I spent a wonderful 3 night stay at The Balmoral with my husband. The hotel is a beautiful historic building next to Waverley train station (yes it is next to a train station so there is bound to be a little noise).
From the moment we stepped out of our taxi we were greeted warmly by the staff, from the kilted doorman to the charming receptionist who showed us to our enormous room on the sixth floor. (Room 628 - highly recommend).
The room was beautifully appointed, and although we did not pay for the full on castle view, we could clearly see the castle, the old town, the station, north bridge, and in the distance the Firth of Forth from the panoramic windows. The bathroom was brand new - nice marble, chrome, and black and white tiles, and unusually, a life size picture of Sean Connery who had reopened the hotel after major refurbishment!
We ate dinner at both restaurants - the more informal Hadriens and the Michelin starred Number One. Both were outstanding - Number One was a real gastronomic experience.
Room service breakfast was wonderful - brought to us on a full sized pull out table with white linen and crockery, silver cutlery and delicious food.
The spa was very nice, and I had a lovely and very relaxing Espa treatment - back massage and facial.
In summary, this is a beautiful hotel. It is grand but still feels very welcoming. The staff are friendly and helpful. The rooms are well appointed and spotlessly clean. It is expensive but we felt that it was worth the price. We did ask in advance for a quiet room with a good view and this is exactly what we got. If you like absolute silence you will need to invest in some earplugs, simply because this is a city centre hotel next to a train station! Ask for a room on one of the top floors. I am a light sleeper but I had no trouble getting a good night's sleep at the Balmoral. I went home feeling relaxed and pampered. Thank you very much to all the staff who made our stay so special. A real treat.
- 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