We were wanting somewhere "extra special" to stay for our Son and Daughter's Graduation in Edinburgh.......The Balmoral did not disappoint!! We have just enjoyed a most amazing 3-night stay! Our bathroom had a most impressive black and white picture of James Bond, and we can see why this is Sean Connery's favourite hotel!
The hotel has location, location, location!.... at the end of Princes Street, next to Waverley train station. The impressive building is famous for it's iconic clock tower.....the "Big Ben" of Edinburgh that features each New Year's Eve to start the fireworks party!!
Our room on 5th floor had views towards Leith and the Firth of Forth. Double glazing was excellent so traffic noise was excluded. Air conditioning was quiet and effective......Summer had arrived and our weather was gloriously hot and sunny! Rooms are spacious, bed was enormous, bathroom was marble tiled, furniture and soft furnishings etc...were all beautiful! Small touches like "turn-down" service in the evening and complimentary morning paper make the hotel special!
The Staff deserve special mention.....everyone seemed to have a real pride in the Balmoral! Doorman, Concierge, Reception, Restaurant/Bar, Housekeeping......everyone had a genuine smile and friendly greeting......nothing was too much trouble to ensure you enjoy your stay!!
We were very busy with Graduation events, but can testify from two previous visits Number One Restaurant deserves it's Michelin Star and Hadrian's Brasserie is excellent!
We have still not been to the Spa/ Fitness Room/ Pool.......perhaps we can relax on a future visit.....minus the Children!!!
Edinburgh is a most beautiful old City, and the Balmoral Hotel is "as good as it gets!"......We will 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