Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh – The Caledonian, Scotland – Hotel Review

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Our upgraded room was small (barely enough room to open both our suitcases) with a double-sized bed and a hard and not very comfortable mattress. The bed was flanked by two nightstands. One had a lamp, radio/iPod player and TV remote; the other a matching lamp and telephone.

Facing the bed was a period desk with upholstered chair, two lamps, phone and a welcome fruit and chocolate platter. To its side stood a chest of drawers and mini-bar. On its top was a flat-screen TV and a Nespresso machine sat atop the chest of drawers.

The marble-walled bathroom contained a shower/bath combination, commode, and a small sink. The shower water pressure was disappointingly lacking. Limited shelf space was provided on a ledge near the mirror and windows; and neither magnifying mirror or full-length mirror were to be found.


The bath area featured a range of Salvatore Ferragamo amenities, a towel heating rack, and hotel branded-robes and slippers.


The room was not especially suited for work. The desk chair was not ergonomic or adjustable and the lighting was more general illumination than directed to the desk. There was paid Wi-Fi available however hotel management waived the charge to make up for the delayed room availability. A hotel business center, one floor up from the lobby, included a desk, club chairs, two computers, a printer and a selection of the day’s newspapers.


The Caley’s health and fitness complex, the Guerlain Spa (the United Kingdom’s first), includes a swimming pool, sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi and a gym. The spa offers five treatment rooms and the entry way features a novel make-up bar.

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