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The Caledonian... a century of service.....COPYRIGHT 2003 Reed Business Information Ltd. ....The Caledonian Hotel in Edinburgh is 100 years old this year and is celebrating in some style. Caterer went to Scotland to sample its warm welcome and discover the secret of its longevity ....This year marks the centenary celebration of Edinburgh's famous Caledonian hotel, with a specially commissioned book on the history of the hotel and the city published this month. Parties and events are planned for every month of the year, with a final Christmas cocktail soiree hosted by general manager Dagmar Muhle in December. ....The Caledonian has much to celebrate. When it opened in 1903, the hotel had the cable address "Luxury Edinburgh". Ever since, the enormous, rose-coloured, stone building that formerly housed both a railway station and the hotel, has dominated the skyline at the west end of Princes Street, and has played host to thousands of guests, including Gene Kelly (who danced on the hotel's staircase), Charlie Chaplin, Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, Elizabeth Taylor, Rudolph Nureyev and Bing Crosby, and it remains a favourite haunt of local-boy-made-good Sir Sean Connery. ....The station which formerly took up the entire ground floor of the building has now closed, and much else has changed in the past 100 years, but it is still evident that the Caledonian, known locally as the Caley, was built for another era. For example, its corridors are unusually wide, a fact explained by the necessity for two Edwardian-age women to be able to pass each other in the hallways without their hooped dresses touching. ....And while the hotel's bedrooms might now all be en suite, hot and cold running water arrived at the Caledonian for the first time in 1929, and even then only in 50 bedrooms. Running water was supplied to the remaining 155 bedrooms the following year, when central heating and a boiler were also installed. ....The hotel's food offering was also remarkably different during