NIRA Caledonia Luxury Boutique Hotel | Edinburgh, Scotland | NIRA Caledonia was my first hotel stay while in Edinburgh, and it was the best introduction I could have had to this lovely charming town. No tartan. No stuffed deer heads. No prints of Bonnie Prince Charlie. Nira Caledonia, this boutique hotel blends Bohemian chic with contemporary comfort. Located just minutes away from Prince Street and the main attractions, at Gloucester Place, it allows you to experience the best Edinburgh has to offer only a stroll away to retrieve to the tranquility surrounded by cobbled streets and neo-classical elegance.
Each room and suite within our hotel accommodation in Edinburgh is unique, with its own opulent character, period features and quirky charm. At the same time, each is equipped with the latest in high-tech hospitality. I was hosted at an Executive Room. Fine fabrics and ornate mirrors reflect the extra appeal of our 9 executive double or twin rooms. Covering up to 33.2 sqm, each has a five-foot bed and a sizable seating area. Lodging in Edinburgh boutique hotels is rarely this grand or luxurious. Only comments would be: My Bathroom was very small and the bathtub was separated by a moving panel which did not prevent the water from coming out and flooding. If you consider this to be an issue, I would recommend moving to the next category which is a suite, featuring wider/bigger bathrooms. Second was the lack of closet space, which for a room of this dimension you would expect. Other than that, the room was very comfortable. Full WiFi access, Nespresso coffee machine, Flat Screen TV. The beds feature 2000 pocket springs with deep sumptuous fillings and the pillows are duckfeather and down.
Breakfast is served daily at the main building, which is door number 6, at the Blackwood’s Bar & Grill. Basic buffet and interesting A La Carte breakfast, with great coffee, for those who like me, truly appreciate a cup of strong coffee in the morning. Unfortunately, time did not permit experiencing dinner at the restaurant, which is known for its cuisine to be natural, fresh and often organic, with ingredients farmed, caught, raised or bred in Scotland. With over 25 Scotch whisky blends and single malts, their bar also focuses on local flavours.
Sometimes the concept of “Location, Location, Location” does not apply, specially when redifined by boutique hotel. I would say that seeing the Edinburgh that NIRA Caledonia showed me, was an experience in itself. Yet in the city center of Edinburgh, NIRA Caledonia enjoys a privileged location sanctuary for worldly, well-travelled individuals. Their philosophy is easy-going sincerity more than rigid rules and stuffiness. In a period residence that was once home to Christopher North, a renowned 19th century essayist, bon viveur and hedonist, their boutique Edinburgh hotel continues the tradition he set. Carlos Melia Luxury Travel Curator – www.carlosmelia.com
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