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The Balmoral, a Rocco Forte hotel

Rocco Forte Hotels

1 Princes Street 
Edinburgh,  EH2 2EQ
Scotland

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Overview

Edinburgh is the jewel in Scotland’s crown and at its heart lies The Balmoral hotel. Located at 1 Princes Street with views of Edinburgh Castle, the Scott Monument and Arthur’s Seat, the skirl of the bagpipes is always within earshot. Our hotel merges contemporary styling with elegant tradition, like the colors of a fine tartan weave. It’s a place where you can enjoy Michelin-starred dining at our ‘Number One’ restaurant and discover over 400 whiskies in our Scotch bar. Our kilted doormen will guide you across the threshold of the finest 5-star hotel in Edinburgh. Our Concierge will guide you towards Edinburgh’s modern boutiques and bars, theaters and museums.

Exclusive SmartNights Amenities

  • Full Breakfast for two daily at Hadrians Brasserie
  • £75 Food and Beverage credit, per room, per stay

The following amenities are subject to availability at time of check-in/departure:

  • Upgrade (Certain Suite categories may be excluded)
  • Early Check-In
  • Late Check-Out

Check In: 3:00PM
Check Out: 12:00PM

Accommodations

Number of Rooms: 188

Classic Bedroom

Choose from king- or queen-size or continental twin bed configurations. These rooms are mostly internally facing and are, on average, a spacious 28 square metres.

(NOTE:- not included in Signature Travel Network program)

Executive Room

At 25 square meters /269 square feet, our Executive Double is the perfect room for the leisure traveler. The room offers elegant surroundings with contemporary design features whilst maintaining an element of Scottish charm. The Executive Double offers a queen sized bed or two single beds, individually-controlled air-conditioning and a wide range of in-room amenities. Interconnecting rooms are available on request.

Deluxe Room

At 36 square meters/388 square feet, our Deluxe Bedroom offers spacious surroundings with the added luxury of a comfortable sitting area. The room offers elegant and contemporary design features whilst maintaining an element of Scottish charm. The Deluxe Bedroom guarantees a king sized bed or two single beds and features individually-controlled air-conditioning and a wide range of in-room amenities.

Classic Suite

At 55 square meters/592 square feet, our Classic Suite is extremely spacious and perfectly appointed for longer stays. This one bedroom suite features the added luxury of a separate living room and incorporates a king sized bed or two single beds and unrivalled city views of Edinburgh. Additional features include a walk-in dressing room, individually controlled air-conditioning and a wide range of in-room amenities.

Deluxe Suite

At 55 square meters/592 square feet, our Deluxe Suite is extremely spacious with a mix of contemporary and traditional design features including original working fireplaces. This one bedroom suite features the added luxury of a separate living room and incorporates a queen sized bed or two single beds and panoramic views of Princes Street Gardens and Edinburgh Castle. Additional features include a walk-in dressing room, individually controlled air-conditioning and a wide range of in-room amenities.
 

Grand Suite

At 60 square meters/646 square feet, our Grand Suite is exceptionally spacious with traditional Scottish design features such as turret style alcoves which are synonymous with The Balmoral. This one bedroom corner suite features the added luxury of a separate living room and incorporates a queen sized bed or two single beds and unrivaled views of Edinburgh's Old Town. Additional features include a walk-in dressing room, individually controlled air-conditioning and a wide range of in-room amenities.
 

Royal Suite

At 75 square meters/807 square feet, our Royal Suite offers exceptionally spacious surroundings and breathtaking views of Edinburgh's historic Old Town. The suite features a mix of contemporary and traditional design including original working fireplaces. This one bedroom suite features the added luxury of a separate living room and private dining space and incorporates a king sized bed or two single beds. Additional features include a walk-in dressing room, individually controlled air-conditioning and a wide range of in-room amenities.
 

Superior Deluxe King

At 36 square meter /388 square feet our Superior Deluxe King Bedroom offers spacious surroundings with the added luxury of a comfortable sitting area. The room is located on one of our higher floors offering panoramic views of Princes Street Gardens and Edinburgh Castle. The Superior Deluxe King room guarantees a king sized bed or two single beds and features individually-controlled air-conditioning and a wide range of in-room amenities.
 

Junior Suite

At 45 square meters/484 square feet, our Junior Suite offers spacious surroundings featuring an open plan bedroom and the added luxury of a comfortable lounge area. The Junior Suite incorporates a king sized bed or two single beds, generous wardrobe space and individually controlled air-conditioning. Interconnecting rooms are available on request.

Guest Services

Complimentary Health Club Access

Personal fitness and well-being programmes are tailored exclusively, by your personal trainers and lifestyle consultants.

Concierge

Laundry and Valet Service

Multilingual Staff

Facilities

Business Center

Meeting & Conference Facilities

The Balmoral has ten stunning conference and banqueting suites, which benefit from natural daylight and can accommodate private dinner parties, business meetings, conferences and receptions for up to 450.
Our signature Sir Walter Scott Suite was refurbished in March 2004. This stunning suite provides a magnificent ballroom for up to 280 people, a cocktail reception for up to 450 guests or an inspiring conference room for up to 350 delegates theatre style.
Seven further conference and banqueting suites were refurbished in 2003. All suites are equipped with the latest audio-visual technology and can be set according to your needs. Many of the rooms have stunning views of Edinburgh Castle and the surrounding hills and provide an inspirational setting for your event.

An overview of our Conference and Banqueting Rooms:

Sir Walter Scott
Undoubtedly one of the most impressive of banqueting suites in the city, The Sir Walter Scott, located on the ground floor, has magnificent views of Edinburgh Castle. The Suite has retained fifteen original chandeliers from the hotel's opening in 1902, which are the largest collection of hand painted chandeliers in Europe. The Suite was fully refurbished in 2004 and boasts two specially commissioned murals, gold leaf detail around the columns and a beautiful interior design. The Sir Walter Scott can accommodate up to 350 people theatre-style, 450 for cocktails and 280 guests for a dinner dance.

Holyrood
The Holyrood Suite, situated on the ground floor of the Balmoral, has a corner position with spectacular views of Edinburgh Castle, the Old Town and Arthur's seat. The room has long rectangular windows, allowing natural daylight to flood the room. Original chandeliers from the hotel's opening in 1902 and the beautiful ornate cornicing provide the perfect setting for a conference (120 people) and 200 guests for cocktails.

Waverley
The Waverley Suite, situated on the ground floor, has large windows along one side of the wall with views of The Old Town and Arthur's Seat. Suitable for up to 70 guests theatre style, 40 guests in "U" shape seating or up to 60 guests for a dinner. The Waverley adjoins the Holyrood Suite and can be used either as a syndicate room or for pre-dinner drinks.

Princes
The Princes Suite faces directly onto one of Europe's most famous thoroughfares, Princes Street. Natural daylight is provided by the vast windows, which stretch two sides of the room. A magnificent fireplace along with original chandeliers and beautiful cornicing provide a regal setting, suitable for a variety of occasions, including 120 guests for cocktails and 60 people theatre-style.
The Second Floor of The Balmoral offers six stunning banqueting rooms, which all face Edinburgh Castle. These rooms provided an excellent backdrop for meetings, breakfast and lunch presentations, dinners, press conferences and cocktail parties. All rooms have period detail such as original cornicing and fireplaces, which contrast with the neutral colours and contemporary style and flair that Olga Polizzi has cleverly introduced.

Indoor Pool

Spa

DINING

Hadrian's

Hadrian's is The Balmoral's stylish brasserie, offering excellent cuisine in an informal ambience.

Hadrian's stylish interior was recently refurbished and has a distinct 1930s art deco influence, with a palette of lime and walnut and a splash of African violet. The combination of colours was inspired by the natural landscapes of Edinburgh, taking the Salisbury Crags, sea and sky as influences.

Opening Hours:
Breakfast
Monday to Saturday 7.00 am - 11.00am
Sunday 7.30 am - 11.00 am

Lunch
Monday to Saturday 12.00 pm - 2.30 pm
Sunday 12.30 pm - 3.00 pm

Dinner
Monday to Sunday 6.30 pm - 10.30 pm

Number One

As one of the finest Edinburgh restaurants, Number One presents modern Scottish cuisine. Balmoral smoked salmon, lemon butter, quails egg and caviar. Inverurie hogget, baby gem, peas and mint yoghurt. Valrhona chocolate tart 2001, praline and white chocolate. Number One was fully refurbished in 2015 offering a fresh, contemporary style while retaining the warm and inviting atmosphere which guests have enjoyed since the restaurant opened in 1997. Take a seat on our comfortable dove grey wool banquettes and sample some of Scotland's most creative dishes. Art is at the centre of Number One's interior design with a large triptych print of a Scottish oak tree by Adam Ellis complementing artwork from the Royal College of Art in London which hangs on the rich red lacquered walls.

Palm Court

Palm Court is an Edinburgh institution that's as glittering as its glass dome and Venetian chandelier. The place to sample our award-winning Afternoon Tea and a wide selection of loose leaf teas, coffee and pastries. Sip vintage champagne and try to spot the Calton Hill follies hidden on the wallpaper. A harpist provides the perfect accompaniment.

Scotch

Our signature whisky bar pays homage to Scotland's national drink and is home to one of Edinburgh's largest collections. Take a seat on one of the tweed sofas and let our Whisky Ambassadors help you choose from over 400 varieties, each one accompanied by a specially selected snack. Wild boar salami. Dark Swiss chocolate. Smoked almonds.

The Balmoral Bar

Vibrant and exciting, our Balmoral Bar has been transformed by Olga Polizzi. Back-lit acetates create a sense of theater. Natural fabrics such as velvet and leather provide a welcoming ambiance. On the menu, expertly blended cocktails shaken and stirred to perfection and a wide selection of wines, beers and spirits from around the world.

Attractions

Local News

The Balmoral originally opened in 1902 as the North British Hotel, a traditional railway hotel adjacent to Waverley Station. For travellers arriving by train the hotel provided comfortable and elegant lodgings, before they continued their journeys.

The hotel is located in the very heart of the city at 1 Princes Street, the main shopping area overlooking Edinburgh Castle. The Balmoral is a landmark in its own right with its majestic clock tower, which can be seen from all around. Given that the hotel is adjacent to the station, the clock is always set two minutes fast to ensure that people don't miss their trains - except on New Year's Eve of course!

Edinburgh is a beautiful city, built on a series of volcanic hills. The architecture is stunning and dates back to the 12th century in the Old Town, with the New Town offering a more 'modern' style from the 18th century. Often considered a perennial destination, 'Eventful Edinburgh' offers something for everyone, whether you live there or are simply visiting. For example, there are 20 golf courses surrounding the city; theatres featuring the latest West End shows; the Edinburgh International Festival during the summer; Hogmanay New Year celebrations in the winter and many other world-class events. Most of the city's inhabitants both live and work in the city centre, which gives it a vibrant and welcoming atmosphere.

Edinburgh Castle is built on the formerly volcanic 'Mound'. The route downhill from there to the Palace of Holyroodhouse (home of the royal family whenever they visit Edinburgh) is known as the Royal Mile. In the past, this street was lined with merchants selling their wares; today it is still a buzzing central point for cafe society, shops and street activities.

To the east of the hotel lies Calton Hill, an acropolis-style monument overlooking Princes Street, which has earned the city its nickname of 'Athens of the North'. Another familiar monument is Greyfriars Bobby, the little dog who famously guarded his master's grave for many years and was considered to be part of the community.

During your stay at The Balmoral, our Concierge desk will be delighted to assist with any questions you have regarding sightseeing opportunities. They will also provide you with a map.



 

Map / Location

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Directions:

By Train The Balmoral is adjacent to Waverley Station, which is served by direct links from all around the country, in addition to the frequent main-line service from London King's Cross.

By Air Edinburgh Airport is eight miles from The Balmoral, approximately 25 minutes by car. If you are arriving by rail or air, please let us know if you require assistance with your luggage or would like to be met and transported to the hotel.

By Car

  • ·When departing the airport, follow signs for the A8 and Edinburgh City Centre
  • This will take you through the suburb of Corstorphine, passing Edinburgh Zoo on your left and Murrayfield Stadium on your right. You will soon approach the Haymarket district of the city
  • Keep following City Centre signs into the West End junction of Princes Street
  • You will then reach a one-way system that takes you through Charlotte Square and onto Queen Street; follow Queen Street to its full length
  • This leads into York Place, passing the National Portrait Gallery on your right, and eventually you will reach a roundabout
  • Take the second exit and keep in your right-hand lane. This is Leith Street
  • At the end of Leith Street you will come to a set of major traffic lights. At this point you will see The Balmoral on your right
  • At this set of traffic lights, take a right turn onto Princes Street
  • You will now be at The Balmoral, where our Doorman will welcome you


Nearby airports: Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
Distance: 8 Miles