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On since 2022

Last update: June 2024

The Caledonian Edinburgh, known locally as the “Caley”, is one of Edinburgh’s most significant landmarks. Standing proudly at the West End of Princes Street, this former Victorian railway building hotel nestles in the shadow of the imposing Edinburgh Castle and its reputation for style and excellence has attracted international visitors and notable personalities for over one hundred years.

Admire some of the best views in Edinburgh from our 231 guestrooms and suites and dine at the award-winning restaurants, Grazing by Mark Greenaway and Dean Banks at the Pompadour. Experience the history and grandeur of The Lounge, formerly the station concourse and ticket office, treat yourself to some of the finest Scottish Whiskies at The Caley Bar or simply indulge at The Spa - including curated wellness, and home to a luxurious swimming pool, sauna, steam room, whirlpool, and a two-floor gym.

The Caledonian Edinburgh is one of the most iconic venues Edinburgh has to offer for meetings, events and weddings. Opening in 1903 as part of the historic Caledonian Railway, The Caledonian has staged many prestigious events, from extravagant weddings and star-packed parties to lavish corporate gatherings and grand banquets.

Facilities and Capacities

The hotel is a fully licensed venue, allowing you to make your vows in one of their three ceremony rooms. The Boardroom has traditional oak panelling and arched windows that overlook the castle and can accommodate up to 85 guests. For a more intimate ceremony, The Versailles Suite can hold 35 people and is decorated with beautiful neo-classical murals and a delicate handmade chandelier. Their largest function space which can be used to host your reception is the Castle Suite. The stylish space is adorned with beautiful features, including golden eagles and Scottish wildflowers, as well as chandeliers, twinkling lights and vaulted ceilings. The adjoining Castle Lounge is the ideal setting for your drinks reception, with castle views and a fabulous grand piano. Following the celebrations, you can make the most of your stay in their fantastic accommodation. The hotel has a range of lavish suites, deluxe, and premium rooms, many of which have views of the castle. There is also a choice of honeymoon suites for newly-married couples.

Services Offered

You and your guests can make the most of the excellent facilities on offer during your stay, including a restaurant, bar, indoor pool, and Spa, perfect for some pre-wedding pampering. The hotel is set in an ideal location to explore the capital as it is within walking distance of the city’s iconic spots, including The Royal Mile, The Old Town and Edinburgh Castle.

Frequently asked questions

Venue type:

In the city
Large hotel
Unique weddings

Ceremony options:

Civil ceremony licence

Dining options:

Seated meal facilities
Corkage option
Private catering allowed
Alcohol licence
Buffet meal facilities
In-house catering

Evening entertainment:

Dance floor
Entertainment licence
Live band facilities
Evening reception facilities
DJ facilities

Overnight accommodation:

Overnight accommodation for wedding couple
Overnight accommodation for guests

Venue staff assistance:

Master of ceremonies/toastmaster
Wedding coordinator

Venue leisure facilities:

Swimming pool
Health suite
Fitness centre

Other features:

Exclusive use
Accessible facilities
Car parking
Confetti permitted
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Reviews for The Caledonian Edinburgh

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Joanne M. Sent on 09/06/2024
5 out of 5 rating

The Best Day of Our Lives

From the moment we enquired to host our wedding at the Waldorf Astoria, we knew it was the best decision we had ever made. Our wedding planner Sarah quickly arranged a meeting to hear our plans for the weekend. She listened actively to our ideas and gave us suggestions to make our day even better; her passion was contagious and only got us more excited about what was to come.

The packages on offer were comprehensive, compared to those we had seen elsewhere in the city. They included canapes, a piper, a pianist, reception drinks for guests, and centre pieces for the wedding breakfast to name a few! Sarah created a bespoke package that quite literally had it all. We signed the contract quickly, once again the process was simple and straightforward. The first steps of wedding planning, completed!

The lead up to the wedding was seamless; Sarah was on hand via phone and email to answer questions or queries. We were introduced to our florist and event décor company early on and met with them to share our vision. Additional items were ordered with ease, such as buttonholes, bouquets, Chiavari chairs and drapes. The preferred suppliers were very fitting with the hotel; passionate, knowledgeable and attentive.

Our bespoke package offered a menu tasting for 6 guests, so with Mums and Dads in tow, we headed to a private meeting space at the Waldorf Astoria. Staff were attentive, the food was out of this world and the chef even explained elements of each dish at our table as they were served. Multiple wines were on offer to taste alongside the food, and we were able to give feedback on the dishes we ate, which was received positively and genuinely appreciated. We chose our three courses with ease; our guests would not be disappointed!

We had family coming from all corners of the country and upon checking in on the Friday, the whole hotel could not have been more accommodating and friendly! Every member of staff was excited and wished our family good luck for the weekend ahead. In their rooms, Scottish welcome plates and drinks were on offer… a gorgeous touch for our friends south of the border!

Then our big day… From in-room dining (breakfast of champions for the bridal party) to sorting toddler kilt mishaps, staff went above and beyond to create the special day that we envisioned, and then some! The biggest compliment we could give is that on the day, we didn’t need to wonder what was happening next, or where someone might be… everything was carefully and discretely organised and executed!

Walking into the Castle Suite and Lounge, each set up was gorgeous… The flowers, the signage, and little touches. The turn-around between ceremony, wedding breakfast and evening reception was efficient and seamless. Each set up was divine and exactly like we had in mind. Our guests were blown away each time – the Waldorf staff executed each set up to perfection. The elegance and splendour of the Castle Suite was the perfect backdrop for the best day of our lives.

To summarise, the Caley was the perfect venue for us. At each stage of our wedding journey, we were at ease and taken care of by Sarah and the whole team. Thank you for making our special day come to life!

We highly recommend the hotel for anyone looking to have the perfect wedding day. The venue is stunning, the location is perfect for all in the heart of the city centre, the service was professional and attentive, our coordinator was amazing and took care of every detail. From the moment we booked we felt confident and at ease with our choice. Our guests still talk about how wonderful the venue and service were! We could not have asked for a better place to celebrate our big day.

Thank you!
Simon E. Sent on 01/02/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Our Wedding Day

"Its all about you" was a term that seemed to be used a lot during the whole wedding process. This was certainly the case in everything Tegan and her Events team did during 'our Wedding' at the fabulous Waldorf Astoria (The Caledonian) in Edinburgh. From initial contact Tegan and her team could simply not be more accommodating - refreshing considering other luxury hotels in and around the area were unable to host us, unless 'minimum numbers attending' were met (we wanted a simple 'micro wedding', 4 people and a celebrant). Attentive yet not intrusive, informative but not confusing and above all highly professional and simply caring - in all that they did. This was Tegan and her team to a tee. The wider team around the hotel were simply exceptional; from the Concierge & Reception staff, the catering teams, housekeeping and the bar staff (the 'sabrage' was a truly fun and welcome addition to the day). Our Wedding day at the hotel was simply faultless and will live in our hearts and in our minds for years to come.
Gemma B. Sent on 26/09/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Amazing venue and team!

We absolutely loved The Caledonian. Our whole day was amazing from start to finish, everything went so smoothly (and I can’t thank Gabby, our coordinator enough for making sure we got something to eat whilst getting our photos done)! So many of our guests and wedding party commented on how smoothly everything went and how quick the change overs were when the room was being set up for the next part of the day! Everything we’ve heard has been so positive and it is such a stunning hotel! Genuinely was the best day ever and we both feel it couldn’t have gone any better! Would highly recommend The Caledonian as a wedding venue, it’s perfect in every way!
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