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“Afternoon Tea Treat in The Palm Count”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of The Balmoral Hotel

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The Balmoral Hotel
Ranked #10 of 150 Hotels in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
Edinburgh
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“Afternoon Tea Treat in The Palm Count”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 February 2014

Six of us had a lovely time celebrating a friends 50th birthday one Saturday recently. The Palm Court is a stunning setting with a really Colonial feel. The service was excellent. Harpist on the balcony just superb. Sandwiches, scones, cakes then chocolates all washed down with as much tea as we could drink. The only reason I don't give it 5 stars is because I prefer a better sweet / savoury balance, a little too much sweet for me. Pity also we were refused into the bar for drinks afterwards because although they had tables they were reserved.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 February 2014

We had afternoon tea on valentines day - absolutely amazing! The surroundings are beautiful and the staff could not have been more helpful and polite. The sandwiches were delicious and you could also change your choice to suit your requirements. The cakes were delicious and we even got to take the cakes we didn't eat home! Well recommended and we'll definitely be going back, I think we may stay there next time we go to Edinburgh - a lovely place!

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 February 2014

I had afternoon tea in the Balmoral in October and again in December. The staff were very helpful during booking and so welcoming and friendly on both visits! The Palm Court is a fabulous setting and afternoon tea itself is gorgeous. There is such a wide selection of teas, sandwiches, scones, cakes and chocolate. The staff will also put anything you haven't eaten into a box for you to take home! I would definitely recommend afternoon tea if in Edinburgh!!

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with friends
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Esher, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 February 2014

My wife treated me to a weekend break at this Hotel and it lived up to all my expectations. Great location and fantastic Hotel. They have an incredible whiskey bar that we spent one to many drinks in!

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 February 2014

We thought we'd treat ourselves to a couple of nights in our favourite UK city and decided on a bit of luxury for our accommodation.

First and foremost, the hotel is in a fantastic location ( you won't find more central than this). Step out the door directly onto Princes Street and everything you need on your doorstep.

Our room was very nice though, in truth, I'm not sure it really was worth the £290 we paid per night. Immaculately clean , comfy , well maintained and everything was in good order within. We enjoyed a good sleep both nights here.

We loved the bar which served superb cocktails. Breakfast was good as was lunch. We ate out at night so can't comment on evening meals. Service was excellent and they do try very hard to get it right. Overall, an enjoyable experience.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Stirling, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 February 2014

We recently enjoyed afternoon tea in the Palm Court at The Balmoral in Edinburgh. It was excellent from greeting on arrival to the service at The Palm Court. Francesca was very welcoming and friendly showing us to our table and looking after us. The afternoon was relaxing and enjoyable in beautiful surroundings. Thoroughly recommend!

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 February 2014

Stayed on overnight as part of the wedding package offered to guests. The staff in this hotel are wonderful from the moment we were greeted by the doorman and concierge to the waitress who served us breakfast the next morning. The rooms are spacious with plenty of storage. There was an over the bath shower which was quite a high step- you might have to watch out for this if you aren't the tallest of people or have problems with joints. However the rest of the bathroom and the toiletries provided were excellent. One wee let down was the lack of tea/coffee making facilities and I know these only required a phone call and was complimentary, sometimes its nice not to have to wait, especially first thing in the morning when the kitchens are busy. I have noticed that in other 5 star hotels, you are now provided with a coffee pod making machine-please consider this Balmoral.

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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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