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The Balmoral A Rocco Forte Hotel, London

Overview

Famous for its timeless elegance and gothic grandeur, originally opening in 1902, visitors to The Balmoral are able enjoy the ancient city from the splendour of one of its most iconic buildings. A welcome in bespoke Balmoral tartan; Hebridean blues, heather hues and classic Scottish art; whisky ambassadors with 500 malts – The Balmoral is a love letter to Scotland. Looking up to Edinburgh Castle, savour Michelin-starred dining, French-Scottish bistro fare, award-winning afternoon tea and a serene urban spa at the city’s most majestic spot.

From the serene sanctuary of the award-winning spa to show-stopping meals at the restaurants and bars, including the Michelin-starred Number One restaurant, The Balmoral is a luxury retreat for those looking to immerse themselves in a slice of Scottish history.

Location

Where Old Town meets New, The Balmoral occupies the prestigious address of Number 1 Princes Street right in the heart of the city, and offers remarkable panoramic views overlooking Princes Street Gardens, and towards Edinburgh Castle and Arthurs Seat. The hotel sits above the city’s railway station making it incredibly accessible for those arriving by train. Carlton Hill sits to the east with its Neoclassical monuments and sweeping views of the city skyline, and the hotel is surrounded by a plethora of galleries, restaurants, bars and shops, despite its green views.

Ideal for

Easily reached by car and train, sitting above Edinburgh’s national railway station in the city centre, The Balmoral is an ideal destination for couples, families, and friends alike, and is also dog-friendly so the entire group is welcome to visit. The symbolic hotel offers a truly authentic stay for guests looking for history and Scottish traditions, and those wanting to explore the city and its surroundings could not be better located.

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Style

Designed to perfectly balance tradition with modernity and a sense of privacy, the hotel’s stylish interiors with their unmistakable Scottish accents place guests at the heart of this historic capital.

The design, as envisioned by Rocco Forte Hotels’ Director of Design, Olga Polizzi, embodies the Scottish landscape with a colour palette of blues and greys (The Balmoral’s bespoke tartan), bringing the country’s woodlands, heather-covered hills and lochs within the hotel’s walls. 

Rooms & Suites

Many of the rooms add to the sublime sense of place with views out over Edinburgh Castle, Arthur’s Seat and the Old Town. Elegant and stylish, The Balmoral’s 167 rooms and 20 suites offer an invitation to experience and enjoy Scottish heritage.

Generous in size and decadent in spirit, the rooms and suites are designed to make guests feel at home with thoughtful amenities and beautiful furnishings, from handmade beds from Glencraft – suppliers to the Queen at Balmoral Castle – to luxurious cushions from irreverent Glaswegian brand, Timorous Beasties.

The hotel’s signature suites have their own historic and cultural stories. For example, JK Rowling famously locked herself away in one of the Suites as she wrote the final Harry Potter novel, and the Suite is now named the JK Rowling Suite. The iconic Scone & Crombie Suite is named after the stunning Scottish palace of Scone in Perthshire and the historic Crombie Castle in Aberdeenshire. From the custom-made tapestry Devonshire Swans wallpaper in the entrance hall, to the rich fabrics and opulent furnishings used throughout the grand and generous space, the presidential suite is decorated with a nod to the city’s royal connections.

Food & Drink

The Balmoral offers six bars, restaurants and spaces to enjoy a drink or delectable cuisine. At Brasserie Prince, guests can indulge in sublime French cooking made with the finest Scottish produce, and the glamorous Bar Prince prepares bespoke cocktails with fresh ingredients. The hotel’s Michelin-starred restaurant Number One marries elite Scottish cuisine with world-class service, and Palm Court offers award-winning Afternoon Tea under high ceilings and serene furnishings with a nod to Art Deco styles. For guests wanting to dive into Scottish traditions, SCOTCH is the dream destination. With over 500 unique varieties of Scottish whiskeys within the bar’s hand-crafted, oak-panelled whiskey cabinet, selection from distilleries in the highlands, lowlands, islands, islay and speyside, the collection is one of the largest in Edinburgh.

Other Activities

The Balmoral’s award-winning spa blends modern facilities with exceptional service, and boasts the 15m long indoor pool. Lined with day beds and with the blue tiles glistening to create a soothing and opulent atmosphere, the pool is a true urban oasis tucked away from the bustle of the capital.

As with all Rocco Forte Spas, they are inspired by the hotel group’s Mediterranean heritage and ingredients are grown on the organic farm at Verdura Resort, a Rocco Forte in Sicily. The spa merges Irene Forte Skincare with intelligent design, multi-sensory healing techniques and signature spa treatments for a truly restorative, transformative experience.

For a more cultural experience, this summer guests can take part in The Balmoral’s new Festival Nights, and enjoy an exclusive taste of light-hearted Scottish comedy and conversation, ‘In conversation with Fred MacAulay’, in the intimate and socially distanced surroundings of the spacious Sir Walter Scott Lounge. One of Scotland’s most popular comedians who has been a regular at the world-famous Fringe Festival for over 25 years will be joined on each evening will be stars from the worlds of sport (Judy Murray), literature (Val McDermid), and entertainment (Janey Godley).

For more information on the hotel’s various promotions and experiences, please click HERE.

Neary Attractions

Edinburgh is one of the most pleasing capital cities thanks to its variety of things to do and areas to explore, as well as its wide-open green spaces and beautiful, historic architecture, and all of which are within walking distance of The Balmoral.

For outdoor activities, Carlton Hill is a mere 10-minute walk from the hotel, where guests can enjoy further skyline views and fresh air, or those looking for more of an adventurous walk can head to ascend Arthurs Seat.

Dive into history and culture in the city’s galleries (The Scottish National Gallery sits below the hotel in Princes Street Gardens), museums, historic walking tours, and magical streets.

Prices from

Rooms start from £224 per night (B&B basis)

Suites start from £850 per night (B&B basis)

Transport Links

Edinburgh is easily reached by car and by train – and the hotel sits above Edinburgh’s railway station, The Waverley.

Edinburgh Airport is a 25-minute drive due-west of the hotel and city centre.

Contact Information

Website: www.roccofortehotels.com

Address: 1 Princes St, Edinburgh EH2 2EQ