Situated at the heart of the Scottish capital The Waldorf Astoria provides easy access to many of the city’s main attractions . Referred to by locals as ‘The Caley’, (after its original name The Caledonian used during it time as a 20th century railway hotel) the hotel has a rich history and is located in the shadow of Edinburgh Castle. It is also close to a number of Edinburgh’s galleries (including the National Gallery of Scotland), the charming Georgian New Town with its fashionable restaurants and bars and designer shopping, the Royal Mile and Hollyrood Palace, and the city’s main railway terminus, Waverley Station.
Many of the Waldorf Astoria’s rooms have views of Edinburgh Castle and all are luxuriously designed with high quality furniture and decorated with tasteful artwork. All rooms are climate controlled and come with en suite marble bathrooms. Classic Rooms are at least 20sqm in size and are equipped with the latest technology, while castle view rooms can be requested on booking. Suites of various sizes are available, many of which enjoy castle views and all of which are tastefully decorated.
The hotel has two main eateries, both of which are from the Michelin-starred chefs Chris and Jeff Galvin. The Pompadour by Galvin, which serves traditional French cuisine, has a grand history and is named after Louis XV's mistress. Galvin Brasserie has a large seafood counter as its centrepiece and serves a combination of French brasserie and local Scottish delicacies, and also offers a number of private dining options available. The Caley Bar hosts a wide variety of Scotch Whiskies, whilst also serving classic cocktails, wines and champagnes, hosted in a Caledonian Railway themed room. Alternatively, guests can relax in Peacock Alley, a former railway ticket office which now serves elegant breakfasts, afternoon teas and evening drinks.
The Guerlain Spa offers a truly personalised spa experience and houses five custom-built cabin treatment rooms, signature treatments and exclusive Guerlain products and techniques. Expert beauty coaches are on-hand and a special wedding ‘Bridal Glow’ treatment is available for brides to be. The fitness centre contains an indoor swimming pool, sauna, Jacuzzi and a fully equipped gym.
20 minutes (12km) by car from Edinburgh Airport (EDI).
June – August