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Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - The Caledonian

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Rated from 1 to 5, a higher number of stars indicates a better quality, range of services and facilities with an emphasis on 6 key areas – cleanliness, service, food, bedrooms, bathrooms and hospitality.

The merit score for this hotel is 85%. This helps you to compare quality between hotels of the same star rating.

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Customer rating 9 / 10
Based on 1904 reviews

Former Victorian railway hotel famous for its charm

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At a glance

3 Rosette restaurant
Family rooms
Wheelchair accessible

The name gives a little clue as to the other-worldly grandeur of the setting, a lavishly appointed dining room at the Waldorf Astoria with hand-blocked floral wall designs, a gigantic oval mirror, and views through half-moon windows towards the Castle. Here, the Galvin brothers have made themselves a very comfortable home north of the border, and the menus, which embrace multi-course specials with vegetarian counterparts, as well as a shorter seasonal offering and the standard carte, deal in modern Anglo-French dishes of impact and finesse. The lightest way to start could well be with a tartare of sea bream, adorned with mint-pickled cucumber and dressed with lemongrass and lime-leaf yogurt, while main courses subtly step things up with roast loin and braised shoulder of mutton, seasoned with ras el hanout and apricot, or turbot poached in dashi and partnered with an oyster and slivered radish. Incomparable pastrywork distinguishes a tart of pineapple and Malibu, served with coconut sorbet, or there could be a bang-up-to-date mousse of Manjari chocolate and praline with toasted hay ice cream and almond gel.


  • En-suite rooms: 241
  • Family rooms: 12
  • Broadband available
  • Wi-Fi available
  • Free satellite TV in rooms
  • Hearing loop

Room rates

  • Single room, minimum price: £199
  • Double room, minimum price: £209

Opening times

  • Open all year


  • Fully air-conditioned
  • Night porter
  • Lift available
  • Outdoor parking spaces: 48 (charged)


  • Accessible bedrooms: 2
  • Walk-in showers


  • Children welcome
  • Cots provided
  • High chairs
  • Children's portions or menu


  • Indoor swimming pool, heated
  • Gym
  • Spa
  • Other leisure facilities: Sauna, steam room
  • Christmas entertainment programme
  • New Year entertainment programme


  • Minimum 24hr delegate rate (£): 300
  • Theatre-style holds (maximum): 300
  • Classroom-style holds (maximum): 120
  • Boardroom-style holds (maximum): 80


  • Holds a civil ceremony licence
  • Maximum number of guests: 300

Getting here

In city centre, at west end of Princes Street, adjacent to Rutland Street and Lothian Road.

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