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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 StreetEdinburghScotlandEH2 2EQUnited Kingdom

Luxury hotel with spa, near Edinburgh Playhouse Theatre
  • Free WiFi
Fantastic service
Bar and Beverages
Bar is awesome
Wellness Area
Great wellness & sports facilities
Value for money
Value for money could be better
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The Balmoral Hotel

from £228
  • Classic Double Room
  • Deluxe Room
  • Executive Double or Twin Room
  • Deluxe Room (Castle View)
  • Classic Suite
  • Junior Suite

About The Balmoral Hotel

The Balmoral Hotel is in Edinburgh, Scotland. This hotel is situated amongst the shopping of Princes Street; Waverley Station is adjacent.

Hotel Features.
The Balmoral Hotel features a restaurant and a brasserie; each afternoon, the Palm Court hosts afternoon tea. Three bars offer whiskey, cocktails, and champagne. The full-service health spa includes an indoor pool and fitness center. The business center is open 24 hours. This landmark hotel includes a clock tower that has run three minutes fast since the hotel's opening in 1902. This property is smoke-free (fines apply for violations of this policy). Amenities also include complimentary WiFi and full high speed Internet (surcharge).

Guestrooms at The Balmoral Hotel feature marble and ceramic bathrooms, which provide bathrobes and luxury bath amenities. Guestrooms provide minibars, snack baskets, and safes and are individually decorated in a contemporary style with touches of Scottish heritage. free WiFi is available, and guestrooms include multi-line phones Optional amenities include wakeup calls and turndown service, and ironing facilities.

At a glance

Key facts

Hotel size

  • This hotel has 188 rooms
  • This hotel is arranged over 7 floors


  • Check-in time 3 PM-11 PM
  • Check-out time is noon
  • Express check-out
The property’s restaurant is closed until the end of April. Meals will be served in the brasserie on the lower ground floor, and drinks at the bar situated in the gallery on the first floor. For more details, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.

Required at check in

  • Credit card or cash deposit required

  • Government-issued photo ID required

Travelling with others


  • Pets not allowed


  • WiFi in public areas *

  • Free WiFi in rooms



  • No parking

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)
  • Sauna
Working away
  • 24-hour business centre
  • Conference space
  • Computer station
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service
  • Laundry facilities
  • Luggage storage
  • Wedding services
  • Porter
  • Number of buildings/towers - 1
  • Lift
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Fireplace in lobby

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
  • Satellite TV channels
Stay connected
  • Desk
  • Free WiFi
  • Phone
  • In-room safe (accommodates laptop)
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms available

Special features


The on-site spa has massage/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. A variety of treatment therapies are provided, including aromatherapy.


Number One – This fine-dining restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. 1-star Michelin rating.

Hadrians – On-site restaurant.

Palm Court – This restaurant only serves light fare.

The Balmoral Bar – On-site bar.

Scotch – On-site bar.

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 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.

Optional extras

Rollaway beds are available for an extra charge

Full breakfast is offered for an extra charge of GBP 25 per person (approximately)

WiFi is available in public areas for GBP 15.00 per 24-hour period (rates may vary)

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

What’s around The Balmoral Hotel


  • In New Town
  • Edinburgh Playhouse Theatre (6-minute walk)
  • Princes Street Gardens (6-minute walk)
  • St. Giles' Cathedral (9-minute walk)
  • Edinburgh Castle (13-minute walk)
  • Greyfriars Kirk (13-minute walk)
  • Palace of Holyroodhouse (15-minute walk)
  • University of Edinburgh (16-minute walk)

Getting around

  • Edinburgh (EDI) 24-min drive
  • Edinburgh Waverley Station 2-min walk
  • Edinburgh Haymarket Station 28-min walk
  • Slateford Station 11-min drive
  • On-site parking not available

Recent reviews

Exceptional 9.4 From 287 reviews

The Balmoral Hotel
Very Good8.0
family special occassion.
Service noticeably very very good. Had 2 luxury rooms booked for special family occasion. Rooms were spacious and very good mostly. Décor looked a little tired, but a minor problem. Generally happy with things. Ate at no1 restaurant. Expensive but very very good. Minor hiccup was that my main course could have been warmer. Was offered a fresh replacement ,but not bad enough to send the dish back I felt.
stephen, gb1 night trip
The Balmoral Hotel
Total indulgence
Absolutely amazing weekend. All of the staff are the most professional I have witnessed anywhere. The suite was spotless and modern and the harp player played Happy Birthday on my wife’s birthday! The pool and spa helped overcome the weekend’s excesses!
Paul, gb2 night trip with friends
The Balmoral Hotel
Sat in Balmoral Edinburgh
Amazing hotel, a bit expensive but worth it
John, gb1 night trip
The Balmoral Hotel
Very Good8.0
Very enjoyable. Upgraded to a suite. Attended a large Edinburgh Uni function. Reception, Dinner etc all excellent. Service excellent all round. Reception staff and Porters so helpful. Just one small criticism otherwise very good stay. The hotel needs some updating but I am sure the management will have that in hand.
Agnes, gb1 night trip
The Balmoral Hotel
Great hotel for none thirsty guests!
The hotel itself was lovely and overall enjoyed the stay. We love Edinburgh and visit a couple of times per year. The big issue we had at the balmoral, which would see us return to the Scotsman on future visits was the hotel bar. It’s very popular and table service only. So at busy periods if no tables are available you queue until one comes free. The bar is heavily used by the public and no priority is given to residents. Several times during our 2 night stay we were unable to use the bar which in my mind is unacceptable at a 5 star hotel. We raised this 3 times as a complaint and Nobody did anything to address the issue
Michael, gb2 night romance trip

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