1 Princes Street
EH2 2EQ Edinburgh, Scotland
New Town/City Center
tel: 44 131 556 2414
fax: 44 131 557 3747
Hotel star rating:
The Rocco Forte Collection
bar, restaurant, business-facilities, fitness-club, non-smoking, currency-exchange, tv-in-room
The Balmoral Hotel was initially built in 1902, but has been completely refurbished by its new owners, Rocco Forte. The results are impressive, an excellent blend of Edwardian character with thoroughly modern amenities. Striking an imposing figure, it dominates the east end of Princes Street, affording superb views of the Castle, Gardens and Old Town and is handily situated beside Waverley Station.
This five-star luxury hotel might be out of most tourists' price range (it is usually the sleeping quarters of visiting celebrities like J.K. Rowling and Brittany Spears). But everyone is free to admire its lovely exterior, which boasts a large clock that is set two minutes fast to make sure passengers will be on time to catch their trains at the adjacent Waverly Station.
There is a comprehensive list of concierge facilities. For the business traveller there are printers, facsimile machines and modem ports in every room.