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Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - The Caledonian
Ranked #53 of 150 Hotels in Edinburgh
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7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Superb!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 June 2014

Never been happier! Thank you so much!
Been there with my husband for a wee break. The staff was great and really helpful. Great variety of food. Well located in the city center. Couldn't ask for a better place.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Michela G
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GRMCaleyWA, General Manager at Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - The Caledonian, responded to this review, 9 June 2014
Dear Moxie2007,
Thank you for taking the time to post a review following your recent stay with us. I am always excited to receive such positive feedback from our guests, and it will give me great delight to share this with my team.

Moreover, I do hope that you will have the opportunity to return to the ‘Caley’ again in the future.

Kind regards,

Dale MacPhee
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19 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 June 2014

First off the location is perfect, right at the base of Edinburgh Castle, which provided excellent views. It's an older hotel so expect creaky floors under the posh carpeting, but it makes it more charming and less sterile than most chain hotels these days. We ate dinner one night in the Brassiere and the food was quite good. I've stayed in several different W-A properties around and the service here was not quite the same as perhaps New York or Orlando. The bathrooms are quite large and the rooms were very nicely appointed. Very comfortable beds and bedding.
Be aware if you are driving and unfamiliar with the city, there is only one way to approach the front door curb and it can be quite confusing at rush hour!

A couple minor missteps though the lowered the experience. I'm a HHonors Diamond member and frequently am upgraded, this hotel however decided to upgrade me from a King room to a Double room. Yes it had a better view, but I'm travelling with my wife and frankly double beds are too small for two people. No other rooms were available that night. They did resolve it the second night by moving us into a beautiful suite which was appreciated, but just a suggestion to hotel staffs out there...upgrade within the same bed type. There is a reason I selected a King over a Double room.

Second minor misstep, the Director of Operations was in the Lobby one evening and invited us to have a complimentary glass of champagne in the bar that evening and gave his card. He went into the bar and gave them our names. Later that evening we went into the bar and the waitress knew exactly what the deal was and brought us the glasses. When we left however she must have changed shifts and quite embarrassingly someone chased me out into the lobby and shoved a bill under my nose. I fortunately still had his business card and just stuck it in the bill folder and said he was taking care of it and walked away. But still it completely destroys the impression presented by offering the free drinks.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Eric F
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GRMCaleyWA, General Manager at Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - The Caledonian, responded to this review, 8 June 2014
Dear Eric F,

Thank you for taking the time to post a review following your recent stay with us. I am delighted to read that overall, your experience was pleasurable. Never-the-less, there are certainly some service issues which need to be addressed, and rest assured I have passed on your feedback to my Director of Operations, Nitin who will follow up accordingly.

Moreover, I do hope that you will choose to stay at the ‘Caley’ again should you return to Edinburgh again in the future.

Kind regards,

Dale MacPhee
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Stirling, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 June 2014

Our daughter & son in law treated us to a stay here last weekend and we were very impressed. Staff are very friendly and helpful and our room was very nice indeed - extremely comfortable bed, and room was very well decorated. Spa was really nice - perhaps helped by the fact that we were the only 4 people using the facilities. Would highly recommend!

Room Tip: Rooms overlooking castle very nice as were rooms at front (we were 4th floor)
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank alan57muir
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GRMCaleyWA, General Manager at Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - The Caledonian, responded to this review, 8 June 2014
Dear alan57muir,

Thank you for taking the time to post a review following your recent stay with us. By all accounts, it would appear that your gift from your daughter & son in-law was a winner, and I am pleased to read that you were able to enjoy some of the facilities, including our wonderful award winning Guerlain Spa

Furthermore, I do hope that you will choose to stay at the ‘Caley’ again should you return to Edinburgh again in the future.

Kind regards,

Dale MacPhee
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Mount Pleasant, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 June 2014

The staff was terrific and they met all my needs are request with a smile. I was very happy with the room and the view was spectacular. The hotel itself was very impressive building and the location was increadible. Right in the city center and close to all public transportation, shopping, entertainment and cultural events. Over all this was one of if not the nicest hotel I've ever visited.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank George R
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GRMCaleyWA, General Manager at Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - The Caledonian, responded to this review, 9 June 2014
Dear George R,

Thank you for taking the time to post a review following your recent stay with us. I agree that the location of the hotel is of extreme benefit to our guests, however I am particularly ecstatic to read of your kind remarks with regards to the terrific staff who looked after you throughout.

I look forward to welcoming you back to the ‘Caley’ again in the future.

Kind regards,

Dale MacPhee
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Stamford, United Kingdom
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49 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 June 2014

Stayed here for 2 nights in May. Great hotel, wonderful location. We had a deluxe room on the 5th floor, although this did not have a castle view we had a massive corner sofa in the room ! and the bathroom was huge. Good selection at breakfast and we had a meal in the Galvin restaurant on the Sunday night which again was lovely and excellent service. Would return.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Louise M
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GRMCaleyWA, General Manager at Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - The Caledonian, responded to this review, 9 June 2014
Dear Louise M,
Thank you for taking the time to post a review following your recent stay with us. I am extremely pleased to hear that you were more than satisfied with the facilities within hotel, and delighted that you chose to dine in our wonderful Galvin Brasserie De Luxe restaurant.

I look forward to welcoming you back to the ‘Caley’ again in the future when you return.

Kind regards,

Dale MacPhee
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Camden, South Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2014

What a delightful place! It is just down from the Waverly train station on Princes Street. Rooms were very large, warm and comfy. The bathroom was also large and modern. Ah, the towel warmer was a godsend as our weather was off and on rain with cool temps (50s F) and blustery winds. How refreshing it was to wrap a warm toasty towel around you after a long day on the Royal Mile and a brisk shower!

Across the street was the stop for all of the "hop on hop off" tour buses....out front was a stop for the city buses and the streetcars.....and, a block away were Rose and George streets for restaurants, pubs, and shopping. Like I said, it was a "perfect location" in Edinburgh.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank DrFrankly
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GRMCaleyWA, General Manager at Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - The Caledonian, responded to this review, 9 June 2014
Dear DrFrankly,
Thank you for taking the time to post a review following your recent stay with us. You have mentioned many positive features of the hotel, including the perfect location, and I am happy to hear to you appreciated the bedroom in which you stayed.

I look forward to welcoming you back to the ‘Caley’ again in the future when you return, and I promise that I will try and make the weather better!

Kind regards,

Dale MacPhee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2014

Our stay in the Sir Walter Scott, King panoramic view suite (#114/116) at the Caedonian was perfect! We were traveling with our 18 & 19 year old son and daughter, and this suite worked perfectly for us. The hotel was kind enough to set the living room up with 2 roll away beds for the kids next to the 2 sofas in the main living area. We wanted to be together, yet separate, and this setup could not have been more accommodating. The bathroom was huge with 2 showers. One of which was a shower/bath combination. The heated towel rack was a luxurious addition to the bathroom, and the robes were super cozy to snuggle up in after a long day of sightseeing. The Peacock lounge was a lovely setting for after dinner drinks, and the staff was so wonderful to us! We especially loved Laura, who crated a specific drink for us with about 6 different ingredients we requested. Pedro was our waiter almost every morning for breakfast, and he worked hard to keep the food moving from kitchen to table with a very positive attitude. The continental breakfast with fresh fruits, meats, and pastries was very satisfying. We all enjoyed watching the pastry chef from our booth in the morning as he prepared fresh pasta ravioli for the evening. This location cannot be beat! The view of Edinburgh Castle all lit up in the evening... absolutely stunning! Thank you to all who served us!

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank dmhdf
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GRMCaleyWA, General Manager at Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - The Caledonian, responded to this review, 4 June 2014
Dear dmhdf,
Thank you for taking the time to post a review following your recent stay at Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh- The Caledonian. I am delighted the staff members were able to accommodate your requests to ensure your trip with your family was even more enjoyable! I will certainly share your lovely review with the team and extend your kind regards to Laura and Pedro!
We look forward to welcoming you back to ‘The Caley in the near future.
Kind Regards,
Dale MacPhee
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Property: Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - The Caledonian
Address: Princes Street, Edinburgh EH1 2AB, Scotland (Formerly Caledonian Hilton Edinburgh Hotel)
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Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Edinburgh > West End
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Green Hotel in Edinburgh
#9 Spa Hotel in Edinburgh
#18 Family Hotel in Edinburgh
#30 Business Hotel in Edinburgh
#30 Luxury Hotel in Edinburgh
#33 Romantic Hotel in Edinburgh
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:5 star — Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - The Caledonian 5*
Number of rooms: 241
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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