The Balmoral, a Rocco Forte hotel

The Balmoral, a Rocco Forte hotel

Standing proud since 1902, the historic building’s majestic clock tower still 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 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 events, access to the city’s royal establishments - Holyrood Palace and the Royal Yacht Britannia – to the hotel’s Tartan Butler Clan Tour, you’ll find the best of Scotland at your finger tips. The Balmoral was named as City Hotel of the Year 2018 by the world’s leading gastronomic tourism title - Food and Travel magazine.

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For 2019:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Full Scottish breakfast daily for up to two in-room guests served in restaurant
  • $100 USD equivalent Food & Beverage credit to be utilized during stay (not combinable, not valid on room rate, 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


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


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.


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


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


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

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