Nira Caledonia is a luxury 28-bedroom boutique hotel located in the heart of Edinburgh's New Town. Nira Caledonia is located within easy reach of the center of Edinburgh, yet perfectly tucked away from it all, making it one of Edinburgh's hidden gems.
At a Glance
Located in the heart of Georgian New Town in Edinburgh
Superb boutique hotel
Old meets new with superb contemporary bedrooms
Excellent Scottish cuisine
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Nira Caledonia is a combination of two Georgian townhouses located in the heart of New Town. These townhouses are a classic example of the prevalent architectural style in this part of Edinburgh, famous for its wide cobbled roads and numerous green spaces housing cosy private gardens. Together with the Old Town, New Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a true delight to walk around past its small boutiques and cafes, but still only a 10-minute walk from Princes Street and the Old Town beyond.
Each of Nira Caledonia's 28 rooms is different - the middle and upper floor rooms have high Georgian ceilings, and some of the downstairs rooms have their own secret gardens. All Georgian buildings have vast sash windows meaning all rooms are full of light. Using a color scheme of gold and black to create a sense of romance, this remarkable boutique townhouse perfectly blends the old and new - retaining that wonderful Georgian sense of grace and style, yet being brought right up to date with all the mod-cons you can expect in a luxury five-star hotel. Original wooden floorboards are interspersed with granite tiles and sleek bathrooms with overhead waterfall showers, some with Jacuzzis; add to that Plantation Darjeeling toiletries and you are starting to get the picture, Nira Caledonia doesn't hold back on the little touches. Move to the bedroom and jump onto your 2000 pocket spring mattresses before switching on your 42-inch TVs or your ipod docking station and sit back contentedly, sipping a coffee from a Nespresso machine with Grand Pru range capsules. The extras are also great - Tunnock's teacakes, marshmallows and cookies and large wardrobes for hanging up your newly acquired Scottish tweed jacket. All in all, you will be suitably impressed.
For families, you can interconnect rooms 1003, a Jacuzzi Suite with 1004, an Executive Room with private garden.
Move downstairs and you find Blackwood's restaurants based on fresh Scottish produce - breakfasts are a delight with fresh fruit sitting proudly alongside full Scottish breakfasts and freshly brewed coffee. It goes without saying their whisky collection is extensive (try the Glenkinchie or Caol lla). In the evening, the restaurant showcases its Josper Grill, a specialty oven that infuses a charcoal flavor to the dishes produced. All meat has been sourced from Scottish farms, the seafood from the Highland lochs and North Sea, and the salmon from Dunkeld.
Where the Nira Caledonia really impresses is through its staff - the service is wonderfully genuine and heartfelt.
Nira Caledonia is perfectly located to simply walk out and explore - 10-minutes from Princes Street or even better, explore the small boutiques and cafes around New Town. If you want to see the hidden Edinburgh head into Stockbridge where you will find specialty shops, delicatessens, gastro-pubs, artisan cheese shops and bookshops - and at weekends a superb weekly market.
You won't find a vast indoor swimming pool or range of treatment rooms at Nira Caledonia, but it really doesn't need it - you have Edinburgh on your doorstep and an amazing retreat to come home to each night - for a boutique hotel it is hard to beat.
There are a range of room categories including Suites (with or without Jacuzzis), Executive Doubles, Petite Doubles and Singles.
All rooms have the following facilities: Phone. Satellite/Cable TV, CD player, DVD player, radio, iPod dock, internet connection, WiFi, safe box, bathrobes, complimentary toiletries, minibar, coffee/tea making, hairdryer, 24-hour room service & desk.
Some have access to private terrace gardens.
|Room 1006 - Jacuzzi Suite||
A contender for Edinburgh’s most romantic suite, this lavish four-room hideaway oozes decadence.
A six-foot square Jacuzzi tub, encased in mahogany with twin headrests, takes center stage in its own room, while a separate seating area features an additional flat-screen television, large sofa, full-size gilt mirror and elegant Oriental vases.
Named after the former owner of 6 Gloucester Place, John Wilson, this lavish suite is the epitome of Georgian splendour. A vast chandelier hangs from the high ceiling, bedecked with original neoclassical cornicing. Two oversized sash windows offer views of the Georgian architecture on the opposite side of the road. 21st century comforts are not forgotten either, with a 42-inch flat screen television and multi-speed whirlpool bath.
|Room 1017 - Executive Room||
A large Jacuzzi tub with wooden seats and headrests, nestles amongst solid granite wall tiles,
enhanced by an ornate Provencal mirror. With breath-taking views over the Botanical Gardens and Stockbridge, this is a great choice for an affordable romantic weekend break.
|Room 1011 - Jacuzzi Suite||
With a vast in-room whirlpool bath, this lavish suite is a true romantic hideaway. Light pours in through three sash windows, which overlook the beautiful neo-classical architecture on the street opposite. The original, exposed wooden floorboards in the bedroom give way to solid granite tiles where a large Jacuzzi tub invites relaxation, while a separate stone bathroom features a large bath and waterfall shower.
|Room 1003 - Jacuzzi Suite||
With private access to a garden terrace through an elegant wrought-iron gate, this suite is the
perfect choice for lazy summer days. The room also features a lavish in-room Jacuzzi tub and
separate seating area.
For families, this suite connects to room 1004 via an additional outer door, which can be locked
giving uninterrupted access to both rooms. Room 1004 is an Executive Double which also benefits
from a private garden terrace.
|Room 1008 - Suite||
This elegant suite is flooded with light through three large sash windows overlooking Gloucester
Place. Contemporary touches include a bold, striped headboard and striking charcoal canvases, while period features are maintained with original exposed floorboards, rich pelmets and triple-depth
The Nira Caledonia has a restaurant, Blackwoods (open evenings Monday - Saturday) and breakfast (daily), a bar, Bohemian Blends & Free WiFi.
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When to go
It is very difficult to predict the weather in the United Kingdom - in the summer from May to late September is generally seen as the most pleasant time to visit. Rainfall is difficult to predict - but the UK does not receive as much as many are led to believe! In the winters, temperatures do fall, but there is nothing better than finding a remote pub with a roaring fire to sit beside after a long walk in the country.