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The Balmoral Hotel

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1 Princes St, Edinburgh EH2 2EQ, Scotland
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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San Rafael, California
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Great hotel experience but be sure go reserve all dinner times and that you also book a table at the bar or you are out of luck and will not get any sympathy or attention. Location is terrific, rooms grand, concierge helpful.

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Truro, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

These are the best set of hotel staff I have ever met. They were thoughtful, polite, kind and helpful. They make this a fantastic hotel to stay at. Ideal location, extremely comfortable. Superb meal in No1. Staff could not do enough to make the stay pleasant. Try the whiskey tasting -very knowledgable and interesting staff and great whiskey.

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Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Stayed over Easter - stunning hotel with excellent staff. Not cheap, but near everything. Overall a good experience. One funny thing - our waitress served me haddock for breakfast, and then appeared to ask me, in an eastern European accent "how was your hot dog" !

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Dundee, Scotland, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We've stayed here several times, and this time opted for a room with a castle view. We had a great view, but on the downside there was extremely loud music coming from outside the windows for much of the days and until late at night. I guess it was from the festival-related events outside near the top of Waverley steps.... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We stayed at The Balmoral for three nights in August during festival season. The hotel lobby is inviting and the staff was nice but not always accommodating. We flew in from the US with a stop over in Dublin. We had a morning arrival and I had requested an early check-in. We arrived at the hotel at 11 am the... More 

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Hilton Head Island, SC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

fantastic hotel. Concierge/Bellhop was fantastic. Literally threw bags, returned car, and headed to Tattoo . We got into Edinburgh late and had little time to get to Tattoo. Hotel was clean. We were able to get food after Tattoo which was near midnight

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Falkirk
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A fantastic and luxurious hotel if a little pricey for what you get. Climbing skills required to get in and out of the (very high) bath/shower whilst I don't consider myself to be unfit or limited in movements the step in and out of the bath required some thought and care. I do not know if all rooms are like... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Booked for New Year's Eve and New Years Day, thought I had booked a room with a view of the fireworks, you'd think a Princes Street View Room would do that...sadly I got a view of about 20m of Princes Street, and no fireworks. Despite the price the room was just OK, the staff closed the bar before midnight and... More 

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Brooklyn, New York, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Stayed here two weeks ago for my honeymoon. The service was beyond incredible-there were chocolates welcoming us to the room one night, rose petals on the bed another. We wanted to tickets to a show, the concierge got them immediately. Needed dinner reservations at a seafood restaurant, no problem. We stayed at many 4 and 5 star hotels during the... More 

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Fort Lauderdale, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

After reading all the nice reviews we were expecting an outstanding hotel. It was the opposite. The whole hotel is not in top shape. Paint is worn out, decoration is quite mediocre, service was poor. In several occasions we asked front desk and concierge for things like sending an extra luggage stand or making a reservation and was either not... More 

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Staying in Princes Street and Gardens

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Princes Street and Gardens
Glaswegians tease Edinburghers that their High Street is only half one, since buildings only line one side. But what they don’t say is how extraordinary the views are from Princes Street as a result. From here you look onto expansive and decorative public gardens beneath the mighty basalt cliffs on which Edinburgh’s Castle stands proud above the rest of the dramatic old town skyline. Yet many of those on Princes Street look the other way, as they’re concerned with chain store shopping or catching the tram or a train at main train station Waverley. But it’s not all utility here; the Scottish National Gallery rewards purposeless wandering, and December’s huge winter market in the gardens begins a season of revelry which ends with Hogmanay, Britain’s largest New Year’s street party.
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