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“A special occasion 'must do' boutique hotel to share with friends”
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Nira Caledonia
Ranked #16 of 148 Hotels in Edinburgh
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Killearn, United Kingdom
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“A special occasion 'must do' boutique hotel to share with friends”
Reviewed March 13, 2014

This is a wee gem of a hotel. Discreetly positioned in Edinburgh's New Town, Nira Caleodnia manages to be both glamorous and welcoming. Small enough that everyone knows your name but spread out enough to afford great privacy. The rooms were luxuriously decorated and because we were with friends, we got to nosy into theirs too. All the rooms are different and each has a special something. Ours had a a breathtaking view across rooftops to the forth and a grand bath in its own room - there was even a separate shower and toilet. It was almost like having an apartment. Next time I want one of the rooms with it's very own private garden. Where on earth do you get that? Great location to let you enjoy the area like a local. The terrific food was served in a beautifully lit restaurant. Candlelight and mirrors - always flattering.

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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
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RoryGM, General Manager at Nira Caledonia, responded to this review, March 14, 2014
Dear Killearn.
You are so right, "a wee gem of a hotel" this is exactly how I'd describe our hotel. Sounds to me like you all had a great time and I'm glad you got to look at other rooms, we have 28 individually styled rooms and each has its own personality, if you agency a suite with a garden next time, try 1003 with its own private garden and a jacuzzi . Remember to always book directly with us , ask for Emma in reservations.
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Reviewed March 9, 2014

We were given a one night stay in a Jacuzzi suite as a surprise birthday present from my step daughter. We were met at reception and although we had arrived early we were greeted nothing was too much trouble for them. On checking if our room was ready we were told it would be a couple of minutes till the room had been checked by management. In no time at all we were greeted by Rory the manager and then taken up to our room by Katie. The room was very tastefully decorated and very spacious and the large Jacuzzi adjoining the bedroom looked amazing. A few minutes after entering the room we had a knock on the door and on opening it was greeted by Rory with a bottle of Proseco, Katie with a slate serving tray with delicious Hors d'oeuvres followed by Andrew with our case. This was a beautiful touch and staff seemed to take delight in making you feel so comfortable and relaxed. After going to see friend in city centre we returned to find the room all lit by candles, Jacuzzi filled, petals scattered over the bed and floor(Housekeeping must love this beautiful touch lol), another slate serving tray this time with strawberries coated in chocolate(mmm Delicious) and a bar of chocolate on bedside table. We then found out it was the romance package we were being treated to and Jamie we complement you for making the room such a romantic setting and making our night in your hotel so amazing. In the morning we went for breakfast around 10 and were met by smiling staff eager to do anything for you. The selection at breakfast is first class and the cooked breakfast was the best I have tasted everything cooked perfectly and served piping hot. Another surprise came when waitress supplied with champagne to round of a beautiful stay. Staff attended to everything you asked but were not in your face annoying you, just what you want from a hotel. The Manager Rory even took time to speak with us to check everything had been to our satisfaction and explained things were coming together in the way that he wants the hotel to run.

To summarise we would recommend this hotel as everyone makes you feel special and nothing seems to much trouble. We congratulate you Rory on making this such a special day for me celebrating my 50th birthday.

A warm thank you to all the staff both front of house and backroom staff for the way in which they present this luxurious hotel.

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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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RoryGM, General Manager at Nira Caledonia, responded to this review, March 14, 2014
Hello louedin.
Firstly WOW, your review is a peach, with lots of photos too. Thank you for taking a few moments to post. All the team at Nira Caledonia love seeing their names mentioned on Trip Advisor. I've spoken to Jamie , Katie , Andrew and ensured they all read the review and thanked them for their hard work. We very much hope to see you again soon .
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Reviewed March 7, 2014

Having my own young business and 2 young children, it generally means that a night away is a real treat, and definaltly not an opportunity to be wasted. And if there was ever one night of the year that my wife and i should buck the trend it should surely be our wedding aniversary. So after a very enthusiastic recomendation from a good friend, we booked here for a single night away on a mid week night in March.

Upon arrival, the attention to detail was immaculate. It looked as though somebody had gone to great lengths in the lobby to ensure that every booklet, flyer and flower were in pristine positions. We were greeted by Shaun, who was the embodiment of perfect customer interacton, friendliness and professionalism. We were late checking in, really late, but nobody so much as battered an eyelid at our time keeping. Our bags were whisked away and we were shown to our newly renovated suite. No expense spared here i can tell you (i know this as my wife chose exactly the same carpet for our home and the bill was really something to behold). A well travelled friend once told me that you should never stay in a hotel unless it is just as nice, or superior, to your own home. Well, the room was immaculate with some lovley little touches. My wife is a stickler for nice bed linnen, and she thought that it was first class, so there was no remeniscing of our White company bedding at home. Moreover, the room had its own Nespresso coffee machine and i can hardly function in the morning without my own in my kitchen at home, so this really was a wecome sight. We were handed a booklet with all the normal hotel info inside, and a weather report for the duration of our stay which is a new one for me in any hotel. A glass of wine and a cosmopolitan for my wife were delivered and very happily recieved. A great start.

We got changed and went upstairs for dinner. The restaurant is dark, moody and sophisticated and really fitted the occasion. The menu is well planned too, and we toyed with the idea of the 7 course taster menu, but due to us being generally late for everything on this day, we would have felt obliged to pay the staff for over time. So a la carte it was. Lobster ravioli, awesome. Scallops 3 ways, Light and well ballanced. They make a big deal of having a Josper grill (a bit like an in-door BBQ) and alot of the main components from the main menu are cooked in this. We both had steaks for mains and they were beautifully charred on the outside and tender an juicy in the middle. Both were cooked just how we liked and it was very apparent that chef knew his way around a sauce pan as the pepper sauce was deep and rich. The wine list, although small, was well selected and well priced, maybe a little too well priced as i didn't spare a second thought as i ordered glass, after glass, after glass, after....... surely this is a sign that i was having a great time?

The restaurant service was just right. Friendly, well paced, attentive but not intrisive, and Chef even came out to check on our main courses which was a really nice touch. So far, i was getting real brownie points from my wife for booking here as they really didn't put a foot wrong. We went back to the room after dinner and they had filled our room with candles and made the place look really romantic. Another really nice touch.

The next morning, after a long lie in to sleep off the wine from the night before, we went to check out at 11 am. Agan, the smiles and enthusiasm of the girls on reception was commendable. Now, some hotels only serve breakfast until 9.30am, some until 10, but here they will accomodate you with a smile until 11 am. So a full scottish breakfast was happily supplied. Most people think that a cooked breakfast is an easy thing to execute, and i guess it is in some ways, but to do a really great cooked breakfast as not so easy. Every component of the plate was immaculate, and it breathed life into me with every perfectly cooked mouthful. Bliss....

In summary, this place is beautiful. The staff are well trained, organised and seem like they genuinley want to make everything as perfect as they can. We wished that we could have stayed for another night or 6, but duty called us back home. Maybe this should be the aniversary destination every year? And with access to the rest of the city just a hop skip and a jump away, its really well place to do whatever you fancy in this beautiful city that i used to call home.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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RoryGM, General Manager at Nira Caledonia, responded to this review, March 7, 2014
Dear theadamson127
All I have is WOW... What a review. It is the longest I think we have had!! I can tell you that Shon will be chuffed with the mention and the comments on his professionalism ( he also has great hair.)
We are working hard to create a boutique hotel experience unlike no other and the attention to detail and level of service you mentioned let's is know that we are getting there. Great to have you stay with us , the whole team really enjoyed looking after you. I look forward to welcoming you back to Nira Caledonia soon.
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Maidstone, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 5, 2014

What a great hideaway from the hustle and bustle of the city centre! Within easy walking reach of the main city streets, the Nira Caledonia was a very quiet, relaxing hotel with amazing food and good service. Highly recommended for a short break in Edinburgh.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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RoryGM, General Manager at Nira Caledonia, responded to this review, March 6, 2014
Hello preWebIT
Reading your review makes me smile, it's says exactly what we are trying to archive.Great food, a relaxing boutique hotel and stunning service. So many potential guests use trip advisor as a tool to make their choice of hotel but so few actually post a review after staying, so thank you from us all for taking the time. I look forward to welcoming you back to Nira Caledonia soon.
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Reviewed March 2, 2014

We had a nice stay. Upon arrival, the hotel informed us that we would be upgraded. We stayed in one of the rooms at the top floor. The lack of a lift made for a little exercise, but the hotel staff graciously brought our luggage upstairs for us. They also advised us on where to park and allowed us to charge coins to our bill so that we had change for the meter. It is in a convenient location, within walking distance to Edinburgh Castle. Room decor was nice, bathroom was lovely. Staff were very friendly. Ate dinner at the hotel - good food, but a little slower service than expected. There seemed to be only two people working - with over 10 tables. We would stay again for our next visit.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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RoryGM, General Manager at Nira Caledonia, responded to this review, March 3, 2014
Dear canesgirl2006.
Great little review, sorry we didn't score 5 stars though from you? Perhaps you caught I so a very busy night in BlackWoods restaurant . We do try to always staff correctly but sometimes it's difficult to predict just how many guests and non residents will turn up to dinner so if we were a little slow I am sorry. A great chef friend of mine used to say "good food takes time" and we really believe this idea and thus our service is aimed at a long relaxing dinner over a good bottle of red wine. I hope the next time you stay we can deliver the full experience.
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Reviewed March 2, 2014 via mobile

We stayed here for our 5 year anniversary on valentines weekend 2014. The service throughout our stay was exceptional and we were made to feel very special from our arrival to our departure. Our room was truly unique and spacious with a large jacuzzi. Room service was very good the the romantic turndown was a lovely touch. Excellent breakfast with a fantastic location- minutes walk from the centre. Highly recommended.

Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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RoryGM, General Manager at Nira Caledonia, responded to this review, March 3, 2014
Hello gilligmi
Valentines day is always a special occasion at our hotel and we really tried to make each room look romantic as a little extra from us to all our guests. 1006 is a firm favourite as it has the biggest Jacuzzi and really looks beautiful since it's refurbishment. Thank you for posting a review, it really helps us know what we are doing is working. Please come and stay again soon !
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Reviewed March 1, 2014

I see the superlatives that other people have posted and wholeheartedly agree: excellent reception, room, food, wine, setting and a personal touch that is rarely surpassed. A great way to spend a relaxing evening.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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RoryGM, General Manager at Nira Caledonia, responded to this review, March 2, 2014
Hello JamboMan.
A short but sweet review that says it just as it is. We aim for the personal touch, the real difference to our hotel is that we take the time to stop and speak to our guests, to find out what they need and want and then aim to please. It seems from you're review we done just that. I've shared you're review today with the whole team, it makes a dull Monday morning a whole lot better. Thank you for reviewing and for choosing Nira Caledonia as you're home from home.
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Property: Nira Caledonia
Address: 6 - 10 Gloucester Place, Edinburgh EH3 6EF, Scotland
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Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Edinburgh > Stockbridge & Dean Village
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Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#7 Green Hotel in Edinburgh
#13 Luxury Hotel in Edinburgh
#26 Romantic Hotel in Edinburgh
#51 Family Hotel in Edinburgh
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Nira Caledonia 4*
Number of rooms: 28
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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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