The hotel is a glorious old building which has been renovated with great sympathy to its origins. The rooms are small with tall ceilings and expensive, even by UK standards.
The hallways and rooms were reasonably clean, although lots of scuff marks in the paint and worn carpet in the walkways would suggest the hotel is in need of further updating.
Staff were helpful and enthusiastic - very knowledgeable about the city and how to get around.
We stayed in a king room facing the Castle. The unusual sunshine streamed through the narrow windows and we did not notice the noise of the roads or railway station outside, despite the low rise nature of the hotel.
The bed was hard and the pillows incredibly soft - an unfortunately common combination.
So don't expect luxury - the hotel is too old for that - this is a great place to stay if you like history.
The whisky bar on the ground floor is a must-visit. The central location of the Balmoral make it an excellent choice for tourists.
- 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