Just returned from weekend in Edinburgh and stayed at Balmoral.Arrived by train so hotel is perfectly placed for easy access from station.Very cheery,friendly greeting by concierge and same by reception staff.Check in was quick and efficient and we were very quickly given our keys.We had a room on 6th floor with portholes for windows-quirky but very nice!Room was large with seating area and beautifully clean.Bathroom not large but had lovely shower and was well stocked with toiletries,bathrobes etc.
We didn't eat at hotel but returned later in evening for drink in the Palm Court bar.We remembered this from our last visit as a place with background music and a lovely relaxing atmosphere in which to chill out and enjoy our drinks.So we were very surprised this visit to find it totally lacking in atmosphere and the bar staff approached us at 10.50pm to ask if we wanted any further drinks as they were closing!!We felt we had to hurry our drinks and leave so it wasn't quite the relaxing end to the evening that we were expecting-very disappointed.
That said everything else was great and although expensive we wouldn't hesitate to return.
- 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