The Balmoral, a Rocco Forte hotel

Scotland, Europe

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    Luxury landmark hotel neighboring Edinburgh Castle

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Why we choose The Balmoral, a Rocco Forte hotel

A true luxury hotel with a distinguished history and plenty of celebrity and royal endorsements

  • Michelin-starred Number One has red lacquered walls shipped from Hong Kong
  • The spa includes a candlelit, scented Relaxation Suite with magazines and refreshments
  • The most concierges with Clefs d’Or of any Scottish hotel

The Balmoral is a destination unto itself, with top-to-toe opulence built into every detail. Even among its many attractions, however, one thing stands out: its dining. Signature restaurant Number One is an ultra-chic, Michelin-starred eatery with a six-course tasting menu. The Balmoral Bar is Edinburgh’s most stylish lounge, and Palm Court has Scotland’s only Bollinger Bar—not to mention an award-winning afternoon tea. From a yummy Scottish breakfast through late night cocktails, you’ll never think of Scottish cuisine in the same way again.

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We suggest

Plump for one of the Superior Deluxe King rooms overlooking the castle.

What you need to know about the hotel

The Balmoral’s clock tower is an Edinburgh landmark that runs two minutes fast to help people make their trains

  • Palm Court offers Champagne and award-winning afternoon tea under a canopy of exotic palm trees
  • The JK Rowling Suite, where the author finished the final Harry Potter novel, includes a signed bust and a copy of every Harry Potter book
  • Fitness options include a quad layout gym; wooden sprung group exercise studio; personal training; and complimentary health checks, programs and assessments

Many of The Balmoral’s 188 rooms and suites provide views of Edinburgh Castle and the Old Town—one of the many perks of the uniquely decorated accommodations. Naturally, if you’d like to kick your experience up a notch, we recommend one of the 20 suites, which add benefits like packing/unpacking services, buffet breakfast, clothes pressing and more.

There are five stellar restaurants and bars within the hotel, each with unique offerings and most of them boasting multiple awards for their cuisine. Then there are the Balmoral Spa facilities, which are worth more than a passing mention. The experience starts with five-star luxury rooms and includes a Finnish dry sauna, Turkish steam sauna, 15-metre indoor pool, candlelit poolside relaxation area and beverages.

Where is it and what's nearby

Situated in the heart of Edinburgh in the city’s loftiest locale: Princes Street

  • Bask in breathtaking, 360-degree views of the city with a quick walk up Arthur’s Seat right outside the hotel
  • Founded in 1446, Rosslyn Chapel draws visitors with its unique, mysterious carvings, a gorgeous setting and its connection to the Da Vinci Code
  • Edinburgh Castle, overlooking the city on Castle Rock, contains the Scottish Crown Jewels, the Scottish National War Memorial and St. Margaret’s Chapel

Edinburgh has a rich history reflected in its interesting monuments and buildings—including some of Britain’s best Georgian and Regency architecture. Among the highlights in the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh (a UNESCO World Heritage Site): Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood Palace, Rosslyn Chapel and Linlithgow Palace. The area is also rich with sporting possibilities like golf, fishing, guided walks and horseback riding. If you prefer indoor fun, indulge in some shopping or ask the concierge to arrange a behind-the-scenes Scotch whisky tour in one of the country’s famed distilleries.

How to enjoy Scotland

Scotland has a proud cultural heritage and a fierce national identity. Forged over the centuries in wars with the English, the battles are still held as epic moments in the national psyche: the Battle of Bannockburn and the Battle of Stirling Bridge to name but two

  • Contact St Andrew’s well in advance to arrange a game on the renowned Old Course. Failing that, speak to your concierge who may be able to arrange a tee time
  • Check to see if your family name has a clan tartan, there are thousands to choose from and you can then have a kilt made in your family’s colors
  • Learn about the Angel’s Share as you sip your dram of whisky on one of the nation’s many excellent distillery tours

With its Gothic stone architecture (imposing facades and little turrets abound) and quaint alleys, Edinburgh is a great city to explore. Towering impassive over the city is Edinburgh Castle. Home to many treasures including the Stone of Destiny and the Scottish Crown Jewels, it’s worth a detour. But Scotland’s real gems can be found up county in the purple heather of the highlands and in two of the nation’s greatest exports: Scotch and golf.

Perthshire is one of Scotland’s many great whisky producing regions, with tiny microbreweries such as Edradour (Scotland’s smallest) and Glenturret (Scotland’s oldest) open for business and tours. World famous golf clubs can be found throughout the nation: Turnberry, Gleneagles, Carnoustie, Royal Troon. The most famous of all is where golf first started, St Andrews, where golf has been enjoyed since the 1400s.

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    When to visit Scotland

    Hogmanay is the Scottish version of New Year, a celebration that can last for days and features local traditions in different areas, such as the Fireballs Ceremony in Stonehaven. Visit in August to catch the Edinburgh Festival, a month of music and theatre held at venues throughout the city.

     

  • You need to know

    There’s no onsite parking. Valet parking is provided for a daily fee.

  • A word from the hotel

    It is a remarkable achievement to retain a Michelin Star for 12 consecutive years; a trip to Number One to enjoy the restaurant is a must for any visitor.
    Jeff Bland, executive chef

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    A must try is the French Onion Soup in Hadrian’s Brasserie – a classic dish but perfectly served and a great start to what is always a fantastic meal.
    Nicolas Schell, Food & Beverage Manager

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    I start my day with a run to the top of Arthur’s Seat. The air is clear and the views back to the hotel and of the city inspire me every day.
    Franck Arnold, General Manager

  • A word from the hotel

    The delight on children’s faces when they are shown into the JK Rowling suite for the first time is always a special occasion.
    Sandy Fraser, Guest Relations Manager

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When you book with us

Because of our special relationship with The Balmoral, a Rocco Forte hotel, we include these exclusive benefits when you book through Protravel:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Full Scottish breakfast daily for up to two in-room guests
  • GBP £75 food & beverage credit, once during stay

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