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
Hotel Lobby and Restaurant are very glorious however when we got into our room there was a very bad smell in the room so that we requested for a room change. We got an upgrade however than we realised this smell is something general. Hence we gave up. Additionally the cups in our room were not cleaned well - most probably dishwasher didn't washed properly but I was expecting housekeeping to keep an eye on the hygiene factor while they are preparing the room for the next guest.
I spent a couple of night at The Caledonian with my fiancee while in Edinburgh and it has been an amazing experience! The level of attention to every single detail is stunning and we felt cared for at every stage. Especially the morning staff at breakfast was incredibly good, thanks Angelina and Noelia for looking after us. We also had dinner at the brasserie and opted for the seasonal menu and it was fantastic!!! The Caledonian is definitely a place to visit with the confidence that any need will be handled quickly and efficiently.
Situating right across the Edinburgh Castle and the busiest downtown, this hotel itself embraces travelers with history and of course luxury. I have stayed at this hotel since 2016 and have always wanted to write a review, but don't know where to begin because there is so much that is worth talking about, until this time, that is, during the seasonal holidays. I stayed at a junior suite facing the Castle and enjoyed my stay along with my friends and colleagues. Each inch of the hotel is a perfect display of the long history of this magnificent city, the one declared as the world heritage since 1999, from the room to the facilities. The grand coffee hall offers a glimpse of the seamless combination of the historic design and modern comfort, a perfect place for breakfast and afternoon tea. I enjoyed the fitness facilities which are located two floors below the building with full equipment to meet my daily fitness needs. The services are excellent and Scotish breakfast certain offers a unique taste of black pudding and haggis if one likes. It is also super convenient to walk out of the history into the hustle and bustle of the modern city life. A few minutes away, I could enjoy the holiday shopping on Prince Street and enjoy local cuisine in Rose Street sandwiched between Prince and George street. This is a hotel that I would like to recommend to try particularly for those who are coming to Scotland for leisure or business.
Spent some relaxing time in the pool. We then had full body massage and facial. Would highly recommend these treatment. Finished of the day with some food in the bar and cocktails. Will be back again. 👍
very nice hotel, lovely service, nice room but abit cold as windows are single glazed and old .. you can put heat on but we prefer no heating in a hotel room as it gets stuffy. but overall i would definitely recommend this hotel, about 10 mins walk from station and town, it over looks the castle. breakfast very nice and dinner, staff very helpful and good service, nice spa too. travel cot in our room at request, taxi service available