I knew it was 5 star when it was booked for me so I was expecting something amazing. I didn't get it. It was disappointingly average. The room, which was not cheap I found out, was nice but after travelling half way around the world I was looking forward to making a nice cup of tea which I had to ring for. I drink a lot of tea and having being away from home for 4 weeks I was really loking forward to it but felt due to there not being a kettle in the room I had to limit myself.
I did notice that because I was wearing a suit I was given much more attention than the woman wearing jeans who was having a problem with her room smelling of smoke and trying to get it rectified at reception. Do those days still exist where you're given different service depending on what you're wearing? How awful if they do.
I didn't eat dinner at the hotel but I did have breakfast which was very nice. Plenty to choose from.
It's an odd situation. I don't think I'll be back yet I would recommend it to friends if I knew they liked a very formal hotel experience..
- 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
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- Also Known As:
- Balmoral Hotel Edinburgh
- Balmoral Edinburgh Hotel
- The Balmoral Hotel Edinburgh, Scotland