Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh – The Caledonian
What We Love
- Sweeping, dramatic Edinburgh Castle views from many bedrooms and from The Pompadour restaurant
- Guerlain Spa with 50-plus treatments, a pool, a sauna, a steam room and a bubble pool
- Savvy concierge and smooth service, from the restaurants and bars to the spa
- The hotel is filled with character
What To Know
- Rooms without views of Edinburgh Castle are uninspiring
- High-quality lunch and dinner options, but breakfast is served buffet-style
- Some of the lower-floor bedrooms suffer from noisy traffic
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Built as the grand hotel for the equally grand Princes Street Railway Station back in 1903, “The Caley” harkens back to the old world. The striking red-sandstone hotel is very much intact, and a major multimillion-dollar renovation in 2012 both preserved and breathed new life into what could have become a relic. Parts of the old station are still visible, especially in the main public space, Peacock Alley. Marble flooring and staircases befit this luxury hotel’s fame. Oil paintings, sculptures and greenery predominate, while antique clocks remind guests of the hotel’s former glory as one of the UK’s most famous railway hotels.
Bed and Bath
All 241 guestrooms have subtle mood lighting and a color palette of creams, browns and grays that reflect the ambience of the hotel. Most rooms benefit from large windows, especially welcome when the room has views of Edinburgh Castle. Plush damask furnishings and an engaging collage of classic and modern art brighten the rooms further, as do oversized mirrors and the occasional original period fireplace. Following the recent refurbishment, bedrooms also boast high-speed internet connections and flatscreen TVs, while bathrooms are decorated in marble and burnished chrome.
The Pompadour by Galvin is the hotel’s signature eatery, with fine dining and a celebrated tasting menu (plus castle views). The Galvin Brasserie de Luxe offers fresh shellfish and bistro-style fare in a hip setting. The Caley Bar serves lighter meals and drinks in railway-themed surroundings, while Peacock Alley is a showstopper, a lavish public space that evokes five-star luxury and the old railway station. It is an atmospheric venue for afternoon tea or evening cocktails. The Guerlain Spa excels with its six treatment rooms and eclectic therapies, as well as a bubble pool and a 24-hour fitness center.
In the Area
The Caledonian lies at Edinburgh’s heart, with easy access to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Old Town and New Town. Edinburgh Castle, museums and galleries are close at hand. For a romantic stroll, a jog or kid’s play time, Princes Street Gardens is nearby. Edinburgh boasts many Michelin-starred restaurants, and nearby Castle Terrace, with Edinburgh-born chef Dominic Jack at the helm, may be the best. Superb Scottish seafood is offered at Ondine, while an impressive team provides great value and local ingredients at The Field. The Grassmarket area is filled with character and perfect for a nightcap, but it gets rowdy; instead, the nearby Oxford Bar, where fictional Edinburgh detective John Rebus drinks, is more relaxed.
How to Get There
Grand hotel in a centrally located area! Our room with a view of Edinburgh Castle was simply amazing. So much to see- the experienced concierge staff is incredibly helpful! We enjoyed the relaxing bar area after our long days of site seeing and golfing. We will definitely be back!
The views of the castle are amazing. The hotel itself is really lovely. It was recently remodeled, and you can tell. Unfortunately, the staff in the bar/restaurant were lacking a service orientation. It was hard to even order a drink in the lovely Peacock Alley bar. And at breakfast, you nearly had to tackle someone to get a cup of coffee.
A little premature to post after less than 24 hours but this is a lovely hotel - every encounter with staff is faultless - the room is spotless and has everything you’d expect for this level of hotel. Buffet breakfast wonderful and wait staff are hugely helpful and welcoming...
The hotel is in a great location the staff are very helpful and as it has had a major makeover it really pretty . room is great we ate in baba would thoroughly recommend it great atmosphere can’t fault it will definitely be back
Visit to WA hotel we have experienced with mixed feelings.
The hotel is beautiful, tastefully furnished, as well as the room which we had, although the latter was quite small. The staff was kind and helpful. Breakfast was delicious.
The spa is a welcome relaxation after a day of walking in the city. The location of the hotel is excellent.
In our room we noticed that the refrigerator was dirty. This may not occur in 5 star hotel. Also we have asked on arrival for separate duvet for our queen bed. When we came in our room, the duvet was placed, folded, on the bed. With other words, if you like make your bed yourself. By the way, the duvet cover was inside out. Most kindly Elena from the reception has taken care of this, so we could, after a (free) drink in the bar, finally go to our room.
Just a small remark, when we came back from the spa (at abt. 10 p.m.) and went to bed (no turn down!) we noticed that the upper part of the duvet cover was torn. Further the TV was not working.
Hotel of such a name and standard as WA pretend to have, one expect an impeccable experience, but this was absolutely NOT. Really disappointing.