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!

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Patisserie Valerie, Edinburgh, Scotland

Regular readers of this blog know that I enjoy pastry. Therefore, when traveling, I’m also on the lookout for the quintessential score for a sugar buzz of the highest quality. While strolling along a pedestrian thoroughfare in the heart of Edinburgh, Scotland, I happened upon Patisserie Valerie:

Patisserie Valerie, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Patisserie Valerie, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Looking at some of the offerings in the window, this is just a small sample of what you’ll see:

Pastry in the window at Patisserie Valerie, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Pastry in the window at Patisserie Valerie, Edinburgh, Scotland.

There’s plenty of goodness in this shop. You can sit inside or outside. Take your pick and enjoy.

 

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Deacon Brodie’s Tavern, Edinburgh

Twenty years ago, I stopped in to this tavern for lunch and decided to head back for old time’s sake. Things have been updated, but the food is still good, the service friendly, and you can certainly enjoy the atmosphere. Here’s a look at the upstairs dining area:

 

Upstairs dining room at Deacon Brodie's Tavern, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Upstairs dining room at Deacon Brodie’s Tavern, Edinburgh, Scotland.

You’ll find the menu chock full of pub favorites. The pair that I sampled were delicious and very filling, just the thing to fortify you for a visit to the castle or a long walk up and down the hills of Edinburgh. Here’s a look at the cottage pie with vegetables, crunchy slaw, and little side salad:

Cottage pie with veggies, crunch slaw, and salad at Deacon Brodie's Tavern, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Cottage pie with veggies, crunch slaw, and salad at Deacon Brodie’s Tavern, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Another pub staple is the sausage with mash. Here it is as served at Deacon Brodie’s:

Sausage and mash at Deacon Brodie's Tavern, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Sausage and mash at Deacon Brodie’s Tavern, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Naturally, there is a wide selection of beer on tap and in the bottle. Tried this one:

Hackney Gold, one of the many beers on tap and in the bottle at Deacon Brodie's Tavern, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Hackney Gold, one of the many beers on tap and in the bottle at Deacon Brodie’s Tavern, Edinburgh, Scotland.

The corner tavern is located close to Edinburgh Castle, surrounded by tourist shops. As mentioned above, you’ll enjoy a hearty meal here with good service. So give it a try if you’re in the area.