Contributor/ Christina Miller
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Nira Caledonia is located in Stockbridge, an area that attracts Edinburgh’s creative types from musicians and artists to writers and of course Festival stars, and it also well known for having bucket loads of character.
The Good Stuff
The hotel has quirky features making it rather eccentric – much like Edinburgh’s creative crowd! The bedrooms contain a fusion of cultures; Asian trinkets sit well with modern finishing, such as floral cushions and faux fur throws, while nautical details are complemented by the most stylish rubber duck you’ll ever lay eyes on, it’s black, to suit the hotel’s branding. Nira Caledonia is split in two, as its part of a terraced block, so from the street you enter one door for reception, concierge, the restaurant and bar, and another door for the bedrooms. Think of it as less of an inconvenience and more of a welcoming touch – by going back out on to the street to access your room, you feel less like a hotel guest and more like you’re unlocking your own front door to come home.
The hotel’s view is inspiring, depicting the mood of the hotel with Edinburgh’s stone terraced buildings and cobbled streets being the stuff that classic novels are made of. The hotel definitely has bohemian feel.
Inside the hotel – 7/10
The interior is dark and atmospheric; probably in part due to the nature of the building, but cleverly disguised with wooden features and low lighting, so the mood appears intentional. Details such as a gold and red sofa at reception, coupled with simple white orchids, seem at odds with each other but somehow work. Watch your toes though – reception is tiny and verges on requiring a traffic light system for access.
Outside the hotel – 9/10
You’ll find beautiful architecture and leafy parks on your doorstep, which encourage lengthy but aimless strolls – the best way to see any city. Location wise, it couldn’t be better; you’re surrounded by artisan, independent retailers in the village-like spot of Stockbridge, while Edinburgh’s city centre (think great restaurants and top shopping destinations such as Multrees Walk and George Street) and the famous Royal Mile are just a short walk away.
Image courtesy of Nira Caledonia