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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Reviewed today NEW

We had afternoon tea in the Palm Court to celebrate my friend's 60th birthday and had a lovely time. Our only complaint was that the bread on the sandwiches was curled up and dry/hard and we expected lovely newly made sandwiches . The waitress was quick to replenish them and the 2nd lot were fine . Other thing was, the...

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Ft Lauderdale, Fl
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We recently traveled to the UK for the Christmas and New Year's Holiday. After spending Christmas in London we departed and headed to Edinburgh on Boxing Day. Ah... The relief of being out of the hustle and bustle of London. Just when we thought it could not get any better we arrived at The Balmoral for a 2 night stay....

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Larbert, United Kingdom
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Stayed here as part of a special celebration and we were not disappointed. We were given a great room on the 5th floor which overlooked the new town. The room was faultless, spotlessly clean, spacious and had a great bathroom. All staff we met were friendly and attentive. The only issue I had was the buffet beakfast had obviously been...

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aberdeen
Reviewed yesterday NEW

My wife booked us in for a weekend stay taking in the Christmas market and an early birthday present for me. Although the staff ,room and facilities were exceptional the cost to my mind was on balance a bit much . The room was fairly large and the marble bathroom an experience ,at £500 a night I thought that the...

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Swadlincote
Reviewed 3 days ago NEWvia mobile

I recently took my girlfriend away to the Balmoral as a treat before Christmas. Everything from start to finish was excellent....from the Valet parking service, the check in assistant walking us to the elevator to the knowledge of the staff in the bar, nothing was to much trouble. I would whole heartedly recommend this hotel to anyone thinking of visiting...

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Greater London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

My partner surprised me with a wonderful one night stay in the Balmoral just before me moved on to the main accommodation we were due to stay in over the Hogmanay period to celebrate my 30th. The hotel service overall was almost impeccable, the staff were friendly and helpful. The room itself was lovely, with incredible views out over Edinburgh...

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Thurles, Ireland
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

My husband and myself stayed in this lovely hotel for a city break away. What experience it was. From the minute we pulled up in a taxi and was greeted by Big Pete to the minute we left as George put us in a taxi to the airport we felt like celebs. The staff are extremely friendly and willing to...

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BalmoralEdinburgh, General Manager at The Balmoral Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Z751SZkarenh Thank you very much for your generous words and recommendation following your experience at The Balmoral. It was a pleasure to welcome you and your husband and we are thrilled to read that you were impressed with your stay, especially the extremely friendly and attentive service provided by the team. I will take great pleasure in sharing your...

Dundee, United Kingdom
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Excellent service, excellent rooms, reputation is deserved. Location is perfect for doing anything in central Edinburgh. Our room was only in the first floor and I was worried about traffic noise but we hardly heard anything which was amazing considering the location. Would return again.

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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is a lovely hotel with great rooms. It is very centrally located at the bottom of Princess St. The bar and the restaurant are very well appointed. My observations would be these however: The hotel was expensive for what was on offer. It needs a refurb. Some of the decor was looking very tatty and a bit dated. Considering...

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South West England, United Kingdom
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We stayed here for 3 nights pre Christmas, to visit the Christmas market and visit friends. The hotel was easy to find, just head for the station and if travelling by car, they will valet park it for in the nearby qpark multi-storey. We however opted to use one of the private parking websites and had a private parking place...

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BalmoralEdinburgh, General Manager at The Balmoral Hotel, responded to this review

Dear mabelEngland Thank you very much for taking the time to share your kind feedback following your festive experience at The Balmoral. We're delighted to read that you enjoyed most aspects of your experience, especially our guest rooms and our central location. We also appreciate your valuable and constructive comments, I will certainly be sharing your review with the team...

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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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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Pool
  • Room Service
  • Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
  • Restaurant
  • Spa
  • Bar/Lounge
About the property
  • Wheelchair access
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
Food & drink at the hotel
Number One at The Balmoral
Number One at The Balmoral
Cuisines: European, British, Scottish
Palm Court at The Balmoral
Palm Court at The Balmoral
Cuisines: British, Scottish
The Balmoral Bar
The Balmoral Bar
Cuisines: Bar, British, Scottish
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  • Pool
  • Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
  • Restaurant
  • Spa
  • Bar/Lounge
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
Internet
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Paid Wifi
  • Paid Internet
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  • Room Service
  • Business Center with Internet Access
  • Airport Transportation
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Laundry Service
  • Concierge
  • Banquet Room
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Conference Facilities
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
You will find The Balmoral at Edinburgh's most prestigious address, No. 1 Princes Street, where the Old Town stops and the New Town begins. Our hotel's majestic clock defines the city's skyline and since the day we opened in 1902 it has run three minutes fast to ensure you will never miss your train. The Balmoral is a grand railway hotel where our porters can still be organised to whisk guests from the station hall to the reception desk, and our kilted doormen will guide you into the hotel. Experience Number One our Michelin-starred restaurant, indulge in afternoon tea at Palm Court or drinks in the signature whisky bar, Scotch. A comprehensive range of treatments will help you unwind in the award-wining Balmoral Spa. The 188 opulent suites and stylish rooms have magnificent views of the city or the hotel's internal courtyard. The hotel's ten banqueting suites all enjoy natural daylight and stunning views of Edinburgh Castle, Princes Street or the historic Old Town and can accommodate a wide range of events. ... more   less 

Additional Information about The Balmoral Hotel

Address: 1 Princes St, Edinburgh EH2 2EQ, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Edinburgh > Princes Street and Gardens
Price Range: $197 - $600 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — The Balmoral Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 188
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Also Known As:
Balmoral Hotel Edinburgh
Balmoral Edinburgh Hotel
The Balmoral Hotel Edinburgh, Scotland
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#1 Spa Hotel in Edinburgh
#3 Family Hotel in Edinburgh
#5 Business Hotel in Edinburgh
#7 Luxury Hotel in Edinburgh
#10 Romantic Hotel in Edinburgh
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“Quiter rooms look into the courtyard but go for a city view.”
 of 5 bubbles ronwright2, yesterday | Read review
“Rooms at the back overlooking the station are to die for.”
 of 5 bubbles C7409EUnickc, 5 days ago | Read review
“It's priced as a luxury hotel, but the reality s 'faded grandeur'.”
 of 5 bubbles A7572PMpeterh, 5 days ago | Read review
“Views of the bridge (over the station) or towards the park - both ok.”
 of 5 bubbles stevehutch, 1 week ago | Read review
“Ask for one with a castle view”
 of 5 bubbles Cathieogilvie, 3 weeks ago | Read review
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