Sunday, 17 April 2016

Scotland: Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - The Caledonian

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Last week - or earlier this week, depending on how you view it - I spent a few chilly days in Edinburgh.  Having never visited Scotland before, it was a refreshing break and most likely one of the most relaxing so far!  The city exudes an undeniable 'casual' vibe and one that sees residents and visitors alike seem unthreatening and well, relaxed.  Having arranged to stay at the Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh (The Caledonian), it was at times challenging to encourage myself to step foot onto the rainy - though beautiful - streets of the city, and so as a result spent the first late afternoon, evening and following morning in the comfort of the luxury hotel!  The plus side to doing so?  Plenty of photos taken to share on A Glass Of Ice...
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waldorf astoria edinburgh the caledonian reviewAfter a short flight from Heathrow to Edinburgh (1h 25mins), a taxi journey showcased what to expect as it took us through the dark and gothic-like historic architecture of the city before reaching The Caledonian - a former Victorian railway hotel.  There was something almost comforting in the sight of pedestrians walking with purpose in cagoules. Having spent many years associating heavy downpours with the Lake District and Switzerland's Grindelwald (admittedly two very different locations), I can now add a third - the Scottish city of Edinburgh.  I can't quite put my finger on it, but there's something very attractive about a moody city familiar with rainfall.  That said, the warm welcome received at the hotel was a relief; a moment later and it was time to become better acquainted with our accommodation for the next couple of nights!
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The Premium double-room boasted a gorgeous queen-sized bed, spacious marble bathroom and breathtakingly beautiful views of Edinburgh Castle.  The latter of which I admired for the best part of half an hour before even contemplating moving from the window's ledge.  The domestic flight (British Airways) provided the perfect excuse to work my way through an issue of Elle Decoration, though still somehow managed to remind me of how tired I was.  A week's worth of bad sleeps stacked up and all the shortbread and bottled water in the world can't wake you up...
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waldorf astoria edinburgh the caledonian hotel roomIf we're best-buds on social media, you'll recognise the above photo from my Instagram.  The obligatory desk-shot; where the magazine, maps and sweets/chocolate are soon to inevitably be piled high.  Speaking of which, I discovered a Kit Kat Chunky in the Peanut Butter version while visiting Edinburgh!  I fell in love with the bar a few years ago only for it to be pulled from most English shelves.  Heartbreaking, to say the least (I wish I was joking).
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Peacock Alley - formerly the station concourse and ticket office
Ah, basking in the glorious light rain of Scotland.  After marvelling at the city's temperamental weather on our day of arrival, we ordered an early dinner; a generous club sandwich for myself, followed by a sticky toffee pudding thrown in for good measure.  Did I eat it all?  Nearly.  Ten points for effort though!
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british travel blogger uk scotlandI've mentioned in nearly every one of my shared travel diaries before now, that one of my favourite pastimes when travelling is taking some time to sit in bed come the evening and flick through magazines.  So, with the warm ambience of the amber lighting (and turning off those with blue lamp shades - not a fan), I read through an issue of Elle Magazine; from an interview with Jourdan Dunn to a glimpse into Savannah Miller's life - sister of Sienna Miller and Co-Founder of Twenty8Twelve.  Total relaxation, bliss.
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british luxury travel blogger 2016Rise and shine!  The first morning in a new city is always exciting, and even more so when you know a full english breakfast and pastry basket awaits!  Honey on toast was on the cards for me, along with sugar-sprinkled shortbread biscuits.  My morning ritual has always included a hot chocolate as well and probably always will, meaning one day I'll have to fight my future children for it.  Thankfully until then, it's all mine.
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Looking back over photos never fails to remind me of just how much I eat while travelling, though for some reason I always end up unintentionally losing weight.  Perhaps I'm unknowingly burning calories by being super excited about strawberry jam-dipped croissants?  Who knows... either way, I will forever give glowing reviews to anyone asking about The Caledonian's food.  There's nothing quite so lovely as a well-presented breakfast!  Fully fuelled and dressed in warm clothes, it was time to head out into Edinburgh to explore all of which I've heard so much about...
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So, that pretty much covers my self-inflicted (and utterly wonderful) imprisonment in the hotel.  Part Two of my Scottish travel diary will be coming soon and covering sights of Edinburgh once setting foot outside of the luxurious Waldorf Astoria - The Caledonian.  Multi-coloured buildings sitting pretty in a row, the Hard Rock Café Edinburgh, views of the city by night and much more is all to come - keep your eyes peeled!

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With love,

Gabrielle x

Note: Complimentary return flights provided by TravelSupermarket.
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  1. Gorgeous place!! Looks like a wonderful and luxurious place to stay!!

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  2. I eat a lot when I travel too especially to try the local delicacies. I think it's the walking that makes you lose weight still though.

    This is a gorgeous place to stay in for the travel. How luxurious.

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  3. This looks like a gorgeous place to stay, and that view! Wow! I've always wanted to visit Scotland, and this post is so encouraging. I can't wait for part two.

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  4. Ah that hotel looks so grand! One of the things I love about going away is the hotels you get to stay at. Edinburgh Castle looks incredible and I'm not going to lie, a peanut butter Kit Kat sounds pretty incredible to me as well right now ;)

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  5. I have always wanted to go to Scotland! Love it :)

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  6. I sure wouldn't mind being "imprisoned" in such a magnificent hotel! Your room was so spacious and luxurious! Personally I like to believe that calories consumed while on vacation don't count ;p

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  7. Wow! That chandelier!!! and yes! Kit Kat chunky's! They never made it to America, but I fell in love with them while in Italia.. yes, heartbreaking is accurate. your hotel looks amazing! And the breakfast cart looked just so delicious and fun. Oh my goodness it looks like the best vacation! can't wait for part two. xX

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  8. Looks gorgeous! Seems like an amazing vacation!

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  9. A gorgeous place to stay, love the view ! yummy food :) As always you look lovely dear :) x
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  10. I am feeling a little green right now! Edinburgh is just absolutely beautiful and I can't wait to go back there sometime soon again. I'm looking forward to Part Two so I can relive the beautiful gothic city!

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  11. I'm sure you enjoyed the staying, my dear, this place is fantastic...
    look forward for the part two
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  13. WOW the hotel you stayed looked amazing and luxurious with the marble top and all! You make me wanna visit Scotland altogether :) Enjoy ~

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  14. Looks amazing!

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  15. I love the look of the chandelier and that sticky toffee pudding! Glad you had fun in Edinburgh

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  16. what a beautiful hotel, the food looks so delicous and the view from the hotel is breathtaking. You look so pretty, as always Gabrielle.
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  17. Beautiful hotel. I eat a lot when I travel too. It's all a part of exploring a new place!

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  18. Such a lovely post! I hope you’re having a great day. :)

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  19. The Caledonian looks absolutely gorgeous!! I visited Edinburgh a few years ago for a long weekend and absolutely loved the city, although my friends and I stayed in a hostel so our room definitely wasn't as nice!

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  20. The hotel looks beautifully decorated and well appointed. I love all of the chandeliers.
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  21. You made it to Scotland, wow! Waldorf looks amazing - it's definitely one of the best hotels. You look stunning and I wish I was there with you to experience this!
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  22. Eating all the food is high on my to-do list whenever traveling as well.

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  23. The hotel looks gorgeous and the food seems so yummy!

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  24. Wow this place looks so amazing! x
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  25. Stunning photos, you are always going to such beautiful places! Giving me the travel itch.

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  26. That's a definitely nice place to stay! You looked so enjoyable haha!

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  27. Oh my goodness, that looks like heaven Gabrielle! And that Breakfast...my mouth is watering just from looking at it. Haha, I wish I had it in front of me right now. Yummy! I've always wanted to visit Scotland....soooo beautiful and that castle...swoon!!!! Can't wait to see more.

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  28. What a gorgeous hotel! And such a stunning view of the castle. I would love to visit Scotland one day, I have heard so many wonderful things!

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  29. beautiful. looks like a wonderful stay

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  30. wow, it would be a dream come true to stay at a place like this! gorgeous photos!
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  31. Wonderful hotel, I'd really like to go to Scotland one day.
    Nice post.

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  32. I used to live in Edinburgh, you've made me want to go back! x

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  33. Breathtaking! I think I'll never get over those Ferragamo toiletries. Such gorgeous photos. hoping I can visit Scotland one day!!

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  34. That hotel looks so inviting and relaxing, a good mixture of old world charm with modern amenities. I would have stay all day in the hotel for total relaxation.

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  35. That sucks that they pulled Kit Kats from your area. They still sell them pretty much everywhere here unless we're talking about different treats. Either way - looking forward to seeing more of Scotland!

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    1. Hey, the usual Kit Kat and Kit Kat Chunky bars are still sold here, though sadly not the (de-lic-ious) Peanut Butter version!

      Gabrielle x

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  36. gorgeous photos and this hotel looks lovely! wish i was there x http://www.the-beautiful-things.com/

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  37. How fun!! This place looks fabulous... I will have to take a note of this location

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  38. Amazing hotel! Looks like so much fun.

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  39. Wow! Such a beautiful place!
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  40. such a amazing an beautiful place!

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  41. Wow! I'm speechless, that last picture is amazing! Everything looks so beautiful and the food looks delicious!
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  42. It looks like another amazing hotel, for sure. That castle view is stunning! I love the photos of your breakfast spread, too. Yummy!

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  43. Wow this hotel looks so good, the interior design and the atmosphere there. x Hope you have a lovely stay there. x

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  44. Dear this is stunning!! Marble bathroom and Ferragamo toiletriessss <3

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  45. This make me think of Blair Waldorf from Gossip girl.
    Love the aesthetic of the hotel
    Looks so relaxing.

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  46. Hi Gabrielle,
    I always dream when I visit your blog...
    Amazing pics for a beautiful place, I wish I go there one day :)
    Kiss!

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  47. I do hope to visit Scotland some day. I'm happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay there. This city looks like a dreamy place to visit...That last photo of the castle...why, why isn't that just what dreams are made of? Such a gorgeous location, such a divine castle!

    This hotel looks spectacular...I love all the decor details. You look so lovely in all of these outfits. I love your sense of style dear...and I know I've said this a hundred times but you look like a mermaid with that long blond hair of yours.

    Thank you for sharing! I hope to visit Edinburgh some day, it seems like such a lovely city.

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  48. Gosh that view. Imagine waking up to something like this. God I love Europe. This hotel is so luxe, and the mere mention of rain is making my knees weak!

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  49. The hotel is gorgeous! So cool that you got to stay there. I also flew (from Luxembourg via) Heathrow-Edin with BA when I went!

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  50. This place look so amazing dear! I love the architecture! Great pictures! I would love to travel to Scotland one day and stay in such a beautiful hotel! :))
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  51. nice post dear!

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  52. Such an incredible looking hotel! I hope that you had a lovely stay!
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  53. Gorgeous photos! The hotel looked so beautiful and luxurious, including the door x Hope you had a great trip.

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  54. wohoo I've been waiting on this blogpost, since you announced you were heading off to Edinburgh! The Waldorf is spectacular, I absolutely love the interiors & the breakfast looked so tasty :) I'm glad you had an amazing time! You look amazing too Gabrielle <3 The views from the room are spectacular, I'd happily live there if I got to see that view every morning :)

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  55. What a great trip–love the photos. That said, it's amazing, I stayed in the same hotel - the decor has changed a bit (they refresh it) it's prettier now! ;-) I am always amazed by how many similarities we have. Same birthday date, taste for fabulous hotels, wedding stuff and so on... I look forward to discovering the rest of your stay in Edinburgh. And am very happy for you Gaby ;-) Have a sweet week..

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  56. I love Edinburgh! Lovely to see all these photos!
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  57. The hotel looks gorgeous! I'm more of a Glasgow girl but Edinburgh is undeniably beautiful. Love your pics.

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  58. Ooh Scotland! I would love to go back there for a visit again :) However, I lost in the accent last time lol Scottish accent got me confused!

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  59. Loving this gorgeous hotel! Thanks for sharing, lady!

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  60. Omg This hotel look fantastic, I am planning to come to Edinburgh this August so after seeing your post I am definitely considering to stay here :)
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  61. Wow what a lovely little break. The hotel looks fantastic! And what a view! Gemma x
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  62. Such a gorgeous place. It looks really exquisite. Thanks for sharing! xx

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  63. Ooh I love breakfast in bed. I eat a lot more when I travel, too, but I tell myself I am burning it off when I run around exploring, so it's fine...! This hotel looks gorgeous, and your hair is just ahhh, every time I see your photos I can't help but admire it. I saw a girl on the tube today (from behind) with looong blonde hair and I thought of you for a moment, haha.

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  64. It sounds as though you had a wonderful time, Gabrielle! The hotel is absolutely beautiful, so I'd imagine staying in on a rainy day wasn't so bad after all! Your room looked lovely and so did the food! Thanks so much for sharing your experience with us, I'd definitely want to pay a visit to Scotland someday!

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  65. Oh Gabrielle, I've been so weighed down with uni assignments and revision that I haven't had time to read your past posts, but that's what I'll be doing once I post this comment haha. This hotel looks so divine, something outta a movie and my I love the view and of course all the food haha, have a lovely week ♥

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  66. Wow, this hotel looks incredible. I fell in love with the staircase as soon as I saw it on your Instagram page.

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  67. what a charming place to be! that food looks super tasty!

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  68. This hotel is exquisite from the decor to food to the details! I would love to curl up there on a rainy weekend.
    Your photos are stunning, can't wait for the rest of the trip!

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  69. The view of Edinburgh castle from your hotel room is just wow! The Waldorf hotel looks every bit the luxury place to stay- especially that staircase! I love reading magazines on evenings in hotels too- it's such a fabulous way to relax. Your so lucky that you loose weight during your holiday indulgences, just one look at some chocolate and my thighs increase haha! I'm looking forward to reading more about your trip- I love Edinburgh so much!

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  70. Such a breath taking photos! This place looks amazing! it seems that you had a wonderful time!:)
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  71. The place looks awesome, looks like you had a nice time staying there...
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  72. You stay at the most beautiful hotels! This one is no exception! Food looks delicious too :)

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  73. The place looks beautiful! And the hotel is so classy and luxurious. On a side note - whyyyy don't they stock peanut butter Kit Kats everywhere! They are the best :D

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  74. Ohh that must have been a great time!

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  75. Amazing post, I really loved reading this because I'm actually moving to Edinburgh next week for a new job!! very excited to be living in the capital, will definitely need to treat myself one day to a visit here! :)

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  76. Wow, this truly looks like a castle. You've got me itching to visit Scotland now!
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  77. As always, beautiful post! I almost feel like I'm there walking down the stunning stairwell ! Just perfect.

    Have a great week Gabrielle! ♥
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  78. I went to Edinburgh for the first time a couple of weeks ago and LOVED it! My hotel was nice, but yours looks amazing! :O
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  79. You are such a doll. Love your pretty face! Stay fabulous! Have a wonderful day!
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  80. I've not been to this hotel, but it certainly looks like a great luxe one to stay at. Gorgeous photos Gabrielle, and the toiletries and amenities looks like it's right up my street. Thanks for sharing. Hope you're enjoying your travelling. xx/Madison
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  81. this place looks amazing. a good hotel makes such a difference for me when traveling even though most of my time isn't actually in the hotel but outside. but it's still nice to come back to such a pretty place after a long day and lounge. loving all the little details they put!

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  82. I am happy you have been enjoying Scotland so much. It is a great place for history and you took the most classy photo ever. After a long day of traveling it is lovely to come back to a comfort place. :) http://www.bauchlefashion.com

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  83. The view from the hotel room, OMG.

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  84. I enjoyed reading this post. I am quite obsessed about hotels, just like you, haha. :)

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  85. Beautiful photos! This hotel has so many elegant details...love it!

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  86. I had to read about the hotel! I thought of staying here when I was last in Edinburgh... it is beautiful, and a hot chocolate at breakfast is a great call!

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  87. Woow your Edinburgh experience looks breathtakingly stunning. I'm in no doubt that you must have had an epic time. You're winning once again with your stunning photos. The quality is just magnificent. You really must be earning a million bucks haha
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  88. Stunning hotel, this really does look gorgeous! An impressive staircase, really quite in awe of it!

    I haven't visited Edinburgh before however I've always been keen to go, I'll be sure to check out the Waldorf Astoria if I go, you've certainly documented the hotel very nicely.

    Really glad you had such a wonderful time :)

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  89. Lovely post, the photos are beautiful. x

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  90. Hon, your hotel reviews are my favourite posts and I always eagerly wait for new ones :) As I mentioned before in one of the comments, my hubby and I are very particular when it comes to choosing a hotel. I think it's good to be a little picky and then enjoy a beautiful, clean and comfortable place. This one is stunning - must check it out for our upcoming trip in Aug ;)
    Thanks for yet another amazing post, Gabrielle <3
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  91. The hotel you stayed in looks so lovely and I want to eat all of the food! It sounds like a lovely luxurious stay! :) I also love the peanut butter kit kats, I'm so glad that you can still find them in some shops! :) xx

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  92. looks so relaxing and fun!! beautiful place.
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