An institution in Edinburgh, very well located at 10 min walk from the old town and close to the main streets for shopping. The pros : location, the tea time, the spa with a large swimming pool and the whisky bar. Tea time served in the nicely decorated room with all what you expect: scones, large choice of teas, cucumber sandwiches, ... you can skip dinner after it. The spa is nice and free for hotel guests, the swimming pool is sufficiently large for swimming and well heated. Hundreds of sorts of whiskies served by a scotsman in kilt, impressive by his knowledge of the beverage.
Cons: the breakfast room, noisy and with no particular attention for guests. The rooms decoration, old fashioned with 70s furniture, not particularly cosy, even if the bed is good. Not so well insulated for the noise, particularly in the bathroom and central heating not well functioning (They seem to be used to guest request as we got very rapidly and extra heating fan). In a nutshell, nice hotel but not totally at the level of its reputation. Other Rocco Forte hotels like the Amigo in Brussels are a notch higher.
- 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