£109.38 Avg/night
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Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - The Caledonian

5 stars
Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH1 2AB
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
4.3
out of 5
23 reviews
Beautiful hotel

It is just perfect. Its pretty! Comfortable, and great locacion. The price is good. See full review

  • Grines
  • 12 Apr 2012
ROOM WITH A VIEW

GREAT STAFF, GOT A FREE UPGRADE UPON ARRIVAL, ON THE 3RD FLOOR, VERY QUIET, NICE VIEW OF THE CASTLE... See full review

  • STUDOGG
  • 15 Mar 2012
Hotel in the center of Edinburgh with views of the Castle

The Caledonian, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel is on Princes Street in central Edinburgh, close to Edinburgh Castle, and a short walk from the Convention Centre (EICC). The hotel has eight meeting rooms, free high-speed Internet access, and a business center. Edinburgh International Airport is a 30-minute drive away. The hotel is close to all major Edinburgh attractions and shopping areas.

Highlights
  • Spectacular views of the castle
  • Located in the city center
  • Fitness and leisure facilities
  • Multilingual staff
The Caledonian, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel Rooms

Guests at The Caledonian, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel choose from four types of rooms -- guest rooms, guest rooms plus, deluxe rooms, and deluxe rooms plus. Three available suites all have panoramic views of the city or castle. Family-friendly and handicapped-accessible rooms are also available. High-speed Internet and standard television are free in all rooms.

Features

The Caledonian, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel has a comprehensive on-site health club with swimming pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, and steam room. Guests can train with a personal trainer or relax with a massage. The on-site spa provides detox, tanning, and beauty treatments, as well as treatments tailored for men.

The on-site Pompadour Restaurant serves modern Scottish cuisine and has stunning views of the Castle and Princes Street. Afternoon tea is served daily and dinner is served Tuesday through Saturday. Chisholms Restaurant, open seven days a week, is an informal on-site brasserie serving Scottish and international specialties. Henry J. Beans, next door, is a diner-style restaurant and bar serving cocktails and American grill dishes seven days a week. The Caley Bar, within the hotel and open seven days a week, is a private specialty whisky bar serving 250 malts.

Transportation
  • Edinburgh Airport (7.1 mi/11.42 km)
  • Transfer bus from airport to city center

Nearby attractions
  • St. Giles Cathedral (0.7 mi/1.12 km)
  • Greyfriars Kirkyard (0.7 mi/1.12 km)
  • Princes Street Gardens (0.8 mi/1.28 km)
  • Edinburgh Castle (0.7 mi/1.12 km)
  • Scottish Parliament (1.4 mi/2.25 km)
  • Edinburgh Zoo (2.6 mi/4.18 km)
Business
  • Eight meeting rooms
  • Free Wi-Fi access
  • Space for up to 300 people
  • Edinburgh International Conference Centre (0.7 mi/1.12 km)

Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - The Caledonian Rooms

Queen classic room
This elegant air-conditioned room comes with an en suite shower room featuring Salvatore Ferragamo bathroom amenities. It features a flat-screen TV, a laptop safe and tea/coffee-making facilities, including a Nespresso coffee maker. Also includes a minibar, Waldorf Astoria bedding and a pillow menu.

Amenities

General
Concierge
Activities
Fitness centre or spa
Spa
Dining
Bar/Lounge
Restaurant
24 hour room service
Services
Business centre
Meeting/Banquet facilities
Gift shop
Parking
Parking
Accessibility
Wheelchair accessible elevators

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Hotel Map

55.9495 -3.2073
Area served
Westend of Princes Street with views if the Castle and within easy access to EICC
Nearby airports
Edinburgh International Airport

Nearby points of interest

  • Georgian House: 0.2 mi
  • Scott Monument: 0.3 mi
  • Edinburgh Castle: 0.3 mi
  • Trinity House: 0.3 mi
  • Princes Street: 0.4 mi
  • Outlook Tower: 0.4 mi
  • Fountainbridge: 0.4 mi
  • Dean Village: 0.4 mi
  • Haymarket: 0.4 mi
  • National Gallery of Scotland: 0.4 mi
  • Scotch Whisky Heritage Centre: 0.4 mi
  • Grassmarket: 0.5 mi
  • Lochrin: 0.5 mi
  • Lauriston: 0.5 mi
  • Writer's Museum: 0.5 mi
  • Georgian House: 0.2 mi
  • Scott Monument: 0.3 mi
  • Edinburgh Castle: 0.3 mi
  • Trinity House: 0.3 mi
  • Princes Street: 0.4 mi
  • Outlook Tower: 0.4 mi
  • Fountainbridge: 0.4 mi
  • Dean Village: 0.4 mi
  • Haymarket: 0.4 mi
  • National Gallery of Scotland: 0.4 mi
  • Scotch Whisky Heritage Centre: 0.4 mi
  • Grassmarket: 0.5 mi
  • Lochrin: 0.5 mi
  • Lauriston: 0.5 mi
  • Writer's Museum: 0.5 mi
  • Gladstone's Land: 0.5 mi
  • Parliament House: 0.6 mi
  • Dalry: 0.6 mi
  • St Giles Cathedral: 0.6 mi
  • Princes Mall: 0.6 mi
  • Stockbridge: 0.7 mi
  • National Portrait Gallery: 0.7 mi
  • Royal Museum: 0.7 mi
  • Museum of Scotland: 0.7 mi
  • Cowgate: 0.7 mi
  • Meadow park: 0.7 mi
  • Dean Gallery: 0.8 mi
  • The Grange: 0.8 mi
  • Underground City: 0.8 mi
  • West Coates: 0.8 mi
  • Jim Garrahy's Fudge Kitchen: 0.9 mi
  • Comely Bank: 0.9 mi
  • Bruntsfield: 0.9 mi
  • Merchiston: 0.9 mi
  • Royal Mile: 0.9 mi
  • Marchmont: 1 mi
  • Canonmills: 1 mi
  • People's Story: 1 mi
  • Ardmillan: 1.1 mi
  • Greenhill: 1.1 mi
  • The Canongate: 1.1 mi
  • Roseburn: 1.1 mi
  • Calton Hill: 1.1 mi
  • Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh: 1.1 mi
  • Burghmuirhead: 1.1 mi

Hotel Policies

Check-in:
1500
Check-out:
1200

Terms and conditions

Extra charges may apply for children. Incidental charges, such as room service, are not included in the quoted rate.

The amenities and/or facilities may not be located at the hotel, but within a reasonable distance, and additional charges may apply for use.

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Guest Reviews (23)

Ratings and reviews for Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - The Caledonian

Overall score

4.3 / 5
5.01.0
23 out of 23
Amenities:
4.3
Room cleanliness:
4.7
Hotel staff:
4.7
Room comfort:
4.3
Location:
4.7
Value:
4.3

96% would recommend to a friend.

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Review of Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - The Caledonian

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Brigitte Karin
Greenwich, CT
2 May 2014

Definitely not a 5-star experience

At best a 4-star hotel. I don't think the room is worth more than $200 per night. It would be way overpriced if that was the price in BP. Although the room was large, it was long and narrow. The lighting was inadequate. The bed and bedding were very comfortable. The room and bathroom are very clean, however, the plumbing was a disaster. Every time I tried to adjust the faucet for the bathtub, the shower would come one. Also when I went to open the drain, the entire drain mechanism came off in my hand. They couldn't fix it and I changed rooms where I had the same problem. The staff is very helpful. I found the public spaces like the Peacock room very uninviting.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
3
Location:
4
Value:
3
Review of Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - The Caledonian

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Sarah k
Middlesbrough
7 Aug 2012

Excellent staff!!

Stayed here for 1 night with my mam, very friendly and helpful reception staff (Ana was very helpful), also the concierge were very helpful. Room was very nice, few little niggles... Water took forever to go down the shower and we were also close to the lift so was rather noisy at times. We would return to this hotel.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
3
Review of Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - The Caledonian

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Italyimissu
New York, NY, USA
2 May 2012

Beautiful Hotel and Great Location

The hotel is in a PERFECT location. It is a short walk to the Castle, and on Princes St, a central commercial destination with a beautiful park. The building is gorgeous and the rooms fine. There is a lot of construction going on so the front lobby was non existent by the time we left but hopefully it will make the place even more pleasant.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
4
Review of Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - The Caledonian

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Grines
Mexico city
12 Apr 2012

Beautiful hotel

It is just perfect. Its pretty! Comfortable, and great locacion. The price is good.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Review of Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - The Caledonian

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
STUDOGG
Stirling, UK
15 Mar 2012

ROOM WITH A VIEW

GREAT STAFF, GOT A FREE UPGRADE UPON ARRIVAL, ON THE 3RD FLOOR, VERY QUIET, NICE VIEW OF THE CASTLE AND A FAB ROOM. WE ONLY HAD LUNCH AT THE CALEY BAR, A BIG RANGE OF WHISKIES BUT SOME EXPENSIVE ONES. WOULD LOVE TO STAY AGAIN!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
4
Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

SCOTSMAN HOTEL PRE THEATRE MENU, GOOD VALUE IN A NICE VENUE.

Review of Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - The Caledonian

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Roger and Judy
Raleigh, NC, USA
22 Aug 2011

Lovely experience

Beautiful, spacious, immaculate room and bath. Nice location and a most accommodating staff. We would definitely recommend this hotel and would stay here again.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Review of Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - The Caledonian

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Suzanne NYC
New york City
19 Aug 2011

Old World Charm and Unrivaled Service

From the moment I stepped in I felt as if I had been transported back to a finer and gentler time. From the old clock that had been in the original railway station, to the grand staircase, no detail had been overlooked. It was luxurious and comfortable. The staff were all welcoming. When I checked in I was given a room upgrade (I'm not sure why.) I had the most beautiful view of Edinburgh Castle and since the tattoo was on I got treated to fireworks each night. The staff bent over backwards to make sure that all my wants and needs were being taken care of. I'd like to particularly commend the restaurant staff and the team of concierges who helped me with everything from booking tours to helping me with driving directions to remote parts of Scotland. Across the street is the not to be missed bar/restaurant/club Ghillie Dhu. I would stay there again in a heartbeat.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Entertainment tip: Short walk from hotel

The Camera Obscura is an attraction that should not be missed. It is an exhibit of illusions, holograms and morphing machines. The highlight is the camera itself which is a system of mirrors that projects a periscope image of the city onto a flat disc. The guide zooms in selected spots of some of the major sights of Edinburgh in real time.

Review of Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - The Caledonian

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Anonymous
washington DC
29 Jun 2011

Excellent concierge at Caledonia

Our stay at the Caledonia Hilton all went well. The rooms, the food and service were all great. However, there was one standout performance by Malcolm at the concierge desk. He was the absolute best concierge we have ever experienced. Great help with travel plans, restaurants, helping with airport and rental cars. He even told me the right club to hit off the first tee at St. Andrews! Simply remarkable.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
5
Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Andalucia on George St.

Review of Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - The Caledonian

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Anonymous
Austin, Texas
5 May 2011

Simply the Best

We traveled to Edinburgh for my daughter's wedding at the castle in St. Margaret's Chapel. Our hotel was located right in the middle of all the places we wanted to go - plus I had a front row seat to the best view of the castle in town...right from my hotel window. The staff was helpful and courteous and the concierge was the best I've ever had!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
4
Money-saving tip: Long walk from hotel

Utilize the public transportation/buses as much as possible.

Review of Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - The Caledonian

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
bookworm4travel
North Shore, MA
19 Apr 2011

Good but not Great

The main floor of the hotel was beautiful and the waitstaff at the main restaurant that served my included breakfast was always friendly. The tea and shortbread in the room were a welcome treat at the end of a long day of touring. The room, though a good size, was average and after a couple of days, the outdated bathroom started to smell musty. While I appreciated that the concierge had an iTouch charger (mine didn't work, even with an adapter) only some of the workers knew where to find it. I was also surprised how little the concierge knew. They didn't know where to pick up the night bus to the airport or how to get a train to Glasgow. Overall the hotel was nice, but not great. The location was good, but the hotel needs some TLC. While I enjoyed my stay and I got a good rate, I would not have guessed that this was a 5 star hotel. Everything in consideration, I would give it high 3 maybe low 4 stars at best.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
3
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