I was looking forward to my stay here. I've stayed in other 5 star hotels in Edinburgh and wanted to give the Caledonian a shot to see how it compared. I'm afraid the short answer is it didn't.
Here's the long answer: I had booked a classic room which is the entry level room. But still, if I'm staying in a 5 star hotel, I don't expect the bathroom to have a sliding door. This was clearly done because there was not enough room in the bathroom for a door to swing open without bashing someone at the sink or who was trying to get in the shower. And of course, it was just a shower, but no bath. On the plus side, the decor in the bathroom was very nice, the toiletries - Salvatore Ferragamo - swish.
The room itself was very small. It had the smallest double bed I think I've ever seen. Despite this, that left little space for much else. When I ordered a room service dinner - which was very good by the way - the only place where the room service guy could put the tray was on a narrow table against the wall directly underneath the TV which was on the wall above. Unless I tilted my head all the way back looking up to the ceiling, I couldn't see the TV if I was to sit there. So I ended up moving the tray on to the bed and sitting on a chair pulled up hard to the side of the bed - my legs with nowhere to go, splayed out either side as a I bent forward to eat my dinner off the plate which was sitting on the duvet. Also the air con rattled, so I eventually just turned it off.
Wandering round the hotel, the main areas are extremely well done (but the Brasserie smelt a bit of drains - hence the room service).
Beware also if you're planning to do room service breakfast and you have booked Bed and Breakfast. Not only are you charged £5 tray charge, an increasingly common and annoying addition to room service bills, but also £6 on top. So a whopping £11 on to your bill....
To end on a positive, the bathrobe was perhaps the nicest I've ever had on.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - The Caledonian, or the "Caley" as it has become affectionately known among Edinburgh folk, was and still is the epitome of style and excellence. The large, rose-coloured Permian sandstone facade, quarried in Dumfries, dominates the skyline of the city's west end. The hotel has not only remained a focal point for more than one hundred years, but a symbol of the very best of Scottish hospitality. The Caley's pivotal position at the very heart of Edinburgh has always been its greatest asset. Created out of the 19th century railway boom, the five star hotel is looking to the future with confidence and pride in its ability to keep pace with the times. The hotel's reputation is as justified now as it was when the hotel first opened its doors in 1903. ... more less
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