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The Balmoral Hotel

1 Princes Street, Edinburgh EH2 2EQ Scotland
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Floors marked for social distancing
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
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Updated 08/05/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Updated 08/05/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


#14 of 156 hotels in Edinburgh
Travelers' Choice
For over a century, The Balmoral has found a home at Edinburgh’s most prestigious address, No. 1 Princes Street. A landmark Rocco Forte hotel set in the heart of Scotland’s capital city, The Balmoral combines stunning views and warm hospitality with world-class facilities to create the perfect urban retreat. The perfect marriage of tradition and modernity, each of the 167 rooms has been individually designed by Rocco Forte Hotels’ Director of Design Olga Polizzi. Elegant and stylish with unmistakably Scottish accents, each of our 20 Edinburgh suites are generous with magnificent views. Enjoy Michelin-starred dining at the famous Number One restaurant, sample modern Scottish Afternoon Tea under the glass dome of Palm Court or relax in the serene sanctuary of The Balmoral Spa. Brasserie Prince, launched in 2018, celebrates a 'new alliance': matching the very best of Scottish produce with classic French cooking, while The Balmoral’s signature whisky bar, SCOTCH, pays homage to Scotland’s national drink and is home to one of Edinburgh’s largest collections. Take a seat on one of the tweed sofas and let a kilted Whisky Ambassadors help you choose from over 500 varieties. The Balmoral is the perfect home-from-home to discover Edinburgh and Scotland’s finest attractions. Whatever the season, the hotel’s dedicated Concierge team can open doors to some of the most unique experiences in Scotland. From tickets to the world-famous Edinburgh Festival events, access to the city’s royal establishments - Holyrood Palace and the Royal Yacht Britannia – to the hotel’s Tartan Butler Clan Tour, you’ll find the best of Scotland at your finger tips.
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Property amenities
Valet parking
Free internet
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Bar / lounge
Walking tours
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Airport transportation
Paid wifi
Indoor pool
Heated pool
Fitness / spa locker rooms
Fitness classes
Personal trainer
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Breakfast in the room
Kids' meals
Wine / champagne
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Couples massage
Facial treatments
Full body massage
Head massage
Steam room
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Currency exchange
Non-smoking hotel
Butler service
24-hour check-in
24-hour front desk
Private check-in / check-out
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Room features
Allergy-free room
Air conditioning
Coffee / tea maker
Flatscreen TV
Bath / shower
Interconnected rooms available
Room service
VIP room facilities
Wardrobe / closet
Bottled water
Clothes rack
Private bathrooms
Tile / marble floor
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Room types
City view
Landmark view
Bridal suite
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
Good to know
City View
Great View
Languages Spoken
English, Italian
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pauwed wrote a review Nov 15
Edinburgh, United Kingdom151 contributions48 helpful votes
We have just had a wonderful two night stay at The Balmoral. The hotel was beautiful so clean and the team all following COVID guidelines. The Christmas tree was up in the foyer and that was so lovely to see. Our room was beautiful (418) with great views to the castle, Scott’s Monument and Princes Street. Room was spotless and had everything we need fir a relaxing weekend away (including free movies). Hotel staff were amazing. Under challenging circumstances they still remain positive and customer focused. They done ever that they could to ensure that things felt ‘normal’ for us. So friendly and polite - five stars for them alone. Spa was great and it was lovely to go swimming and have the pool to ourselves. Food was amazing and the choice of alcohol free cocktails was first class. Can’t wait to see this grand lady back bustling with customers again. We will definitely be returning.
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Date of stay: November 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
2 Helpful votes
Response from The Balmoral, General Manager at The Balmoral Hotel
Responded 6 days ago
Dear pauwed, Thank you for choosing The Balmoral for your recent stay. We are delighted that you enjoyed such a comfortable stay and that you felt well taken care of by the team. We strive to offer an environment where guests can feel safe without compromising on the special touches that we are renowned for, and we are truly pleased that you felt that way during your time here. We appreciate the enormous support we are receiving from our local community and we too look forward to brighter days. Kind regards, Richard C General Manager
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laurasN8282HK wrote a review Nov 15
Glasgow, United Kingdom36 contributions13 helpful votes
What a hotel! You definitely get what you pay for,but what a treat. The service is excellent. The room lovely with the high ceilings. We had dinner in the princes Brasserie and it was delish! Will be back.
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Date of stay: November 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
1 Helpful vote
Response from The Balmoral, General Manager at The Balmoral Hotel
Responded 1 week ago
Dear laurasN8282HK, Thank you for taking the time to share a review following your recent visit to The Balmoral. We are delighted to read that you had an comfortable time as our guest and that you had and enjoyable experience at our Brasserie Prince. We are very grateful for your comments and hope to welcome you back to The Balmoral soon. Kind regards, Richard C General Manager
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Rafathor wrote a review Nov 13
Birmingham, United Kingdom472 contributions54 helpful votes
I did not realise that the Balmoral off halal afternoon tea, I made reservations for vegetarian afternoon tea, it was only when we got there that staff offered us this choice. The sandwiches were nice, one was a bit meh but the scones made up for it. One cake was just mind blowing-seriously scrumptious! The other two were nice but no where near as amazing as the first one we tried. There was a good range of teas and tried I think 5 different ones. We were given a little gift as we left, chocolate and some black tea. This place is worth visiting for sure!!
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Date of stay: October 2020Trip type: Traveled with friends
2 Helpful votes
Response from The Balmoral, General Manager at The Balmoral Hotel
Responded 1 week ago
Dear Rafathor, Thank you for sharing a review following your recent visit to Palm Court. We are delighted that you were pleased when being offered halal afternoon tea and I am glad that you were overall satisfied with your experience. Thank you also for your positive comments about our scones and cakes, although we are saddened that not every item of the afternoon tea felt as scrumptious as those. We are however glad that you had the opportunity to sample a number of our teas and we hope to see you again in the not too distant future so you can hopefully continue to work your way through our delicious tea menu! Kind regards, Richard C General Manager
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LKT2394 wrote a review Nov 4
Ambleside, United Kingdom9 contributions1 helpful vote
We popped in to Princes bar just for some drinks, it was quiet but we both felt very relaxed and had a lovely time. The bar man who looked after us was great, very friendly and could not do enough for us (chap with beard, sorry didn’t catch his name!) can’t wait to visit again 😊
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Date of stay: November 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
1 Helpful vote
Response from The Balmoral, General Manager at The Balmoral Hotel
Responded 3 weeks ago
Dear LKT2394, Thank you for paying us a visit at Bar Prince and for sharing your positive comments with us. We are delighted that you enjoyed your visit and that you felt relaxed and thoughtfully taken care of by the team. We also look forward to your next visit. Kind regards, Richard C General Manager
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Steve H wrote a review Nov 2
1 contribution
We stayed at the Balmoral for the two nights over last weekend and booked a Junior Room overlooking the castle and Princes Street. Firstly, love the room, firm bed, gorgeous bath and shower. Due to Covid restrictions we ate at the Princes brasserie in the hotel and quite impressed not only with breakfast (which in turn is amazing), but equally the dinner in the evening. Good food reasonably priced. The staff in the restaurant are very friendly and chatty, but equally fair. One of our starters was a little late so they scratched the service charge (which I added on to the next night's bill cause I didnt think it warranted that level of kindness as wasnt an issue and hardly noticeable..) Right on Princes Street overlooking the Apple shop and many other shops on that very long road. Couldnt recommend this hotel enough. Superb, and thanks from my wife and I for a very enjoyable break in trying circumstances (COVID)
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Date of stay: October 2020
Room Tip: First Class hotel with service to match
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Response from The Balmoral, General Manager at The Balmoral Hotel
Responded 3 weeks ago
Dear SteveHill220791, Thank you for sharing your review of your recent stay at The Balmoral. I am delighted to learn that you were satisfied with the comfort and convenience afforded by your Junior Suite and of course, the breath-taking views of Edinburgh Castle and the city skyline. It is also a pleasure to read that your visits to our Brasserie Prince were equally enjoyable and that you appreciated the quality of the food as well as the service provided by the team. It will be my pleasure to share your comments with them. We are grateful for your support and we hope to welcome you back to The Balmoral in the not too distant future. Kind regards, Richard C General Manager
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$218 - $845 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Balmoral Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to The Balmoral Hotel?
Nearby attractions include The Real Mary King's Close (0.2 miles), The Chocolatarium (0.3 miles), and SANDEMANs NEW Europe - Edinburgh (0.2 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at The Balmoral Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an indoor pool, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
Which room amenities are available at The Balmoral Hotel?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at The Balmoral Hotel?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at The Balmoral Hotel?
Yes, valet parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Balmoral Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Makars Gourmet Mash Bar, The Piper's Rest Public House, and Smoov Gelato Coffee.
Are there opportunities to exercise at The Balmoral Hotel?
Yes, guests have access to an indoor pool, a fitness center, and a sauna during their stay.
Does The Balmoral Hotel have an airport shuttle?
Yes, The Balmoral Hotel offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is The Balmoral Hotel located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.2 miles away from the center of Edinburgh.
Are any cleaning services offered at The Balmoral Hotel?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Are pets allowed at The Balmoral Hotel?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.