Having recently visited The Caledonian, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel, I wanted to share my thoughts. The hotel is situated on lively Princes Street in the heart of Edinburgh – a truly excellent location.
With 241 rooms in total, the hotel has recently received a huge refurbishment which is money well spent as the property is grand, modern and sophisticated in equal doses.
On first impressions, I was immediately struck with the public areas of the hotel. Straight away I noticed plenty of concierge and reception staff as we entered the impressive building. This tells me that the check-in process should be efficient and flowing – just what you want on arrival!
On the ground floor, once through the reception and lobby area, is “Peacock Alley” – which was previously the station concourse and ticketing area – it is open for breakfast, afternoon tea, dinner and drinks.
The Galvin Brasserie de Luxe (awarded One AA Rosette) is also situated on the ground floor (with access from Peacock Alley and also has its own entrance on Rutland Street) and offers informal dining. The brasserie can accommodate private dining for up to 16 and private cocktail parties for up to 30 if required. Open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner.
The Pompadour (awarded Three AA Rosettes) is the hotel’s fine dining restaurant which is on the first floor and looks fantastic; with large windows it offers great views of the castle and also onto Princes Street. It is closed Sundays and Mondays throughout the year with the exception of August when they open 7 days a week due to demand.
The hotel’s spa is the first Guerlain spa in the UK and simply oozed luxury. We didn’t get to see treatment rooms in person this trip, but the reception and relaxation areas looked fantastic. Many Guerlain products were on display and for sale.
The hotel has wifi throughout – a key request for many of our clients.
The hotel does have on-site parking facilities, however important to bear in mind that this is a very busy street and the car park holds a maximum of 40 cars and is subject to availability (they will not reserve parking bays).
If an Edinburgh city stay is called for during your golfing trip, be sure to request The Caledonian for you and your friends – you will not be disappointed.
Photos are property of The Caledonian, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel*.