There are 241 rooms in total, including six suites. Entry-level Classic Rooms start at 20 sq m in a variation of bed types: single, twin, and queen. Deluxe Rooms are the next step up, some with views of Edinburgh Castle. King Junior Suites have an open-plan lay out, with Queen One-Bedroom Suites the largest of the accommodations (interestingly, the reservation system only displays Queen Junior Suites and King One-Bedroom Suites).
All rooms have flatscreen TVs and Nespresso machines, but unfortunately, WiFi is charged at £14.99 ($24), unless you’re HiltonHonors Gold or Diamond.
Aside from the 20 sq m indication for entry-level Classic Rooms, descriptions talk about rooms “varying in size, but not in elegance and charm”, which we guess is probably a result of the restrictions of an historic building. Depending on your needs, it may be worth a call to the hotel to ensure you can select the most suitable room, including the options of a shower or bath in the bathroom.
Dining & Facilities
Brothers - and Michelin-starred - Chris and Jeff Galvin oversee the hotel’s two restaurants: The Pompadour by Galvin and Galvin Brasserie de Luxe. Both have a focus on French cuisine, with the latter being a more informal bistro. In addition to the Peacock Alley we mentioned earlier, there’s the Caley Bar for drinks. A number of meeting spaces include the Scottish Heritage listed Castle Suite, complete with Scottish wildlife frescos and views of Edinburgh Castle. A Guerlain Spa is due to open in November.
We’re positively surprised by the range of rates we can find for October (or perhaps we’re jaded by London hotel prices?). A Queen Classic Room can be had for £119 ($193) on an advance purchase basis, but a special offer at £174 ($282) is flexible and includes a $50 (or local currency equivalent) hotel reward. An upgrade to a castle view is £70 ($114) more.
Now all we want to know is when the London Waldorf Hilton, which still sports Le Méridien’s ill-fated Art+Tech look, will finally get its long-overdue revamp to become the Waldorf Astoria London? With the new Spanish competition across the street, we think it’s high time!
[Photos: Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts]