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Nira Caledonia Hotel

6-10 Gloucester Place, Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh, EH3 6EE

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Nira Caledonia Hotel

6-10 Gloucester Place, Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh, EH3 6EE

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Sitting within an elegant row of Georgian townhouses lining the famous cobbled streets of Edinburgh, Nira Caledonia appeals to the well-travelled amongst us. Shorn of tired images of stags heads and tartan, here it’s all about modern interpretations of Scottish cool. Bed down in one of the individually styled rooms, festooned with luxury drapes and pelmets and made extra snug thanks to the 2000 pocket springs mattresses and cosseting duckfeather and down duvet and pillows. Get your caffeine fix from the Nespresso machine provided in your room or head to the hotel’s Blackwoods Bar & Grill to fully satisfy your taste buds. We recommend the beef, which is raised in the wilds of the Scottish Highlands and don’t leave without sampling one of 25 Scotch whisky blends at their well-stocked bar.


Nira Caledonia is part of the following Inspirations:

Top 10 Places for Fun Dining by Adrian Mourby

"In Edinburgh’s eighteenth-century New Town two august neoclassical houses have been knocked together to create a very stylish, rather unexpected 28-room boutique hotel. New Town is so special architecturally that everything is protected. Even the railings outside Nira Caledonia can only be painted one of two colours. The only area where the hotel is allowed to let rip is in its wallpapers, drapes and throws – and its menu.

Blackwood’s Bar & Grill is the hotel’s ground floor dining room. It’s a restrained space with a complete lack of tartan or highland antlers in the décor. A joke doing the rounds suggests that it takes its name from the Josper Grill which uses charcoal (black wood....) to cook meat, fish poultry and game but while this is trie the name actually derives from a man called John Wilson who back in 1817 owned one of the houses now occupied by Blackwood’s Grill. Wilson was a major contributor of satirical articles to Blackwood’s Magazine under the pseudonym of Christopher North. Blackwood’s – later known as Maga (for Magazine) - was a vehemently Tory magazine which, for all its conservative credentials, published the works of radicals like Shelley and Coleridge. It also supported William Wordsworth and angered Keats, Leigh Hunt and Hazlitt by referring to their works as the "Cockney School of Poetry".

Famous satirists aside, there’s a lot to be said about dining at Blackwood’s. Scotland is well represented by west coast rope-grown mussels, Scottish seafood platters and a mixed dish of Scottish and Continental charcuterie to share. The braised highland venison doesn’t have to travel many food miles and the Catch of the Day is from Eddie’s famous Seafood Market just two miles away in Marchmont.

Given that Charlie MacLean, Master of the Quaich is a next-door neighbour, Nira Caledonia keeps its whisky credentials well-honed. It offers 25 single malts including an 8-year-old from Caol Ila on Islay, which is bottled exclusively for the hotel by Adelphi Distillery near Dunfermline. There was just enough whisky for 24 bottles and when that is gone, says Chris Lynch the manager, it is gone."

Top 10 Hotels To Make Christmas Shopping Fun by Adrian Mourby

"Nira Caledonia in Edinburgh’s Gloucester Place is a great place to wake up and breakfast before shopping your way down Princes Street. The hotel is made up of two large Georgian townhouses on the north side of Edinburgh’s New Town. Inside the decor has eschewed stags heads and tartan in favour of black and silver, with black laquer Chinese furniture in every bedroom and an all-black restaurant on the ground floor. Head Chef Gordon Inglis oversees the menu, one that gives you the provenance of just about every Scottish ingredient from Loch Duart salmon to beef from Highland Drovers Farm, pork from Puddledub Farm in Fife and seasonal free-range turkeys from Gartmorn Farm near Alloa.

Now for a day plan. First talk to the hotel’s concierge team who will be very keen to help you find just the right purchase (they will even help you back with your shopping if your purchase exceed your upper body strength - just ask ). I’d start on George Street with its upmarket brand names and then drop down to Princes Street for the more familiar chain stores. By the end of a busy day you may be desperate for Nira Caledonia’s own single malt scotch, a 16-year-old Ardmore sourced and bottled by the Adelphi Distillery. The hotel was limited to just 24 bottles so if you’re a whisky drinker you’re in for an exclusive treat.

Nira Caledonia is a thoroughly Scots experience but with a modern twist. And Edinburgh is a great weekend getaway destination whether or not you’re shopping."

10 Britain's Finest Filming Locations by Adrian Mourby

"One Fine Day. Nira Caledonian in Edinburgh’s Gloucester Place is no distance from the spot on Moray Place where Dex (Jim Sturgess) introduces Emma (Ann Hathaway) to his parents in the sweetly doomed romance, One Day. Lovers of that film will enjoy sauntering the three minutes up Doune Terrace to where the unexpected – and frustrating – meeting took place.

There are currently four Nira hotels across the world, all of them very different. The company describes its ethos as “havens of stylish and elegant escapism for nomadic people who realise that sincerity and enthusiasm are the qualities that create a spirit of genuine hospitality”. Nira's Edinburgh hotel is made up of a number of Georgian townhouses in Edinburgh’s New Town. Here the designers have eschewed tartan in favour of lots of black and gold and contemporary interpretations of Caledonian cool but the hotel still offers 25 Scottish single malts in the bar. Downstairs Blackwood’s restaurant, overseen by Head Chef David Scott, uses the best Scottish beef and salmon. Although it might be a bit out of the price range of those two students who begin the film in 1988 it would definitely be somewhere that Dex would have aspired to."

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Nira Caledonia is part of the following Inspirations based on location:

10 Best Whisky Experiences in Edinburgh by Adrian Mourby

"While England has been going through its “Ginaissance”, Scotland has seen its national drink –unfashionable as late as the 1980s - reach stratospheric levels of desirability around the world. Wealthy people want to own bottles that retail in four figure sums. Wealthy companies want to own whole distilleries.

Edinburgh doesn’t have any distilleries within the city, but it is full of people who want to experience Scots whisky. Walk down the Royal Mile and you are assailed by shops selling whisky, tartan and cashmere. There is a subtle preponderance of certain retail companies who give their outlets different names but sell all the same whiskies at all the same prices.

So how to get an authentic experience of whisky while visiting in the Scottish capital? Here are ten places worth visiting where you are guaranteed to learn and enjoy – and not get ripped off in the process."

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Information on Nira Caledonia hotel , 6-10 Gloucester Place , Edinburgh

No. of bedrooms: Total: 28        
Types of room: Single, Petite Double, Executive Double, Suite, Jacuzzi Suite
Room rates guide: Single:  £126.00-£195.00
Double/Twin:  £159.00-£295.00
Suites:  £227.00-£425.00
Room with Breakfast
General info: Credit Cards Accepted:  Amex, Mastercard, Maestro/Switch, JCB, Solo, Visa
When Closed:  Open all year
Child Friendly:  Children over 8 welcome (£60 per night)
Dog Friendly:  No
Romantic Details: 3 Jacuzzi Suites available
Smoking Permitted:  No
Wheelchair Access:  No
Accreditation: Best City Hotel by Scottish Hotel Awards
Room facilities: DVD player, Flat screen multi channel TV, iPod docking station, direct dial telephone, Complimentary Wi-Fi internet access, 24hr room service, Nespresso machine, Hairdryer, safe, Luxury toiletries, slippers
General facilities: Private garden, Bar, Restaurant
Activities nearby: Historic sites, shopping, theatres
Local directions: Located within central Edinburgh. Just a 10 minute walk from George Street and Princes Street.
Nearest major city:
Nearest major airport:
Nearest railway stn:
Edinburgh (8 miles) , Glasgow (54 miles)
Edinburgh Waverley or Haymarket (1 mile)
Organisation(s): Small Luxury Hotels of the World

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