I spent one night in Edinburgh recently while ticking things off my bucket list (in this case a journey on the Flying Scotsman - which departs Edinburgh at 05:40!)
I booked The Balmoral partly because it is literally above Waverley Station, but also because the reviews seemed good.
I always assume the Scottish people don't like the English (for historical reasons) and last time I was in Edinburgh I received a very cold, hostile and homophobic welcome (or rather not welcome).
Anyway, The Balmoral was wonderful. A very warm welcome, a beautiful room with spectacular views of Princes Street and the Castle.
The bed was very comfortable, the bathroom was opulent, what more could I need?
I also had a great dinner at the hotel brasserie which I will review separately.
Overall a lovely hotel and a great stay.
- 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