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Edinburgh and the Lothians Hotels

The Caledonian, a Waldorf Astoria Hotel


  • Service with a smile
  • Good breakfast choice


  • Internet access is extra
  • May lack the "wow factor" for some

Updated 11/19/2013

Fodor's Review

An imposing block of red sandstone beyond the west end of West Princes Street Gardens, "The Caley" has imposing Victorian decor and beautifully restored interiors. Built between 1898 and 1902 as the flagship hotel of the Caledonian Railway, its public areas have marbled green columns and an ornate stairwell with a burnished-metalwork balustrade. Now a Waldorf Astoria hotel, the hotel's elegant guest rooms are sumptuous and understated. But it's the two superb restaurants—La

Pompadour and Galvin Brasserie De Luxe—that stand out.

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Hotel Information


Princes St., Edinburgh, EH1 2AB, Scotland

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Hotel Details:

  • Credit cards accepted
  • 241 rooms, 20 suites
  • Breakfast

Updated 11/19/2013

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By nbkm7l1

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Dec 30, 2007

Not Going Back To The Caley

We had a poor expirence at the Caley. We had to have things fixed in the room everyday. Management seemed a bit arrogant towards guests and employees. Be aware one half of the hotel has air conditioning and the other half does not. Room was outdated. Better places to stay in Edinburgh at this price point.

By Debi

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Oct 9, 2004

Great location

We stayed at the Caledonian in September 2004. The location on Princes Street was out of this world. We were able to walk almost everywhere we wanted to go in Edinburgh. The public rooms and halls are beautiful and our room was surprisingly modern and large. We especially liked the heated towel racks. Our only criticism was the impersonal service offered by the staff. No one was rude, but no one cared either. After four days no one recognized

us when we walked in the door (I'm 5 feet tall and my husband is 6'7" tall-- a fairly noteworthy combo to most people).

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By Colin

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Jan 1, 2003

Excellent Hotel and Staff

We stayed at the Caledonian for eight nights with two small children. The room, view, friendly staff, location and food were all first rate. The hotel has an excellent pool and health club. The large Scottish breakfasts were memorable. We will certainly return.

By Adam

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Nov 11, 2002

Great location: so-so value

Although the rooms were large, by European standards, you might want to bring earplugs to drown out the noise of the city while you sleep. Additionally, neither the phone or TV remote worked very well and the room smelled of stale cigarretes. Great location though, right where you want to be. However for the price of close to $300US/night, we expected the experience to be a little more lavish.

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