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The Balmoral Hotel
Ranked #13 of 151 Hotels in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed January 3, 2006

My partner and I recently visited Edinburgh in November 2005 between visits in London (Le Meridien Piccadilly) and Paris (Pavillon de la Reine), and we chose the Balmoral. I had previously been to Edinburgh and stayed at the Caledonian Hilton in May 2004. Although the Balmoral is, indeed, more expensive, I can absolutely declare that the hotel is well worth the added expense if you value service and a more romantic atmosphere.

We stayed in a castle view suite, and the room was extraordinary. The bedroom and living room areas were comfortable, spacious (but not enormous), and extremely well appointed. The castle view was not even close to the spectacular view that I had previously from the Caledonian Hilston, but it was a pleasant castle view, nonetheless.

I chose the Balmoral for its more intimate and romantic atmosphere and its high level of service, and the hotel did not in any way disappoint. The Caledonian is a great hotel, to be sure, but the Balmoral just feels far more boutique and intimate and romantic in my opinion. The level of dining was far superior at the Balmoral for both dinner and breakfast, and the Michelin rated restaurant in the hotel was spectacular--well worth the expense and a highlight of our Edinburgh visit.

The hotel's service is absolutely first-rate. As frequent visitors at Four Seasons hotels and resorts around the world, I can easily testify that the Balmoral was comparable, if not even a bit superior. They treated us like kings in all things, made wonderful dinner recommendations, went out of their way to get us into restaurants they thought would appeal, and did everything with a comfortable, stylish touch. They remembered us both by name throughout our visit, which also impressed us.

The hotel, as mentioned above, didn't have the same spectacular castle view as the Hilton, but it did have better proximity to the Royal Mile and shopping.

I would definitely choose the Balmoral again for its service and charm!

  • Stayed: November 2005
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11  Thank Bill R
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Reviewed January 3, 2006

We were offered an upgrade at check-in for an extra £30 and it was worth it for the extra space, we had a pleasant room with two large windows overlooking the old town and castle. Decor is very classy and understated, no Brigadoon theme here! Bathroom was clean and good size. Toiletries ok but nothing special, generic Rocco Forte stuff. TVs are not flat screen but normal wide screen and just about the worst I have ever seen in a quality hotel, this was shocking. I expect top notch technology at these prices not third rate presentation.

Breakfasts were overpriced and nothing special, best avoided unless you can get it included in the rate.

The staff were fantastic and while the place is overpriced the staff make this easier to bear.

The hotel is grand the rooms are pleasant and the location superb, it is an easily spotted landmark in an interesting city. It is noisy, but cities are.

Would we stay there again? Only if we could get a good rate that included breakfast.

  • Stayed: December 2005
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4  Thank Douglas99
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Reviewed December 20, 2005

i though the hotel for the price was over rated i had a nights stay last year and thoguht it was good loaction but it was a bit snobbish with a harp in the dinning room. some of the staff where a bit rude. i have been in other 5 star hotels that are much better

  • Stayed: March 2004
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1  Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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Reviewed December 19, 2005

This hotel is just fantastic. Yes it is pricey but well worth it. The room was very spacious indeed we had one of the spa rooms on the 6th floor so didn't experience any noise at all and also had our own turret which was a nice touch. The staff were fantastic - the conceirge was so helpful. All the bars were fabulous and very welcoming. We even stayed in one night and had room service as we were so impressed with the hotel. Would recommend the balmoral to anyone and would definately not hesitate to stay there again.

  • Stayed: December 2005
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3  Thank lollaa
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Reviewed December 18, 2005

Its always good fun staying at the Balmoral, great service, great location, fantastic restaurant (One - book in advance) & trendy bar
Stayed here several times now, always request castle view rooms.
Recommended

  • Stayed: December 2005
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3  Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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Reviewed December 8, 2005

The Balmoral is a very modern Rocco Forte hotel in a superb location on Princes Street. The hotel has views of the castle and the royal mile, including the big wheel. The lobby and bars are very warm and inviting and the whole place has a trendy feel.
The rooms are large, the beds are large, there is a flat screen tv in each room. The bathrooms are spacey and clean. Nice Rocco Forte toiletries are included too.
The staff are very courteous, knowledgable and friendly. I find it hard to fault this place.

  • Stayed: December 2005, traveled on business
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4  Thank Sparkly*Euro*Peep
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Reviewed December 5, 2005

This hotel is without a shadow of a doubt the best place I have ever stayed everything is simply wonderful, food, bedrooms, staff, lounges, leisure centre all five star and more!! Yes its expensive yes its noisey, but this is a 5***** hotel right in Edinburgh town centre and Edinburgh is a pretty happen place especially on a weekend. All I can say to those people complaining about the noise is "get a life"!! What else do you come to Edinburgh for, the night life is fantastic, the shopping superb, another must is staying at THE BALMORAL HOTEL their is nowhere else better to stay!!!!!

  • Stayed: January 2005
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2  Thank Berry12123
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Additional Information about The Balmoral Hotel

Address: 1 Princes St, Edinburgh EH2 2EQ, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Edinburgh > Princes Street and Gardens
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Spa Hotel in Edinburgh
#3 Family Hotel in Edinburgh
#5 Business Hotel in Edinburgh
#10 Luxury Hotel in Edinburgh
#10 Romantic Hotel in Edinburgh
Price Range: $211 - $877 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — The Balmoral Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 188
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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Balmoral Hotel Edinburgh
Balmoral Edinburgh Hotel
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