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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
Stayed here June 22 (4th time) and as usual the door staff were great genuinely cheerful and helpful then from the desk ????
Wow then what a change from previous stays
Asked to the stay to be entered on my hhoners account so as to use it for information etc
Told It’s already done
Show them my iPad that I’m not ????
Well nothing I can (because the person was a superstar maybe and reminded me of a previous Plastic Head Teacher 50 years ago) do a sort of the computer says no ????
Came back down to reception and a very pleasant person behind the jump corrected the problem very quickly ????????
Now I thought we’re off but sadly no
The lounge staff walked around/served miserably and kept forgetting items
When we got back in at 10:45pm for what we thought would be a pleasant finish to the evening were informed that the service was about to close but managed to squeeze £30 worth of coffee and brandy out of them
They must have thought I was dieting (as I’d unknowingly put on a few pounds recently and kind of them to worry) as I receive no bits and pieces with it like sugar and the usual nibbles provided ????
Anyway was only there for 24 hours and £400 less just wish I’d stayed back in the Sterling premier inn and saved us a few quid and then traveled on to my wife’s former hometown of North Berwick and again sampled it’s delights for a few days for what I spent in the capital in 24 hours
Edinburgh is brilliant and now I understand more on where to stay and go
By the way CUSTOMER SERVICE is very good for them as I just went round in circles with the person dealing with me
Sorry for not getting back but I’ve been out of the office or I haven’t been in contact as you were going to give me a time to call you, how ridiculous this went on for two weeks
Our first stay there two years ago (someone treated us) was magnificent or was I dreaming
We had a truly fabulous stay in the hotel whilst in Edinburgh for our daughters graduation. We had required some assistance with booking a room for a very elderly Grandfather who has special requirements to make his stay possible. With consultation with your exceptional staff member Cassandra Petrella we were able to book the perfect room which enabled us to bring Grandfather and have everything he needed. Cassandra was very attentive to our needs and and went above and beyond to ensure our stay was very pleasant. She has a very pleasant manner and professional manner - a real asset to the Waldorf. Both rooms were beautifully furnished and very comfortable. Overall our stay was fabulous with all the staff being very friendly and helpful. I’m so glad Edinburgh has such an excellent hotel to accommodate visitors to the city.
Our family stayed at the Waldorf Astoria The Caledonian for a visit to Scotland after visiting Ireland. The Waldorf Astoria was absolute luxury. We had booked a premium double room with a castle view. The room was amazing! It was huge! It was like staying in your very own apartment in Edinburgh. It’s a must book. Hotel was very quiet and the service was excellent. The hotel is about 1/2 mile from the Royal Mile which was perfect for us, too many nights of fine dining! We needed to walk. However, we found if you need a taxi, the taxi stop, many taxis park and wait, is right in front of the hotel.