Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh The Caledonian
从巴尔莫勒尔酒店出来，沿着热闹的王子街一直往西走便能邂逅美丽的王子花园，低凹的王子花园就在爱丁堡城堡之下，在高地与低地的落差之间包揽着众多珍贵奇异的繁花绿植，从王子花园走上来，街道西边的尽头处伫立着一栋恢弘的红色维多利亚建筑，这就是 Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh，爱丁堡华尔道夫酒店。爱丁堡华尔道夫最初也是铁路酒店，比巴尔莫勒尔只晚一年开业。百年时间，它历经两次世界大战，接待过众多国家首领和重要人物。
从楼梯顺阶而下一直走到底层，正对着的就是酒店的Peacock Alley孔雀巷， 延续了纽约的第一家华尔道夫的传统， 为宾客们提供了一个完美的社交休闲区域。王子街车站已然不复存在，而其一百多年前的售票厅如今转而成为Peacock Alley的一部分，整个空间十分高挑宽敞，其中完整保留了车站的一面红砖墙壁，以及用来报时的巨大钟表，足以追溯到1890年。在这里享受阳光普照的下午茶或夜晚将袭的鸡尾酒，钟表的指针仿佛就此停滞。
米其林厨师兄弟 Chris Galvin 和 Jeff Galvin，掌管着爱丁堡华尔道夫的两个餐厅The Pompadour by Galvin 和 Galvin Brasserie de Luxe。其中The Pompadour 以时令苏格兰食材为客人提供传统的法式Fine dining，名字则取自法国路易十五国王最爱的情妇蓬帕杜尔，餐厅美丽的淡蓝色花鸟墙壁全部手绘而成，描绘了法国皇家日间生活的奢华，可以观赏到城堡风景的餐桌总是一座难求。
Galvin Brasserie de Luxe 则主打更为轻松自在时髦美味的法式小酒馆菜肴。餐厅设计以巴黎和里昂的都市酒馆为灵感，呈现年轻的工业Chic风格，在社交媒体上大受欢迎。在Galvin兄弟的加持下，这里的菜肴融合了经典的法国风味和苏格兰当地的时令特色，炖至软嫩的五分熟羊排清新入味的香煎鲈鱼味道醇厚的奶酪......如果来苏格兰担心吃不惯当地的食物，那Galvin Brasserie de Luxe一定会让你心满意足。
Classic Treasure of the Ancient City
From the Balmoral, walk westward along the lively Princes Street, and you will meet the beautiful Prince‘s Garden. The Prince‘s Garden is just below Edinburgh Castle, and there are many precious botanical treasures between the highlands and the lowlands. Coming up from the Prince‘s Garden, at the end of the west side of the street, stands a magnificent red Victorian building, that is the Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh. Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh was originally a railway hotel, opened only a year later than Balmoral. In the past 100 years, it has experienced two world wars and has received many national leaders and important figures.
Luxury Model ofa National Soul
The locals affectionately call it The Caley, as proudly as if talking about a palace. When it first opened in 1903, the poster slogan posted by the hotel read: ”with almost royal magnificence”. Built at Edinburgh‘s landmark Princes Street Railway Station, the hotel immediately earned people‘s curiosity and attention. After the opening, its elegant style and luxurious but unconventional design, brought a new luxury model to Edinburgh people a century ago.
In 2000, the Caledonian was taken over by Hilton Group. Two years later, the Waldorf Astoria Resort in Edinburgh was born. This centuryold hotel officially took a new step and became more international while insisting on providing quality services to local people. The grounds bring a Scottish royal experience to the world. It is worth mentioning that the hotel has a special Chinese welcome ceremony for Chinese guests, including Chinese reception, Chinese welcome tea, and Chinese welcome letter. The hotel‘s Chinese staff will also help recommend nearby shopping and eating places for the living experience. Great bonus points.
The general manager of the hospitable hotel arranged for us to taste the Scottish national cuisine, Haggis. After experiencing the ethnic flavor, the manager showed us the exclusive Scottish tartan designed by the hotel, consisting of four colors; the black represents the railroad tracks of Princes Street Station, the red represents the sandstone facade of the hotel, the gray represents the Scottish rock, and the green represents the garden next to it. All the doormen of Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh are dressed in such tartan to greet the guests from everywhere. Details such as this shows the hotel‘s Scottish vibe.
Elegance Polished by Time
The hotel has a total of 241 rooms and has the largest number of castle views rooms in Edinburgh. When I opened the curtains in the room, Edinburgh Castle, which I read on the tourist guide yesterday, was right in front of the window. The white fog floated on one side of the cliff like a dragon. The shiny brass floor lamp and the blue velvet leisure sofa bring me back to reality, a space where vintage flavor and modern lines blend. The rooms are in keeping with Waldorf‘s sleek, comfortable and elegant style, with carved furniture, Scottish landscapes and botanical wallpapers, adding the localness feel.
I especially like the corridors of the hotel. The ground floor of the old wooden floor has a creaking sound. The creamy walls are hung with the hotel‘s early design sketches, celebrity guest photos and station history pictures etc. Compared with taking the elevator, I also prefer to take the center staircase of the hotel. Its wrought iron carvings, gilt decoration and wooden railings are all preserved from a century ago. When it is handheld, you can feel the warm and moist texture that is sustained by time.
From the stairs down to the ground floor, you will arrive at the Peacock Alley, which continues the tradition of the first Waldorf Astoria in New York, provides guests with a perfect social leisure time. The Princes Street Station has ceased to exist, and its ticket office more than a hundred years ago has now become part of the Peacock Alley. The space is very tall and spacious, with a red brick wall on the station and a huge timepiece, dated back to 1890. Enjoy a sunny afternoon tea or a cocktail at night, and the hands of the clock seem to be stopping too.
Michelin brothers Chris Galvin and Jeff Galvin are in charge of two restaurants in Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh — The Pompadour by Galvin and Galvin Brasserie de Luxe. The Pompadour offers traditional French fine dining with seasonal Scottish ingredients, the name is taken from the favorite mistress of the French King Louis XV, Pompadour. The beautiful light blue flowers and birds walls of the restaurant are all handpainted with the luxury of the French royal day life, a table with a castle view is to die for .
Galvin Brasserie de Luxe specializes in more casual, trendy and delicious French bistro dishes. Inspired by the urban pubs of Paris and Lyon, the restaurant presents a young industrial chic style that is popular on social media. Under the blessing of the Galvin brothers, the dishes combine classic French flavours with seasonal Scottish specialties, such as soft, stewed tender lamb chops, freshly flavored mackerel, and mellow cheese... If you come to Scotland and are worried about adopting to local food, Galvin Brasserie de Luxe will definitely satisfy you.