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Balmoral, translated in Gaelic as ‘majestic dwelling’, undoubtedly lives up to its name. Part of the prestigious Rocco Forte Collection, this grand hotel stands proud in the heart of Edinburgh offering five-star accommodation and peaceful tranquillity as the vibrant city life unfolds all around.
Sumptuous comfort and style collide in this lavishly decorated hotel, from the distinctive décor, designed by Olga Polizzi, and the fascinating art and murals that adorn the walls. The generously proportioned rooms are styled to make you feel at home while providing a sense of place with nods to the surrounding countryside and the inclusion of Balmoral tartan fabrics. Before you bid goodnight in one of the handmade beds you are invited to enjoy a nightcap with a 500-strong selection of whiskies in the stylish bar – aptly named Scotch.
“Historic heritage and world-class hospitality “
From exquisite Michelin-star dining to a top-of-the-range wellness spa, your time at The Balmoral will perfectly pamper all your senses.
Earning its Michelin Star time and time again, Number One’s Head Chef Mark Donald and his talented team craft modern Scottish cuisine alongside international flair for a memorable culinary experience.
As well as the coveted Michelin Star, Number One was among the Top 10 Best Fine Dining Restaurants in the UK in the 2018 TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice awards, and also has four AA Rosettes, a testament that the restaurant boasts world-class cuisine combined with superb Scottish hospitality.
Retreat to this urban oasis integrating modern facilities, exceptional service and luxurious treatments.
Irene Forte Skincare, specialist Hebridean products and organic Ishga therapies will soothe your soul, while you soak up the serene surroundings, relax by the pool and enjoy the finest Scottish local produce. Bliss.
The Balmoral has an added feature unlike any other hotel – its very own Poet-in-Residence. Marcas Mac an Tuairneir, one of Scotland’s leading Gaelic poets as their very own Bàrd air mhuinntireas.
The Balmoral’s Poet-in-Residence can be pre-booked by guests staying at the hotel for a celebration or to commemorate a special occasion. Guests can select a pre-written Gaelic poem or develop a bespoke poem with Marcas, making for the perfect memento for a wedding vow, proposal, anniversary or heart-felt love letter written in the most passionate of languages.
The Balmoral began as The North British Station Hotel in 1902 and has myriad of stories to tell as a haven for celebrities of yesteryear, royals and politicians – Sophia Loren, Elizabeth Taylor, Paul and Linda McCartney and even the Queen Mother have all graced the steps to enjoy a stay in this magnificent hotel.
The magnificent clock was set three minutes ahead to ensure nobody would miss their train at nearby Waverley Railway Station. It remains that way today, other than the all-important Hogmanay celebrations on December 31, of course. Everything else, however, is timed to absolute perfection, including the exquisite food served at the Michelin-starred Number One and the serving of the grandest of afternoon teas that rivals tea at The Ritz.
Steeped in glamour with its impeccable service and world-class amenities, The Balmoral opened in 1991 following a £23-million refurbishment and remains the destination for prestigious guests from around the world.