Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - The Caledonian

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Built in 1903 as The Caledonian Hotel, the Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - The Caledonian has been the epitome of Scottish hospitality for over a century. The building takes its name from the Caledonian Railway Company, who used to own the hotel for many years. Originally operating as an accommodation for weary travelers disembarking from the Caledonian Railway, the hotel rapidly emerged as one of the premier destinations in all of Edinburgh. Known affectionately throughout the city as “the Caley,” the building quickly built a reputation for its exhilarating galas and sumptuous banquets. By the mid-20th century, the popularity of The Caledonian had grown to such an extent that it was routinely attracting numerous, high-profile celebrities from around the world. Stan Oliver, Judy Garland, and Gene Kelly were just a few of the distinguished people to frequent the building during the latter part of its history. In 2000, Hilton Hotels acquired this exquisite building, relaunching it as the Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - The Caledonian in 2016. Today, The Caledonian continues to maintain its reputation as an internationally respected luxury hotel and has recently been listed as a Category A historic building by Historic Environment Scotland.

Situated in Edinburgh’s West End, the Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - The Caledonian is enclosed in a ring of cultural landmarks that define Scottish heritage. Close to the hotel resides Edinburgh Castle, the most popular historical site in the entire country. Constructed on an extinct volcano during the 12th century, Edinburgh Castle was Scotland’s principal royal palace during the Middle Ages. Settled around the fortress are city’s two historic neighborhoods: Old Town and New Town. Old Town, of which the West End is a part, is a tantalizing maze of medieval buildings, while the New Town is filled with beautiful, Georgian-era architecture. Both districts constitute the city’s celebrated UNESCO World Heritage Site. Guests residing at the Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - The Caledonian can admire the city’s unique past as they stroll through the charming streets within these nearby neighborhoods. Guest can also travel east of the hotel to either Arthur’s Seat or Calton Hill for unrivalled views of the region. More well-known destinations are just a short walk away from the hotel as well, including the Royal Mile, the Palace of Holyrood House, and Mary King’s Close. Staying at The Caledonian will situate guests perfectly to explore both the city as well as the surrounding countryside.

Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - The Caledonian

Built in 1903, Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - The Caledonian has embodied the best in Scottish hospitality for over a hundred years. Situated at Princes Street, this former Victorian railway hotel nestles in the shadow of the historic Edinburgh Castle, just two minutes’ walk from the designer stores and fashionable bars of George Street.


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Experience Edinburgh Castle, the Scottish National Gallery, and the National Museum of Scotland steps away


Discover the charming historic ambiance of the Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh.


Explore Edinburgh Castle nearby.


Experience the National Museum of Scotland.


Taste a classic Scottish food known as haggis when out exploring the area.

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