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|ADDRESS:||1 Princes Street
|TELEPHONE:||Reservations: +44 (0) 870 460 7040
Switchboard: +44 (0) 131 556 2414
|FACSIMILE:||+44 (0) 131 557 3747|
|OWNER:||Sir Rocco Forte|
|GENERAL MANAGER:||Richard Cooke|
|LOCATION The Balmoral is located in the heart of Edinburgh, at No. 1 Princes Street, the main shopping area overlooking Edinburgh Castle. Not just a hotel, it is also a landmark thanks to its majestic clock tower that plays an important role in the city’s skyline. The Balmoral is located eight miles from Edinburgh International Airport (a 20-minute taxi ride) and is adjacent to Waverley Rail Station.
HISTORY W. Hamilton Beattie and A.R. Scott won a competition to design The Balmoral – known then as The North British Station Hotel - and owned by the North British Railway Company. The hotel was opened on 15th October 1902. The hotel closed for a major refurbishment in 1988 and re-opened as The Balmoral in 1991. Sir Rocco Forte bought The Balmoral on 1st March 1997.
DESIGN & RENOVATION Olga Polizzi, Director of Building & Design, Rocco Forte Hotels has fully refurbished The Balmoral. Olga Polizzi has used Scotland’s landscape as her inspiration and the carpets, paint colours and fabrics used throughout the hotel reflect the earthy colours of the moors, mists and heathers that one associates with Scotland.
ACCOMMODATION 187 bedrooms, including 20 suites, many of which have views of Edinburgh Castle, the Old Town and the surrounding hills.
|GUEST ROOMS||All guest rooms offer the following facilities:
|GUEST SERVICES||Instant message delivery
24-hour room service
Same-day laundry service
Pressing service upon request
Twice-daily servicing of rooms
Full concierge facilities, including valet car parking
Express check-in and check-out
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|FOOD & BEVERAGE
||Number One Number One, Edinburgh's culinary landmark, is The Balmoral's Michelin-starred restaurant offering contemporary dining coupled with world class Scottish hospitality. Head Chef Mark Donald places an emphasis on creative dishes whilst promoting the best of Scotland by using only the finest and freshest ingredients.
Mark Donald and his team have developed a menu with dishes inspired by Scotland and flavoured by the team’s international travels. Number One was named in the 2018 TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice® awards as one of the Top 10 Best Fine Dining Restaurants in the UK.
Brasserie Prince by
Alain Roux In collaboration with legendary chefs and restaurateurs Alain Roux, and his father Michel Roux, O.B.E., Brasserie Prince by Alain Roux was launched in 2018 celebrating a 'new alliance': matching the very best of Scottish produce with classic French cooking.
Bar Prince 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.
Palm Court 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 Scottish Afternoon Tea and a wide selection of loose leaf teas, coffee and pastries. Sip vintage champagne as a harpist provides the perfect accompaniment.
SCOTCH 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.
The Balmoral Spa For relaxation, The Balmoral Spa. is an urban oasis, blending modern facilities with exceptional service and is the perfect place to escape the pace of the city... 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.
|Meetings & Events||10 sophisticated and well-equipped events spaces which can accommodate parties of 15 to 450 guests - offer style, comfort and Rocco Forte Hotels’ impeccable, world-class service with exceptional views of Edinburgh Castle, Princes Street or The Old Town with the following additional features:
|Press & Marketing:||Jessica Kiddle - Senior PR Manager
Rocco Forte’s The Balmoral
Tel: +44 131 622 8826
1895 - W. Hamilton Beattie and A.R. Scott won a competition to design The Balmoral – known then as The North British Station Hotel (The N.B.) and owned by the North British Railway Company.
1902 - The hotel opened on 15 October 1902 as The North British Station Hotel – the only residential building ever erected on the south side of Princes Street – was pronounced one of the great railway hotels, described as a “free rendering of the renaissance period, linking the old Scottish architecture of the old town with the rather severe classical architecture of the new”. The hotel’s iconic clock was set three minutes fast, so that people wouldn’t miss their trains. This is still the case today. The only day that the clock runs on time is on 31st December (Hogmanay) for the city’s New Year celebrations.
1922 – The North British Railway Company became part of the London and North Eastern Railway Company and the hotel started blending and bottling its own whisky, wine and port.
1932 – In July, comedy duo Laurel and Hardy visited the North British Hotel as part of their visit to Edinburgh. Crowds gathered outside the hotel to catch a glimpse of the famous pair.
1947 - The railways were nationalised by British Rail, and the hotel employees became members of the National Union of Railwaymen.
1960s – Over the years a regular galaxy of film and sports stars, princesses and politicians, have posed for photographs by the hotel pillars. Celebrity visitors to the hotel include Sophia Loren, Elizabeth Taylor, Paul and Linda McCartney.
1970s – The Queen Mother was a regular visitor to the hotel, where she liked to dine on plain roast lamb for lunch. Prime Ministers, Edward Heath and Harold Wilson, also visited.
1983 - British Rail sold The North British Station Hotel to The Gleneagles Hotel Company.
1988 - The hotel closed for a major refurbishment.
1990 - Balmoral International Hotels - an Edinburgh-based company - bought The North British Station Hotel, with the intention of making it a flagship hotel for a new luxury international hotel group.
1991 - In February the hotel reopened its doors to the public as The Balmoral Hotel, (Balmoral meaning “majestic dwelling” in Gaelic) following a £23-million refurbishment, recapturing its past splendour and majesty.
1997 – On 1st March Sir Rocco Forte purchased The Balmoral, which was the first hotel within his new Rocco Forte Collection.
2003 – In January, The Balmoral’s Executive Chef, Jeff Bland, was first awarded a coveted Michelin Star for culinary excellence in the hotel’s Number One restaurant.
2003 - In December, The Balmoral appointed Debbie Taylor, the first female General Manager in its 101-year history.
2004 – In March, the hotel completed a £7-million refurbishment programme. Olga Polizzi, Director of Building and Design at Rocco Forte Hotels, oversaw the complete refurbishment of the hotel, comprising its 188 bedrooms, The Sir Walter Scott Suite, seven further conference and banqueting suites, Hadrian's Brasserie, Number One restaurant and the lobby.
2005 – In March, The Balmoral launched its Bollinger Bar in the hotel’s Palm Court.
2007 – 11th January, J.K. Rowling finished writing ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’ (the seventh and final instalment in the Harry Potter series) at the hotel. To mark the occasion, the author signed an antique bust in the room in which she stayed.
2007 – 1st March, The Balmoral celebrates 10 years as a Rocco Forte Hotel, also marking the 10-year anniversary of The Rocco Forte Collection.
2007 – 7th November, The Balmoral launched the chic and stylish Balmoral Bar after a complete refurbishment by Olga Polizzi.
2009 – Bedrooms on the 5th and 6th floor of The Balmoral are fitted with new Italian marble bathrooms with iconic Sean Connery prints.
2011 – In June, The Balmoral completes a soft refurbishment of its fourth floor bedrooms.
2011 – 7th October, The Balmoral’s fine-dining restaurant, Number One, retains its Michelin star for the 10th successive year.
2012 – In June, the Balmoral completes a soft refurbishment of the first, second and third floor bedrooms.
2012 – 15th October, The Balmoral celebrates its 110th Anniversary.
2013 – In September, The Balmoral launches SCOTCH – a new signature whisky bar.
2013 – In October, The Balmoral completes a full refurbishment of Palm Court.
2014 – In October, The Balmoral’s fine-dining restaurant, Number One, retains its Michelin star for the 13th successive year.
2015 – In January, The Balmoral completes a £200,000 refurbishment of Number One.
2017 – In October, The Balmoral completes a refurbishment of Castle Facing bedrooms.
2017 - Rocco Forte Hotels marks its 20th year, The Balmoral carries out a refresh of its castle view rooms along with an upgrade of the hotel’s J.K. Rowling Suite.
2018 - Brasserie Prince by Alain Roux opens after a multi-million pound refurbishment of the hotel's bar and brasserie; the hotel's old town view rooms are refurbished including the Scone & Crombie suite, the hotel's presidential suite.
2019 - The hotel's Princes St view rooms are upgraded, along with the hotel's royal suite, the Glamis Suite.
BY OLGA POLIZZI, DIRECTOR OF BUILDING & DESIGN
Most rooms, though of many different shapes and sizes, are very spacious and comfortable. Many have lovely views up to Edinburgh Castle and Princes Street and the views over Waverley Station are good for train spotters! It is the only hotel in Edinburgh where you get a clear view of Arthur's Seat.
It is difficult when designing a Scottish hotel not to fall into the usual clichés of tartans and old highland prints, so I have given a subtle hint of checks and tartans in the contemporary polished cotton fabric of the blinds and curtains. The striped carpets and paint colours in the bedrooms have the earthy colours of the moors, mists and heathers that one associates with Scotland.
Most of the rooms have high ceilings and many have unusual turret areas. The main objective was to keep them uncluttered and to mix contemporary furniture with the odd antique piece. Natural fabrics were used throughout: linens, silks, wools and leather (introduced on headboards, valances and comfortable armchairs).
The artwork has been selected to reflect Scottish themes such as Donald Campbell and his 'Bluebird', the Skerrymore Lighthouse and a Circular Tour of the Highlands by Richard Long. Bronze stags, golden eagles and Scottish literature can be seen throughout the rooms. Glass bowls in "The Colours of the Highlands" range are made by Jo Vincent, an artist who works only in glass.
Michelin-starred Number One offers contemporary dining coupled with world class Scottish hospitality. Executive Chef, Gary Robinson, and Head Chef Mark Donald have developed a menu with dishes inspired by Scotland and flavoured by the team’s international travels.
Designed by Rocco Forte Hotels’ Director of Design, Olga Polizzi, the rich red lacquered walls in Number One are adorned by art in the form of a large format triptych print of a Scottish oak tree by Adam Ellis and artwork from the Royal College of Art in London. Standout design elements include striking dove grey wool banquettes with golden yellow leather accents, elegant Lyndon Albany chairs with distinctive button backs and solid timber oak flooring throughout the restaurant.
Number One is also dedicated to providing the highest levels of service. For 20 years, Gary Quinn, Director of Food & Beverage, has overseen the front of house operations at Number One. With Restaurant Manager Emma Lonie and Assistant Restaurant Manager Sarah Dalgleish, Gary ensures diners at Number One receive the very best service. Their passion in creating the best dining experience has seen Number One awarded its Michelin star for 17 consecutive years.
- Number One features rich-red lacquered walls. The walls are adorned with stunning art from the Institute of Art in London (1991-1995 graduates)
- Number One is available for exclusive private lunch hire.
- Number One has its own entrance from Princes Street.
- The à la carte menu is priced at £90 for 3 courses. Dishes can be priced separately on request.
- The Tasting Menu is priced at £105 per person - guests may also choose to allow our Sommelier to guide them through the Tasting Menu with a selection of wines chosen to match each seasonal dish. Guests can choose to pair with Tasting Wines priced at £75 or our selection of Prestige Wines priced at £115
- Both residents and non-residents are welcome
- Smart dress code
Monday to Thursday: 18:30 - 22:00
Friday to Sunday: 18:00 – 22:00
T: +44 (0) 131 557 6727
The Balmoral opened Brasserie Prince by Alain Roux on 11th June 2018. In collaboration with Alain Roux, Chef Patron of The Waterside Inn, Bray-on-Thames, and his father Michel Roux, O.B.E., legendary chef and restaurateur, it is a celebration of a new alliance: matching the very best of Scottish produce with classic French cooking. Additionally, it marks a unique alliance between the Fortes and Rouxs, two of hospitality’s most famous family dynasties. Brasserie Prince by Alain Roux brings to life dishes from throughout France using Scottish ingredients to showcase the diversity in cooking and produce from both countries.
The colourful and vibrant interiors showcase a strong partnership between internationally celebrated Martin Brudnizki Design Studio (MBDS), and Olga Polizzi, Rocco Forte Hotels Director of Building & Design and sister to Sir Rocco Forte. The new brasserie offers a fresh colour palette of soft blues, green hues and blush pink tones which complement the high gloss lacquer, House of Hackney wallpaper and stained oak panelled walls.
Signature Chef: Alain Roux
Head Chef: Phil Hickman
Bar Manager: Giovanni Cassino
- The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, along with a seafood and charcuterie from the raw bar.
- Guests can enjoy a seasonal menu that includes hearty dishes featuring the highest quality produce from Scottish côte de boeuf to Plateaux de fruits de mer.
- Diners may also choose from the daily Grand-Mère’s Specials which encapsulate the unique alliance of cooking
- Express Menu - 2 courses £19.50, 3 courses £25.00 this menu is subject to availability.
- The restaurant also offers a children's menu - Le Petit Prince
- Restaurant & Bar Capacity is 210 covers
- Both residents and non-residents are welcome. Smart/Casual dress code
- Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner: Monday to Sunday 7am– 9:30pm
- Express Menu - Monday-Friday 12.00pm – 2.30pm, 5.30pm – 6.30pm
T: 0131 556 2414
The Balmoral’s whisky bar, Scotch, opened its doors in September 2013 paying homage to Scotland’s national drink. Tucked away from the hotel lobby, Scotch offers the largest collection of single malt Scottish whiskies available to the general public in Edinburgh. The collection boasts over 500 whiskies from Speyside, Islay, Campbeltown, the Highlands and the Lowlands.
Scotch’s collection is overseen by three highly trained Whisky Ambassadors who are on hand to offer guests advice when selecting a dram. The Whisky Ambassadors wear contemporary highland attire by Kinloch Anderson, kilt makers to Her Majesty The Queen, in cheviot, game keeper and gold tweeds mixed with gold satin trims and whisky coloured accents.
The Olga Polizzi-designed bar features a palate of whisky coloured tones creating a warm, intimate ambience in which to discover Scotland’s national drink. The centerpiece of the room - a hand-crafted oak panelled whisky cabinet – is complimented by interior furnishings in natural fabrics such as wool, cord and leather.
A brushed brass and black granite bar creates a striking sense of theatre in the room which contrasts with golden and chocolate velvet armchairs, neutral tweed sofas and amber coloured walls.
- A variety of blends, malts and vintages dating back to 1950 make up the collection of whisky which has been developed in collaboration with Gordon & Macphail .
- Whisky Journeys by one of SCOTCH's knowledgeable Whisky Ambassadors who will provide a wealth of information on the taste & heritage of each dramEach dram is served with a selection of bar snacks including smoked almonds and dark Swiss chocolate, selected to compliment the wide variety of whisky flavours on offer.
- A glass of whisky ranges from £6 to £500 a dram.
Opening Times: Monday to Sunday: 14:00– 01:00
Contact Details: T: +44 131 524 7142
Palm Court is an Edinburgh institution that is as glittering as its glass dome and Venetian chandelier. Set within the heart of The Balmoral, Edinburgh locals have enjoyed the tradition of Palm Court’s award-winning afternoon tea since 1902.
Subtle local references are made throughout the decor such as the thistle patterned sofa material named ‘Edinburgh’ by Bernard Thorpe. Contemporary tonal greys are contrasted by splashes of dynamic left blue whilst the traditional colonial palm trees inject a flash of green.
The walls are adorned with specially commissioned hand-painted De Gournay wallpaper with well known follies of Edinburgh incorporated into the landscape.
A mix of table styles offers the flexibility of traditional seating and more informal casual dining throughout the room.
- Palm Court features a sparkling glass dome and stunning Venetian glass chandelier
- The resident harpist plays from 14:30 to 17:00 from Monday to Sunday during May to September and from Wednesday to Sunday during October to April.
- Afternoon Tea is served daily from Noon to 5pm
- Both residents and non-residents are welcome.
Palm Court provides the perfect setting for a world-class Afternoon Tea experience, available daily, between noon and 17:00. The Balmoral Afternoon Tea is £45 per person
- Seasonal Amuse Bouche
- A selection of classic and contemporary sandwiches and savouries
- Homemade scones, fresh from the oven with clotted cream and preserves
- A selection of pastries
- A selection of sweet treats
- Departure gift –Tea tin with Balmoral blend loose leaf tea.
Executive Pastry Chef: Ross Sneddon
Opening Times: Monday to Sunday: 8.30am to 7pm
Contact Details: T: +44 131 556 2414
A destination in its own left. Beautifully and simply prepared classic cocktails and a menu of French snacks and sharing platters created by the acclaimed Chef Alain Roux.
Bar Manager Giovanni Cassino has curated a cocktail menu inspired by the 'new alliance' using the finest French and Scottish liquids.The ambience is relaxed yet convivial whilst offering delicious food using only the highest quality ingredients and warm, efficient service. 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 menu features a collection of innovative signature cocktails which change regularly, using fresh and seasonal ingredients.
- Cocktails and summertime tunes at Bar Prince every Wednesday and Thursday from 6.00pm to 10.00pm.
- Sample the finest and most seasonal of ingredients in liquid form with our Cocktail Tasting Menu.
Contact Details: T: 0131 557 5000
THE BALMORAL SPA
One of Scotland’s best urban day spa retreats, the award-winning Balmoral Spa is the perfect place to escape the pace of city life. Work out in the gym, relax in the steam room and sauna or take a dip in the 15-metre pool.
The Balmoral Spa is inspired by our Mediterranean heritage and Rocco Forte Hotels’ Verdura Resort. Rocco Forte Spas merge Irene Forte Skincare with intelligent design, multi-sensory healing techniques and signature spa treatments for a truly restorative, transformative experience.
Key Highlights - The Balmoral’s treatment facilities:
- Five luxury treatment rooms.
- Candle-lit relaxation suite
- A wide range of luxury Irene Forte Skincare, Made For Life Organics, and Ishga treatments
- Finnish dry sauna
- Turkish steam sauna
- Candle-lit poolside relaxation area
- Fully air-conditioned changing facilities
- Complimentary towels, fruit juices and coffee
- Hotel residents enjoy complimentary use of The Spa’s facilities including swimming, gym and heat experiences.
- Both residents and non-residents are welcome to book any treatment at The Balmoral Spa.
- Day use of The Spa is £25.00 per person (excluding any treatments).
- For guests who have booked a treatment only, there is an opportunity to access all Spa facilities for an additional £25
Monday to Friday: 06:30 to 22:00
Saturday & Sunday: 07:00 to 22.00
Contact Details: T: +44 131 622 8880
Shopping, dining, clubbing, golfing, ceilidh dancing, castle hopping and whisky tasting. Just some of the experiences you can enjoy whilst staying at Rocco Forte’s The Balmoral.
Edinburgh’s famous landmark has unparalleled contacts across the city to ensure guests benefit from the endless opportunities available in Scotland’s capital. The Balmoral’s focus is to create innovative experiences, provide personalised service and ensure guests leave Edinburgh with the very best impression.
The Balmoral’s Head Concierge, David Musk, oversees a team of concierge professionals, three of which are members of the prestigious Les Clefs d’Or or Golden Keys association.
Promising to unlock the secrets of Scotland, The Balmoral’s concierge has curated a series of tailor made, exclusive experiences in Edinburgh and beyond. Multigenerational trips that can be enjoyed whatever the weather there’s everything from instagram walking tours of the capital to our very own cashmere, tartan & tweed trails. Whatever the experience - the country and its culture are yours to explore.
Contact Details: T: +44 131 622 8880
THE BALMORAL SUITES
Suite 230 – The Scone & Crombie Suite (Presidential Suite). 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.
Suite 260 - The Glamis Suite.Named after Scotland’s most beautiful castle and the childhood home of The Queen Mother, our newly refurbished Glamis Suite evokes the majesty of its namesake in every carefully chosen design detail.
Suite 552 – The JK 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.
Suite 334 - The 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.
Suite 152 - The Bowes-Lyon Suite. Named for and inspired by former patron of The Balmoral, The Queen Mother, born Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, the Bowes-Lyon Suite aptly blends heritage and modernity, style and character.
THE BALMORAL SUITES
CASTLE VIEW SUITES
Take in views of Edinburgh Castle and Princes Street Gardens from these six roomy suites, most of which have original working fireplaces. Each suite is named after a Scottish river or castle — Drummond, Rothesay, Brodick, Bothwell, spey and Dee.
Suite 306 – The Drummond Suite. Drummond Castle is situated in Crieff, Perthshire (central Scotland).
Suite 308 – The Rothesay Suite. Rothesay Castle is situated in Rothesay on the Isle of Bute, known as Scotland’s jewel on the Clyde.
Suite 318 – The Brodick Suite. Brodick Castle is situated on the Isle of Arran (an island in the Clyde Estuary, in western Scotland). The Isle of Arran is the most southerly Scottish island and sits in the Firth of Clyde between Ayrshire and Kintyre.
Suite 320 – The Bothwell Suite. Bothwell Castle is located south east of Glasgow. It was built in 1242 by Walter of Moray. The River Clyde runs along the north side of the castle.
Suite 504 – The Spey Suite. Named after the River Spey (the second longest river in Scotland), in north east Scotland.
Suite 520 – The Dee Suite. The majestic Royal Dee flows from the heart of the Cairngorm Mountains for over 80 miles to the North Sea at Aberdeen, in north east Scotland.
THE BALMORAL SUITES
Our four Grand Suites have turret-style alcoves. Each has a name synonymous with Scotland — Braemar, Stirling, Dunrobin and Tay.
Suite 238 – The Braemar Suite. Braemar Castle is in Royal Deeside, in north east Scotland. Braemar is home to the famous Braemar Highland Games, which the Royal Family attends every September.
Suite 252 – The Stirling Suite. The famous Stirling Castle, in Stirling, is situated in central Scotland (this area is referred to by tourists as “Braveheart Country”). This is one of the grandest of Scotland's castles, as well as being a popular visitor attraction.
Suite 352 – The Dunrobin Suite. Dunrobin Castle is located a mile north of Golspie in Sutherland on the east coast of northern Scotland, about 90 minutes north of Inverness.
Suite 536 – The Tay Suite. The River Tay cuts through Perth and Kinross, Angus, Dundee City and Fife, throughout central Scotland. The Tay is the longest river in Scotland.
THE BALMORAL SUITES
Our five Classic Suites have a separate bedroom and a sitting room. They combine elegant, contemporary features with characteristics borrowed from our Scottish heritage.
Suite 240 - The St. Andrew Suite. St. Andrews Castle is situated in the well-known and picturesque university town of St. Andrews (in Fife – (north) east Scotland).
Suite 250 – The Aberdour Suite. Aberdour Castle is situated in the coastal village of Aberdour in Fife (central east Scotland).
Suite 324 – The Blair Suite. Blair Castle is the ancient seat of the Dukes and Earls of Atholl. The castle enjoys one of Scotland’s finest settings in the heart of Highland Perthshire.
Suite 340 – The Dirleton Suite. Dirleton Castle lies two miles west of North Berwick in East Lothian, just south of Edinburgh. Dirleton Castle has a beautiful garden, which dates back to its earliest days as a medieval fortified residence.
Suite 350 – The Brunstane Suite. Brunstane Castle is situated in Midlothian, just outside Edinburgh. The famous Rosslyn Chapel is also situated in Midlothian.
The Balmoral is dedicated to providing the highest levels of personalised service for its guests. Services include:
FAMILIES R FORTE
Our Families R Forte programme ensures younger guests will be just as pampered as the grown-ups. We welcome children of all ages – our programme is tailored for babies (ages 0-3), kids (ages 4-12) and teens (ages 13-16).
Every child who stays at the hotel receives their very own Balmoral Families R Forte passport on check-in where they can collect stamps around the hotel accompanied by small gifts. There is also a guide to Edinburgh with the top child-friendly attractions, as chosen by our children’s advisory board. Puzzles, games and a diary are also included in the passport.
Children will also receive our very own ‘Bonnie the Owl’ turndown service and a Families R Forte passport on check-out to continue their journey at other Rocco Forte properties.
The Balmoral offers the following for children:
- Wooden Cots (travel cots are also available, if preferred)
- The highest-quality bed linen for babies – 100% cotton
- leftly-coloured toy box with toys
- Bottle warmers
- Complimentary Milk on Turndown (for bottles or a glass of milk for older babies)
- Children’s Balmoral Passport.
- Bath time - a wide range of junior accessories including Balmoral-branded ducks, bubble bath and pampering products.
- Teddy turn-down: Children can snooze peacefully with their Balmoral Teddy, which is placed on their pillow during the evening turndown service.
- Relaxation - customised children's robes and slippers.
- Children's VIP Amenities - seasonal highlights include a special visit from Father Christmas on Christmas Morning and a visit from the Easter Bunny on Easter Sunday.
- Balmoral Quiz - we encourage children to explore The Balmoral with a customised quiz and special prize on completion!
- Food and Drink - a Children's Room Service Menu with a range of delicious treats
AT THE BALMORAL
Rose Petal Turndown:
Whether you are celebrating your wedding night, an anniversary or are simply enjoying a treasured night with your loved one, The Balmoral’s Rose Petal Turndown is the ultimate romantic experience.
Enjoy a nightcap with Balmoral-labelled Whisky - a 12-year-old Speyside Single Malt that is placed in your room during the evening turndown service. This service is particularly popular with overseas guests and whisky connoisseurs.
Kerb-side and In-room Check-in:
Perfect for those busy executive travellers.
Whether a guest needs some help in providing the perfect setting for a special marriage proposal, or the ultimate birthday treat, or simply to ensure the ultimate five-star experience of a lifetime, The Balmoral’s dedicated team will always be delighted to tailor a special experience, according to the guest’s needs.
RECENT AWARDS AND ACCOLADES
- 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