Slightly gushing review coming up. We've just had our wedding at the Balmoral and couldn't be happier. As we live overseas we were entirely reliant on tripadvisor to come up with a decent venue. We hadn't seen the venue until the day before the wedding and based our decision on reviews and photos. I don't think we could have possibly found somewhere better.
From the first time we contacted their events organiser, Jennifer we knew we were in safe hands. Every detail was covered and nothing was too much trouble. A godsend for someone trying to organise an event from the other side of the world. When the big day came the service we and our guests received was as good as any hotel I've stayed in anywhere in the world. All of the staff were friendly, efficient, well trained and helpful to a fault.
The food at the reception was excellent - always a concern when catering for large numbers and they did their best to cater for last minute requests. All this alone would have made the day amazing but then you factor in the beauty of the building and its rooms, its location and the views from the function rooms then you're forced to use words like "perfection". Our suite overlooked the castle and Royal Mile and when we returned after the reception the bed had been turned down with rose petals and there was a bottle of champagne and chocolate dipped strawberries waiting for us.
The hotel rooms themselves are nice but small. I understand the cheaper rooms don't have much of a view either. I'm sure you can get more space for your money elsewhere in Edinburgh but you would struggle to get the same character and I don't think anywhere in the UK offers the same level of service. I'm told that the spa is awesome.
I really can't praise the Balmoral and its staff highly enough.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Balmoral Hotel Edinburgh
- Balmoral Edinburgh Hotel
- The Balmoral Hotel Edinburgh, Scotland