The Balmoral, a Rocco Forte Hotel
The Balmoral is Edinburgh's 'Grande Dame', opened in 1902 it retains a wonderful old-world charm, but has been given a loving splash of luxury and style by Rocco Forte. With its attentive service, it is the go-to hotel in Edinburgh.
At a Glance
Located in the heart of Edinburgh benefiting from beautiful views of Edinburgh
Offers world class dining at the Number One Michelin starred restaurant
Over 400 whiskys to taste at the signature whisky bar
Unwind in the award winning spa, offering a luxurious champagne afternoon tea spa day
A very elegantly designed hotel
The Balmoral was opened in 1902 as the 'North British', and is located just up the steps from Edinburgh Waverley Station at the top of Princes Street - the best address in town. It was taken over by Rocco Forte and given a loving make-over by his designer sister, Olga Polizzi, retaining its historical and charming atmosphere, yet adding contemporary touches making it a classic example of getting the blend of old and new spot on.
You will be met at the front door by the doormen who are kilted up to the nines, and you will often pass the odd bagpiper if for any reason you weren't in the mood already. Rocco Forte puts a great deal of emphasis on service, and around every corner the staff are there to help; quite often they remember your name.
The 168 Rooms and Suites use a color scheme which reflects the wild colors of Scotland - the greens from vast, misty moors and purples from Scottish heather, yet the colors are softly muted with only the odd dash of tartan.
The dining is exceptional, and you have to try Number 1, suitably deserving of its Michelin Star. Hadrian's offers contemporary dining. Sit back and relax at Palm Court for afternoon tea, or The Balmoral Bar for a pre-dinner drink. If you like your whisky, then Scotch is the place to go - and they have over 400 on offer and we particularly find the tweed sofas very relaxing.
The Balmoral also has a spa, run by ESPA with a small-ish indoor pool.
The Balmoral's excellent location means you are within walking distance of the beautiful Georgian Terraces of New Town, or a hop, skip and the jump to the Royal Mile which leads up to Edinburgh Castle.
The Balmoral Hotel has 168 individually designed rooms by Olga Polizzi. Ranging from smaller classic rooms, family size executive rooms to a beautifully decorated grand suite. All rooms have a traditional Scottish design with spacious and luxurious bathrooms.
Comfortable and welcoming, the executive rooms at Balmoral have a combined bedroom and living space with king size or twin beds & a spacious en-suite.
Decorated to reflect traditional Scottish style, these elegant rooms can be interconnected, making them suitable for families.
Comfortable and contemporary, these large rooms at The Balmoral have a choice of either a king size bed or two single beds, sitting area and spacious bathroom decorated in marble & ceramic with a large bath.
|Superior Deluxe Room||
Offering views of the Castle from their higher floor location, these rooms are between 18 and 37 sqm. Superior Deluxe rooms come furnished with marble bathrooms with James Bond prints and a king-size bed with the option of twin beds.
Benefiting from views of the city or the inner courtyard, Junior Suites are a step up in size (28-47sqm) from the Balmoral's bedrooms with the option of an extra bed on request and a comfortable lounge area.
|Junior Suite Castle View||
As their name suggests, these suites benefit from views of the castle and are a step up in size (28-47sqm) from the Balmoral's bedrooms with the option of an extra bed on request and a comfortable lounge area.
The Balmoral's first room/suite category with a separate bedroom and sitting room, a Classic Suite spans 44-66sqm, offering enough space for two extra beds for children to be added upon request. Views from these suites are either across the old town, Princes Street or Northbridge.
Each of these suites measures between 51 and 55sqm and four are located in areas of the building affording turret-style alcoves. They are named Braemar, Stirling, Dunrobin, Tay and JK Rowling. A brass owl door knocker indicates the latter, the room where the final Harry Potter book was completed. Each suite has a king-size bed and enough space for two extra beds for children.
All of these six suites are named after Scottish rivers or castles - Rothesay, Dee, Drummond, Brodick, Bothwell and Spey. Most have original working fireplaces and offer views of Edinburgh Castle and Princes Street Gardens are possible and there is the option to add an extra bed for children. (Each measure between 47 and 58 sqm)
The Balmoral Suite offers guests a king size master bedroom, the option to interconnect with a Classic Room, separate dining room for six people, living room, bathroom and guest powder room. At 66 sqm this suite is ample in size and located so as to provide views of Arthur's Seat and the historic old town.
A contemporary suite with sitting room views of Princes Street, Glamis measures 85 sqm and comprises a dining table for four and signature Balmoral bathroom. A king size bed comes as standard with the option for twin beds, an extra bed for children and the possibility to connect to an Executive Room.
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The signature suite at The Balmoral, this iconic residence is the largest offered at the hotel and offers the potential to sleep two adults and two children (extra beds added on request) and to be connected to an executive room. Views from the suite are over the historic Old Town and the interior is abundant in traditional and elegant Scottish touches.
The Balmoral Hotel offers guests fine dining in the Michelin starred Number One restaurant as well as traditional and regional cuisine in Hadrian's restaurant. An elegant afternoon tea can be enjoyed in Palm Court which is finely decorated with a Venetian chandelier.
To have a truly Scottish experience guests have a selection of over 400 whiskies to choose from in the traditional Scotch Bar or contemporary cocktails are also available in the Balmoral Bar.
Edinburgh is a breathtaking city with many bars, theaters and museums. Guest can visit the famous Edinburgh Castle which is within walking distance from the Balmoral Hotel, Edinburgh will certainly be a memorable visit.
If you don't want to venture out of the hotel, there are a wide range restaurants and also the award winning Spa which has a pool, sauna, steam room, weights room and modern gym.
The award winning Balmoral Spa is the perfect way to relax after exploring the city of Edinburgh. With a modern gym with weights room, an 15 meter swimming pool and sauna and steam room, the Balmoral Spa is surely not be missed.
Location & Directions
Centrally located next to Waverly station, less than half a hours drive from Edinburgh International Airport. The Balmoral benefits from beautiful views overlooking the famous Edinburgh Castle.
When to go
It is very difficult to predict the weather in the United Kingdom - in the summer from May to late September is generally seen as the most pleasant time to visit. Rainfall is difficult to predict - but the UK does not receive as much as many are led to believe! In the winters, temperatures do fall, but there is nothing better than finding a remote pub with a roaring fire to sit beside after a long walk in the country.