Good Hotel Guide Review
‘As well as being a “grand” hotel, the Balmoral is a very nice hotel – the two not necessarily being the same thing,’ say regular readers about this Edinburgh icon. Fronted by a kilted doorman, the Victorian railway stop-over is today a thoroughly 21st-century hotel (Rocco Forte Hotels) with a Michelin-starred restaurant, a chic brasserie, an award-winning spa and a choice of inviting places to take tea – or a dram, from among some 500 varieties of whisky. Elegant bedrooms have an ‘extremely comfortable’ bed, a marble bathroom, robes and slippers; many look towards Edinburgh Castle and Arthur’s Seat. Savour the place: the hotel clock has been set three minutes fast since 1902, so no one misses their train.
1 Princes Street
0131 556 2414
187. 3 suitable for disabled.
drawing room, tea lounge, 2 bars, restaurant, brasserie, in-room TV (Freeview), wedding facilities, conferences, 15-metre indoor swimming pool, spa, gym, valet parking.
in restaurant, brasserie, bars and lobby.
all ages welcomed.
allowed in bedrooms, public areas where food and drink are not served.
Amex, MC, Visa.
per room B&B from £200. À la carte £80 (restaurant), £42.50 (brasserie).