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Nira Caledonia

4.0 out of 5.0

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I booked an executive room for £278 for one night. That consisted of a small room in the loft ( see pictures), 5 floors up with no lift. The view from the window was just of a building on the other side of the street. The window sills were falling apart ( see picture). Well at least it had a tv but unfortunately it didn't work. I called reception but the phone didn't work. Evidently there had been a fire recently which had knocked out the communications. So had to walk all the way back down 5 floors to tell reception. They managed to get the tv fixed. Due to the fire there was no breakfast room so we had to eat in our room. I didn't like the breakfast. The poached eggs tasted of vinegar. The bacon was brittle - probably charred in the fire. I love haggis but the haggis that was served for breakfast tasted so horrible, I had to leave it. I would have marked this hotel with 1 out of 5 but the staff were very pleasant. We were told that the rooms in the part of the hotel which had been burnt were much nicer. This was the worst hotel I have stayed in for many years and the worst value.

Booked this as a very last minute deal. Comfortable and clean with an excellent breakfast. Staff were very helpful. I paid a last minute price and this was good value. Would recommend. Relatively convenient location.

The hotel is a short walk from the Old Town and from the Gold or Royal Mile. It is a quiet and well kept hotel that is not located on a busy roadway. We were given a lower level room with nice wood floors which was fairly roomy. The hotel did not have a lift (at least on the day we arrived) and their restaurant was closed due to a fire in an abutting building. The furnishings seemed quite nice and the staff was pleasant.

We had booked 2 nights in a Petit Double room for our final 2 nights following a group tour of Scotland. We learned that the hotel had experienced a fire from our fellow travellers and contacted the hotel to find out if this affected our reservation. We were advised that they had a room for us in the building that was not affected by the fire if we wanted to stay even though their restaurant would be unable to provide a breakfast buffet. They would however provide a limited room service menu. After some consideration, we opted to stay. We were so happy we made this decision. Upon check-in at their make-shift reception desk, we were upgraded to an extremely spacious jacuzzi suite - which was amazing! We were greeted with a complimentary bottle of wine. The bed was very comfortable. Loved the L'Occitane products! We enjoyed a delicious room service breakfast in the comfort of our room. All staff we encountered were very friendly. Hopefully it won't take long for them to recover from the fire! I would not hesitate to recommend this hotel!

I still check out their instagram daily just for the reminder of how awesome this hotel is. Our travel agent picked this and it's the only place I want to stay when we travel back t Edinburgh.. or anywhere. Seriously, this hotel is perfect. We stayed in a petite double and wished we had booked a king but the room was still spacious enough for the two of us with 15 days worth of clothing, luggage and souvenirs. This is a "boutique" hotel. Before we arrived, we requested champagne and strawberries at check and it was set out perfectly. The nespresso machine was used multiple times a day. I now have an obsession with L'occitine beauty products. Nothing compares to their breakfast. The Jam options alone are worth the stay! We only enjoyed breakfast in the hotel but their other menu items looked great. Very convenient to other sites in the city. About a 15 -20 min walk to Edinburgh Castle. The decor is beautiful and the beds comfy. Next time, we will get a garden room for sure. Quiet. Just lovely and I can't wait to book again.

Fourth stay here and really love the intimacy of the Nira the staff and amazing Scottish breakfast do not skip breakfast. The hotel doesn't have a lift and is an easy if an uphill walk to the centre of Edinburgh or a £5 cab ride ( use city cabs and use there app it's brilliant) however this time I would say the standards have slipped a little. Big towels one day smaller ones the next, dressing gown missing belt, only one soap, had to ask for bottle of water, ordered Sunday papers and they didn't appear and why those key cards instead of keys on top floor twice had to walk back down three flights as key had lost its opening power, very very irritating. Whisky was a nice delicious gift. Thank you Yes I am being picky but at £300 a night I'm entitled to be picky. It was 10/10 it's now 8.5/10 like a school report could do slightly better. But I hope we will be back next year

We booked a 'petite double' for £340 per night. It was a weekend stay to see a few things at the fringe so I can imagine that they will raise prices during this festival however, the room we got was in my estimation only suitable for single occupancy, although the size of it came within the description of a petite double the bathroom with a shower unit, sink and loo was all within what seemed to be a square metre it was the smallest bathroom we have ever experienced in all of our years of staying in high end luxury boutique hotels ie 4 star and above. The photograph shown on their website of a 'petite double' misrepresents the room showing them to be larger the they actually are, for instance in the photograph on their website there is room between the chair at the desk and the bed for two adults to pass each other, in our room there was about 5" (please see photo attached) The glass door of the bathroom leave little to the imagination so if you are staying here on a romantic weekend with a new partner and you want a little privacy in the bathroom then forget it, your partner, boyfriend, girlfriend's silhouette is on full show, in fact when you're sitting on the loo your knees may touch the door and you will hear everything! This particular room is only fit for single occupancy, it should never be sold for a double occupancy, perhaps for little children but not for adults. In the hotels defence they did moved us to a different room for the second night which had a bathroom where you could swing a small cat, it had a bath tub which looked similar to the one shown in the photo of their 'single occupancy room' but in the morning (8am onwards) it we heard every single 'welcome and goodbye' and taxi doors slamming as the room was in the front of the hotel overlooking the entrance. We were told by the person on reception when we complained about the size of our first room that the rooms were small because it's an old town house. I didn't want to argue as there were other guest waiting but in truth these are Georgian town houses, they are huge, the hotel have chosen to cram as many rooms as they can on to one floor, call their tiny double rooms 'petite doubles' and charge a high rate for expensive wall paper, bedding and decor but if you're over 6ft man or women spend another £100 on a bigger room (as if £340 wasn't enough) Yes it's high season and yes it's the fringe but I have a feeling we could have got a better deal else where. I'm not a cheap person but I also believe in not cheating your customer with hype and labels of SLH when its just not SLH standard as the furniture was scratched up and broken. On the positive note the breakfast was amazing. George at the reception was delightful.

Nice quiet neighborhood but still close enough to walk to the fun areas. Star was very friendly and the room was great. Be sure to find the Panda & Son bar nearby. Don't be fooled by the outside appearance as a barber shop.

Lovely, off-the-beaten track hotel in a quiet neighborhood. Great shower in very modern bathroom. Bed was large and comfortable. This property is comprised of two old buildings, so windows are quite large and not easy to lift for a bit of air. Service is excellent and the morning breakfast was quiet good. After suffering through a number of "quaint" hotels on our tour of Scotland, this was a refreshing end to our trip, albeit a bit pricey one.

The hotel is stylish, but equipment is old, bed hard (not firm), room smell and check-in slow. At least it has flair and breakfast is good. In fact, it felt like a stylish Travelodge with good breakfast (worth a maximum of 100 GBP per night including breakfast).

Room options

Standard Single Room, 1 Twin Bed

Twin 1 | Sleeps 1

Double Room (Petite)

Full 1 | Sleeps 2


King 1 | Sleeps 4

Suite, Jetted Tub

King 1 | Sleeps 3

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90% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 1150 reviews