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The Balmoral Hotel
Ranked #9 of 147 Hotels in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
Fairfield County
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“Grand City Hotel”
Reviewed 25 June 2014

Great location and fabulous view. We had a corner suite overlooking the main street. The service was excellent. Our room was beautifully decorated, had fresh flowers and a large bathroom. Our room was very quiet. The hotel does have a lot of weddings so it could be noisy at times. The hotel met our expectations as a luxury hotel and excellent location. There are some parts of the hotel that are beginning to show some wear. We used the spa and the services were terrific. We especially enjoyed the casual restaurant, Hadrian's where we had several dinners expertly prepared. Had a nice dinner at Number One--great ambiance and food. The bars could use some updating, however, we were there during a marathon which made them more crowded than usual. Enjoyed our stay

Room Tip: Corner Braemor Suite was delightful, very roomy, comfortable and sunny.
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 June 2014

This is by any definition a beautiful hotel. We stayed there for one night in a suite. There were several rooms and it was incredibly spacious. We spent part of the evening in a whiskey bar called Scotch. There, we enjoyed several different whiskeys, presented by Fraser. He was very knowledgeable and happy to help us select various scotches to try. I would definitely recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 23 June 2014

We stayed at the Balmoral Hotel for a long week end. Perfect central location to visit the city. Our suite was spacious and comfortable. The staff was excellent, especially in the Balmoral Bar. Lovely gym. Sadly the restaurant was already fully booked as we arrived and we did not have the opportunity to try it. What a shame!

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 22 June 2014

Had a delightful stay at The Balmoral.
My wife used the Spa during the day and came out floating on air.
Pre dinner drinks in the bar were served by the highly attentive yet unobtrusive staff.
Bathrooms in rooms are huge, breakfast was perfect, staff truly excellent as always.
Have stayed here before and will return, can't recommend this hotel highly enough.

  • Stayed June 2014
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BalmoralEdinburgh, General Manager at The Balmoral Hotel, responded to this review, 25 June 2014
Dear Guest,

Thank you so much for taking the trouble to write such a complimentary review following your stay at The Balmoral. I am delighted that my colleagues took such great care of you and your wife and it will be a pleasure to share your comments with the team.

I sincerely hope to have the pleasure of welcoming you back soon.

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Forres, Scotland, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 22 June 2014

I treated three of my friends to the Balmoral Cocktail Tasting Experience for Christmas. We finally managed to coordinate our diaries, and visited on 21 June. The whole thing was fantastic. We had a lovely corner of the Balmoral Bar, comfy sofas and impeccable service. The staff were friendly, enthusiastic and informal. Sometimes, a five-star hotel can seem stuffy and formal, but that was certainly not the case here.

The cocktails themselves were delicious, and although it was set menu, making slight changes e.g. no yukky cucumber, or no peach liquors, was no trouble at all. There were six courses, an amuse bouche, a "starter", a palate cleanser, a "main course", a "dessert", followed up by a further palate cleanser, served up over three hours.

Overall, the whole thing was great. I would highly recommend this as a great way to spend an afternoon in Edinburgh :-)

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
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Lancashire, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 22 June 2014

Stayed here for a week for business. The location was superb, the room well appointed and finished, not a mark anywhere and certainly the best I've seen recently.

The public areas were equally well maintained and gave the grand experience I am sure the original architect had in mind. The food and service was very good too, the door man made a huge effort to get me out on time when my car didn't show for the airport. Nothing was too much trouble.

Would highly recommend the hotel.

Room Tip: Ask for towards the castle.
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled on business
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Reviewed 21 June 2014 via mobile

Great luxury hotel in the heart of Edinburgh. Fabulous hotel really lovely food. The rooms are lovely very clean and really comfy beds. The staff were really friendly and helpful. Great atmosphere in the bars. We will definitely be back!!

  • Stayed March 2014
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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
#6 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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