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Cause for celebration at The Caley

Famous Edinburgh landmark hotel The Caledonian – whose prestigious past guests include Her Majesty the late Queen Elizabeth II and former US President Barack Obama – is to receive a multi-million-pound transformation and rebrand.

Affectionately known as ‘The Caley’, the iconic Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh – The Caledonian at the west end of Princes Street is celebrating its 120th anniversary, having been acquired in July last year by real estate investment fund manager Henderson Park and operator and asset manager Klarent Hospitality.

Now they have announced a £35 million project to mark a new chapter in its history. This will see improvements in the infrastructure, bedroom refurbishment as well as upgrading and restoring public areas to enhance the guest and visitor experience. There are plans to extend the hotel, expanding its capacity to over 300 rooms by early 2026.

The hotel will become part of Curio Collection by Hilton this summer. The rebrand provides an opportunity for The Caledonian to further elevate its heritage and position as one of Edinburgh’s most famous and loved hotels. The Curio Collection hotels are handpicked for their individuality and character and designed to reflect the unique spirit of the cities they call home.

The Caledonian was built from 1899 to 1908 and originally owned by the Caledonian Railway Company, where the hotel takes its name. The new bedroom and suite concepts are inspired by the crests of the historic capital cities of Edinburgh, Stirling and Inverness. The original stained-glass windows will continue to stand proud at the head of the grand staircase showcasing the crests of destinations the former railway station used to serve. The bedroom design concepts offer an opportunity for the hotel to bring its stories to life.

Klarent Hospitality, led by chairman John Brennan and chief executive Peter Stack, employs over 60 people at its head office in Glasgow and manages a portfolio of Henderson Park-owned hotels across the UK and Europe, including five Hilton Hotels across the Central Belt of Scotland.

The Caledonian Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton
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