The Balmoral, a Rocco Forte hotel

Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom

Virtuoso Amenities

For 2020:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Full Scottish breakfast daily for two guests per bedroom served in restaurant
  • $100 USD equivalent Food & Beverage credit to be utilized during stay (not combinable, no cash value if not redeemed in full)
  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
PROPERTY SIZE: 187 rooms
ROOM STYLE: Classic
VIBE: Sophisticated
City Life Landmarks Local Immersion

The Balmoral, a Rocco Forte hotel

Address:
1 Princes Street
Edinburgh, Scotland, EH2 2EQ
United Kingdom
Nearest Airport:
Turnhouse (EDI)
5 mi / 8 km

Hotel Features

At the Hotel

Features

  • Banquet Facilities
  • Children's Programs
  • Conference Facilities
  • Internet Access
  • Lounge/Bar
  • Michelin Star Restaurant
  • Restaurant


Recreation
  • Pool
  • Sauna
  • Spa

About Us

For over a century, The Balmoral has found 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 to create the perfect urban retreat.

ROOMS & SUITES

The perfect marriage of tradition and modernity, each of the 167 rooms has been individually designed by Rocco Forte Hotel’s Director of Design Olga Polizzi. Elegant and stylish with unmistakably Scottish accents, each of our 20 Edinburgh suites are generous with magnificent views.

As part of a multimillion pound upgrade, The Balmoral refurbished its presidential suite, the Scone & Crombie Suite, in 2018. Named after the iconic Scone Palace in Perthshire, the signature suite has been designed as the ultimate city base for families or urban enclave for heads of state and VIPs. The flexible accommodation – which stretches to 198 square metres - can be booked as a two or three bedroom suite.

DINING AT THE BALMORAL

Excellent cuisine is guaranteed at The Balmoral. Overseen by Executive Chef, Gary Robinson, Brasserie Prince celebrates the very best of Scottish produce with classic French cooking. Serving seasonally inspired, classic bistro dishes that harmonise quintessentially French flavours with local ingredients. At Bar Prince the ambience is relaxed yet convivial. 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.

The hotel’s Michelin-starred restaurant, Number One, offers modern Scottish dining with the finest service. Head Chef Mark Donald and his team have developed a menu fusing modern Scottish cuisine with international flair.

Palm Court, set in the heart of the hotel, is an Edinburgh institution that’s as glittering as its glass dome and Venetian chandelier. The place to sample modern Afternoon Tea and a wide selection of loose leaf teas, coffee and pastries.

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 our kilted Whisky Ambassadors help you choose from over 500 varieties.

RELAXATION AT THE BALMORAL

For relaxation, The Balmoral Spa is a serene sanctuary in the heart of the city - the perfect place to escape the pace of city life. The spa boasts 5 treatment rooms, a 15m swimming pool, Finnish sauna, Turkish steam room, Spa Bar and a state-of-the-art quad layout Technogym-equipped gym. Exclusive to Rocco Forte Hotels, the newly launched Irene Forte Skincare line offers a range of treatments harnessing the power of handpicked active ingredients from Italy.

Best of the Best

The Balmoral may just be the city’s premier address – it’s a luxury hotel that pampers its guests. Many of the opulent rooms and suites look out on Edinburgh Castle, the Old Town, and Arthur’s Seat, capturing the beauty and mood of the Scottish countryside. Pampering starts in the award-winning spa, a sanctuary of highly personalized service. Indulgence continues at Michelin-starred restaurant Number One, serving dishes which fuse modern Scottish cuisine with international flair. Have Afternoon Tea at Palm Court, the finest whiskies at the SCOTCH whisky bar, and try out the fashionable Brasserie Prince.

Hotel Tip

Exclusive to Rocco Forte Hotels, the newly launched Irene Forte Skincare line offers a range of treatments harnessing the power of handpicked, active ingredients from Italy.

Health & Safety

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Sustainability

Exclusive to Rocco Forte Hotels, the Irene Forte Skincare line offers a range of treatments harnessing the power of handpicked active ingredients from Italy. The Irene Forte approach is synonymous with the very best that breathtaking Sicily has to offer, distilling the benefits of the Mediterranean diet into sustainable, natural skincare that nourishes the skin from the outside in.

Location

Address
1 Princes Street
Edinburgh, Scotland, EH2 2EQ
United Kingdom
Nearest Airport
Turnhouse (EDI), 5 Miles / 8 Kilometers

Guest Rooms & Suites

Scone & Crombie

Our iconic signature suite is decorated with rich fabrics, opulent furnishings and space in abundance. This suite was named after the iconic Scone Palace in Perthshire. The suite has a walk-in wardrobe, working fireplace, separate dining room and traditional Scottish touches throughout.

Occupancy:

- 2 adults + up to 2 extra beds for children (upon request)

- 1 king-sized bed

- Can be interconnected to Executive Rooms

Facilities:

- In-suite check-in

- Personalised Concierge services before and during your stay

- Full In Room Bar

- Rocco Forte Nourish healthy In Room Bar (upon request)

- Breakfast in your suite or in Brasserie Prince by Alain Roux

- Unpacking and packing service

- Pressing of up to 4 garments

- In-house movies

- High-speed Wi-Fi access

  • City View
  • Bathrobe
  • Coffee/Tea Maker
  • Hair Dryer
  • Mini Bar
  • Safe
  • Slippers
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Glamis Suite

One of our most spacious suites, the Glamis Suite is classic yet contemporary. The sitting room overlooks Princes Street. It has a working fireplace and dining table for four.

Occupancy:

- 2 adults + an extra bed for children (upon request)

- 1 king-sized bed, can be twinned

- Can be interconnected to an Executive Room

Facilities:

- In-suite check-in

- Personalised Concierge services before and during your stay

- Full In Room Bar

- Rocco Forte Nourish healthy In Room Bar (upon request)

- Breakfast in your suite or in Brasserie Prince by Alain Roux

- Unpacking and packing service

- Pressing of up to 4 garments

- In-house movies

- High-speed Wi-Fi access

You’ll also receive a personalised experience of your choice, a Whisky Journey in Scotch, fast-track tickets to Edinburgh Castle or a private tour of Hamilton & Inches' silversmith workshop, the iconic Edinburgh jewellers. Alternatively, we’ll personalise your suite with your favourite things, such as flowers, in-room amenities and much more.

  • City View
  • Bathrobe
  • Coffee/Tea Maker
  • Hair Dryer
  • Mini Bar
  • Safe
  • Slippers
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Balmoral Suite

The Balmoral Suite has a sitting room with a living flame fire and two separate bedrooms. The suite has a guest powder room as well as a walk-in wardrobe in the master bedroom.

Occupancy:

- 4 people

- 2 king-sized beds

- Can interconnect with an Executive Old Town View room

Facilities:

- In-suite check-in

- Personalised Concierge services before and during your stay

- Full In Room Bar

- Rocco Forte Nourish healthy In Room Bar (upon request)

- Breakfast in your suite or in Brasserie Prince by Alain Roux

- Unpacking and packing service

- Pressing of up to 4 garments

- In-house movies

- High-speed Wi-Fi access

You’ll also receive a personalised experience of your choice, a Whisky Journey in Scotch, fast-track tickets to Edinburgh Castle or a private tour of Hamilton & Inches' silversmith workshop, the iconic Edinburgh jewellers. Alternatively, we’ll personalise your suite with your favourite things, such as flowers, in-room amenities and much more.

  • City View
  • Bathrobe
  • Coffee/Tea Maker
  • Hair Dryer
  • Mini Bar
  • Safe
  • Slippers
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J.K. Rowling Suite

The J.K. Rowling suite features a beautiful sitting room with turret style alcoves and decor inspired by the Scottish woodlands. This suite has view over Calton Hill.

This suite is where the J.K.Rowling finished Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. It contains a marble bust of Hermes, the Greek god of travel, signed by J.K.Rowling herself. The door knocker is a brass owl in her honour.

Occupancy:

- 2 adults + up to 2 extra beds for children (upon request)

- 1 king-sized bed

Facilities:

- In-suite check-in

- Personalised Concierge services before and during your stay

- Full In Room Bar

- Rocco Forte Nourish healthy In Room Bar (upon request)

- Breakfast in your suite or in Brasserie Prince by Alain Roux

- Unpacking and packing service

- Pressing of up to 4 garments

- In-house movies

- High-speed Wi-Fi access

You’ll also receive a personalised experience of your choice, a Whisky Journey in Scotch, fast-track tickets to Edinburgh Castle or a private tour of Hamilton & Inches' silversmith workshop, the iconic Edinburgh jewellers. Alternatively, we’ll personalise your suite with your favourite things, such as flowers, in-room amenities and much more.

  • City View
  • Bathrobe
  • Coffee/Tea Maker
  • Hair Dryer
  • Mini Bar
  • Safe
  • Slippers
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Grand Suite

Four of our Grand Suites have turret-style alcoves. Each has a name synonymous with Scotland — Braemar, Stirling, Dunrobin and Tay.

Occupancy:

- 2 adults + up to 2 extra beds for children (upon request)

- 1 king-sized bed, some can be twinned

Facilities:

- In-suite check-in

- Personalised Concierge services during your stay

- In Room Bar with non-alcoholic beverages and beer

- Rocco Forte Nourish healthy In Room Bar (upon request)

- Breakfast in your suite or in Brasserie Prince by Alain Roux

- Pressing of 1 garment

- In-house movies

- High-speed Wi-Fi access

  • City View
  • Bathrobe
  • Coffee/Tea Maker
  • Hair Dryer
  • Mini Bar
  • Safe
  • Slippers
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Classic Suite

Our Classic Suites have a separate bedroom and a sitting room. They combine elegant, contemporary features with characteristics borrowed from our Scottish heritage.

Occupancy:

- 2 adults + up to 2 extra beds for children (upon request)

- 1 king-sized bed, some can be twinned

Facilities:

- In-suite check-in

- Personalised Concierge services during your stay

- In Room Bar with non-alcoholic beverages and beer

- Rocco Forte Nourish healthy In Room Bar (upon request)

- Breakfast in your suite or in Brasserie Prince by Alain Roux

- Pressing of 1 garment

- In-house movies

- High-speed Wi-Fi access

  • City View
  • Bathrobe
  • Coffee/Tea Maker
  • Hair Dryer
  • Mini Bar
  • Safe
  • Slippers
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Junior Suite Castle View

These Junior Suites have stunning castle views and a welcoming lounge area.

Occupancy:

- 2 adults + up to 2 extra beds for children (upon request)

- 1 king-sized bed, can be twinned

Facilities:

- Television with interactive entertainment

- Complimentary Wi-Fi access for up to 5 devices

- In Room Bar

- Rocco Forte Nourish healthy In Room Bar (upon request)

- In Room Safe

- In-room tea & coffee facilities

  • City View
  • Bathrobe
  • Coffee/Tea Maker
  • Hair Dryer
  • Mini Bar
  • Safe
  • Slippers
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Junior Suite

Our spacious Junior Suites have a welcoming lounge area.

Occupancy:

- 2 adults + an extra bed (upon request)

- 1 king-sized bed, some may be twinned

Facilities:

- Television with interactive entertainment

- Complimentary Wi-Fi access for up to 5 devices

- In Room Bar

- Rocco Forte Nourish healthy In Room Bar (upon request)

- In Room Safe

- In-room tea & coffee facilities

  • Bathrobe
  • Coffee/Tea Maker
  • Hair Dryer
  • Mini Bar
  • Safe
  • Slippers
  • Air Conditioning
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Deluxe Castle View Room

These spacious rooms are located on our higher floors, with views of Princes Street Gardens and Edinburgh Castle.

Occupancy:

- 2 adults + up to 2 extra beds for children (upon request)

- 1 king-sized bed, can be twinned

Facilities:

- Television with interactive entertainment

- Complimentary Wi-Fi access for up to 5 devices

- In Room Bar

- Rocco Forte Nourish healthy In Room Bar (upon request)

- In Room Safe

- In-room tea & coffee facilities

  • City View
  • Bathrobe
  • Coffee/Tea Maker
  • Hair Dryer
  • Mini Bar
  • Safe
  • Slippers
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Deluxe Old Town View Room

Comfortable and contemporary, these large rooms have a sitting area and views of Edinburgh’s picturesque Old Town.

Occupancy:

- 2 adults + 1 extra bed for children (upon request)

- 1 king-sized bed, can be twinned

Facilities:

- Television with interactive entertainment

- Complimentary Wi-Fi access for up to 5 devices

- In Room Bar

- Rocco Forte Nourish healthy In Room Bar (upon request)

- In Room Safe

- In-room tea & coffee facilities

  • City View
  • Bathrobe
  • Coffee/Tea Maker
  • Hair Dryer
  • Mini Bar
  • Safe
  • Slippers
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Executive Old Town View Room

Decorated to reflect traditional Scottish style, these elegant rooms offer views of Edinburgh’s picturesque Old Town.

Occupancy:

- 2 adults

- 1 queen or king-sized bed, can be twinned

Facilities:

- Television with interactive entertainment

- Complimentary Wi-Fi access for up to 5 devices

- In Room Bar

- Rocco Forte Nourish healthy In Room Bar (upon request)

- In Room Safe

- In-room tea & coffee facilities

  • City View
  • Bathrobe
  • Coffee/Tea Maker
  • Hair Dryer
  • Mini Bar
  • Safe
  • Slippers
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Deluxe Room

Comfortable and contemporary, these large rooms have a sitting area and your choice of either a king-sized bed or two single beds.

Occupancy:

- 2 adults + up to 2 extra beds for children (upon request)

- 1 king-sized bed, can be twinned

Facilities:

- Television with interactive entertainment

- Complimentary Wi-Fi access for up to 5 devices

- In Room Bar

- Rocco Forte Nourish healthy In Room Bar (upon request)

- In Room Safe

- In-room tea & coffee facilities

  • Bathrobe
  • Coffee/Tea Maker
  • Hair Dryer
  • Mini Bar
  • Safe
  • Slippers
  • Air Conditioning
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Executive Room

Decorated to reflect traditional Scottish style, some of these elegant rooms can also be interconnected, making them suitable for families.

Occupancy:

- 2 adults + an extra bed for children (upon request)

- 1 queen or king-sized bed, can be twinned

Facilities:

- Television with interactive entertainment

- Complimentary Wi-Fi access for up to 5 devices

- In Room Bar

- Rocco Forte Nourish healthy In Room Bar (upon request)

- In Room Safe

- In-room tea & coffee facilities

  • Bathrobe
  • Coffee/Tea Maker
  • Hair Dryer
  • Mini Bar
  • Safe
  • Slippers
  • Air Conditioning
View More

Classic Room

Our Classic Rooms combine contemporary design with classic Scottish charm.

Occupancy:

- 2 adults

- 1 queen-sized bed

Facilities:

- Television with interactive entertainment

- Complimentary Wi-Fi access for up to 5 devices

- In Room Bar

- Rocco Forte Nourish healthy In Room Bar (upon request)

- In Room Safe

- In-room tea & coffee facilities

  • Bathrobe
  • Coffee/Tea Maker
  • Hair Dryer
  • Mini Bar
  • Safe
  • Slippers
  • Air Conditioning
View More
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Facts & Policies

Facts
Experiences
City Life, Landmarks, Local Immersion
Vibe Sophisticated
Room Style Classic
Number of Rooms 187
Check-In Time 3:00 PM
Check-Out Time 12:00 PM
Early Arrivals & Late Departures

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Guaranteed Reservations & Deposits

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Cancellation Policy

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Virtuoso Amenities

For 2020:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Full Scottish breakfast daily for two guests per bedroom served in restaurant
  • $100 USD equivalent Food & Beverage credit to be utilized during stay (not combinable, no cash value if not redeemed in full)
  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
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Great hotel with exceptional service!

By: Jense


Reviewed on: 20 Nov 2013

Yes, the Balmoral is perfectly located in the heart of the city but that alone would have not made it a pleasant stay or memorable. The staff were incredibly helpful. The hotel is well appointed without any air or stuffiness. The room was not only spacious but efficiently arranged and appointed. We felt right at home.
Travel Advisor:  Sharon Cooper

great hotel

By: Kathy C


Reviewed on: 11 Aug 2014

The hotel was fabulous in every way.

Authentic and Luxurious Stay

By: JillianK


Reviewed on: 04 Dec 2014

The hotel atmosphere, condition and service keeps you from wanting to even leave to explore the town. Friendly staff members continued to go above and beyond with a smile in order to meet all of my needs. The room was absolutely stunning and in superb condition. I would consider revisiting the city based solely on the thought that I can't wait to stay at this hotel again.
Travel Advisor:  Sigrid Braeckeveldt

The Balmoral, I wouldn't stay anywhere else in Edinburg

By: Jerry


Reviewed on: 24 Feb 2017

This is a first class hotel with excellent service and in an extremely convenient location. We were met by the shift manager and shown the room and given an explanation of services. The room was spacious and extremely comfortable. We used the concierge to book dinner reservations for 2 nights and obtain tickets to a local attraction. He too was excellent. This is the second Rocco Forte hotel we have stayed in in Europe. Both offer exceptional service and accommodations. We could not have been more pleased..
Travel Advisor:  Ellen Goldman

Balmoral

By: Patti


Reviewed on: 24 Jun 2017

Beautiful hotel with a perfect location. Only drawback was that the room was not ready at check in
Travel Advisor:  Maddy Foxx Moffitt

Edinboro

By: Our Europe Trip


Reviewed on: 23 Jun 2017

Excellent. The hotel is situated in the heart of Edinboro. Beautifully appointed and impecable service
Travel Advisor:  Liora Manilof

Edinburgh hotel

By: Roamer


Reviewed on: 10 Aug 2017

Excellent location, beautiful hotel, splendid room. Would not recommend Hadrian's restaurant: so-so food, poor service. Unable to get a reservation at One, unfortunately.

Hotel

By: Connie


Reviewed on: 25 Oct 2017

Nice old fashioned hotel with wonderful service. Number One ( the restaurant) is fabulous.

Ask for what you want

By: leahmlaurie@me.com


Reviewed on: 28 Dec 2017

Our first room assignment had a very soft bed. We requested a different room and were assigned a beautiful room with a new mattress. The Balmoral is a large hotel but they seem to be able to deal with guests as if the hotel was smaller. The Concierges were excellent. We asked for a recommendation for a local restaurant and we were the only travelers there.
Travel Advisor:  Russell Wagenaar

great!

By: micco


Reviewed on: 03 Jul 2018

I was able to spend a very nice time.
Travel Advisor:  Izumi Kirchmayr Ogawa

Scotland trip

By: Rebecca


Reviewed on: 20 Sep 2018

Fabulous- one of our favorite hotels ever. Comfortable, spacious rooms, fantastic service and the location can't be beat.
Travel Advisor:  Birgit Navarre

Beautiful Property

By: Burnett


Reviewed on: 24 Oct 2018

Amazing! We loved stepping off the train and then stepping right into our amazing hotel room. Such high ceilings and excellent service! Great concierge staff, scotch bar and right in the middle of everything!
Travel Advisor:  Amy Rasmussen

One night stay at the. Balmoral

By: Moffy


Reviewed on: 10 Jun 2019

Very nice room. Part of the hotel has been renovated and looks llvely especially the tearoom. The bedroom was very nice as well, the bed comfortable. I thought the ceiling attempts At the reception and entrace hall just an awful attempt to be “camp”. Very unappealing’ bunches of rounded earth or field weeds or wind gatherings. The restaurant very Unappling with ordinary decor and small tables. We did have however a very Tasty dinner with a very nice waiter with whom we had a nice conversation.
Travel Advisor:  Shane Paquette

Balmoral edinburgh

By: JPizz


Reviewed on: 16 Jul 2019

Great hotel and great location
Travel Advisor:  Carol Brant

The Balmoral

By: BERNADETTE P.


Reviewed on: 06 Aug 2019

This Hotel was actually booked for my son and his fiancé as a gift and they adored it so much. They were made to feel so welcome and loved the ambiance of the Hotel. I have stayed here previously and it was a most beautiful introduction to the Scottish culture. A truly memorable Hotel.

Nice Hotel

By: Liberty


Reviewed on: 07 Sep 2019

The Balmoral is a wonderful hotel. It is centrally located and has a nice restaurant and 2 bars. They make delicious cocktails..
Travel Advisor:  Phyl Andersen
Not Recommended

Balmoral

By: james


Reviewed on: 04 Oct 2019

Disappointing. Given the premium room rates I was disappointed to be given the key to a room facing a blank wall of white tiled bricks. The Balmoral location is unique. Edinburgh is a spectacular city and the Balmoral has the best location of any . Was eventually moved to a room in the roof space with not a window - more of a port hole - in the bathroom ! There was a view if you strained hard enough. Thought the Front Desk / Concierge lacked energy. Impersonal and a bit condescending. Maybe they were tired since the Festival had just finished. Best experience was in the 'ONE' restaurant where I hosted a dinner. Excellent food and wines, well served by knowledgeable staff. This is the Fourth Rocco Forte Hotel I have used ( Rome, Florence, London) and the least impressive.

Lovely Scotland treat!

By: Art & Raquel


Reviewed on: 21 Oct 2019

We loved being in the Balmoral. It was centrally located and very comfortable. They were very attentive to our interests and needs. They even helped us send some of our hiking materials back home so that we wouldn’t have to travel with excess gear as we continued with our tour to London and France. We loved how they were right above the train station. Although we did venture out and try some of the local sights and eateries, it would have been entirely possible to stay at the hotel for all our meals, they were that tasty! We would love to return in the future.
Travel Advisor:  Amy Rasmussen

Balmoral Hotel Edinburgh

By: Happy Travelers


Reviewed on: 15 Oct 2019

First room was dated. Second room was wonderful. Maybe they are in the process of updating rooms. Location is perfect. Would go again.
Travel Advisor:  Angela Walker