A formerly ultra-luxurious hotel that excelled in the days of the railway, like most such places the Caledonian had lost its way a bit over the years – that is until 2012's massively impressive makeover by Waldorf Astoria, which has restored this grand old Victorian city landmark to a pretty close approximation of its glory days. Now, The Caledonian, a Waldorf Astoria Hotel (to give it its full official title), is now arguably the city’s finest place to stay, a world-class establishment complete with a fine dining restaurant from the Galvin Brothers, one of Scotland’s top brasseries, and the deeply impressive Guerlain Spa. Then there is Peacock Alley, Edinburgh’s new meeting and greeting space, an ideal venue for both afternoon tea and evening cocktails. Finally, of course, there are the views, with many rooms opening up epic vistas of Edinburgh Castle sparkling across Princes Street Gardens. Choose from a ‘classic’ or ‘deluxe’ room, and you can often snag one of these for a decent rate; or just go for it with one of their famous suites – and no, we’re not giving away which one Sean Connery stays in when he is town!
PriceDouble rooms £159 a night.
Opening TimesOpen all year.
The Caledonian, Princes Street, Edinburgh EH1 2AB
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