We stayed in a similarly marketed hotel around 6 months and the difference between that hotel and this one was like night and day.
Many hotels could learn a lot from the Nira Caledonia, be it in the appearance and performance of their staff or the carefully sourced food prepared with great attention to detail which the kitchen produces.
All the staff we encountered displayed a level of service and sincerity that is rare in many other hotels. Neil and Emma in particular seemed to go the extra mile to make sure that their guests were enjoying their stay. I also thought that the staff uniform was very smart and unique. No drab, generic black and white here. Beige plaid waistcoats and suit jackets complimented by smart throwback braces set a unique and stylish standard. To be honest, I could sum up the entire hotel vibe based purely on the uniform! Smart, classic & sophisticated, yet stylish.
The rooms are all different and our executive room was spacious and modern with a classic twist (or is that classic with modern twist?) Cherry blossom wall paper was complimented by minimalist black furniture with an Oriental twist creating a very relaxing atmosphere.
Location-wise it provides an ideal compromise. It is tucked away in a classic little cobbled street, but is two blocks from the George Street nightlife and 3 blocks from the hustle and bustle of Princes Street.
We ate dinner in the restaurant on the Saturday night and opted for the 7 course taster menu which was delicious. Various dietary requirements were met without any problem and the service was impeccable. Breakfast the following morning was consistent with both the standard of food and level of service.
This trip was a birthday present from my husband and he liaised with staff at Nira Caledonia to provide some lovely little treats throughout our stay. It is these personal touches that really put the Nira Caledonia ahead of the competition.