One of Edinburgh’s iconic hotels has opened its doors today after a complete re-launch. The Caledonian, on Princes Street and with views over the castle, has undergone a £24 million refit of its public spaces, bedrooms, spa, restaurants and bars.
Previously a Hilton, The Caledonian has now moved up the ranks to join the Waldorf Astoria group, Hilton’s luxury brand.
Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts currently includes more than 20 landmark destinations around the world, with European properties including: London Syon Park, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel; Trianon Palace Versailles, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel; Rome Cavalieri, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts; and the soon to open Waldorf Astoria Berlin.
With its origins as a true railway hotel, The Caledonian first began its reputation as a venue for the rich and famous and locals alike in 1903. With a guest list reading like a who’s who of the silver screen, the original hotel played host to Hollywood stars from Charlie Chaplin, Laurel and Hardy and Elizabeth Taylor, to Bing Crosby and Sir Sean Connery. In 2000, the property became a Hilton Hotels & Resorts branded hotel, before undergoing a major transformation to join Hilton Worldwide’s luxury Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts brand.
The property offers 241 guest rooms including six sumptuous suites.