The Balmoral, a Rocco Forte Hotel

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

1 Princes Street, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Arrive at The Balmoral Hotel on any given day, and the first thing you’ll notice is its glorious clock tower that’s never on time.

This irregularity (or calculated miscalculation as the locals call it) is a historical quirk as legendary as the hotel itself and dates back to 1902 when The Balmoral was built as a grand railway hotel, and its turret clock was set three minutes fast to make sure passengers never miss their trains. To this day, the hotel’s clock is dependably inaccurate, but everything else about The Balmoral is on point, from its excellent location at the prestigious No. 1 Princes Street address to its world-class facilities, including Brasserie Prince by Alain Roux and Michelin-starred Number One. But the real highlight of the hotel is what designer Olga Polizzi did with its decor. Everywhere you look, the Scottish heritage of the hotel shines through, beautifully infused with 21st-century sophistication (think sweeping staircases, Corinthian columns and gorgeous murals complimented by calmly contemporary furnishings). With so much history and grandeur lying in wait, the Balmoral is right on the money in its claim to be an Edinburgh landmark.

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What makes the hotel special

  • Enjoy the best Scottish Afternoon tea in the brand new refurbished Palm Court
  • Explore the widest Whisky selection in Edinburgh with over 400 Whiskies in the Whisky Bar 'Scotch'
  • Have a fantastic dinner in the Michelin starred restaurant 'number one'

Our selection of rooms and suites

Rooms and Suites

Classic Room

19 sq.m / 205 sq.ft, View: City or Courtyard View - Location: All floors (6 in total) - Bathtub only

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Executive Room

25 sq.m / 269 sq.ft, View: City or Courtyard View - Location: All floors - Bathtub only

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Deluxe Room

27 sq.m / 291 sq.ft, View: City or Courtyard View - Location: All floors - Bathtub only

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Executive Old Town View Room

25 sq.m / 269 sq.ft, View: Old Town - Location: All floors - Bathtub only

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Deluxe Old Town View Room

27 sq.m / 291 sq.ft, View: Old Town View - Location: All floors - Bathtub only

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Deluxe Castle View Room

18 sq.m / 194 sq.ft, View: City View - Location: 3rd floor and higher (excluding 6th floor) - Bathtub only

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Junior Suite

28 sq.m / 301 sq.ft, View: City or Courtyard View - Location: All floors - Bathtub only

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Junior Suite Castle view

38 sq.m / 409 sq.ft, View: Edinburgh Castle - Location: 3rd, 4th and 6th floors - Bathtub only

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Classic Suite

44 sq.m / 474 sq.ft, View: City View - Location: 1st, 2nd and 3rd floors - Bathtub only

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Grand Suite

51 sq.m / 549 sq.ft, View: City View - Location: 2nd, 3rd and 5th floors - Bathtub only

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Castle View Suite

47 sq.m / 506 sq.ft, View: City View - Location: 3rd and 5th floors - Bathtub in all rooms, shower in some rooms

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J.K. Rowling Suite

55 sq.m / 592 sq.ft, View: City View - Location: 5th Floor - Bathtub and shower in all rooms

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Balmoral Suite

66 sq.m / 710 sq.ft, View: City View - Location: 3rd Floor - Bathtub and shower in all rooms

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Glamis Suite

107 sq.m / 1152 sq.ft, View: City View - Location: 2nd Floor - Bathtub only

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Scone and Crombie Suite

95 sq.m / 1023 sq.ft, View: City View - Location: 2nd Floor - Bathtub and shower in all rooms

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Hotel Information

Practical information

  • Address

    1 Princes Street , Edinburgh , Scotland

  • Internet

    Public areas : free

    In room : free

  • Children policy

    Children are welcome

  • Check-in / Check-out

    Check-in : 3 pm

    Check-out : noon

  • Transportation and transfers

    Transfer : subject to supplement

  • Smoking policy

    Non-smoking public spaces

    Smoking rooms : not available

  • Rooms

    187 rooms and suites

    In-room amenities: flatscreen TV, in-room safe, minibar, coffee / tea making facilities, complimentary newspaper daily, Forte Organics bathroom products

  • Available services

    Air conditioned hotel

    Laundry service

    Concierge service

    Business center

  • Pets

    Small dogs allowed

  • Parking

    Car park / valet service : £35 per day

Restaurants

  • Restaurants and bar options

    Brasserie Prince by Alain Roux (Restaurant: local specialties cuisine)

    Bar Prince (Bar, Light meals)

    Number One (Gastronomic restaurant: local specialties cuisine)

    Palm Court (Afternoon tea, Light meals)

    SCOTCH (Bar)

  • Breakfast

    Continental breakfast: £29

    Buffet breakfast: £29

Spa & Leisure

  • Spa (The Balmoral Spa)

    Massages

    Hammam

    Sauna

  • Leisure

    Golf nearby

    Indoor pool

    Fitness center

Feedback (30)

  • M.W.
    United Kingdom
    9.68/10

    Wonderful hotel, very friendly and efficient staff

  • J.L.
    Ireland
    10.00/10

    It was the best stay I ever had in a hotel. Me and my partner felt welcome from the moment we stepped through the door and the staff were fantastic from start to finish. Me and my partner cannot wait to stay here again.

  • A.M.C.
    United Kingdom
    9.86/10

    Absolutely wonderful experience, didn't want to leave as the room was so comfortable and the staff so friendly it felt special but homely at the same time.

  • M.F.
    Argentina
    10.00/10

    The Balmoral, i is the best Hotel i have ever stayed at. Wonderful stay.

  • P.D.
    United States
    9.89/10

    Fabulous property but even better staff. Especially concierge sandy and several of the kilt-clad greeters at the door. Great fitness center and spa.

  • P.C.
    Brazil
    8.87/10

    It was a wonderful experience; which I enjoyed from beginning to end. The bell man was amazing and he really understands the word service and customer orientation.

  • L.B.
    France
    9.81/10

    Very efficient staff and a prime location at the heart of the city. We loved the standard of service and the relaxed atmosphere of the hotel. We’ll definitely return to the Balmoral on our next trip to Scotland.

  • J.E.D.W.
    United Kingdom
    9.60/10

    Beautiful hotel with the perfect location and, above all, old world service provided by a friendly and charming staff. The absolutely wonderful service provided made the hotel one to which we look forward to returning.

  • C.N.
    France
    8.68/10

    I am very satisfied with this magnificent hotel and the professionalism of the staff.

  • L.H.
    United States
    9.46/10

    Lovely hotel, found it to be central to all we were doing but quiet rooms for good sleep. Staff was quite helpful. Overall a very nice stay -

  • D.D.
    United States
    10.00/10

    Hated to leave. Incredible suite and view. Thanks for making our 40 th anniversary memorable!

  • J.G.
    France
    9.48/10

    The hotel and the room were sublime. The Number One restaurant deserves a special mention because of the quality of the food and the high quality of the service.

  • P.D.
    Italy
    9.69/10

    Really Excellent hotel for evident quality and friendliness: in particular, I want to point out the great help given to us by the doorman and his staff.

  • F.M.
    United Kingdom
    9.70/10

    It is a fabulous hotel-experience of a lifetime. Would return in a heartbeat!

  • M.A.
    Malaysia
    8.64/10

    Nice hotel within walking distance to shops and public transport. I will consider The Balmoral for my next visit.

  • A.P.
    Luxembourg
    10.00/10

    A very traditional, sumptuous and sophisticated hotel, the staff were all very friendly and efficient, I would recommend it to all!

  • A.P.
    Luxembourg
    10.00/10

    A marvellous hotel, a monument of Edinburgh, very classy and very stylish, an unique experience, I would be very happy to come back and I will recommend it to all my friends!

  • H.V.D.B.
    Netherlands
    8.89/10

    Beautifull hotel! We will definitely go there again when in Edinburg. However, we though the restaurant was better overall on earlier visits.

  • F.C.
    France
    9.81/10

    An excellent hotel, where we received a very warm welcome from the whole team who were very attentive to our needs. The quality of service and the welcome were much appreciated and makes us want to test the other hotels in your collection. We recommend this hotel when on holiday in Edinburgh.

  • V.R.
    Monaco
    8.65/10

    Excellent service, very attentive customer service, very good atmosphere, excellent geographical location,

  • V.D.
    France
    8.24/10

    Beautiful hôtel, with a nice location. No doubt we will stay at this hotel again when we come back to Edinburgh.

  • M.P.
    France
    9.86/10

    The hotel standing does match the description

  • M.P.
    France
    10.00/10

    Perfect stay

  • S.R.
    Belgium
    8.00/10

    The room was very nice with a really comfortable bed. I felt in love with this place and I will be happy to return.

  • E.M.
    Switzerland
    6.80/10

    The hotel is in a great location to visit Edinburgh. The Service in the restaurants and bar are very friendly. The Service of the concierge desk is efficient and friendly. The decoration of the hotel is nice. The size of one rooms was too small.

  • M.L.
    France

    The hotel is beautiful and very well located. The staff is attentive and very friendly and the personalized welcome is very nice.

  • R.F.
    Italy

    Great hotel, great service, excellent quality everywhere. The Hotel has given me what I expected for the price.

  • J.C.
    United Kingdom

    Excellent stay, attentive staff. Very central location

  • A.G.
    Switzerland

    The Balmoral Hotel is very well located, with a very attentive staff, efficient and friendly. The concierge, Andy, was great - always ready to advise, guide and book activities. Katherina, at Bollinger Bar, was also very efficient and friendly. The restaurant, Number One, was up to our expectations and really deserves a second star without forgetting the sommelier who has fulfilled his role with efficiency and charm.

  • E.W.
    United Kingdom

    No remark, it was perfect

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