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The Balmoral

Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom

 The Balmoral: Exterior

The Balmoral: Exterior

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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. 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. In addition, the hotel comprises 188 guest rooms and suites - each with a marble bathroom, a Michelin-starred restaurant where sophisticated Scottish and French cuisine can be enjoyed, and the sublime Balmoral Spa, where you can indulge in an ESPA or Jessica treatment, swim in the indoor swimming pool, chill out in the sauna or steam room, or work out in the fully equipped gym. Providing a warm welcome to all its guests, the late Queen Mother was a regular guest for lunch when staying in Scotland, while a great many other notable guests have breezed through the grand entrance over the years en route to their luxurious suites, from Hollywood actresses, to British politicians and rock stars. The Balmoral also adores playing host to families and offers an abundance of facilities and thoughtful amenities to entertain and ensure a comfortable, special stay in this very special, historic city.

  • Type:Luxury Hotel
  • Summary:The Balmoral takes first place for hospitality in Edinburgh
  • Feature:Within walking distance of Edinburgh's premier attractions
  • Rooms:188 Rooms and Suites
  • Location:Edinburgh , Scotland , United Kingdom
  • Star rating:5 Star
  • Nearest airport:Edinburgh International Airport
The Balmoral
Location and transfer

25 minutes from Edinburgh Airport by private car transfer.


Prices are available on request.

Prices are for guidance only. They are subject to availability, change and current exchange rate. You will be advised of the price of the holiday that you wish to book before your contract is confirmed.

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Rooms and suites combine contemporary elegance with The Balmoral's strong sense of history and charm. Each bedroom has its own characteristics borrowed from their Scottish heritage. Guests enjoy facilities including an interactive television offering UK and satellite channels, a telephone, complimentary wi-fi, in-room refreshment facilities, a mini-bar, personal safe, hairdryer, air-conditioning, walk-in dressing rooms, plentiful storage space and a turndown service. The bathrooms are finished in marble and ceramic, offering luxurious Italian toiletries and fluffy bathrobes to complete the ensemble.

Classic Room:+
  • Rooms: 29
  • Size: 15-21m²
  • Room View: Internal courtyard views
  • Facilities: The lovely Classic Rooms offer a queen-size bed, spacious marble bathroom and all modern comforts.
Executive Room :+
  • Rooms: 81
  • Size: 22-28m²
  • Room View: City or internal courtyard views
  • Facilities: With elements of traditional Scottish style, the Executive Rooms have a queen-size bed, spacious marble bathroom and can interconnect, if additional space is required.
Deluxe Room:+
  • Rooms: 29
  • Size: 26-34m²
  • Room View: City or internal courtyard views
  • Facilities: The large and contemporary Deluxe Rooms offer a king-size bed or twin beds, a spacious marble bathroom and a sitting area.
Superior Deluxe Room:+
  • Rooms: 15
  • Size: 21-32m²
  • Room View: Views of Edinburgh Castle
  • Facilities: Located on the higher floors, the Superior Deluxe Rooms boast panoramic views of Princes Street Gardens and Edinburgh Castle. They have king-size or twin beds, spacious marble bathrooms and delightful sitting areas.
Junior Suite:+
  • Rooms: 12
  • Size: 28-34m²
  • Room View: Internal courtyard or city views
  • Facilities: These roomy and elegant Junior Suites each boast a king-size bed, separate lounge area, desk and spacious marble bathroom.
Junior Suite with Castle View:+
  • Rooms: 2
  • Size: 38m²
  • Room View: Princes Street Gardens and Edinburgh Castle
  • Facilities: These suites offer the same features and amenities as the Junior Suites, but with panoramic views of Princes Street Gardens and Edinburgh Castle.
Classic Suite:+
  • Rooms: 6
  • Size: 47-66m²
  • Room View: Views of Northbridge, Princes Street or the Old Town
  • Facilities: The Classic Suites are extremely spacious, making them perfect for longer stays. They each have a separate lounge and a bedroom with a king-size bed, spacious marble bathroom and distinctly Scottish interiors.
Grand Suite:+
  • Rooms: 5
  • Size: 51-55m²
  • Room View: Arthur's Seat or Carlton Hill views
  • Facilities: With a traditional Scottish design, unique alcoves and quirky decorations, The Grand Suites offer contemporary luxury with a dose of Scottish charm. Each one has a separate living area, king-size bedroom, spacious marble bathroom and many feature turret-style alcoves and working fireplaces.
Deluxe Suite:+
  • Rooms: 6
  • Size: 48m²
  • Room View: Views of Edinburgh Castle
  • Facilities: These elegant, roomy Deluxe Suites include working fireplaces, separate king-size bedrooms and lounge areas, spacious marble bathrooms and stunning views of Edinburgh Castle.
Balmoral Suite:+
  • Rooms: 1
  • Size: 65m²
  • Room View: Views of Arthur’s Seat and the historic Old Town
  • Facilities: The traditional Balmoral Suite boasts original features and stunning city views. There is a private lounge with living flame fire, separate dining room, a Master Bedroom with a king-size bed and a spacious marble bathroom with bath and walk-in shower. The Balmoral Suite can be interconnected with a Classic Room, so is perfect for families.
Glamis Suite:+
  • Rooms: 1
  • Size: 84m²
  • Room View: Full-length views of Princes Street
  • Facilities: This stunning classic, but contemporary suite can be interconnected to an Executive Room, making it ideal for families. There is a delightful lounge filled with antique and modern furnishings, a dining area, Master Bedroom with a king-size bed and a spacious marble bathroom.
Scone and Crombie:+
  • Rooms: 1
  • Size: 93m²
  • Room View: Views of the historic Old Town
  • Facilities: The largest and most luxurious suite features opulent furnishings, a living flame fire in the lounge, along with a dining table, dressing area and king-size Master Bedroom. There is a spacious bathroom with a rolltop bath and a separate shower. The suite can be connected to an Executive Room, making it ideal for families.

The Balmoral offers dining venues to satisfy all appetites and occasions, including traditional Afternoon Tea, relaxed lunches or an extra-special dinner at Number One restaurant, which has earned a Michelin Star for the fourteenth year in a row.

Number One:+
  • Cuisine: An innovative blend of Scottish and French cuisine
  • Setting: The Michelin-starred Number One adds creativity and sophistication to its award-winning dishes - using the finest of Scottish ingredients. The setting is striking, with red lacquered walls and original artwork.
  • Dress Code: Smart/casual
  • Children's Menu: Yes
  • Vegetarian Menu: Yes
  • Cuisine: Scottish and International cuisine
  • Setting: An informal environment that successfully combines a contemporary feel with the 1930s Art Deco fixtures.
  • Dress Code: Casual
  • Children's Menu: Yes
  • Vegetarian Menu: Yes
Palm Court:+
  • Cuisine: Light bites and award-winning Afternoon Tea
  • Setting: Primarily a bar, this is also the ideal venue to indulge in Afternoon Tea or, for the more daring, oysters and Champagne. The venue is opulent and boasts a glittering glass dome and Venetian chandelier.
  • Dress Code: Smart/casual
  • Children's Menu: Yes
  • Vegetarian Menu: Yes
The Balmoral Bar:+
  • Cuisine: Light snacks and cocktails
  • Setting: A glamorous, theatrical venue serving innovative cocktails and mouthwatering light bites and sharing platters.
  • Dress Code: Casual
  • Children's Menu: No
  • Vegetarian Menu: No
  • Cuisine: Scottish-inspired fare and whisky
  • Setting: Enjoy the finest Scottish whiskys, accompanied by carefully selected dishes and snacks in the hotel’s signature whisky bar, which is delightfully furnished with charming tweed sofas and has a warm and welcoming atmosphere.
  • Dress Code: Smart/casual
  • Children's Menu: No
  • Vegetarian Menu: No
City Life

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.


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.

Health & Fitness

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.

In Addition

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.

Weddings & Honeymoons

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.

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