Hotel The Balmoral

5 Stars

  1 Princes Street - EH2 2EQ - Edinburgh, United Kingdom View Map
Area: Old Town - New Town

The Balmoral Spa was recently voted Scotland's top Day Spa (UK category) in the Conde Nast Traveller Readers' Spa Awards 2008. The Balmoral Spa is the ultimate urban spa experience. A retreat in the heart of the city, The Balmoral Spa offers a sanctuary of personal comfort and total escapism, with the highest levels of personalised service. The Balmoral's highly trained therapists will take you on a journey, awakening your senses in this haven as you revive, relax and rejuvenate. Before every treatment your therapist will guide you through a thorough consultation, assessing your treatment needs and requirements. Enjoy all the facilities The Balmoral Spa has to offer - our Finnish sauna and Turkish steam room, 15-metre crystal-clear pool, air-conditioned fully equipped cardiovascular gymnasium and exercise room. End your spa journey by winding-down in our Relaxation Suite. Lie back and relax on one of our luxurious loungers, and succumb to the sensuous scents and sounds. Or simply flick through your favourite glossy magazine.

Hotel Details


A city landmark in its own right, The Balmoral prides itself on its blend of exceptional facilities, experienced event staff and dedication to detail. Seven fully-equipped meeting and évent rooms welcome guests, with up to 350 people easily accommodated in the Sir Walter Scott suite. The Balmoral offers groups easy access to the historic sights of the city centre.


Rocco Forte Balmoral Hotel is in Edinburgh, Scotland. This hotel is situated amongst the shopping of Princes Street; Waverly Station is adjacent. St. Andrew Square and the Princes Street Gardens are within one half kilometer.


All 168 rooms and 20 suites combine contemporary elegance with The Balmoral's strong sense of history and charm. Each bedroom has its own characteristics borrowed from our Scottish heritage, which offers a true refuge in which to relax or escape.


For an outstanding culinary experience, Michelin-starred number one is recognized as one of Scotland's best restaurants, with Craig Sandle and his team providing outstanding cuisine. He places emphasis on creative dishes whilst promoting the best of Scotland by using only the finest and freshest Scottish ingredients. Number one restaurant won the “Fine Dining Experience” Award at the inaugural Scottish Restaurant Awards 2008. The judging panel agreed that number one restaurant offered its customers the ultimate sophisticated dining experience. All three finalists in the category were considered to be trend-setters as opposed to followers, offering clients the best of inventive gourmet food.


The Rocco Forte Collection's Balmoral is a luxury hotel in the true sense of the word. With its majestic clock tower, the hotel is a unique and contemporary luxury five-star property in the very heart of Edinburgh. 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 walking 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 luxury hotel in Edinburgh for business or leisure, including the famous Edinburgh Festival and Hogmanay. There are also convenient transport links also from Glasgow or Prestwick Airports. The Balmoral offers 188 opulent suites and stylish rooms, many with views towards Edinburgh Castle and the Old Town. The Balmoral’s ten conference and banqueting suites, including the signature Sir Walter Scott Suite all enjoy natural daylight and can accommodate a wide range of events including: business conferences, intimate dinner parties, large receptions and weddings. The hotel and city also make for an ideal incentive destination with an abundance of history and culture readily available. When it comes to fine-dining, the choice of restaurants at The Balmoral matches the mood of the moment. With attentive but non-intrusive service, guests can choose from the hotel's Michelin-starred number one fine dining restaurant with outstanding cuisine provided by Chef Jeff Bland; Hadrian's for chic and informal dining; Palm Court for traditional afternoon tea or its very own Bollinger Bar. The newly refurbished and stylish Balmoral Bar is perfect for a relaxing cocktail or traditional whisky. 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 Condé Nast Traveller's 2008 Readers' Spa Awards, it offers five treatment rooms (with ESPA and Ytsara treatments) a 15 metre swimming pool, sauna, steam room, gymnasium and exercise studio. The Balmoral is the perfect choice for a luxurious city spa break. The Balmoral recently won a place on Condé Nast Traveler's Gold List (US edition) within "The best hotels in the world for location". Be it for a luxury romantic break or important business meeting; make The Balmoral your address in Edinburgh.

Hotel facilities

  •  Car Parking
  •  Non smoking rooms
  •  Air conditioning
  •  Fitness Center
  •  Lifts 3
  •  Indoor Swimmingpool
  •  Conference rooms 10
  •  Restaurant
  •  Check-in at From 16:00
  •  Lobby Size LG
  •  Laundry Service
  •  Beauty Center
  •  Car Renting
  •  Sauna
  •  Authorized coach parking
  •  Projector available
  •  Meeting room
  •  Baby sitting
  •  Voltage 220

The Hotel The Balmoral is perfect for who wants to travel by car. The accommodation is with air conditioning. The hotel is suitable for sportsmen. The hotel is perfect for swimmers. The property is fully equipped with a conference room. Guests can use the hotel's restaurant. The Hotel The Balmoral offers a laundry service. The Hotel The Balmoral offers wellness features. The hotel has a car rental service. The hotel is ideal for both large and small groups wishing to saty there. There is a projector available for the use in meetings. The hotel is great for those who travel for work. The hotel is ideal for families with small children.

The hotel provides either its own car park or a nearby one with a special agreement; being not included in the room price, for a paid parking the payment have to be carried out directly on the spot.

Rooms facilities

  •  Television
  •  Direct Dial Telephone
  •  Air conditioning
  •  Mini Bar
  •  Hairdryer
  •  High Speed Modem
  •  Safe Box
  •  Satellite TV
  •  Trouser Press
  •  Alarm Clock
  •  Radio
  •  Movies

The Hotel The Balmoral offers the use of a TV in the rooms. Accommodation has direct dial telephone in all rooms. The Hotel The Balmoral offers a minibar service. The Hotel The Balmoral rooms offers the use of an hairdryer. Guests have access to a fast internet connection in the rooms. Accommodation has a safe in all the rooms. The hotel offers its guests the use of an pants iron (trouser press) . The hotel offers a wake up service for guests. The accommodation offers a radio service for its guests. The Hotel The Balmoral offers a movie service.

 Public transport

  • Airport: EDI
  • Time to the Airport: 20 MIN
  • Railway Station: WAVERLEY
  • Time to the Railway Station: 2 MIN
  • Distance from the airport: 13 KM
  • Fair site: EICC
  • Distance from Railway Station: 0.1 KM
  • Time to the bus stop: 1 MIN

 Guests' Reviews

Sheffield, United Kingdom

Excellent: 5/5 More Details

Wonderful city break

This is an elegant hotel in a prime position on princes street just a two minute walk from the royal mile.the interior is warm and welcoming as are the staff who make you feel special.
we stayed in a basic classic room which was cosy and comfortable with excellent furnishings and linens.we did not have a view of the castle or princes street but we do not sit in our room looking at the view as we get out and about looking at the views around us and you can hardly miss the castle!
we had a fabulous meal in the number one restaurant which deserves its michelin star as it is equal to,if not better,than many others we have enjoyed.
i have no hesitation in recommending the balmoral based on our experience.



London, United Kingdom

Very Good: 4.4/5 More Details


It is more convenient if there are a pot and free internet access.
breakfast and pool were very good.

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