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Nira Caledonia bounces back from fire to unveil £1.4m renovation

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Nira Caledonia in Edinburgh has reopened its doors following a fire last year, with a new look after a £1.4m renovation project.

The 28-bedroom hotel has relaunched following a nine-month renovation caused by a fire to a major part of the townhouse building.

Alongside 14 newly-designed bedrooms by Jeffrey’s Interiors, the Blackwood’s Bar & Grill has also reopened as the property bids to become ‘Edinburgh’s premier boutique hotel’.

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Work was carried out to restore the original period cornicing and plasterwork and revamp the bedrooms.

The relaunch of the restaurant also signals the return of its Josper charcoal grill and famed chateaubriand steak dinners for two.

General manager Chris Lynch said: “Nira Caledonia is a hidden gem in Edinburgh’s hotel scene. As well as mixing quirky Georgian splendour with 21st Century comforts, Nira Caledonia aims to take guest comfort to new levels.

“We think, in no time, Nira Caledonia will be seen as Edinburgh’s premier boutique hotel.

“By being boutique and independent, it also means that we can be selective to pick the best suppliers who can deliver the optimum products and comforts for our guests.

“That covers everything from hand-stitched 2000 pocket-sprung British-made beds, to the sausages made by local butcher George Bower in our breakfast, to being the only hotel in Scotland to offer L’Occitane products in every bathroom.”

Located over two townhouses on Gloucester Place, the property was home to the renowned 19th century bon viveur and hedonist, John Wilson, who wrote under the pseudonym Christopher North.

Nira Caledonia is part of Shanti Hospitality, which operates two other properties in the Nira portfolio; Nira Alpina in St Moritz and Shanti Maurice in Mauritius.

Nira Caledonia is one of three hotels in Scotland to be a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World.

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