“An elegant Georgian hotel tucked away in a peaceful part of the cobbled New Town”
Nira Caledonia has a range of room categories: Suites, with or without a Jacuzzi, Executive Doubles, Petite Doubles and Singles. Some have access to the garden, others are a cosy hideaway up in the rafters. And whilst the larger rooms are situated at the front of the townhouses facing onto the street, we really liked the smaller, quieter rooms at the back of the buildings, with beautiful views over Stockbridge and The Water of Leith, so don't feel you need to upgrade.
We stayed in a Suite (Wilson), which overlooked the quiet, cobbled street below. A wonderfully high ceiling with a stunning chandelier stole the show, and we loved the 2 huge sash windows festooned by a vast swathe of curtains and pelmets, granting us total privacy from the world outside. Cocooned in this elegant Georgian environment, we lazed on the gigantic 2,000-pocket-sprung mattress then enjoyed a revitalising Jacuzzi in the glamorous mirrored ensuite. Decorative influences were from the Orient - including quaint lacquered wardrobes - and there was everything we needed for a perfect city break, including a full-sized sofa, a coffee table stacked with piles of glossy magazines, and an enormous glass-topped desk. Nespresso machines and Nira Caledonia water kept us nicely hydrated.
Contemporary stone bathrooms have a tub and shower, luxurious Plantation toiletries, robes, slippers and a hairdryer.
Eating in the hotel's wonderful Blackwood's Bar & Grill was the highpoint of our stay. We recommend you dress up for dinner. The surroundings are elegant, the service is discreet and professional, and it's a classy affair. Perfect for a romantic evening.
With an emphasis on locally sourced, fresh and often organic ingredients, the menu spans house specialities like Shetland mussels cooked in a Josper chargrill oven with white wine and chillies, followed by ‘Highland Drovers’: traditional Highland beef reared outside on natural grasses and heathers. Desserts are especially delicious - classic offerings with a twist, like sticky toffee pudding with banana and single malt whisky toffee sauce. Follow your meal with a drink in the cosy bar, Bohemian Blends, where you'll find a vast array of malt whiskies, full-bodied vintage reds and local ‘Innis and Gunn’ beer.
Breakfast continues to keep things local - Scottish porridge, black pudding, Scottish potato scones and smoked Scottish salmon. However, we couldn't resist the delicious Scottish fry-up! Lighter continental fare - cured meats, cheeses, croissants - is available buffet-style at the bar. Afternoon tea is served in here too - sandwiches, scones with cream, champagne if you're feeling decadent.
If you want a change of scene, Café Fish offers an excellent range of seafood tapas, and nearby Lancers claims to be Edinburgh’s ‘finest Bengali and North Indian restaurant’!
Children receive a warm welcome at Nira Caledonia, as our son experienced, and kids 5 or under stay for free. There are extra beds and baby cots, and a selection of family DVDs at reception.
The Suite is the best option as it can sleep up to 4 with the use of extra beds. The Executive Doubles can fit a baby cot.