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The Balmoral, a Rocco Forte Hotel

Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom


"A love letter to Scotland, The Balmoral is the perfect location for those looking for tradition, history and elegance"

City Family Culture

Many hotels claim to have landmarks on their doorstep, few can say their doorstep is a landmark. The Balmoral is a grand railway hotel located at Edinburgh’s most prestigious address, No 1 Princes Street, where Old Town meets new. The Balmoral offers 187 opulent rooms, 20 of which are suites. Excellent cuisine is guaranteed in the Michelin-starred Number One restaurant. Traditional Afternoon Tea is served in Palm Court and the hotel boasts a collection of over 500 single malt whiskies at SCOTCH.


An iconic part of the Edinburgh skyline, with its instantly recognisable clock tower, the property offers panoramic views of the city of Edinburgh which is rich with culture and exciting attractions.

Rooms + Suites

With 167 rooms and 20 suites on offer, The Balmoral has an option for all guests to experience a mix of luxury and Scottish heritage. Designed by Olga Polizzi, each room embodies the Scottish landscape with a colour palate of blue and greys, celebrating the country’s woodland, heather-covered hills and lochs within the hotel walls.

Each room is designed to make guests feel at home and are generous in size and decadent in spirit. Every amenity and furnishing is thoughtfully considered, with finishing touches by irreverent Scottish brands, such as Glencraft and Timorous Beasties. Many of the rooms and suites have unrivalled views, looking out to landmarks such as Edinburgh Castle, Arthurs Seat and the old town, reaffirming The Balmorals sense of place within the capital city.

Pool + Gym

The Balmoral Spa offers guests a 15m indoor swimming pool, perfect for swimming laps and relaxing. For those who want to get in a gym session, the facility is fully-equipped with Technogym cardiovascular equipment. It also has a separate weights room with both free weights and Technogym weight machines. The gym has a dedicated personal trainer who is available for individual sessions and offers clients the build of an effective and bespoke training plan to help reach their personal goals. Plus, there is a weekly schedule of classes for guests and members to enjoy, such as Pilates, yoga and circuits.


Inspired by Mediterranean heritage and Rocco Forte Hotels’ Verdura Resort, the award-winning Balmoral Spa is thought of as an urban oasis, a retreat for guests and members alike to escape the pace of the city centre for a day of luxury and relaxation. Rocco Forte Spas merge Irene Forte Skincare with intelligent design, multi-sensory healing techniques and signature spa treatments for a truly restorative, transformative experience.

The Balmoral’s treatment facilities include five luxury treatment rooms, a candle-lit relaxation suite, a wide range of luxury Irene Forte Skincare, Made For Life Organics, and Ishga treatments, Finnish dry sauna, Turkish steam sauna, candle-lit poolside relaxation area, fully air-conditioned changing facilities and complimentary towels, fruit juices and coffee. Hotel residents can enjoy complimentary use of the Spa’s facilities and both residents and non-residents are welcome to book any treatment.


The culinary team at The Balmoral recognise the need for choice, the hotel offers a Michelin-star restaurant, brasserie, bar, an afternoon tea lounge and whisky bar. Each with varied food and drink menus lovingly designed for guests to enjoy. Number One is a culinary landmark within Edinburgh and The Balmoral’s Michelin-starred restaurant offering contemporary dining coupled with world class Scottish hospitality. Brasserie Prince marks a unique alliance between the Fortes and Rouxs, two of hospitality’s most famous family dynasties, bringing to life dishes from throughout France using Scottish ingredients to showcase the diversity in cooking and produce from both countries. Finally Palm Court is wet within the heart of the hotel and is the spot where locals have enjoyed the tradition of award-winning afternoon tea since 1902.


Bar Prince offers beautifully and simply prepared classic cocktails and a menu of French snacks and sharing platters created by the acclaimed Chef Alain Roux. Guests can enjoy a pre-dinner aperitif, sit in the cosy library by the fire for an after dinner drink or sample cocktails at the long, marble bar counter for a fun night out. Meanwhile, Scotch is The Balmoral’s whisky bar, pays homage to Scotland’s national drink. Tucked away from the hotel lobby, Scotch offers the largest collection of single malt Scottish whiskies available to the general public in Edinburgh. The collection boasts over 500 whiskies from Speyside, Islay, Campbeltown, the Highlands and the Lowlands.

Who's it for?

The Balmoral is the perfect place to stay for anyone who wants to experience Scottish culture and the vibrant city of Edinburgh, escape for a family break or a romantic getaway.


The Balmoral is Located at the heart of Edinburgh city centre, meaning exploring the city couldn’t be easier, key landmarks surround (and are visible from) the hotel including Arthurs seat, Edinburgh Castle and the famous Old Town. Located at Edinburgh’s most famous address, No. 1 Princes Street, it is beside the main shopping area and is a landmark thanks to its majestic clock tower that plays an important role in the city’s skyline. The Balmoral is located eight miles from Edinburgh International Airport (a 20-minute taxi ride) and is adjacent to Waverley Rail Station.

Agent's Tips

Stop in at Palm Court for a coffee and a delicious choice of lovingly made pastries from the pastry cart, or go on a journey around Scotland at Scotch and experience one dram from each of the main whisky regions.

The J.K. Rowling suite features a beautiful sitting room with turret style alcoves and decor inspired by the Scottish woodlands and views over Calton Hill. This suite is where the famous author J.K.Rowling finished Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

The Bowes-Lyon Suite, named for and inspired by former patron of The Balmoral, The Queen Mother (born Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon), aptly blends heritage and modernity, style and character.

Be greeted by the pup in residence, Scottish born border terrier, Lucy.

SmartFlyer Exclusives

Daily Breakfast

Hotel credit of €85 for rooms & Junior Suites per stay

Hotel credit of €170 on suite bookings (based on minimum 2 nights stay)

Destination and seasonal specific welcome amenity

Personalized welcome note from the General Manager

Highest priority upgrades upon arrival (subject to availability)

Highest priority Early Check-In/Late Check-out (subject to availability)

20% off spa services

Guaranteed No Walk Policy

Complimentary high speed WIFI access for the duration of stay

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