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The Balmoral Hotel

5-starThis establishment has received its official star rating from VisitScotland, the National Tourist Board for Scotland.
1 Princes Street, Edinburgh, Scotland, EH2 2EQ, United Kingdom

Luxury hotel with spa, near Princes Street
  • Free WiFi in the lobby
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  • One can talk about this hotel in superlatives only: one of the best hotels in Edinburgh…Oct 31, 2020
  • Absolutely amazing the staff are so helpful and genuinely interested in you couldnt fault…Oct 7, 2020

The Balmoral Hotel

  • Classic Room
  • Deluxe Room
  • Executive Room
  • Deluxe Room, View (Castle View)
  • Classic Suite
  • Junior Suite
  • Grand Suite
  • Suite, View (Castle View)
  • Suite (Balmoral)
  • Suite (Glamis)
  • Suite (Scone & Crombie)
  • Suite (J.K. Rowling)
  • Deluxe Room, View (Old Town View)
  • Executive Room, View (Old Town View)
  • Junior Suite, View (Castle View)
  • Executive Room, View
  • Suite

What’s around The Balmoral Hotel


  • In New Town
  • Princes Street - 1-min walk
  • George Street - 4-min walk
  • Edinburgh Playhouse Theatre - 6-min walk
  • Royal Mile - 6-min walk
  • Grassmarket - 11-min walk
  • Edinburgh Castle - 12-min walk
  • Calton Hill - 7-min walk

Getting around

  • Edinburgh (EDI) 34-min drive
  • Edinburgh Waverley Station 4-min walk
  • Edinburgh Haymarket Station 24-min walk
  • Edinburgh Brunstane Station 10-min drive

At a glance

Key facts

Hotel size

  • This hotel has 187 rooms
  • This hotel is arranged over 7 floors


  • Check-in time 3 PM-11 PM
  • Check-out time is noon
  • Express check-out

Restrictions related to your trip

  • United Kingdom may have travel restrictions in place, including self-quarantine, due to COVID-19.
Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card or cash deposit required for incidental charges

  • Government-issued photo ID may be required

Travelling with others


  • Pets allowed *


  • Free WiFi in public areas



  • Valet parking* on site

Payment types at the property

Other information

  • Smoke-free property
* See small print for additional details or extra charges

In the hotel

Food and drink
  • Full breakfast daily (surcharge)
  • 3 restaurants
  • 2 bars/lounges
  • 24-hour room service
Things to do
  • Indoor pool
  • Fitness facilities
  • Full-service spa
  • Spa treatment room(s)
  • Steam room
  • Sauna
Working away
  • Number of meeting rooms - 10
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Concierge services
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service
  • Laundry facilities
  • Luggage storage
  • Wedding services
  • Porter
  • Number of buildings/towers: 1
  • Year Built – 1902
  • Lift
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Fireplace in lobby
Languages Spoken
  • English

In the room

Home comforts
  • Minibar
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Bathrobes
  • Iron/ironing board (on request)
Sleep well
  • Turndown service
Freshen up
  • Private bathroom
  • Shower only
  • Designer toiletries
  • Hair dryer
Be entertained
  • Smart televisions
  • Satellite TV channels
Stay connected
  • Desk
  • Phone
  • Daily housekeeping
  • In-room safe
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms available

Special features


The Balmoral Spa has 5 treatment rooms. Services include deep-tissue massages, hot stone massages, sports massages and Swedish massages. The spa is equipped with a sauna, a steam room and Turkish bath/hammam.

The spa is open daily.


Number One – This fine-dining restaurant only serves dinner.Guests can enjoy drinks at the bar. 1-star Michelin rating.

Brasserie Prince – This restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and light fare. Guests can enjoy drinks at the bar. A children's menu is available. Open daily.

Palm Court – This restaurant only serves light fare. Open daily.

Bar Prince – This bar only serves light fare. Open daily.

SCOTCH – On-site bar. Open daily.

Awards and affiliations

Green/Sustainable Property
This property participates in Green Tourism Programme, a programme that measures the property's impact on one or more of the following: The Environment, the community, the cultural heritage and the local economy.

The Balmoral Hotel’s small print

Also known as

  • Balmoral Hotel Edinburgh
  • Balmoral Hotel
  • Balmoral Edinburgh
  • Balmoral
  • Balmoral Edinburgh Hotel
  • The Balmoral Hotel Edinburgh, Scotland
  • The Balmoral Hotel Hotel
  • The Balmoral Hotel Edinburgh
  • The Balmoral Hotel Hotel Edinburgh


The property has connecting/adjoining rooms. These are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property using the number on the booking confirmation.

Guests can rest easy knowing that there's carbon monoxide detector, a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector, a security system, a first aid kit and window guards on site.

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F.

Personal protective equipment, including masks and gloves, will be available to guests.

Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; periodic temperature checks are conducted on staff; temperature checks are available to guests; guests are provided with hand sanitiser.

Each guestroom is kept vacant for a minimum of 24 hours between bookings.

This property accepts credit cards. Cash is not accepted.

Optional extras

Valet parking costs GBP 35 per night

Rollaway beds are available for GBP 50.0 per day

Full breakfast is offered for an extra charge of GBP 29 per person (approximately)

Pets are allowed for an extra charge of GBP 50 per pet, per stay

Service animals exempt from fees

We have included all charges provided to us by this property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the unit you book.

FAQs for The Balmoral Hotel

  • Does The Balmoral Hotel offer free cancellation for a full refund?
    Yes, The Balmoral Hotel does have fully refundable rooms available to book on our site, which can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in. Just make sure to check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
  • What are the cleanliness and hygiene measures currently in place at The Balmoral Hotel?
    This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property. Furthermore, guests are provided with hand sanitiser, social distancing measures are in place and staff wear personal protective equipment. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
  • Is parking offered on site at The Balmoral Hotel?
    Yes. Valet parking costs GBP 35 per night.
  • Is there a pool at The Balmoral Hotel?
    Yes, there's an indoor pool.
  • Are pets allowed at The Balmoral Hotel?
    Yes, pets are welcome. There's a charge of GBP 50 per pet, per stay. Service animals are exempt from fees.
  • What are the check-in and check-out times at The Balmoral Hotel?
    You can check in from 3 PM - 11 PM. Check-out time is noon. Express check-out is available.
  • Are there restaurants at or near The Balmoral Hotel?
    Yes, there are 3 on-site restaurants. Nearby restaurants include Booking Office (3-min walk), Howies (4-min walk) and Brewhemia (4-min walk).
  • What is there to do near The Balmoral Hotel?
    Recommended spots to visit include Princes Street (1-min walk) and George Street (4-min walk), along with Edinburgh Playhouse Theatre (6-min walk) and Royal Mile (6-min walk).

Recent reviews

Exceptional 9.6 From 454 reviews

Exceptional 10.0
Iconic hotel but beware if arriving by car
Iconic hotel in the very heart of Edinburgh a short walk from the main attractions. Rooms are a decent size and service good. Only thing was arriving by car is a nightmare, very limited space to stop and unload and very expensive daily parking rate.
gb2 night trip
Exceptional 10.0
superb stay with 10/10 for cleaniness
We had 2 nights in The Balmoral. Everything about it was superb, especially the cleanliness in current times, we felt very safe. The turn down service was lovely with the little added touch of putting our slippers by the bed. Would 100% recommend a stay to anyone.
Helen, gb2 night trip
Very good 8.0
Good not great.
Great service but the Brasserie menu was poor and the food not very good. Lovely surroundings and very friendly, professional staff.
Steven, gb1 night trip
Exceptional 10.0
Amazing hotel
Amazing hotel. Incredible service. Fabulous location. Awesome food! Highly recommend this hotel and will definitely be back!
Cara, gb7 night trip
Good 6.0
A little bland
My partner and I were so looking forward to our stay at the balmoral and expected something a bit special, when in actual fact the entire experience felt lacking. From the entrance lobby to the decor in the rooms, such as a cheap Sean Connery glass print in the toilet - something you would expect to see in a premier inn bathroom, nothing really screamed 5 star or felt particularly warm about the welcome & service. Perhaps the Covid-masking could have a role to play in this as guests and staff must all wear masks at all times. We went for the tasting Menu One evening at Grazing, within the Waldorf Astoria, and the experience there felt completely different. A far grander lobby and bar area, the concierge was so attentive that we went back the following day for tea and got the same warm welcome on arrival, with plenty of local tips. Guests also did not have to wear masks in that hotel, only staff. To be honest, we found a more engaging experience in the local bars and restaurants - cold town house, the bon Vivant, angels with bagpipes, to name a few. I would also recommend the mountebank comedy walking tour - Daniel is a Stand up comic by night and a great guide. Now we’re not saying that The Balmoral is a bad hotel as the rooms were certainly comfortable and location spot on, but we were just expecting something a bit more grandeur and with an attentive service.
Maria, gb2 night trip
Exceptional 10.0
Fantastic hotel in a great location
Very accommodating- couldn’t recommended more highly. A little wear and tear around the room - with a few of the finishes e.g. grouting a little hap dash, however, overall a very pleasant stay with a hotel who couldn’t do more for you. Will 100% be staying here again and very much looking forward to it!
Stephen, gb1 night trip
Exceptional 10.0
Liked old style 1st class service. Only stayed 2 nights. Would have liked longer.
gb2 night romance trip
Exceptional 10.0
Very expensive breakfast, £29 a bit steep even for all the voice available.
Sharon, gb1 night trip
Exceptional 10.0
Great stay at the Balmoral. Amazing service as one would expect.
gb1 night family trip
Exceptional 10.0
Absolutely amazing stay in one of the suites at the Balmoral. Excellent staff and brilliant location.
gb1 night family trip

The Balmoral Hotel