A Weekend Escape to Edinburgh with Waldorf Astoria, The Caledonian

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Affectionately known by locals as ‘The Caley’, Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh – The Caledonian was just the restorative break we needed following a hectic couple of weeks. Escaping the bustling London rush, after a short flight from Heathrow, in less than hours we wandered into the lofty, calm reception of The Caledonian. Greeted by the rousing sounds of the bagpipes and a team of smiling reception staff, the iconic Scottish hotel made an impact on arrival.

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The grand hotel staircase

Following a restful night’s sleep in our plush Deluxe Room, we sauntered down to breakfast. After a sizable breakfast spread at the Brasserie, we set out to explore the sights of Edinburgh.

A historic city filled with character, every cobbled street was lined with street performers, artists, musicians and small craft markets. Thriving with a hub of activity but still managing to maintain a relaxed atmosphere, we soaked up the carefree city as we strolled past the highlights including the castle, St Giles’ Cathedral and The Royal Mile.  Refuelling at ‘The Chocolate Bar’ of Harvey Nichols, a revolving conveyor belt of chocolate delights – well worth checking out for anyone with a sweet tooth – we had lunch at Copper Bloom. A delightful underground restaurant and bar tucked away within a grand Georgian building, the botanical flowers and vintage design offered a great modern twist on the classic city.

Returning to rest our weary feet, we indulged in the beautiful Guerlain Spa of The Caledonian, enjoying a swim, steam and sauna. Selecting the ‘Radiance Facial’, after an hour of being preened and pampered with soothing Guerlain face masks, I re-joined the world feeling fresh-faced and relaxed, leaving the London weariness firmly behind.

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Ending the night with a delicious meal at Galvin Brasserie – The Caledonian’s Parisian style restaurant offering an extensive seafood and steak dishes – we ended the night feeling suitably stuffed and content. Returning to our room in a food-fuelled haze, we resolved to return to Edinburgh and The Caledonian at the next possible opportunity…

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Peacock Alley at The Caledonian

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Caledonian, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel…Sneak Peek

In Edinburgh recently for my brother’s graduation (well done on your First, Tim!) I popped into The Caledonian Hotel on Princes Street for a look around. Currently undergoing a renovation, the hotel is set to re-launch as the first Waldorf Astoria hotel in Scotland later this summer. Naturally, I had to take the chance for a nosy before the finished product is unveiled in all its glory.

Stepping into the lobby, I got a real sense of the grandeur the finished hotel will offer, with the sweeping marble staircase, polished floors and glittering chandelier already slotted into place. Through the covers I spied the double height atrium of Peacock Alley, a super elegant new venue for drinks, afternoon tea and light bites – it’s definitely going to be a place to see and be seen in for the Edinburgh crowd as well as visitors when it opens soon. I had a sly peek at The Pompadour too, the new restaurant being run by gourmet legends the Galvin brothers, already in residence at the Michelin-starred Galvin at Windows at the London Hilton Park Lane as well as La Chapelle and Galvin Café a Vin in Spitalfields, Galvin Bistrot de Luxe on Baker Street and Demoiselle in Harrods. Having had a memorable meal at Galvin at Windows at the London Hilton on Park Lane in the past I’m really looking forward to visiting the new restaurant when the kitchen opens!

I also checked out the newly refurbished rooms and suites at the hotel – gorgeously decked out in smoky greys and blues, they are classic with contemporary touches and feel super light and airy. Some have unbeatable views of Edinburgh Castle just a stone’s throw from the hotel.

Thanks, Robin for showing me around and I look forward to seeing the finished product on my next visit!

The hotel re-brands to become The Caledonian, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel later this summer.