Set within two elegant Georgian houses on a cobbled street in Edinburgh's New Town, Nira Caledonia welcomes guests with class and period features. The hotel dates back to the 19th century, when it was the home of John Wilson, a Scottish writer and hedonist (Christopher North), who was also friends with William Wordsworth and Sir Walter Scott. Today, the property retains its high ceilings, elaborate cornices, chandeliers and original wooden flooring, with a long winding staircase taking pride of place in the lobby.
The hotel's excellent location is within walking distance of the bustling Royal Mile and Arthur's Seat, & the restaurants & bars in the city centre are within 15 minutes' walk. On-site, Blackwood's Restaurant Bar & Grill proudly showcases Scottish produce -- try the Shetland mussels smoked in the chargrill oven, the Gartmorn Farm guinea fowl and the raspberry and Drambuie trifle. The bar never closes and has a good range of whisky and beer, including local favourite Innis and Gunn, which is matured in a whisky cask.
True to the building's historical status, the bedrooms are all unique, and there is no lift to get to the higher floors which may not suit those with mobility needs. Some rooms are particularly cosy (and the bathrooms are small), but the beds are very comfortable, and Nespresso coffee machines, iPod docking stations, Wi-Fi and water and cookies at turndown are all included. Upgrade to a Jacuzzi Suite for your own jetted tub and access to a private garden, or to an Executive Room for views of the nearby Edinburgh Botanical Gardens.
From the press:
"A breath of fresh air among its touristy counterparts, it has a no tartan policy and a location that lends itself to walks along the leafy banks of Leith in one direction and the buzzing Princes Street in the other" – Red
"Despite its grand exteriors and immaculate decor it has no stuffiness and no rules" – Red
by Claire Stapleton
Infant cots / cribs
Newspaper / magazines
Extra beds / roll away beds
No pets allowed
24-hour front desk
24-hour room service
Airport transfer (fees apply)
Baby-sitting service on request
Chauffeur service (fees apply)
Laundry / dry cleaning
Room service (limited hours)
Coffee / tea-making facilities
Iron and ironing board
DVD / CD player & library
iPod/iPhone docking station
Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout
Bathrobes and slippers
Off-street parking (fees apply)
Please note: Some amenities may not be available in all rooms and some amenities or services incur an additional charge and are subject to change. Please check with the hotel directly.
Standard check-in time: 3pm. Minimum age required to check in: 18.
Standard checkout time: 11am.
Children and additional guests
Children aged 12 and under stay free of charge when sharing parents’ room (on request).
Children aged 12 and under are not permitted in the bar and restaurant after 6pm. Some Suites may accommodate two extra beds, this is on request, subject to availability and needs to be confirmed before booking.
No pets allowed.
Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.
There is a 2-night minimum stay required on a Saturday and a 3-night minimum stay over New Years. This does not apply to Travelzoo Deal featured on the Top 20.
There is street parking in front of the hotel, but this is not free during the week and can be expensive. There is free parking around 30 minutes away, or Edinburgh has a number of park-and-ride services on the outskirts of the city. From the airport, there is an Airlink 100 express bus that costs £6 and takes 25 minutes.
Rates may vary by date, are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until your purchase is complete.
*Unless otherwise stated, Travelzoo-exclusive extras are valid once per stay (based on two adults sharing). Value is an estimate based on double occupancy. Extras are only included with Member Rates and may not be available on all dates. Extras are non-transferable and have no cash value. Total value may vary depending on time of booking and availability. When included, breakfast may be limited to 2 guests per stay subject to hotel’s discretion. Other restrictions may apply; see our T&Cs for details.
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