My wife and I chose the Balmoral Hotel as our "base of operations" for our brief wedding trip to Scotland in September of last year. We had originally planned to be married in Santorini, Greece, but the Greek authorities put up too many roadblocks; as such, we had to sort of scramble a bit to put together a trip to Edinburgh, which was also a finalist for us (so no need to feel bad for us for having to "fall back" on Scotland!) I mention all this because the expediency with which we were required to do our planning left us relying very heavily on the concierge at the Balmoral to assist us in finding a photographer, a florist, hair dresser, and a few other very important arrangements. Joseph Winders is the head concierge there, and I can say without hyperbole that he is the most important man you need to communicate with before you go to Edinburgh. He arranged almost everything for us, or helped us to make the arrangements ourselves. And once we were actually there, the staff took very good care of us, particularly on our big day. A staffer on the concierge team was making sure that everything was delivered timely (flowers, etc); she would ask if we needed anything, to help things go smoothly. When we came down to the lobby, they ordered (and payed for) a cab to take us to the registrar. One of the ladies rushed from behind the counter to hug my wife and tell her how beautiful she looked (we were there alone, so this meant a lot to us). Oh, and on the first night while we were napping the staff wheeled in a top-notch bottle of champagne for congratulations on the coming nuptials.
Now, about the room (it's hard to stop fawning over the staff, they were so incredible). The room we had was much larger than I was expecting, and we had a perfect view of the castle. The bed was extremely comfortable, and the room was beautiful and clean. I will attach some photos when I dig them up, but I think "charming" is a good summary term. Oh, and the location could not be more perfect - easy walk to both Old Town and New Town.
I will briefly mention the restaurant, but it really deserves a whole review on its own. The restaurant is called Number One. My wife and I had our wedding night dinner at the restaurant, and it was one of the most fabulous meals of our entire lives. We had the tasting menu, which - no exaggeration - went on for about 4 hours. Course after course of heaven was brought out, and a sommelier would bring us a wine to pair with the food for each course (yeah, we were a little tipsy afterword!) They even made us a special desert slate for congratulations. Don't miss this restaurant even if you decide to stay elsewhere in Edinburgh.
I will mention that it is not the least expensive hotel you will find in Edinburgh, but to my mind they could charge much more than they do for the service they provide. I'll never forget how they took care of us on this seminal trip for me and my wife. If anyone from the hotel reads this: thank you!!!
- 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