September 27, 2012

Meeting Willy Blattner - GM of The Caledonian

Chartwell Magazine had an amazing opportunity to meet with Willy Blattner, general manager of The Caledonian hotel in Edinburg, to discuss the recent upgrade of this fabulous hotel. Following a £24 million restoration project spanning hotel's public areas, bedrooms, spa, restaurant and bars, the property provides an unparalleled guest experience that continues the legacy of the Waldorf Astoria name and is set to secure the Caledonian's reputation as the very finest hotel address in Scotland. Centrally located on Edinburgh's Princes Street and with stunning views up to the imposing castle that dominates the city, The Caledonian, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel, is a haven of luxurious accommodation, fine dining and exceptional service.

Enjoying a superb location in the heart of the city centre, The Caledonian is situated at the west end of Princes Street and is the closest luxury hotel to Edinburgh Airport. With its origins as a true railway hotel, The Caledonian first began its reputation as a venue for the rich and famous and locals alike in 1903. With a guest list reading like a who’s who of the silver screen, the original hotel played host to Hollywood stars from Charlie Chaplin, Laurel and Hardy and Elizabeth Taylor, to Bing Crosby and Sir Sean Connery.  In 2000, the property became a Hilton Hotels & Resorts branded hotel, before undergoing a major transformation to join Hilton Worldwide’s luxury Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts brand.

The restored hotel just opened its doors and will open its magnificent Guerlain Spa in November. We will be posting photographs and a more detailed description of the hotel in the coming days.