We stayed here as a couple between Christmas and New Year. The location is lovely, close to Stockbridge and the West End. The hotel and its furnishings are attractive. Our top floor room had a great view. We booked a small double as that was the only one left but although it was well equipped, I’d recommend paying extra for a larger room if you decide to stay here.
My only real gripe was that there was no individual thermostat on the heating appliance in my room (Top Floor, Room 609). This room is a pretty small double on the top floor with a very large chrome vertical panel heater/radiator a couple of feet away from the foot of the bed. This large heater (centrally controlled by reception) is out of proportion for a small room. There is also another radiator directly under the small window. Not only was there no thermostat on the large heater, there was no "off switch" on it either. The combination of the small room, the top floor location, the oversized heater and another radiator underneath the small window combined in making the room unbearably hot and impossible for us to sleep in. We had a very uncomfortable night with broken sleep which gave me a banging headache on what was meant to be a relaxing break.
I complained about the inability to switch off the heating during two phone calls to reception in the small hours, asking if there was an "off switch" I'd missed on the appliance only to be told this heater had to be turned off centrally from reception. In the morning we were grateful to receive a discount from our bill although I feel obliged to mention the situation to give potential guests a fair representation what to expect if they are allocated Room 609. I don't know if other small rooms on the top floor suffer from the same issue. Having read other reviews, it would appear that larger rooms on lower floors are highly regarded. The hotel itself is pretty good and I would have awarded it a 4 star rating if this issue hadn’t arisen.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nira Caledonia is surrounded by the cobbled streets and Georgian elegance of New Town, a short stroll from Princes Street, Nira Caledonia is a central yet peaceful Edinburgh retreat. Amid the plush pelmets, rich textures and original cornices you'll find flat-screen televisions, Nespresso coffee machines, complimentary Wi-Fi and iPod docking stations. You'll find warm, heartfelt service and a cool, quirky style. Each of our sumptuous rooms and suites is unique, with its own opulent character. Many have vast floor-to-ceiling sash windows, others open out onto a private garden and some feature a relaxing Jacuzzi. All have new ultra-comfortable beds and pillows of goose feather and down. As a protected Grade A building we don't have a lift, but our porters are always on hand and we offer 24-hour room service. The cuisine at our restaurant is natural, fresh and often organic, with ingredients farmed, caught, raised or bred in Scotland and with over 25 Scotch whiskey blends and single malts, our bar also focuses on local flavours. With a friendly touch - and a touch of theatre - we welcome independent-minded travellers who prefer to go their own way. Come our way. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Nira Caledonia Hotel Edinburgh
- Number 10 Edinburgh
- Number 10 Hotel Edinburgh
- Number Ten Edinburgh
- Nira Caledonia Edinburgh, Scotland