The Balmoral

Location: Edinburgh | UK

Price guide: £££££ £200-£350 per person per night

Dominating the city centre with its stunning clock tower and neo-Renaissance architecture, Rocco Forte’s The Balmoral is a historic landmark that has provided a luxurious retreat with exceptional service for over a century. As you are welcomed at the door by a footman in a traditional kilt, become monarch of the glen during your stay at this memorable hotel.
Perfect forCouples looking for an iconic weekend or shopping break in Scotland.
In the knowThough there is plenty to see in Edinburgh, make time for the Scotch Bar, home to one of Edinburgh’s largest collections of whisky. Take a seat on one of the tweed sofas and let the Whisky Ambassador help you chose from over 400 varieties, each accompanied by a specially selected snack, such as wild boar salami, dark Swiss chocolate or smoked almonds. If whisky isn't your forte, then head over to the Balmoral Bar for a fruity Envious Other Half or an indulgent Rocco Fizz cocktail.

Recommended for...

  • City Hotel
  • Family-friendly
  • Food & Wine
  • History & Heritage

Hotel Overview


Where the Old Town meets the new, on Princes Street and adjacent to Waverley train station.

Rooms at The Balmoral

The stylish and opulent suites, some named after Scottish castles and rivers, are decorated in earthly coloured fabrics with walls that reflect the Scottish landscape, mists and heathers, and have spacious marble bathrooms.

Food and facilities

Intimately secluded in the basement of The Balmoral, Number One is the hotel’s Michelin-starred eatery serving a blend of Scottish and French flavours. Focusing on fresh, local ingredients, Number One offers world-class culinary delights surrounded by red lacquered walls and gold velvet banquettes.

Activities at The Balmoral

With a harpist providing the perfect accompaniment, go to the Palm Court and try the vintage champagne and award-winning afternoon tea under its glass dome and Venetian chandeliers. For the most decadent of afternoons, start with a selection of sandwiches and savoury options such as coronation chicken tart and doughy cheese twists, followed by a tiered cake stand loaded with seasonal treats and homemade scones with clotted cream and jams. For the grand finale, finish the feast with chocolates, more cakes and your choice of loose-leaf tea, coffee or bubbles.

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