Rocco Forte’s hotel in Edinburgh reopens with a taste of the festival city without the festival, and tailored private dining for luxury social bubbles

July 2020 – The Balmoral, a Rocco Forte Hotel in Edinburgh, is proud to launch ‘Festival Nights’ and ‘The Salon Privé Bubble Experience’, exclusive to guests, to coincide with the iconic hotel’s reopening on Saturday 1st August 2020.

This summer the Scottish capital invites visitors to a uniquely more peaceful and less crowded city, where the famous hotel occupies the most prestigious address of Number 1 Princes Street. As Edinburgh's much-loved festivals are not taking place this summer, The Balmoral’s ‘Festival Nights’ experience offers guests an exclusive taste of light-hearted Scottish comedy and conversation, in the intimate and socially distanced surroundings of the spacious Sir Walter Scott Lounge.

Whilst receiving a two-category upgrade on arrival, guests can start the evening in the serene Brasserie Prince by Alain Roux, with a two-course dinner featuring classic French cuisine married with the finest Scottish produce, served with glass of Champagne. In the newly reimagined Sir Walter Scott Lounge, guests are welcomed to enjoy an exclusive, socially distanced evening ‘In conversation with Fred MacAulay’ - one of Scotland's most popular comedians who has been a regular at the world-famous Fringe Festival for over 25 years. Joining Fred on each evening will be stars from the worlds of sport, literature, and entertainment, scheduled for the following dates:

15th August, 9pm: In Conversation with Judy Murray, OBE - British tennis coach and mother of professional tennis players Jamie and Andy Murray
22nd August, 9pm: In Conversation with Val McDermid - Scottish author and crime writer
29th August, 9pm: In Conversation with Janey Godley - Scottish stand-up comedian

For those looking to dine and relax with friends and family in ultimate luxury and privacy, The Balmoral is also launching ‘The Salon Privé Bubble Experience’, to offer guests exclusive, personalised private-dining in rooms which have been reworked in a new layout to create a home-from-home salon.

Available for up to 18 guests and with views across Edinburgh’s iconic skyline, The Balmoral’s world-class
chefs showcase an individually tailored menu, inviting guests to celebrate reunions and belated special
occasions in style with nostalgic dishes, delectable cuisine, and family-friendly dining. Dedicated event
managers will enhance the occasion further through bespoke additions, from floral displays and karaoke
machines, to photo booths and games consoles for the little ones.

Easily reached by car and train, sitting above Edinburgh’s national railway station in the city centre, The
Balmoral is an ideal destination for couples, families, and friends alike, and is also dog-friendly so the entire
group is welcome to visit. The 188 rooms and suites have been designed to perfectly balance tradition with
modernity, invoking a sense of tranquillity, and the stylish interiors with the unmistakable Scottish nuances
place guests at the heart of this historic capital.

Guests staying as part of the Free Spirit Escape, Travel Without Limits or Forte Escape packages at The
Balmoral are invited to Festival Nights. Terms & Conditions apply.

Festival Nights is from £375 based on two people sharing. For more information please visit here

The Salon Privé Bubble Experience menu is from £55 per person, available for 12 to 18 guests. For more information please visit here.


About The Balmoral
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. The Balmoral began life as a grand
railway hotel in 1902, and over the last 115 years, The Glamis has been reserved for some of its most notable figures.
Former guests to the landmark property include members of royal households and musical royalty including Sir Paul
McCartney and The Rolling Stones. The Balmoral offers 187 contemporary rooms and opulent suites. Excellent cuisine is
guaranteed in the Michelin-starred Number One restaurant as well as the hotel’s all-day dining venue Brasserie Prince by
Alain Roux. Afternoon Tea is served in Palm Court and the hotel boasts a collection of over 500 single malt whiskies at