Nira Caledonia is one of the most contemporary and luxurious hotels I’ve had the opportunity to stick my nose around for a long time.
This formidable 5-Star luxury Georgian hotel has 28 sophisticated rooms and suites designed for the discerning guest, but read on to find out exactly what it’s like inside.
Nira Caledonia (formerly called The Number Ten Hotel) has been rebranded, upgraded and rethought over the past few months. Previous guests who loved the former incarnation need not worry. Rooms are even more luxurious now, with improved technology and new fittings of the highest order. Underpinning all of this glamour is an impressive level of customer service.
The Nira Caledonia Hotel is on Gloucester Place, a gorgeous Georgian street in Edinburgh’s New Town. Gloucester Place is a quiet street with only the hum of occasional car tyres passing over the cobbles to remind you you are in the centre of a European capital city. The hotel is 10 or 15 minutes walk north of George Street, the main luxury shopping parade in Edinburgh. Picturesque Stockbridge with its cool cafes and boutique shops is not even 5 minutes away on foot. Princes Street is a mere 750 metres away.
The reception, bar and restaurant of Nira Caledonia is behind the grand green door at number 10. The experienced reception staff will welcome you and get you to your room swiftly and politely. The hotel is split between 2 buildings so don’t be alarmed if you have to exit the hotel to get to your room, the other half of the hotel is only 2 doors down.
There’s a good range of rooms on offer from, singles and petite doubles to huge suites, all luxurious and each one unique. Beds feature 2000 pocket springs with deep sumptuous fillings and the pillows are duckfeather and down. Wi-Fi is available for all free of charge. The rooms at Nira Caledonia feature a work desk, large plasma TVs, DVD players (DVD library at Reception), iPod docks, coffee machines, slippers, hairdryer, direct-dial telephone, safe, and a Nespresso machine serving a range of Grands Crus coffee.
All rooms are en suite, and bathrooms are a pleasure to start the day in or wind down at night in. Plantation luxury toiletries are in bathrooms to heighten the pleasure.
Room service is available 24/7.
Several of the rooms and suites have a Jacuzzi bath in them. And that’s Jacuzzi the brand, with a capital J. These tubs are the real deal.
James, the friendly and highly experienced General Manager of Nira Caledonia, is enthusiastic about every detail of his hotel. He’s selected the finest of fittings and furniture for this exciting hotel and venture.
You’ll see from the photo above that some rooms offer a private garden – you don’t see that too often in the centre of Edinburgh. Bliss!
The hotel’s bar and restaurant are open to non-residents. Menus are full of the finest Scottish dishes and flavours, all produced with the most delectable local produce, when available. There are plans for afternoon teas here too. The bar has a great selection of drinks, in particular whiskies – I lost count of the number of malts but I will return soon to double check.
Although the hotel has been around many year, the name Nira Caledonia is new so you will find some fantastic room rates on offer to entice new customers.
This magnificent property was once home to John Wilson (pseudonym Christopher North) a brilliant writer, lawyer and Edinburgh University professor in the early 19th century. A statue of the great man stands in Princes Street Gardens. Through his life Wilson enjoyed all the luxuries and pleasures that were on offer. If you pass John Wilson’s statue in Princess Street Gardens let him know that his old home offers all the modern luxuries he would have thrilled on.