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The Balmoral

Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom


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Luxury Holidays At The Balmoral

In the very heart of Edinburgh's shopping area, on prestigious Princes Street, The Balmoral - meaning 'Majestic Dwelling' in Gaelic - is a multi-award-winning luxury hotel, which opened in 1902 and is acclaimed as being one of the world's greatest railway hotels. Whatever the season, the hotel’s dedicated Concierge team can open doors to some of the most unique experiences in Scotland. Perfectly placed to offer spectacular views of Edinburgh Castle and the Old Town, and conveniently located nearby the city's main attractions, this Scottish grand dame boasts a fabulously ornate façade, along with a unique landmark clock tower - with a clock that runs three minutes ahead of time, so visitors to the city don't miss the trains that run from the neighbouring train station. Inside, the rooms and suites have been designed by Rocco Forte Hotels’ Director of Design Olga Polizzi, perfectly combining Scottish tradition with stylish modernity.

Incredible cuisine awaits at The Balmoral; The Brasserie Prince by Alain Roux flaunts classic French cooking using spectacular Scottish produce, while the Michelin-starred Number One also celebrates the natural bounty of Scotland through innovative dishes. Unwind after a day of exploration at The Balmoral Spa, a serene sanctuary in the heart of the city, boasting five treatment rooms, an impressive swimming pool, Turkish steam room and state-of-the-art gym. A menu of therapies use the newly launched Irene Forte Skincare line, exclusive to Rocco Forte Hotels.

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  • Type: Luxury Hotel
  • Summary: The Balmoral takes first place for hospitality in Edinburgh
  • Feature: Within walking distance of Edinburgh's premier attractions
  • Rooms: 187 Rooms and Suites
  • Location: Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
  • Nearest airport: Edinburgh Airport
Location and transfer

25 minutes from Edinburgh Airport by private car transfer.

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City Highlights

At Edinburgh's heart is its UNESCO World Heritage Site, comprising the medieval Old Town, Georgian New Town and award-winning modern architecture, while entertainment options in the city include art galleries, theatres and comedy clubs, not to mention renowned festivals and the must-see Edinburgh Castle. There's a plethora of fantastic restaurants to dine in and bars to enjoy a drink in - all wrapped up in the warm, friendly hospitality that Scotland is famous for the world over.

Dining & Gourmet

Offering world class cuisine and a truly memorable dining experience, The Balmoral houses one of Edinburgh's finest eateries: the Michelin-starred Number One Restaurant. Taste Scottish delights with a contemporary edge, made with the freshest and finest ingredients from Scotland's fruitful natural larder. Experience the creativity and explosive flavours of the artfully composed tasting menus in a sophisticated and elegant venue that boasts a selection of captivating, contemporary art. For a more laid-back affair, with a traditional menu that features Scottish classics, Hadrian's Brasserie is just the place.


The Balmoral's sweeping staircase, chandeliers and period features make it an ideal venue for a city wedding. Guests can relax while dedicated wedding coordinators organise every aspect of their special day, including bespoke, Michelin-starred wedding banquets, floral arrangements and preferential room rates for your guests. The hotel offers a variety of spectacular function rooms and wedding packages to make your day one to remember.

Culture & History

While exploring the city sights, do take the short trip down to the nearby Ocean Terminal at Leith, where Her Majesty's Royal Yacht Britannia is berthed. This historic ship has played host to countless dignitaries over the years and members of the British royal family holidayed on it annually, until it was taken out of service. The yacht is incredibly well-maintained and it is possible to walk through many of the state rooms and see other private areas of the ship, such as the Queen's bedroom - you can even see the Queen's Rolls-Royce Phantom, which is housed on board. By turns, opulent and understated, the yacht is a classic piece of British history and provides a fascinating insight into the royal family.


The Balmoral extends the warmest welcome to younger guests of all ages, with its dedicated kids' programmes, designed to ensure that children – from babies through to teenagers – enjoy every aspect of their Balmoral experience. Special touches include the Families R Forte passport, an Owl Teddy Turndown Service and teen spa treatments. Children can enjoy books, movies, games, children’s meals and milk and cookies at turndown. 24-hour babysitting is available on request.

Spa & Wellness

The Balmoral Spa is the ultimate urban spa experience. A retreat in the heart of the city, the spa offers a sanctuary of personal comfort and total escapism, with the highest levels of personalised service. Highly trained therapists will awaken your senses as you revive, relax and rejuvenate. Before every ESPA or Jessica treatment your therapist will guide you through a consultation, assessing your treatment needs and requirements. Enjoy all the facilities The Balmoral Spa has to offer - the Finnish sauna and Turkish steam room and fifteen-metre indoor pool come highly recommended.


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Independent Reviews

Although our awards and long history stand testament to our success, independent reviews from our clients via Feefo further support our unrivalled travel experiences.

Elegant Resorts have achieved an average score of 4.9 / 5 based on 352 independent reviews.

We are proud to have been awarded the Feefo Gold Service award. This independent seal of excellence recognises businesses for delivering exceptional experiences, as rated by real customers. Trusted Service is awarded only to those businesses that use Feefo to collect genuine ratings and reviews and achieve an overall score of 4.5 or more.