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“Afternoon Tea”
Review of The Balmoral Hotel

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The Balmoral Hotel
Ranked #10 of 149 Hotels in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
Carlisle, United Kingdom
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43 reviews
34 hotel reviews
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“Afternoon Tea”
Reviewed 9 June 2012

We went to The Balmoral for afternoon tea and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. From the time we entered the staff were curteous, friendly and extremely attentive and all the small details of their service ensured we had a wonderful time. The food was lovely and the selection of teas were amazing! We did opt for the champagne afternoon tea, and weren't disappointed with our selection. Having looked around at a number of venues to go to in Edinburgh this certainly wasn't the cheapest, but definitely worth the money for the surroundings and service.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 6 June 2012

Probably the best hotel I have ever stayed in. I've stayed in 5 star Hotels in London, New York, Berlin, Lisbon, Barcelona and several other cities and this topped them all, by far! Service was 2nd to none, rooms were big clean with great views, and the breakfast was great. If going to Edinburgh stay here.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
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Kuala Lumpur
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Reviewed 4 June 2012

The Balmoral is supposed to be one of the leading hotels in Edinburgh. However, when I compare the Balmoral to other world-class hotels in London, or in the US or Asia, it becomes just an average old hotel. However, if I compare it with other hotels in Edinburgh, then, it will score high marks. It is centrally located and situated between new and old towns. I periodically stay in Balmoral, George Hotel, Sheraton and Caledonian Hotel in Edinburgh but amongst the 4, I tend to come back to stay in Balmoral. Sheraton is not bad as well. The service is good and staffs are friendly. The food, room service and dining, are good. Perhaps overall it's above average but I can not score it as good as it is not the world class. If I score the Balmoral as within "regional class" then I would mark is as good.

Room Tip: If you can afford then reserve a large room and facing the castle.
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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled on business
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Rothbury, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 June 2012

Unless you are prepared to shell out a shed load of cash for a valley view room, well stay at the Sheraton Grande! Rooms ok, and unless you put your hand in your pocket a central courtyard view is what you are going to get, its terrible. Drinks, well, did i just put a down payment on the distillery! Pool nice but no jacuzzi and below ground. At the Sheraton the sun shines in! Stayed once, wont be back, not worth the money Sheraton wins hands down. If you think this is the best hotel in town, well you are mistaken!

Room Tip: If you can afford a room overlooking the Princes' Street Gardens then go for it! Otherwise Sher...
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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with friends
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Toronto
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Reviewed 31 May 2012

I had the pleasure of accompanying one of my groups on their annual conference in Edinburgh, Scotland. The hotel was outstanding. The staff and level of service particularly with the conference service staff was flawless. In fact, I would say in all my years of experience in the meeting and event business, no one has surpassed the high calibre of service delivery.
The guest rooms are beautifully appointed. The meeting and function space was perfect. The food was awesome. This conference had 120 guests on peak and concurrent sessions running throughout. Feedback from the delegates was the "best ever".
I highly recommend The Balmoral for anyone planning a meeting or conference in Edinburgh. It is a premium hotel in everyway.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled on business
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balmoraledinburgh, General Manager at The Balmoral Hotel, responded to this review, 5 June 2012
Dear Guest

Thank you very much for taking the time to complete a review following your attendance at an Annual Conference held in The Balmoral.

I was delighted to learn that the high level of service you received, particularly from the Conference and Banqueting team, surpassed your expectations. We strive for guest satisfaction and service excellence and appreciate such positive feeback from our valued customers. This inspires and motivates us to maintain the high level of service we airm to provide.

Thank you again for sharing your impression with us. We look forward to the pleasure of welcoming you back to The Balmoral in the future.

Yours sincerely

Franck X Arnold
General Manager
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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 31 May 2012

There is no better hotel from which to explore Edinburgh. Exceptionally friendly staff, lovely ambiance and fabulous food at a number of price categories. Old style welcome awaits you both at the door and the reception desk.

Always arrive early so you can enjoy the afternoon tea before checking into your room. Sit on plush velvet seats and enjoy people watching as everyone pops in for tea of lunch - also Hadrians Brasserie is super for hearty suppers.

Rooms are spacious, well appointed and feel like home. The spa is excellent. Breakfast is excellent value. I love coming back to this place for a weekend shopping in the Edinburgh.

Room Tip: Higher rooms have fabulous views.
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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 May 2012

I was expecting this hotel to be similar to an old CP Hotel in Canada (The Banff Springs, The Empress in Victoria, The Royal York etc.) but our room was kind of seedy & threadbare. Not what you'd expect for the price. Internet was hugely expensive & I thought it should have been included with the room, as it is in many top hotels. Loved the doormen in their trews & all the staff were very attentive & helpful throughout our stay, and you can't beat the location.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with family
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Additional Information about The Balmoral Hotel

Property: The Balmoral Hotel
Address: 1 Princes St, Edinburgh EH2 2EQ, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Edinburgh > Princes Street and Gardens
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre 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
#7 Luxury Hotel in Edinburgh
#10 Romantic Hotel in Edinburgh
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
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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