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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 #4 of 147 hotels in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This was not a 5* experience. The location is excellent for a visit to Edinburgh but that shouldn't breed complacency. There was no flexibility with check-in time - I arrived just after 1230pm and was told that my room would be prioritised. I was told someone would call in 90minutes when the room was ready - nobody did. I had... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A classic 'Grande Dame' nicely renovated with the right mix between contemporary design and Classic Edwardian heritage for our taste. Friendly front office staff. Rooms are impeccably furnished, only one thing missing; where is the kettle? Fantastic location on top of the railways station, convenient for those embarking the Royal Scotsman the next day. Additionally, location is perfect to enjoy... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We have been visiting the balmoral hotel for the last three years around 20th of the dec for a couple of nights as a party of eight of us, we love the hotel the location and the room service Bars are fine but we sometime have problems with rooms they have allocated to us and have had to upgrade on... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

My family and I spent three nights at the Balmoral during the month of July, 2014. It was perhaps the best experience I have ever had at a hotel------and I travel extensively for work. The doorman was an absolute gentleman, and greeted us by name every time he saw us. The front desk was courteous and helpful, and pointed us... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We have just returned after a 2 day trip to Edinburgh where the Balmoral went out of their way to ensure that we had a special stay as it was our Silver Wedding Anniversary. On our return from visiting the Castle and the Royal Mile (location of the hotel is superb for visiting all the attractions), there was a basket... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

My husband and I stayed in the Balmoral Scone and Crombie Suite for three nights. This hotel is located in the heart of the city. It is a mere 10-15 minute scenic walk to Edinburgh castle and the old part of town. In addition, it is located right next to the train station and a shopping mall! The suite is... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Traveling to Edinburgh we stayed here. If you are looking for a hotel with not a lot of hoopla trying to get in and out of your hotel this is not the place to stay. Granted it was graduation weekend but there were far more people around then there should of been for an occasion a week out. Also, the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I have always dreamed of staying at the finest hotel in a European capital, and my week at The Balmoral Hotel was this dream come true. There is not one thing about this hotel that was less than perfect. I was truly spoiled by the accomodating and friendly staff, the understated opulence of the surroundings, the delicious breakfast at Hadrian's... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The Balmoral has everything: a beautifully and sensitively updated magnificent historic building, superlative service from a cheerful staff, every amenity and comfort, and convenient, central location. (The Balmoral entrance is perhaps a few feet from the top of the escalator exiting the train station, but by no means is it the typical station-adjacent hotel. Step inside and the aura begins.)... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I visites the hotel earlier this year for a short break. The hotel is located right next to Edinburgh's historical city centre including the castle. We had a great time and will definitely stay here again on our next stay. A small blip with exchange rates (hotel service charged us more than our bank would for the... More

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Address: 1 Princes St, Edinburgh EH2 2EQ, Scotland
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Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Edinburgh > Old Town
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — The Balmoral Hotel 5*
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Balmoral Edinburgh Hotel
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#1 Spa Hotel in Edinburgh #3 Family Hotel in Edinburgh #4 Luxury Hotel in Edinburgh #5 Business Hotel in Edinburgh #9 Romantic Hotel in Edinburgh
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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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