For this kind of ££££, I expect to have everything. Balmoral offered lots of luxuries but failed on a few of the basics
Grand lobby & staff greet us & immediately we are treated like royalty. Rooms are super-incredibly plush w/ huge cathedral ceilings & overstuffed beds & chairs. Bathrooms are equally push & the shower was one of the best I've ever had.....water pressure is spot on, temp is fantastic & the products are luxuriantly smelly
The concierge desk was fantastic & secured rezzies at various "already fully booked" restaurants & had a recommendation for just about everything
Location also can't be beat - situated right in the heart of Edinburgh, this hotel is w/in easy walking distance to all the touristy hot-spots. There's also a plethora of taxis available to take people on short jaunts - as my parents have limited mobility we super-appreciated the hotel arranging taxi support.
We found many taxis "on the road" refused us the short ride but happily agreed when we started through the hotel. Highly recommend arranging transportation through the hotel if you find yourself in a limited energy / mobility situation like we were!
As far as for the basics....
Free WiFi is not a luxury - it's a basic yet there was none. I had to go across the street to Burger King for the free stuff & that's just not right
I also expect a full tv channel lineup - Balmoral only offered limited channels (& my fav ITV3 was not one - boo). When faced with only reality shows on *every* channel, my books became that much more appealing & when travelling w/ parents, living up the nightlife is nonexistent. We *need* tv!
So as happy as I was to stay w/ you & knowing I would totally stay here again, I just cannot say this was a full 5-star experience b/c this was not "as good as it gets". Add the free WiFi upgrade for your guests & we'll talk about a star upgrade, in kind
- 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