The Balmoral Hotel, Edinburgh

1 Princes Street, Old Town, Edinburgh, EH2 2EQ, United Kingdom. (show on map)

Expert reviews

Frommers review:

“For sheer class, this grande dame still has the edge. Yes there are other luxury hotels in the Scottish capital but they haven’t got the Olga Polizzi pizzazz. Taste, style and luxury seep out of the walls.”

Featured as Frommer’s Exceptional Choice in Edinburgh.

Fodors review:

“This grand landmark property, below the clock tower marking the east end of Princes Street, is a pretty special introduction to the Scottish capital. The lively buzz in the hotel’s beautiful turn-of-the-century-esque lobby makes you feel as if you’re at the center of Edinburgh high life.”

Featured as Fodor’s Choice in Edinburgh.

Telegraph review:

“Although an Edinburgh landmark for more than a century, there’s nothing old-fashioned about this quietly elegant Forte flagship. Luxurious bedrooms, a Michelin-starred restaurant, lavish afternoon teas, relaxing spa and the best service in town add up to a sophisticated 21st-century version of a genuinely grand hotel.”

Guest rating

This an aggregated customer review rating of The Balmoral Hotel, Edinburgh. We have taken customer review ratings from hotel booking sites, search engines, the official hotel website and other travel platforms. This is the average of all those ratings. We only list places that have a customer review rating of at least 4.0 out of 5.0

4.6 out of 5.0

Ranked 4th in Edinburgh


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All you need to know

The Balmoral is a stunning 5-star hotel located in the heart of Edinburgh. While this hotel opened in 1902 under the name “North British Hotel,” the Balmoral is now an entirely contemporary operation. This hotel has a luxurious interior, state-of-the-art amenities, and impeccable service.

The Balmoral is situated in an ideal location for those looking to explore the city. It’s within walking distance of many of the city’s top attractions, including Edinburgh Castle and the Royal Mile. Nearby, you’ll also find plenty of shops and restaurants.

The rooms at The Balmoral are modern and comfortable. All rooms have air-conditioning, flat-screen TVs, complimentary WiFi, and minibars. Suites also have private balconies, living areas, and complimentary newspapers. You’ll notice muted creams, purples, greens, modern furniture, and striped carpet throughout each space. Some rooms have gas fireplaces, courtyard views, or city views.

The Balmoral also has a range of services and facilities to make your stay more enjoyable. These include 24-hour room service, a concierge, and valet parking. Guests can also take advantage of the hotel spa, which offers a range of treatments, including facials, massages, and manicures. The hotel also has a fitness center, bar, and restaurant. There are several meeting rooms available for business events and functions.

The Balmoral is the perfect choice for a luxurious stay in Edinburgh. With its modern amenities, stunning location, and outstanding services and facilities, it’s no wonder that The Balmoral is one of the city’s most popular hotels.


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