The Caley ~ Destination Edinburgh, Scotland by artwhiz47

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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.


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  • Tracy Faught
    Tracy Faughtover 1 year ago

    Very nice!! :O]

  • Thanks, Tracy. Have stayed at both the Caley & at the Balmoral… life in the very lap of luxury. Now that Ray’s retired, those days are probably behind us, but we’ll manage………

    – artwhiz47

  • WalnutHill
    WalnutHillover 1 year ago

    >faints< You were in the same hotel with SEAN CONNERY!?!?!?!?!?!?!? Total major YUMMO!!!!! He could read the phone book and I would melt!! ;-D Oh — nice shot of the building, too!!! (might we see a color version??) ;-D
    >blows kiss<


  • I more than appreciate your most graphic fainting spell!! Sir Sean lives in Edinburgh when he’s at home… but he frequents the bar at the Caley when he wants a wee dram. So no, we were not exactly staying in the same hotel… just hoping he was in E’burgh & was thirsty………… I’ll see what I can do with a color version. But no promises. Many thanks, Jan, & for the favorite!!

    – artwhiz47

  • Tom Gomez
    Tom Gomezover 1 year ago

    A wonderful building, nice work Sheila. You can see the hotel at the back of this shot

  • I’ll say you can!! Thanks immensely, Tom. For your comment & for linking me to your outstanding photo. Much to be said for good weather & a Castle vantage-point!

    – artwhiz47

  • Roy  Massicks
    Roy Massicksover 1 year ago

    Great image of an iconic hotel Sheila – loved your write-up too ! Pity about Sean Connery………!
    I must admit that being an uncouth seaman i never went further than the Piecart in Sauchiehall St in Glasgow….see what I missed !!

  • Have spent much more time in Edinburgh than in Glasgow, but have wandered through the wonders of Sauchiehall Street in the past. As for Sir Sean… think I’ll have to go to New York City to see him! Thanks, Roy.

    – artwhiz47

  • Robin Brown
    Robin Brownover 1 year ago

    I thought the Waldorf was a salad?
    Is it just me or is there a spooky apparition up there on the roof just to the left of the three central windows?
    Its hard to tell but it looks like David Cameron’s Great Great Great Grandad!
    Historic capture Sheila :o) xx

  • Hmm. I see what you mean, but I think it may just be Basil Fawlty in search of the ingredients for the elusive Waldorf salad…. I believe his shade haunts hotels all over the current incarnation of the UK. I’ve just had Zazzle make me a mug made with this image (am trying to acquire mugs from as many of the places we’ve stayed over the years as possible… I don’t have room, but I have Vision….); adorned it with ‘The Caley ~ Edinburgh’, & wow. Worked like a charm, Basil Fawlty or no. Thanks, Robin.

    – artwhiz47

  • mrcoradour
    mrcoradourover 1 year ago

    A great capture of this iconic building Shelia, I love Scotland.

  • Many thanks, Malcolm. You & me both…..

    – artwhiz47

  • Barry Norton
    Barry Nortonover 1 year ago

    Lovely capture Sheila

  • Thank you kindly, Barry! Just have to get back there.

    – artwhiz47

  • (Tallow) Dave  Van de Laar
    (Tallow) Dave ...over 1 year ago

    it’s a wonderful building Sheila and you captured in brilliantly

  • Thanks, Dave. We’re suckers for trains & railways & railway hotels, & this one is a gem. Great history, & a truly welcoming atmosphere, too! I mentioned the mug I’m having made with this image in my reply to Robin above. Can’t wait to see it!!

    – artwhiz47

  • Georgie Hart
    Georgie Hartover 1 year ago

    That’s quite some impressive architecture!

  • Georgie Hart
    Georgie Hartover 1 year ago

    I like the inclusion of the gull on the left too!

  • Thanks, Georgie! You might know that I made certain that gull stayed in when I edited the shot…. He probably pooped on the roof, too, but that’s Nature’s way, even in Edinburgh. Even with 5-star hotels as targets. If you take a look at Tom Gomez’s marvelous shot (from the Castle), seen here, you’ll see the long eastern facade of the hotel, the most prominent feature of the shot. Each & every one of those windows has a view of Castle Hill ~ truly remarkable! My shot was taken from the ‘front’… the north end of the building. It’s kind of trapezoid-shaped rather than strictly rectangular. Impressive in every conceivable way, right down to those friendly concierges!!

    – artwhiz47

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