The Balmoral, A Rocco Forte Hotel

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1 Princes Street Edinburgh EH2 2EQ

Ratings

Forbes Travel Guide
5
AA Hotel Services
5

Awards

Sept 2020 - The Balmoral named as the first hotel in Scotland to receive a Five-Star award from the world-renowned Forbes Travel Guide's 2021 Star Awards. Feb 2020 - The Balmoral awarded AA 5 Red Star Award: Inspector's Choice Feb 2020 - Number One awarded AA 4-Rosette restaurant Oct 2019- Michelin Guide 2020 - Number One awarded one Michelin star for 2020. Oct 2019- Condé Nast Traveler US 2019 Readers’ Choice Award - #1 in Top 35 Hotels in Europe/UK Dec 2019 - Icons Of Whisky - Hotel Bar of The Year 2019 - SCOTCH Highly Commended Jun 2019 - World Travel Awards - Scotland's Leading Hotel 2019 - The Balmoral Jun 2019 - World Travel Awards - Scotland's Leading Hotel Suite 2019 - Scone & Crombie Suite Mar 2019 - HIT Industry Awards - Chef at Restaurant Number One and the Executive Chef at The Balmoral Hotel - Jeff Bland wins HIT Industry Award 2019 Feb 2019 - U.S. News & World Report Awards - N.o. 1 Best Hotel in Scotland - The Balmoral Feb 2019 - U.S. News & World Report Awards - N.o. 1 Best Hotel in Edinburgh - The Balmoral Apr 2018 - Scottish Hotel Awards - The Luxury Hotel of the Year Regional Winners Apr 2018 - Scottish Hotel Awards - Chef Jeff Bland - Fellowship for Outstanding Contribution to the Industry Apr 2018 - Scottish Hotel Awards - Banqueting Team or Individual - Michael Barton - Highly Commended Apr 2018 - Food & Travel Magazine Reader Awards - City Hotel of the Year Jan 2018 - TripAdvisor’s Travellers Choice Awards - Number One - Top 10 Best Fine Dining Restaurants in the UK Jun 2017 - World Travel Awards - Scotland’s Leading Hotel 2017 - The Balmoral - Winners Jun 2017 - World Travel Awards - Scotland’s Leading Suite - Scone & Crombie Suite

Venue Highlights

Amenities

Room features and guest services

  • Concierge services
  • Internet access
  • Laundry service
  • Luggage storage
  • Room service
  • View (garden)
  • View (urban)
  • Voicemail box

Facilities

  • Onsite restaurant
  • Onsite security
  • Pet friendly
  • Space (private)
  • Wheelchair accessible

Business services

  • AV capabilities
  • Video conference

Recreational activities

  • Health club
  • Indoor pool
  • Spa or salon

Venue accessibility

  • Bus
  • Taxi
  • Train

Equipment

  • Dance floor
  • Piano
  • Staging area

Distance from airport

  • 8 mi. from venue

Parking

  • Paid parking
  • Valet parking£35.00 / day

The Balmoral, A Rocco Forte Hotel Meeting Space

Total meeting space11,523 sq. ft.
Meeting rooms10
Largest room3,774 sq. ft.
Second largest room1,674 sq. ft.
Space (Private)1,071 sq. ft.
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Guest Rooms

Total guest rooms187
Double (2 beds)187
Suites20
Tax rate20%

Local Attractions

Visit Edinburgh Caslte

Historical landmark
13 minutes away
Edinburgh Castle is one of the most exciting historic sites in Western Europe. Set in the heart of Scotland's dynamic capital city, it is sure to capture your imagination. The scenery will take your breath away.

Walk The Royal Mile and Grassmarket

Historical landmark
5 minutes away
Edinburgh's Royal Mile is the heart of Scotland's historic capital. A short walk away is the Grassmarket, an area steeped in the city's colourful history. The Royal Mile runs through the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town, connecting the magnificent Edinburgh Castle, perched high on a base of volcanic rock, with the splendorous Palace of Holyroodhouse, resting in the shadow of Arthur's Seat. The Mile is overlooked by impressive, towering tenements, between which cobbled closes and narrow stairways interlock to create a secret underground world.

Visit The Royal Yacht Britannia

Museum
15 minutes away
Britannia was launched from the John Brown & Company shipyard in Clydebank, Scotland, on 16 April, 1953. For over 44 years the Royal Yacht served the Royal Family, travelling more than a million nautical miles to become one of the most famous ships in the world. To Her Majesty The Queen, Britannia provided the perfect Royal residence for glittering state visits, official receptions, Royal honeymoons and relaxing family holidays. For Great Britain, she was a majestic symbol of the Commonwealth and a proud ambassador generating billions of pounds in trade deals. For the Royal Family and 220 dedicated crew of Royal Yachtsmen, she was home. Today, Britannia is a five-star visitor attraction and exclusive evening events venue in Edinburgh. Her Majesty The Queen’s former Royal residence can be exclusively yours for the evening, providing a truly unique experience for you and your guests. Be it a milestone birthday or anniversary, a special corporate or incentive event, Britannia is the perfect venue to host an event of a lifetime and follow in the footsteps of Royalty.

Evening Walk of Edinburgh's Underground Vaults

Recreation
5 minutes away
Want to see Edinburgh’s haunted vaults? Explore them exclusively with Mercat Tours. First, you’ll follow your cloaked Mercat guide through the shadowy closes of Edinburgh’s Old Town. These are dark streets untouched by daylight, filled with a strange silence, their damp walls carrying only the faintest echo of the crowds on the high street you’ve left behind. With the scene set, you’ll descend into the depths of the city – and listen in horror to its dark and sinister side. Torture. Murder. Hangings. From body snatchers to real-life characters of the city, you’ll be gripped by the true tales that lie hidden beneath Edinburgh’s streets. Watch out for a cold breath on the back of the neck, a whisper, a flicker – then silence. It’s all the more chilling for being absolutely real: there are no tricks or jump scares on their ghost tours.

Visit The National Museum of Scotland

Museum
10 minutes away
Explore the diversity of the natural world, world cultures, science and technology, art, design and fashion, and Scottish history, all under one roof.

Afternoon Tea in Palm Court

Recreation
0 minutes away
Palm Court, set in the heart of The Balmoral, 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.

Glenkinchie Distillery

Recreation
35 minutes away
Glenkinchie proudly serves as one of the Four Corners distilleries of Johnnie Walker, distilling the Edinburgh Malt that is enjoyed around the world on its own and as a vital component of Johnnie Walker whiskies.

Climb Arthur's Seat

Recreation
50 minutes away
Roam through a city park like no other. Holyrood Park’s dramatic hills and crags shape Edinburgh’s unforgettable skyline, and its history and archaeology span thousands of years. Arthur’s Seat, the park’s highest point, is the remains of a volcano, and stone and flint tools found here reveal human activity as far back as 5000 BC.

More

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. The Balmoral was ranked as the Top Hotel in The U.K. in the Condé Nast Traveler 2019 Readers' Choice Awards. 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. ROOMS & SUITES The perfect marriage of tradition and modernity, each of the 167 rooms and 20 suites has been individually designed by Rocco Forte Hotels’ Director of Design Olga Polizzi. Elegant and stylish with unmistakably Scottish accents, the suites at The Balmoral 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.

Seasonality

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High season
May 1 – Sep 30
Shoulder season
Mar 1 – Apr 30
Low season
Oct 1 – Dec 31
Jan 1 – Feb 29

Cancellation Policy

Timeframe Group Cancellation Charge 1. Cancellation up to 6 months in advance 25% 2. Cancellation 6 to 3 months in advance 50% 3. Cancellation 3 to 1 month in advance 75% 4. Cancellation less than 1 month in advance 100%

Additional Information

MEETINGS & EVENTS If you are looking for private dining and meeting rooms with the best views in the city, The Balmoral has the answer. Excellent cuisine is guaranteed with our bespoke private dining menus. From weddings and gala balls to business meeting or private events, The Balmoral presents 10 well-equipped event spaces suitable for 15 to 450 guests. All suites are filled with natural daylight and many have views of Edinburgh Castle and the Old Town, offering a mesmerising backdrop for your event. The Forte family’s impeccable style of service, meanwhile, draws guests back time and time again. 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.

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