The Caledonian Waldorf Astoria, Edinburgh

In a city as historic Edinburgh, it is only fitting that you stay in a hotel of equal stature. Enter, The Caledonian Waldorf Astoria. A former Victorian railway hotel, The Caley, as it is affectionately known, has been at the very top of Scottish hospitality for over 100 years. Drawing influence from the infamous Madame de Pompadour, The Caley brings all the glamour of Versailles and marries it with the warmth of Scottish heritage. The result is a luxurious icon in the heart of the city offering gourmet dining, a landmark Guerlain spa and 241 elegant guest rooms with enchanting views of Edinburgh Castle. Add to this a world-class selection of Scottish Whiskies and we couldn’t think of a better place to kickstart your Scottish getaway.


In the heart of the New Town, yet lying in the shadow of the Old, The Caley offers the best of both worlds during a visit to Edinburgh. Lying just off of the famous Princes Street, the city’s top sights and stores are an easy walk away. A half-hour drive from Edinburgh International Airport and a 15-minute stroll from Edinburgh Waverley train station, Scotland has never been closer.

Your Room

Elegant and sophisticated, the 241 guestrooms at the Caledonian Waldorf Astoria offer peaceful respite in the heart of the action. Bespoke furniture is complemented by hand-picked artworks, whilst history brought is to life in Carriage Queen Rooms with metalwork and polished burr veneers reminiscent of the heyday of rail travel. Feeling jet-lagged? Worry not, black-out curtains and signature Waldorf Astoria mattresses are on hand to guarantee the perfect night’s sleep.

Why we like it

For fine dining in Edinburgh, there really is nowhere quite like the Caledonian Waldorf Astoria. Home to two restaurants from the acclaimed Galvin brothers, the hotel has steadily built a well-earned reputation as the best table in Edinburgh. But, first things first, kick things off with a drink at The Caley Bar (whisky perhaps?) before dinner at Pompadour. As sumptuous as Versailles and with a menu continuing a tradition of French excellence, it’s the hottest table in town. Whilst, for something more low-key, head to Galvin Brasserie de Luxe for a chic supper in a beautiful setting or simply relax in Peacock Alley, the former station concourse and ticket office that now takes the form of a convivial space in which to enjoy afternoon tea or an evening cocktail.

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