The Balmoral - Edinburgh, Scotland - 5 Star Luxury Hotel

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Rooms & Suites: 188

A luxury hotel in the true sense of the word, Rocco Forte Hotels' Balmoral, with its majestic clock tower, is a stylish five-star property in the very heart of Edinburgh.

Balmoral Hotel is a 5 Star Luxury Hotel and a member of Leading Hotels of the World with 168 Rooms & 20 Suites. While many Edinburgh hotels claim to have Edinburgh's landmarks on their doorstep, few can say their doorstep is a landmark. Located on Princes Street, in Edinburgh's main shopping area and next to Waverley Station, The Balmoral is close to the leading luxury department stores and within striking distance of many Edinburgh attractions. Edinburgh International Airport is just 25 minutes by car from the hotel, and its convenient location makes The Balmoral the ideal hotel accommodation in Edinburgh from which to enjoy the many events held in the city, including the Edinburgh Festival. The Balmoral offers 188 opulent suites and stylish rooms with views towards Edinburgh Castle, the Old Town, or the hotel's internal courtyard. All the bedrooms were fully refurbished in the hotel's recent £7 million refurbishment programme. The refurbishment also included The Balmoral's signature conference and banqueting suite, the Sir Walter Scott Suite, as well as seven further conference and banqueting suites, Hadrian's Brasserie, number one restaurant and the hotel lobby. For the ultimate in relaxation, the Balmoral Spa is an exclusive retreat in the heart of the city. Voted 'Scotland's Top Urban Day Spa' in Conde Nast Traveller's 2007 Readers' Spa Awards, it offers five treatment rooms, a swimming pool, sauna, steam room, gymnasium and exercise studio. Number one, the fine dining restaurant at Edinburgh's Balmoral Hotel, has retained its Michelin star. Number one has held the accolade now for six years and remains the only hotel restaurant in Edinburgh to possess the award for gastronomic excellence. The star signifies high-quality cuisine, as well as consistent service, comfort and the warm welcome the restaurant provides its customers. Jeff Bland, The Balmoral's executive chef and his team emphasize locally sourced, seasonal produced ingredients. The number one's head chef, Craig Sandle, and his team have forged close relationships with many Scottish producers of fish, shellfish, herbs, vegetables and soft fruit, beef and game, sustaining the Scottish economy and helping reduce The Balmoral's carbon footprint. In 2007 the team collected eight accolades. Assistant Manager James O'Donnell and Sous Chef Kevin Sutherland followed up the success of the Michelin Star in January 2007 by winning the International Copa Jerez, beating off stiff competition from competitors from around the globe and in February Sommelier Sam Aitken was awarded the Vintners Bursary at The WSET Awards for Excellence. The restaurant is the only Edinburgh restaurant short listed in the Fine Dining category for the inaugural "Scottish Restaurant Awards."


Leading Hotels of the World

Trip Type

Business Meeting, Family Vacation, Romantic Getaway, Shopping & Fashion, Spa & Wellness, Wedding


Edinburgh International Airport (EDI)

Airport Distance

8 miles/12 kms/25 minutes

High Season

May through October