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

We recently held our wedding day at the Balmoral Hotel and we can't stop talking about how fantastic it was. From the planning stages, right through to the very last dance at the evening reception, we had exceptional service, food quality etc. The staff (especially Sandy at guest relations and Elizabeth in the events team) are just fantastic and will... More

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This was our 2nd stay at The Balmoral. We last stayed 4/5 years ago. We were bitterly disappointed this time. We won't be staying again. The hotel is tired and shabby. It is not a luxury hotel anymore. The furniture in the bedroom is a disgrace. A nasty cheap glass coffee table, plastic chair. Very cheap. Our beds were thrown... More

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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Excellent hotel, staff and hotel service was great. Centrally located with shops, bars all around. Great architecture and views. Had an amazing stay over 3 nights. Would definitely stay here again. Top tip.... speak to concierge they can sort out tickets, places to eat and things to see.

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East Kilbride, United Kingdom
5 reviews 5 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Myself & My partner stayed here for a christmas night out. Really enjoyed our stay. Lovely Staff and the Food was Fantastic. The room was comfortable also. Only thing we werent too happy about was that we got a wake up call when we hadnt asked for one. And we had notified the staff about this when we were checking... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

These three words sum up my my experience at the Balmoral. Room a good size, great sized bathroom with a brilliant turndown service. The Balmoral bar is bustling with some exceptional cocktails on the menu, they serve everything from the classics to some really delicious dessert cocktails. The price was reasonable considering our stay was during the Edinburgh Festival, I... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We pre-booked a table for afternoon tea on a Saturday afternoon as part of our honeymoon. The food was delicious and the service was outstanding, with waiting staff being attentive without being obtrusive. A lovely treat.

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Hudson River Valley, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Balmoral Hotel was fine. No surprises. This is a high-end corporate hotel: clean, efficient, very nicely appointed, well staffed. Nice touches like the ever-replenished basket of fresh strawberries. Lobby bar was pleasant with an expansive selection of whiskey. Breakfast spread was generous and tasty but we opted for neighborhood coffee houses instead that were considerably less expensive and gave us... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Stayed at the hotel this week and saved up for the treat so at £430 for two people for 1 night I was astonished to be informed that it would be an additional £50 for two full breakfasts. The room was nice but courtyard facing, so not a great view despite the same price as the rooms facing the City.... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We recently spent 3 nights at this landmark hotel in the center of beautiful Edinburgh. The welcome is charming, you are first greeted by a lovely man in a kilt, and the front desk efficiently checks you in as they chat you up. The rooms are classic and comfortable. Bathrooms are up to date and crispy clean with big photos... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This hotel is top-notch, right in the city center and with lovely service. Typically, I am MUCH more prepared for a trip but in this case I couldn't be. I don't like to rely on concierge services because I often feel they send you to the most tourist-y places. But not so here -- I worked with almost every concierge... 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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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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