Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh – The Caledonian, Scotland – Hotel Review
Spending New Year’s Eve aloft may not be everyone’s idea of ringing in the new year, but it allowed us the chance to start 2015 with a new adventure and to explore Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland. Edinburgh is the country’s second largest city and it is the seventh largest city in the United Kingdom.
My wife and I arrived after 8 a.m. on New Year’s Day to be greeted by a dark and dreary morning. It was raining and the sky, due to our northern location, was pitch black. Daylight finally made an appearance at about 8:44 a.m. (nightfall would arrive early at 3:49 p.m.).
The Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh – The Caledonian – called The Caley by locals – is a more than 100-year old former Victorian railway hotel located just 10 minutes from the city’s famed Edinburgh castle and close to George Street and its fashionable bars, restaurants and stores.
Entering, one is struck by the hotel’s resplendent lobby and common areas, which evoke a more genteel era.
While check-in went smoothly our room would not be ready until 3 p.m. as New Year’s revelers slept in. We enjoyed a complimentary Scottish breakfast while waiting and later used the down time to explore the neighborhood and enjoy lunch at a nearby pub.
Upon our return at 3, we were shown to our room. The hallways, as well as the rooms, are decorated with prints and photos of the Caley in the early 1900s.