Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh
Two rarities here… Firstly, I don’t normally wax lyrical about a large ‘chain’ hotel. And to be fair, this really is a large chain.The biggest in fact, being part of Hilton. But there’s just something about the Waldorf Astoria of Edinburgh. It just FEELS sooo nice. The décor is just soooo gorgeous. Secondly, it would also be exceptionally rare for me to say, go to Edinburgh and stay in your hotel. (I mean, Edinburgh has so much to offer that you would never obviously solely, want to stay in your hotel.) The point I’m trying to make however, is that the people behind this hotel have actually managed to pull off that very difficult task of creating destination restaurants and bars within their own property, clever huh! It reminds me of when I stayed in the Rosewood in London, the bar and restaurants were so lush that I didn’t really want to venture out to pound the streets of busy, hot London – call me lazy. (I am actually quite lazy.) The Pompadour by Galvin is the prettiest dining room in the world, all pastel velvets and tonnes of daylight. The Michelin Bib Gourmand-winning Galvin Brasserie De Luxe offers more of a bistro vibe, but is still absolutely gorgeous. Peacock Alley—in the old station ticket office—is a big, bright but surprisingly intimate setting for coffee, a cocktail, or a multi-tiered afternoon tea and later head to the railway-themed Caley Bar for a malt whisky. There’s also a fitness room, swimming pool, steam room and sauna, and the only Guerlain spa in the UK - hello, sign me up!