Built over a century ago, the iconic Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh – the Caledonian is located in the heart of Edinburgh’s Princes Street, with the majority of rooms offering stunning views over Edinburgh Castle. The hotel.
The historic Caledonian hotel, a former railway station, offers the perfect base from which to explore Scotland’s elegant capital; and is within walking distance of Edinburgh Castle, the Royal Mile, Edinburgh International Conference Centre and the Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as well as such globally renowned events as the Edinburgh Fringe and the Military Tattoo.
The hotel is home to Galvin Brasserie de Luxe, part of the famed Galvin Brothers’ empire. This AA Rosette and Michelin Bib Gourmand awarded restaurant fuses the smart casual aesthetic with classical French fare. The large bustling restaurant epitomises French chic with its airy, white-with blue-accents interiors, and a seafood display centrepiece captures your attention as soon as you walk in. The menu features classical French delicacies such as French onion soup, steak tartare, and escargots, plus a gourmet take on that divisive Scottish specialty haggis – served here with crushed swede and carrot, it is delicious. There’s an impressive selection of fresh seafood from the raw bar, as well as a grill menu of Scotland’s finest steaks and fish. All dishes, whether it’s a confit duck leg with braised cabbage, or the Valrhona chocolate tart with salted caramel, while artfully presented in contemporary European fine dining style, are decidedly Scottish in terms of the taste and portion sizes – i.e: excellent flavours coming through from the quality ingredients, and large hearty servings. It’s definitely worth visiting if you can live with the patchy service (an area where they seem to have taken their French inclinations to heart the most!). Once you have explored the enchanting streets of Edinburgh, enjoyed fine dining at one of the many restaurants and lounges, take a relaxing French-style beauty treatment at the only Guerlain Spa in the UK, or take a plunge into the 12-metre pool. Rooms start at $280 per night waldorfastoria3.hilton.com