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The Balmoral Hotel

5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   1 Princes St, Edinburgh EH2 2EQ, Scotland (Old Town)
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Ranked #5 of 147 hotels in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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5 of 5 stars reviewed yesterday
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I had booked a Superior room and to my surprise was upgraded to a Suite which was bright and gave us a gorgeous view of the Castle and the Hill! The staff was extremely cheerful, nice and helpful. Concierge couldn't have been more helpful with dinner reservations and directions. One of the nicest hotels we've stayed in around the world.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The character of Edinburgh and its history shines through at this wonderful hotel! So comfortable and so convenient for touring.. We thoroughly enjoyed our time here and heartily recommend the hotel both for its service and its facilities. A gem!

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7 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

From the moment the Doorman took our bags from the boot of the car, to him putting them back in two days later, we were treated to the kind of service that you only wish other hotels could emulate but miss by a wide mile. The whole team were fantastic, friendly, helpful and nothing was too much trouble, but better... More

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9 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Staying here for two nights with friends and loving every minute. Had a great breakfast this morning in Hadrian's, which is part of the hotel. The common parts are lovely and the Palm Court in particular is a spectacular room. The bedrooms on the sixth floor have a bit of a feeling of being in the loft, but are very... More

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20 hotel reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We stayed at this hotel for my daugters 20th birthday, at first we had a problem with the room, it was not what we expected for the price, but as soon as I spoke to the assistant manger it was sorted with ease. They were very helpful and moved us to a much nicer room. The breakfast was fab, everything... More

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Munich, Germany
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27 hotel reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I spent a couple of nights over Easter. From check in to check out everything worked out perfect. Staff coudn't be any more friendly. I went for a Superior Deluxe Room (512) which was very big and offered nice castle views. Housekeeping, turn down service etc. work faultless. I received a huuuge basket of fruit and a nice card from... More

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

During a recent trip to Edinburgh we were invited to the hotel to have afternoon tea. We were warmly greeted on arrival and shown to our table, which had a good view of the refurbished Palm Court. We were then introduced to our Waitress Elodie, who was a most charming young lady. We chose our tar, and were then offered... More

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I have stayed in many Rocco Forte hotels around the world, and the Balmoral is right up there with the best. The staff was wonderful and attentive. Our room was amazing. My wife and I could not believe the views. The location is central to everything, so you can walk everywhere. I could not recommend the Balmoral Hotel any higher.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I slept 2 nights in this hotel during my stay in Edinburgh, and the stay was very pleasant and recommendable. Persons at the door and reception were all very kindm helpful and in an excellent manner. I was frightened that this hotel was built more than 112 years ago, because my room was very clean, convinient and well maintained. This... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Room on 6th floor single glazed so noisy Saturday night. Nice bathroom but temp control on bath not working. Staff v friendly but note you have to ask for complimentary tea/coffee in room!! Internet free 24 hrs 512kb - compare Tiger Lily's 20Mb free all time. An imposing building but we could not get tea first day in the tea... More

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balmoraledinburgh, General Manager at The Balmoral Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Thank you for sharing your impressions following your recent stay and for highlighting the friendly service you received from my colleagues. I am very sorry to learn that you left the hotel feeling somewhat underwhelmed with other aspects of your stay. Although our city centre location and listed building status can present challenges with insulating some of our... More

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Also Known As:
Balmoral Edinburgh
Balmoral Hotel Edinburgh
Balmoral Hotel
Balmoral Edinburgh Hotel
The Balmoral Hotel Edinburgh, Scotland
Address: 1 Princes St, Edinburgh EH2 2EQ, Scotland
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Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Edinburgh > Old Town
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Family Hotel in Edinburgh
#4 Luxury Hotel in Edinburgh
#5 Business Hotel in Edinburgh
#10 Romantic Hotel in Edinburgh
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — The Balmoral Hotel 5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Rocco Forte Hotels' Balmoral is a luxury hotel in the true sense of the word. With its majestic clock tower, the hotel is a unique and contemporary luxury five-star property in the very heart of Edinburgh. While many Edinburgh hotels claim to have Edinburgh's landmarks on their doorstep, few can say their doorstep is a landmark. Located on Princes Street, in Edinburgh's main shopping area and next to Waverley Station, The Balmoral is close to the leading luxury department stores and within walking distance of many Edinburgh attractions.Edinburgh International Airport is just 25 minutes by car from the hotel, and its convenient location makes The Balmoral the ideal luxury hotel in Edinburgh for business or leisure, including the famous Edinburgh Festival and Hogmanay. There are also convenient transport links also from Glasgow or Prestwick Airports.The Balmoral offers 188 opulent suites and stylish rooms, many with views towards Edinburgh Castle and the Old Town. The Balmoral’s ten conference and banqueting suites, including the signature Sir Walter Scott Suite all enjoy natural daylight and can accommodate a wide range of events including: business conferences, intimate dinner parties, large receptions and weddings. The hotel and city also make for an ideal incentive destination with an abundance of history and culture readily available.When it comes to fine-dining, the choice of restaurants at The Balmoral matches the mood of the moment. With attentive but non-intrusive service, guests can choose from the hotel's Michelin-starred number one fine dining restaurant with outstanding cuisine provided by Chef Jeff Bland; Hadrian's for chic and informal dining; Palm Court for traditional afternoon tea or its very own Bollinger Bar. The newly refurbished and stylish Balmoral Bar is perfect for a relaxing cocktail or traditional whisky.For the ultimate in relaxation, the Balmoral Spa is an exclusive retreat in the heart of the city offering five treatment rooms with ESPA treatments, a 15 metre swimming pool, sauna, steam room, gymnasium and exercise studio. The Balmoral is the perfect choice for a luxurious city spa break.The Balmoral was named as the top Scottish hotel in the Telegraph Travel Awards 2012 and as the Top UK Business Hotel outside of London at the Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Travel Awards 2012. Be it for a luxury romantic break or important business meeting; make The Balmoral your address in Edinburgh. ... more   less 
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