antarctic explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton.
The Channings Hotel Edinburgh presents guests with the opportunity to eat at the Channings Restaurant where a variety of options await, from afternoon tea to a candlelit dinner by way of a Boozy Snoozy (a lengthy afternoon meal complete with bottles of wine). The bistro style eatery is open to members of the public so youre advised to book in advance.
With each of its 41 guestrooms differing in layout and dcor your visit to this Edinburgh hotel will be at the very least unique, and more likely rather quirky. Regular hotel amenities (television, tea and coffee machines, iron, hairdryer, toiletries) can be expected, but differing paintings, books, furniture, and memorabilia is found in each chamber. Rooms are provided in standard, superior, and suite designs as well as the Shackleton suites and rooms. These latter pay homage to the one-time Edinburgh native and include prints of his expeditions and luscious underfloor heating.
Whilst the eccentric hotel may entice you to stay indoors, the city itself holds much to deserve your presence outdoors. Described as one of the most haunted cities in the world, ancient buildings (4,500 of which have been listed, meaning they are of historical significance) and streets run throughout. Edinburgh Castle, perhaps Scotlands most visited landmark, looms over the city whilst its catacombs lay beneath the streets. If youre not the type to get too spooked, tour guides will take you around all of the haunted city spots.
When venturing out youll also find that youre within walking distance of many of the finest music and events venues. The Royal Lyceum Theatre and Edinburgh Playhouse regularly put-on shows and music concerts whilst several amateur dramatic societies also pop-up around town. During August the city plays host to its world-famous comedy Festival. Top comedians from across the globe descend on the Royal Mile and its surrounding streets to perform their cutting-edge humour. If youre in town during the festival expect to see established and emerging talent.
If theres one thing the people of Scotland know how to do properly its celebrate. The citys Hogmanay (New Years Eve) celebration sees hundreds of thousands of people fill the streets in merriment. Similarly scenes can be seen on Burns Night (25 January) when Scottish poet Robert Burns is revelled.
The Channings Hotel Edinburgh offers you the best of both worlds. Comfortable and uniquely enjoyable to stay within, its also on the doorstep of some fine scenery, locations, buildings, and festivities.