Plush urban bolthole with swish jacuzzi suites
Don't expect staid tartans and stuffed stag heads at the Nira Caledonia – oozing contemporary luxe splashed with period flair in a quiet corner of Edinburgh's New Town.
Plenty of visual pizzazz. • Extravagant suites with big jacuzzi baths. • A bar serving over 25 different Scotch whiskies.
Hit the Spot
Minutes from Princes Street in a quiet dorner of Edinburgh's historic New Tiown.
There's an excellent steak-led restaurant, and a bar where you can hunker down and sample some 25 different malt whiskies.
Good to know
It's a listed building so there are no lifts. You'll need to pop outside to reach Reception and the restaurant.
ClosedOpen all year
ParkingThere is street parking chargeable at GBP2.20 per hour between the hours of 8.30am and 5.30pm only - free at other times and no charge at weekends
AirportEdinburgh – 30 minutes by road.
TrainEdinburgh Waverley station – 20 minutes on foot.
Location10 Gloucester Place, Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh, EH3 6EF, United Kingdom
28 rooms and suites
Supremely comfortable rooms with tall windows, big beds and sofas for lounging are loaded with character and style. Period features are balanced with the latest in in-room technology, while deep-sprung mattresses, down duvets and duck feather pillows up the comfort quota. All rooms have free Wi-fi, a multi-channel TV, DVD player and iPod dock, not to mention a Nespresso machine where you can brew up a range of Grand Crus coffees. Soft throws and well chosen glossy magazines add the finishing touches.
Nira Caledonia's three extravagant Jacuzzi suites (42 sqm) are designed for decadence and are worth splashing out on. Each is slightly different but all have a jacuzzi bathtub for two, wood Venetian blinds and big beds - making them tailor made for hedonistic stays.
Eat & Drink
Steak is a speciality at Blackwood's Bar & Grill, with beef raised traditionally in the Scottish Highlands aged for 21 days or more. Try a water buffalo sirloin steak from the chargrill oven or some rare breed lamb cutlets from Puddledub farm. Other highlights include wild Scottish sea bass fillets or lobster and salmon from Loch Duart, Isle of Mull scallops or Shetland mussels and Highland cheeses. You can also enjoy a real taste of Scotland at the bar, stocked with over 25 malt whiskies.
Served until 11am weekdays and till Midday on weekends. There's a generous breakfast buffet stocked with a wide choice of breads, cereals, fresh fruit, juices and freshly baked croissants.
See & Do
You'll want to explore the Royal Mile, topped by its iconic Castle, and the smart stores of Princes Street. Holyrood Palace, the Scottish Parliament building and the National Museum of Scotland are other architectural highlights. Ghost tours or a walk around the waterside bars of Leith make a great prelude to a night out, while the views from Arthur's Seat are unsurpassed. For a day out of town, head for the wide sands of Gullane or tee off on one of Scotland's championship golf courses. Guests can borrow one of the hotel's bicycles for a ride around the New Town's cobbled streets or the winding lanes around the Royal Mile