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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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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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26 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday 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 4 days ago NEW

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 4 days ago NEW

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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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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29 hotel reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My 12 year old and I had a lovely stay in one of the hotel's "family suites." The rooms were spacious, well appointed, and comfortable. At turndown, the housekeepers left beautiful treats for me and lovely stuffed bear for my child. We enjoyed a satisfying breakfast and a delicious high tea the following day. All in all, a lovely stay.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Booked into the hotel overnight for a wedding reception . From the moment we walked in yo the moment we departed, pure luxury . Staff were exceptional rooms were amazing. Position was perfect. Highly recommend for a night of indulgence

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Ventura, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We just returned from a trip to Edinburgh where we stayed at the Balmoral Hotel for 5 nights. Everything about the hotel was top-shelf. On our arrival we were greeted warmly by the desk staff and quickly checked in. The young lady who greeted us took us up to our room and acquainted us with all the room amenities. Our... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Second time in Edinburgh but first time staying at this hotel and it was everything as expected and more. From the moment we entered to check in, all of the staff were extremely pleasant and helpful. Special recognition and praise goes to David in concierge who helped plan a highlands trip, provide maps, liaise with the car renal company, and... More

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Myself and my husband stayed here on 5/4/14 as it was our 1st wedding anniversary and i can honestly say that the service we recieved was second to none!!!!! EVERY single staff member were pleasant and friendly - nothing is too much trouble for them!!!! the rooms were perfect and everything about our stay was wonderful, i will most definately... More

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Paris, France
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3 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed two nights to visit Edimburgh. This hotel deserves the 5 stars, as expected the service was perfect, the staff helpful, the location so convenient and the breakfast just delicious. We will definitely come back !

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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
#6 Business Hotel in Edinburgh
#7 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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