The Balmoral, a Rocco Forte Hotel.
For over a century, The Balmoral has made a home at Edinburgh’s most prestigious address, No. 1 Princes Street. A landmark Rocco Forte hotel set in the heart of Scotland’s capital city, The Balmoral combines stunning views and warm hospitality with world-class facilities, creating the perfect luxury urban retreat.
Standing proud since 1902, the historic building’s majestic clock tower dominates the Edinburgh skyline. Its clock is set precisely three minutes fast, to ensure residents never miss their train. In fact, the only day the clock is set correctly is Hogmanay for the city’s New Year celebrations.
The Balmoral is the perfect home-from-home for guests to discover Edinburgh and Scotland’s finest attractions. Whatever the season, the hotel’s dedicated Concierge team can open doors to some of the most unique experiences in Scotland. From tickets to the world-famous Edinburgh Festival, access to the city’s royal establishments – Holyrood Palace and the Royal Yacht Britannia – to the hotel’s Tartan Butler Clan Tour, guests will have the best of Scotland at their fingertips.
Combining tradition with modernity, each of the 167 rooms and 20 suites are individually designed by Rocco Forte Hotels’ Director of Design Olga Polizzi. Elegant and stylish with unmistakably Scottish accents, the suites at The Balmoral are renowned as the best in the city, each stylish in design, generous in size whilst offering magnificent views across the city or of the Castle.
Guests can enjoy Michelin-starred dining at Number One, sample Afternoon Tea under the glass dome of Palm Court or relax in the serene sanctuary of The Balmoral Spa. Brasserie Prince by Alain Roux celebrates a ‘new alliance’: matching the very best of Scottish produce with classic French cooking, while The Balmoral’s signature whisky bar, SCOTCH, pays homage to Scotland’s national drink and is home to one of Edinburgh’s largest collections. Take a seat on one of the tweed sofas and let a kilted Whisky Ambassadors help you choose from over 500 varieties.