We booked the Caledonian for a Friday/Saturday night stay, we would normally stay in the George, but they were fully booked. Lets start by saying good bye the George hello Caledonian, Don't get me wrong, we love The George, its just that we're now two timing her,
The Hotel is positioned at the end of Princes Street, so ideal for shopping (The wife) your also within walking distance of some great historical sites and more importantly 100's of pubs (me)
The welcome we got was excellent, a quick efficient check in,
The room was more than adequate the only neg was no price list for the mini bar.
We had dinner our first night at one of their two restaurants, exceptional service, great menu and outstanding food.
Peacock alley (a large lounge area) was very relaxing.
Breakfast.. you had the choice of buffet (hot and cold) or off the menu.. Food was very good, service was exceptional (thank you Lucas)
The reason for the title, we were in a wee bit of a hurry at checkout (Sunday morning and we were running for one of a few trains that ran that on a Sunday) It wasn't till later that I found we'd been charged for the room and breakfast only, we had ordered pay per view films (No, not that kind lol) used the mini bar, and also had dinner and a good bottle of wine. We hadn't paid for any of it.... feeling guilty I phoned and got through to Gary (one of the concierges) I explained what had happened and offered payment. Gary (very mannerly) advised he would check it out and come back to me. He did as promised, advising us that it was the hotels error and they would cover the costs at their expense... I wasn't in any way looking or expecting this, but honesty does pay.
We are now looking forward to returning to the Callie for another great weekend (But this time we'll pay our way.
- 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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- Also Known As:
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