The Caledonian Hotel survives in its current incarnation as a showpiece of the Waldorf-Astoria hotel group, & it is indeed a Destination. Built in 1903 as the railway hotel of the Caledonian Railway, it has held onto its position as a many-starred hostelry at the west end of Princes Street, western bookend to the east end’s Balmoral, which holds sway over busy Waverley Station.
Originally called the Princes Street Station Hotel, the Caley provided more-than-pleasant accommodations for travellers. The station itself underwent a number of changes over the years, but after many of the railway’s lines were diverted to the larger Waverley, it closed completely in 1965, while the much smaller Haymarket Station took over the west end’s traffic.
Bits of the old station itself can be seen in one of the hotel’s eateries, & its history as a railway hotel is hardly forgotten. The building is of red sandstone. It stands in the shadow of the Castle, & its best rooms afford an unbeatable view of that iconic structure.
We stayed there for five nights in 2007, & it was a treat! At that time it was part of the Hilton group. I bent the ears of several of the friendly concierges, & learned all manner of bits of gossip… including that I MIGHT expect to meet up with Sir Sean Connery in the bar. Sadly, that never came to pass, but hey! I think he got out of town when he heard we were coming.
More about the fabulous Caley can be seen here.