The Caledonian Hotel

The Caledonian Waldorf Astoria Hotel, a grand Edinburgh icon

The Caledonian Hotel

The aura of the Waldorf Astoria is admirably suited to its prime location in Edinburgh. The city is considered one of Europe's most handsome capitals and, with its mix of medieval and elegant Georgian buildings, exudes a refined charm seldom encountered. 

The Caledonian on grand Princes Street is an amalgam of modern luxury and Victorian-style. The property has those iconic views of Edinburgh Castle, and steps from the Princes Street Gardens - take time to enjoy Scotland's only Guerlain Spa, with sauna, steam room and pool. Historic Royal Mile and Edinburgh Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, are a short hop.

Dine at Grazing by Mark Greenaway, a relaxed Scottish fine dining experience. Enjoy a light lunch or afternoon tea at Peacock Alley, the New York Style piano bar. The Caley bar is ideal for pre-dinner drinks and casual dining; it has the atmosphere of the golden age of railway travel. Our customisable Classic Tour of Scotland itinerary is perfect for the first visit to Scotland.

The Grand Dame of Edinburgh

Edinburgh falls into two main sectors; the medieval Old Town with its charming alleys, narrow closes, and atmospheric buildings, and, north of the Castle Rock, the New Town, formed after 1767 when the wealthy merchants expanded the city beyond the walls that had encased it for so long. 

Edinburgh, the capital city of Scotland, is a city with a long history. Your stay at the Waldorf Astoria affords fantastic views of the town, Edinburgh Castle, and the opportunity to wander its romantic streets alleys.

Situated at the West end of the famous Princes Street, Edinburgh's principal thoroughfare, this majestic hotel had initially been the archetypal grand railway hotel. The building's red sandstone façade was built around 1900 and has been a city landmark. It has a category A preservation rating.

For almost 65 years, this grand building was the destination for many thousands of people arriving in Edinburgh by train. Known locally as 'The Caley,' it was a fine example of grand railway hotels. The station moved to a bigger site; the hotel expanded into the vacant space. 

In 2011, and under new ownership, Hilton International undertook a £24 million major refurbishment project. The result is a genuinely luxurious Victorian-style hotel with all the trimmings guests expect from the Waldorf Astoria brand.

The en-suite bedrooms are spacious and perfectly appointed with luxury bedding, deluxe mattresses, tea and coffee making facilities, an LCD TV.  Thoughtful extras such as hairdryers and ironing board ensure the perfect stay - high ceilings and contemporary plasterwork feature in many of the rooms.

Borrowing the Waldorf Astoria hotels' glamour and traditions in New York, a clutch of dining rooms provide a choice of relaxed environments. Everything, from a sumptuous dining experience on locally sourced produce, through to afternoon tea, a cocktail hour (or two), and the opportunity to sample some of Scotland's finest whiskies.

The Caley
The Caley is a casual restaurant and bar with a huge range of high-end whiskies.

Peacock Alley
Peacock Alley is the elegant light lunch and afternoon tea destination. 

Grazing by Mark Greenaway
The flag-ship restaurant is Grazing by Mark Greenaway. Fine dining made more casual and relaxing. Expect concept dishes, local produce from the ambassador of Scottish cooking. 

The Spa
Luxury custom-built Guerlain spa cabins twinned with exclusive use of Guerlain spa products provide the perfect opportunity to relax and unwind. 

Edinburgh features in our Classic and Scottish Highlights tours. We recommend three or four nights at the Waldorf Astoria to enable you to explore this romantic city and its surroundings.

Edinburgh can be a base to explore the surrounding countryside. Driver-guided day tours from Edinburgh include; The Trossachs National Park and Stirling Castle. The Trossachs is much like the Highlands in miniature, giving you a Highlands flavour without the long drive. Stirling is such an important historic site, making it an important stop for the first visit to Scotland – this would be a full-day driver-guided tour from Edinburgh.  

St Andrews the coastal home of Golf is an easy day tour from Edinburgh. Our Tour-Designers can tailor a tour Stirling Castle with St Andrew's to make a dynamic day tour from Edinburgh.

The Icon on Princes Street

Five Star Hotel with views of Edinburgh Castle

  • Bespoke Amenities
  • Guerlain Spa
  • Grazing by Mark Greenaway
  • Peacock Alley Lounge
  • Caley Bar