Clarence Hotel, Windsor, England

The Clarence Hotel in Windsor, England, was a lucky find. It is located only a few blocks from the beginning of a nice pedestrian shopping/dining area, and only a few minutes more walking to Windsor Castle.

Clarence Hotel, Windsor, England.

Clarence Hotel, Windsor, England.

This is a cozy place with friendly and helpful staff. Because I stayed two different nights several days apart, I had the benefit of two different rooms. Here’s a look at the first room:

First floor room at Clarence Hotel, Windsor, England.

First floor room at Clarence Hotel, Windsor, England.

During my second stay, I was in this room, which I believe was called the “Emma Suite.”

Emma Suite at Clarence Hotel, Windsor, England.

Emma Suite at Clarence Hotel, Windsor, England.

And here’s a look at the bathroom, which was kind of like the one you might find on a cruise ship:

Bathroom of the Emma Suite at Clarence Hotel, Windsor, England.

Bathroom of the Emma Suite at Clarence Hotel, Windsor, England.

There’s a lovely garden on the grounds, a great place to relax, enjoy a beverage, and recuperate from a day of sightseeing.

Garden at Clarence Hotel, Windsor, England.

Garden at Clarence Hotel, Windsor, England.

As mentioned above, staff are very helpful, assisting me with the printing of my boarding pass, as well as providing a “full English” breakfast that you see in the next photo:

"Full English" breakfast at Clarence Hotel, Windsor England.

“Full English” breakfast at Clarence Hotel, Windsor England.

A big breakfast is part of my day, and The Clarence Hotel did a great job with the one you see above. I would recommend this place for those looking to have the comfortable bed and breakfast experience. Enjoy the journey and all the stops along the way.

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Duchess of Cambridge (pub)

The Duchess of Cambridge is the name of a great pub across the street from Windsor Castle. I thought this might be a tourist joint, but truth be told, they serve fine food and booze in a friendly atmosphere. Hence, I dropped in for a couple of meals while in town. Started with this bowl of soup:

Mixed ver

Mixed vegetable soup at The Duchess of Cambridge, Windsor, England.

Move on to this fine dish, which was so tasty, I wish I could have eaten two platters:

Slow roasted pork belly with whole grain mustard mash at The Duchess of Cambridge, Windsor, England.

Slow roasted pork belly with whole grain mustard mash at The Duchess of Cambridge, Windsor, England.

On the healthier side, you can also have the shredded duck salad that you see next:

Shredded duck salad at The Duchess of Cambridge, Windsor, England.

Shredded duck salad at The Duchess of Cambridge, Windsor, England.

That’s a Blue Moon beer in the glass to the left. It was on tap this particular evening. Finally, you might like your pot pie style dishes, such as this one, a chicken and Windsor ham variety that was beautifully prepared and presented as such:

Chicken and Windsor Ham Pie at the Duchess of Windsor Pub, Windsor, England.

Chicken and Windsor Ham Pie at the Duchess of Windsor Pub, Windsor, England.

You might also like smoked haddock that was a special one night, that you see here:

Smoked haddock with a Blue Moon beer on the side at The Duchess of Cambridge, Windsor, England.

Smoked haddock with a Blue Moon beer on the side at The Duchess of Cambridge, Windsor, England.

Service is very good. You’ll also find friendly people working the bar where you might want to linger for a chat and a great variety of beer and whiskey. Enjoy every meal, especially when you travel.

East Coast Line (return)

In a previous post, I showed a few photos from the East Coast Line train from London to Edinburgh. In the interest of symmetry, let’s take a look at the return journey. I took a taxi from my hotel to Waverly Station, where I found a bustling terminal full of snack shops and digital boards displaying train information:

Digital screen displaying train info at Waverly Station, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Digital screen displaying train info at Waverly Station, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Of  course, the train was waiting and ready to go. I boarded for my reserved seat with ease, stowing my luggage overhead, sitting down to a comfortable chair with a small table.

East Coast Line train, waiting at Waverly Station, Edinburgh, Scotland.

East Coast Line train, waiting at Waverly Station, Edinburgh, Scotland.

The staff is friendly and cheerful as they pass through serving food and beverages, including this bacon sandwich for breakfast:

Bacon sandwich served in first class carriage, East Coast Line train.

Bacon sandwich served in first class carriage, East Coast Line train.

And since the journey was about four hours twenty minutes long, I also had the benefit of lunch, which was a chicken breast with salad as you see here:

Chicken lunch in first class aboard East Coast Line train.

Chicken lunch in first class aboard East Coast Line train.

It was a smooth ride, arriving on time at King’s Cross Station, London, that you see here:

A platform in King's Cross Station, London, England.

A platform in King’s Cross Station, London, England.

When traveling about Britain, from city to city anyway, I can recommend this service. It was a nice way to see the countryside without the hassles of airports.

Caledonian Hotel, Edinburgh, Scotland

The Caledonian is one of those hotels that takes you back to the golden age of travel. It stands on a corner in the heart of Edinburgh, Scotland, with a view to the castle from many of it’s rooms and the Pompadour Restaurant. It’s recently been refurbished, and currently operates as a Waldorf-Astoria property. I reserved a standard room and was pleased to find myself on the top floor.

A room on the top floor of The Caledonian Hotel, Edinburgh, Scotland.

A room on the top floor of The Caledonian Hotel, Edinburgh, Scotland.

The hallway was a bit narrow, but the room was well-appointed and with a view to the castle. Of course the bathroom featured all the comforts you’d expect as you see in the next photo:

Bathroom of a standard room in The Caledonian Hotel, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Bathroom of a standard room in The Caledonian Hotel, Edinburgh, Scotland.

The rainfall shower certainly made for a wonderful experience. At the sink, there’s plenty of room for personal grooming as well:

Sink in standard room at The Caledonia Hotel, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Sink in standard room at The Caledonia Hotel, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Don’t miss the pair of fluffy robes hanging on the door. There’s also slippers tucked into the pocket, more comforts than home! Of course, there’s a selection of products for your use and here’s a detailed look:

Products provided at The Caledonian Hotel, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Products provided at The Caledonian Hotel, Edinburgh, Scotland.

There’s also a generously sized closet where you’ll find more conveniences, including an ironing board and more:

Closet in standard room at The Caledonian Hotel, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Closet in standard room at The Caledonian Hotel, Edinburgh, Scotland.

All this and more makes for a comfortable stay at The Caledonian, where staff are truly professional and do whatever they can to make your stay enjoyable. The location is very convenient to many attractions and activities in Edinburgh, including business. I enjoyed my stay here 20 years ago, and this time it was just as good if not better. Oh, and here’s the view from that room:

View from the room at The Caledonian, Edinburgh, Scotland.

View from the room at The Caledonian, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Very nice, indeed!