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Edinburgh and the Lothians Hotels

Balmoral Hotel

  • 1 Princes St. Map It
  • New Town
  • Fodor's Choice
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  • Rocco Forte Hotel's The Balmoral

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  • Rocco Forte Hotel's The Balmoral

  • Rocco Forte Hotel's The Balmoral

  • Rocco Forte Hotel's The Balmoral

  • Rocco Forte Hotel's The Balmoral

  • Rocco Forte Hotel's The Balmoral

2014 Hotel
Award Winner 2014


  • Big and beautiful building
  • Top-hatted doorman
  • Quality bathroom goodies


  • Small pool
  • Spa books up fast
  • Restaurants can be very busy

Updated 02/25/2014

Fodor's Review

The attention to detail in the elegant rooms—colors were picked to echo the country's heathers and moors—and the sheer élan that has re-created the Edwardian splendor of this grand, former railroad hotel make staying at the Balmoral a special introduction to Edinburgh. Here, below the landmark clock tower marking the east end of Princes Street, the lively buzz makes you feel as if you're at the center of city life. The hotel's main restaurant is the plush and clubby Number One, serving excellent Scottish seafood and game. A whisky bar serves more than 400 malts and blends accompanied by unusual bar snacks. If you overindulge, recuperate at the luxurious spa.

Hotel Award Winner | 2012

Hotel Information


1 Princes St., Edinburgh, Edinburgh, EH2 2EQ, Scotland

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Hotel Details:

  • Credit cards accepted
  • 168 rooms, 20 suites
  • Rate includes: Breakfast

Updated 02/25/2014

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Jun 18, 2015

Family Reunion Heaven

Rather recently (12-15 June, '15), had the honour of another sublime stay at this lovely property; so memorable, sending this brief review from a current business travel stay in Toronto, Canada. Primary purpose was yearly Scotland family reunion; special as ever. Balmoral arrival with the mrs. was via rail from London, after a few days of meetings in the city. Seamless in-room, check-in to a specific "Grand Suite" I had booked months earlier

(and knew from prior Balmoral stays). The family reunion weekend was a blessedly low-key and intimate affair, allowing adequate time for sleep and spa sessions. (The weekend was a welcome break from this ongoing, "round the world", business trip.) Monday departure entailed flying from Edinburgh to Heathrow for ongoing flights to Toronto (yours truly) and back home to Singapore for the loved one. So many beautiful Balmoral memories, from childhood to present. Savour your Scottish times.

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