- Although an Edinburgh landmark for more than a century, there’s nothing old-fashioned about this Forte flagship. Luxurious bedrooms, a Michelin-starred restaurant, lavish afternoon teas in the Palm Court and a spacious spa add up to a sophisticated 21st-century version of a truly grand hotel.
- The location is the best in the city. Perched on the eastern end of Princes Street overlooking Waverley station – guests can walk to all the main shops, restaurants, the old town and castle and the Scottish National Gallery.
- The building has the grandeur to inspire poetry. Its Victorian take on Renaissance architecture appeals to any aesthete, from its heroic staircase and classic columns, to the lush, contemporary furnishings by designer and part owner Olga Polizzi.
- Michelin Star Number One Restaurant provides a fine dining menu, while Brasserie Prince by Alain Roux offers an informal dining atmosphere.
- You’ll also find a truly divine afternoon tea in the heavenly (there are harps) Palm Court. If you are a fan of whisky, you will find 500 to choose from in the unashamedly tweedy Scotch Bar, while The Gallery, with a regularly updated exhibition of Scottish art, is a quiet hideaway for a drink, tea or a light lunch.
- With a sauna and a Turkish steam room, The Balmoral Spa features 5 treatment rooms and an exercise studio.
EXCLUSIVE LUXE VOYAGER VIP BENEFITS & BEST PRICE
We negotiate rates & benefits for our clients directly with the hotels’ senior management. Our rates match or in many cases are lower than the best online rate for the property. Our clients also enjoy a suite of extra VIP privileges and recognition while staying at a partner hotel.
- Complimentary room upgrade on arrival.
- Daily complimentary buffet breakfast for two.
- Up to $100 dining or spa credit per stay, and or in-house dining / spa discounts.
- Welcome amenities (wine/chocolates/fruit) and card from the GM.
- Complimentary private airport transfers.
- Complimentary roll-away bed if required.
- Early check-in and late check-out.
- Complimentary Wi-Fi.
- Enhanced recognition through VIP status at all touch points in the guest experience.
A complete or partial suite of VIP benefits will be offered, subject to the property T&C, including availability, category of room & length of stay.
Discover the Made in Scotland story and learn directly from Scottish artisans during a tour led by knowledgeable textiles guide Kitty MacKenzie. This tour includes a Scottish food and drink tasting and a private visit to the showroom of one of Edinburgh’s leading luxury accessories brand, Strathberry. If you wish to purchase Highland dress, sporting tweeds, kilts or cashmere, the tour will be tailored to suit your preferences.
Our Afternoon Tea Masterclass promises to unlock the history of a very British ritual in this unique offering for the city. Learn about the origins and etiquette of this tradition over delicate finger sandwiches, scones and expertly poured tea.
As a UNESCO designated World Heritage City with stunning Georgian and medieval architecture, it’s little wonder that Edinburgh has become a must snap destination for Instagrammers across the world. Here, we have teamed up with one of the country’s top Instagrammers, @IanGBlack, to lead guests on a dedicated Instagram Walking tour of Edinburgh that takes in the capital’s most photogenic spots. Our Instagram tour will help you capture Edinburgh in the best possible way, sending you home with lots of #BalmoralMoments to upload and share with your followers.
Choose from over 500 single malts and blends courtesy of SCOTCH, The Balmoral’s destination whisky bar. Our kilted Whisky Ambassadors are on hand to take guests through one of Edinburgh’s largest collections of whisky. Travel on a tailored journey to distilleries in the Highlands and Lowlands from the comfort of a tweed armchair.
Visit one of Edinburgh’s most exciting new gin distilleries – Old Curiosity – located in the slice of wilderness that is The Secret Herb Garden on the outskirts of the city. Work in groups to create your own gin or taste Old. Curiosity’s creations and take a tour around the distillery and gardens.
Take a culinary journey around Scotland without leaving the fireside comfort of your own castle view dining room. Scotland’s larder boasts a wealth of wild and natural food, and we invite you to discover the richness and flavours of our nature with our sample menu below.
For guests looking to trace their Scottish roots, The Balmoral’s Tartan Butler can help you track down your family tartan and make an appointment for a fitting with the kiltmakers to The Queen. Those looking to dive further into their family history can book a tailored tour that traces their family’s journey through Scotland and throughout history. Whether it’s a visit to a castle or ruin, archives or local inns, guests will unearth family secrets and find the physical links connecting the present to the past. This experience is suitable for guests of all ages.
Visit two of Edinburgh’s foremost royal establishments – Holyrood Palace, The Queen’s official residence in Edinburgh, and Royal Yacht Britannia, The Queen’s former floating palace. Return to the hotel to enjoy The Balmoral’s Afternoon Tea Masterclass which promises to unlock the history of this very British ritual. An official guide will take guests through the history and etiquette of this renowned tradition over delicate finger sandwiches, scones and expertly poured Scottish tea.
Venture off the beaten track to the beautiful Scottish Borders and enjoy a privately guided visit to the country’s most prestigious cashmere and tartan mills, including Johnstons of Elgin, weavers by Royal Appointment to HRH Prince Charles. On this full day tour led by knowledgeable textiles guide, Kitty MacKenzie, go behind the scenes and meet the highly skilled craftspeople who make Scottish luxury textiles for leading fashion houses around the world.
With remote, rugged landscapes and varied wildlife, Glencoe in the Highlands is a must visit for any photographer – especially in winter where dramatic weather and soft lighting combine with stunning sunsets and sunrises to make the perfect capture. Scotland Through A Lens is a full day trip offering guests a unique opportunity to learn the secrets of professional landscape photography and to capture classic shots of Scotland. This experience is suitable for all skill levels.
A life marked by turbulence and tragedy, Mary Queen of Scots is one of Scottish history’s most iconic figures. Visit the locations that feature in the new Mary Queen of Scots movie and learn about the people and places that informed her reign in a one day trip from The Balmoral. This experience is suitable for all ages.
Explore the land that inspired the hit television series, Outlander, on this epic day trip from The Balmoral. See where Outlander stars Sam Heughan (Jamie) and Caitriona Balfe (Claire) shot their scenes and learn about the real Jacobean people and places that influenced the series. This experience is suitable for all ages.
Created specifically for all ages to enjoy together, our year-round family activity days could take you as far as the Cairngorms to walk with reindeer or the Lowlands for a an adventure amongst the Scottish tree tops. Whatever you choose, there’s plenty to keep you all entertained.
A country renowned for its golfing, Scotland enjoys some of the world’s most challenging, picturesque and pleasurable links. From The Balmoral, keen golfers can enjoy access to many of the most exclusive golf courses and clubs across the country. Simply ask our concierge.
Discover the wild side of Scotland on a day of adventure, which could include an exhilarating 4×4 off-road experience, a speedboat ride on Loch Lomond and a tour of Glengoyne Distillery. Situated in west central Scotland and home to stunning landscapes, Loch Lomond is the largest loch in the country and is the gateway to the Highlands. Take in the scenery from land and loch on this full day of adventure.
With its rolling hills and vertiginous cobbled closes, majestic buildings and pretty Georgian streets, Edinburgh is best explored on foot. Guests enjoying a winter break in a sumptuous suite at The Balmoral can now get to know the Scottish capital in comfort thanks to a complimentary pair of snug and stylish Hunter wellington boots. Along with weatherproof footwear, our concierge team are on hand to create personalised walking routes of the city. Alternatively, suite guests are invited to book one of The Balmoral’s guided tours around the Scottish capital – a traditional walking tour or The Balmoral’s Instagram Walking Tour that takes visitors to the most photographic parts of the city.
Edinburgh is the jewel in Scotland’s crown and at its heart lies The Balmoral Hotel. With its majestic clock tower, the hotel is a unique and contemporary luxury five-star property in the very heart of Edinburgh. While many Edinburgh hotels claim to have landmarks on their doorstep, few can say their doorstep is a landmark. Located at 1 Princes Street with views of Edinburgh Castle, the Scott Monument and Arthur’s Seat, the skirl of the bagpipes is always within earshot.
Our hotel merges contemporary styling with elegant tradition, like the colours of a fine tartan weave. It’s a place where you can enjoy Michelin-starred dining at our ‘Number One’ restaurant and discover over 400 whiskies in our Scotch bar. Our kilted doormen will guide you across the threshold of the finest 5-star hotel in Edinburgh. Our Concierge will guide you towards Edinburgh’s modern boutiques and bars, theatres and museums.
The Balmoral is the perfect home-from-home to discover Edinburgh and Scotland’s finest attractions. Whatever the season, the hotel’s dedicated Concierge team can open doors to some of the most unique experiences in Scotland. From tickets to the world-famous Edinburgh Festival events, access to the city’s royal establishments – Holyrood Palace and the Royal Yacht Britannia – to the hotel’s Tartan Butler Clan Tour, you’ll find the best of Scotland at your finger tips.
Elegant and stylish, The Balmoral’s 167 rooms and 20 suites offer an invitation to experience and enjoy Scottish heritage. The design, as envisioned by Olga Polizzi, embodies the Scottish landscape, with a colour palette of blues and greys, bringing the country’s woodlands, heather-covered hills and lochs within the hotel’s walls. Many of the rooms add to the sublime sense of place with views out over Edinburgh Castle, Arthur’s Seat and the Old Town.
Our luxury Classic Rooms offer elegant Scottish charm and contemporary comfort in abundance. The sumptuous queen sized beds promise restful sleep, while the curated collection of pieces in the combined bedroom and living space, including a desk and stylish armchairs, are ideal for business and leisure travellers alike. The beautiful Italian marble bathrooms feature our pampering skincare products by Irene Forte.
Our stylish Executive Rooms are decorated in a soothing colour palette of natural shades and eye-catching artwork, both of which reflect the stunning landscape of Scotland. Flooded with natural light and offering views out over the city of Edinburgh or our peaceful inner courtyard, these rooms are serene and spacious. With extra beds and the possibility to interconnect with other Executive rooms, they’re perfect for families, while the beautifully appointed Italian marble bathrooms promise lavish pampering, with a large bathtub and skincare products by Irene Forte.
Our elegant Deluxe Rooms are warm and welcoming in spirit, contemporary and comfortable in style. With a curated collection of furnishings in the stylish living and working area, as well as a sumptuous king-sized bed, these rooms are ideally suited to business or leisure. Some offer a beguiling sense of place with views of the Scottish capital’s skyline, while others offer peace and tranquillity with inner courtyard views. For added indulgence, the bathrooms are exquisitely appointed with fine Italian marble, luxurious skincare products by Irene Forte, and glamorous black and white art prints of Sean Connery as James Bond.
Executive View Room
Decorated to reflect traditional Scottish style, some of these elegant rooms can also be interconnected, making them suitable for families.
Executive Old Town View Room
Our stylish Executive Old Town View Rooms combine an elegant bedroom with a sophisticated sitting area. With shades of heather and moss, sumptuous tartans and large windows that look out over Edinburgh’s Old Town, these rooms bring the splendour of Scotland within their glamorous walls. The fine marble bathroom adds to the air of British sophistication with black and white art prints of Sean Connery as James Bond, while the skincare products by Irene Forte provide an extra note of luxury.
Deluxe Old Town View Room
Our serene Deluxe Old Town View Rooms combine heritage style and contemporary comforts to elegant effect. A harmonious space, the décor evokes the Scottish woodland through its natural colour palette and sylvan wallpaper, with sumptuous textiles from leaf-green velvets to sophisticated tartans adding an extra touch of decadence. Large windows offer views out over Edinburgh’s Old Town and flood the space with natural light, while the spacious bathrooms are appointed in fine Italian marble and feature our range of pampering skincare products by Irene Forte.
Deluxe Castle View Room
Our Deluxe Castle View Rooms effortlessly recreate the serenity and splendour of the Scottish countryside. From their natural colour palettes and stylish sylvan wallpaper to lavish velvets, tartan and curated collection of objets d’art, the woodlands and lochs are beguilingly present. While inside may evoke the country, the windows of these rooms reveal some of the most privileged views in the Scottish capital, with a sweeping vista across Princes Street Gardens and up to the historic heft of Edinburgh Castle. For added luxury, the fine marble bathrooms feature a generous bathtub and exclusive skincare products by Irene Forte.
Our spacious Junior Suites offer stylish sophistication and classic comforts, while the sleek lines and sumptuous fabrics of the furnishings lends an air of effortless elegance. Perfect for families and longer stays, these generous suites have welcoming lounge areas to relax in and offer the option of housing an extra bed for children. All of the fine marble bathrooms are outfitted with skincare products by Irene Forte, with some featuring black and white art prints of Sean Connery as James Bond.
Junior Suite Castle View
Named after their stunning vistas, our Junior Suite Castle View rooms offer some of the best views in the Scottish capital, looking out towards the rugged castle on the 700-million-year-old extinct volcano, Castle Rock. Beautiful inside and out, the suites themselves elegantly evoke Scottish heritage through shades of heather and moss, with rich wool tartans and other lavish local textiles, like elegant cushions by Glasgow artisans, Timorous Beasties. The sleek desk and inviting armchairs in the lounge area offer comfort and style for business and leisure travellers alike, while the sumptuous king-sized bed and fine marble bathroom promise decadence and pampering.
Our Classic Suites offer exceptional comfort and style, marrying contemporary and heritage accents with ease. From the chic seating and sophisticated objets d’art in the sitting room to the sumptuous king-sized bed in the separate bedroom, these suites are as generous in size as they are elegant in design. Botanically-inspired artwork hangs on the walls, with glamorous black and white art prints adorning the fine marble bathrooms, alongside a luxurious selection of Asprey toiletries. Spectacularly positioned, our Classic Suites have unparalleled views out over Princes Street, North Bridge, or the Old Town.
A nod to our Scottish home, our four Grand Suites are named Braemar, Stirling, Dunrobin, and Tay. Each is distinct, with a unique blend of contemporary and heritage accents, from objets d’art and the luxurious tartan in the upholstery to the elegant colour palette in soothing shades of blue that evoke our lochs. Moving through the suite, past the separate sleeping and living areas adorned with elegant furnishings and featuring their own turreted alcoves, guests can gaze out of the large windows for extraordinary views of Arthur’s Seat or Carlton Hill. The generous bathrooms are also flooded with natural light, illuminating the fine Italian marble and the separate bathtub and shower, stocked with a luxurious range of Asprey toiletries.
Castle View Suite
Looking out towards the Scott Monument, the rich greenery of Princes Street Gardens, and up to the majesty of Edinburgh Castle, our Castle View Suites offer some of the most privileged views in the Scottish capital. Each of these stylish suites is named after a Scottish river or castle—Rothesay, Dee, Drummond, Brodick, Bothwell and Spey—and channel the country’s wild charm in the décor. From the shades of blue that evoke the waters of our lochs and the rich tartan in the upholstery to the objets d’art inspired by the natural world and the works of literature on the bookshelves, these suites are a beguiling blend of art, culture and classic elegance. Adding to the grandeur, the suites have Italian marble bathrooms flooded with natural light, and the added opulence of a walk-in dressing room.
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. With its unusual layout and large, porthole-style windows, this suite is unique and full of character, much like its namesake. Inside the salon, sofas of exquisite green velvet and leafy drapes evoke the verdant countryside, while superb views over Princes Street place the suite firmly in the context of the Scottish capital.
Our grand Balmoral Suite harmonises beautiful heritage accents with modern notes to sophisticated effect. With artwork and a colour palette inspired by the serenity of our lochs, as well as hints of heather and deep green woodland in the lavish textiles, the suite evokes the splendour of the Scottish countryside. From the sitting room, with its roaring fire, to the two separate bedrooms, each with decadent decorative features and objets d’art, the Balmoral Suite exudes a sense of refined sophistication and welcoming warmth. Ideal for longer stays and families, the suite has a guest powder room, in addition to its fine Italian marble bathrooms, and can be interconnected with an Executive Old Town View room to create your own three bedroom family suite with views of Arthur’s Seat and Edinburgh’s historic Old Town.
J.K. Rowling Suite
Our elegant J.K. Rowling Suite beautifully blends contemporary design accents with unique features to magical effect. Enter the suite, past the owl door knocker, and walk through the star-filled entranceway into the lounge. From the marble bust of Hermes that J.K. Rowling signed when she finished writing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows in this very suite, to the antique furnishings, this light-flooded space is adorned with quirky items. Large windows reveal stunning views of Carlton Hill, while turreted alcoves add charm. The decor throughout evocatively conjures the Scottish countryside through stylish sylvan accents and decorative touches that call to mind the natural world. Moving through the enchanting suite into the peaceful bedroom, the sumptuous king-sized bed promises a restful night’s sleep, and the adjoining Italian marble bathroom, which features a bathtub and separate shower, is stocked with luxurious Asprey toiletries.
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. Large windows cast natural light upon the spacious salon, with its magnificent velvet sofas, tasteful antiques and original fireplace, and the sophisticated dining room, with its Scottish baronial furniture and antique chandelier, provides an elegant area for entertaining. Historic period features including ornate cornicing are complemented by exquisite drapes and wallpapers, whilst hand-picked collections of books and records make this spacious haven homely.
Scone & Crombie
Palatial in both inspiration and spirit, our iconic Scone & Crombie Suite is named after the stunning Scottish palace of Scone in Perthshire and the historic Crombie Castle in Aberdeenshire. From the custom-made tapestry Devonshire Swans wallpaper in the entrance hall—ideal for discrete, private check-ins or private dinners—to the rich fabrics and opulent furnishings used throughout the grand and generous space, our presidential suite is decorated with a nod to the city’s royal connections. Elegantly complementing the design, the colour scheme is serene with shades of delicate blue and grey, evoking Scottish skies and lochs, and a dash of soft yellow, like wild gorse, in the bedroom. Botanical, natural accents are woven throughout, while the floor-to-ceiling windows that flood the space with light reveal the skyline of the city’s Old Town as a compelling contrast.
Flavour can define a destination. Our restaurants combine the world’s top chefs with the freshest local produce and seasonal ingredients to create unforgettable regional and Modern European dishes.
Welcome to Number One, where Michelin-starred modern Scottish cuisine meets world-class service. Step into Number One’s glamorous dining room and sink into one of the dove grey wool banquettes. Contemporary art abounds on the lacquered red walls, from pieces lent by London’s Royal College of Art, to Adam Ellis’ stunning Scottish oak triptych. Our menus are fashioned using seasonal ingredients carefully sourced from an exceptional list of trusted suppliers. Head Chef Mark Donald and his team have developed a menu with dishes inspired by Scotland and flavoured by the team’s international travels.
Brasserie Prince By Alain Roux
Marrying classic French cuisine with sublime Scottish produce, Brasserie Prince by Alain Roux is a chic, relaxed restaurant in Edinburgh. Housed within the iconic Balmoral hotel, Brasserie Prince marks an exceptional partnership between two family dynasties: chefs and restaurateurs Alain and Michel Roux Snr and the Forte family. The Brasserie is the culmination of their years of unwavering commitment to excellence in their respective fields. Echoes of Paris abound, from the gleaming mirrored and brass accents to the buttery soft leather banquettes. The views of Edinburgh and the staggering hills surrounding the capital are a reminder of Brasserie Prince’s position at No. 1 Princes Street.
Breathe deep and enjoy the relaxed, decadent surrounds, listening as the pop of Champagne corks and rattle of cocktail shakers punctuates the atmosphere. Perhaps the bartenders are making La Vie En Rose, one of our signature cocktails; a heady concoction of Citadelle French Vodka, freshly squeezed lemon juice and rose syrup, topped with French Champagne. Peruse the menu, with its mix of classic and bespoke cocktails, French Champagnes, Scotch, British gins, Old and New World wines, and more. For those with an appetite, the bar has a delightfully decadent selection of dishes, many from Brasserie Prince, helmed by lauded chefs Alain and Michel Roux Snr.
Fit for the royalty who have called Edinburgh home for centuries, the menu features a sumptuous selection of loose-leaf teas (pleasingly poured tableside), fresh pastries, dainty sandwiches and expertly crafted savouries, as well as a beguiling selection of Champagnes. Take a seat under the green leaves of palm trees, gently bathed in the light that cascades down from the sparkling glass dome and the Venetian chandelier. Listen to the sounds of the harp, gently playing from the elegant gallery. Look around at the hand-painted de Gournay wallpaper, depicting the famed follies of Edinburgh in the verdant, sylvan landscape. It’s difficult to imagine a more decadent, indulgent treat
Our passionate and friendly Whisky Ambassadors can help you make your choice from the ever-changing selection, with its compelling big-hitter bottles, as well as rare and limited editions. Or they can guide you through a phenomenal tasting, sharing stories, tasting notes and passing along their love of “the water of life” with each sip. Whether you know your peaty from your creamier, sherry-matured whiskies, or you’re just looking to taste whisky for the first time, everyone is welcome. From the glowing amber-coloured walls and the gleaming brushed brass and black granite bar to the smile you receive as you walk through the door, SCOTCH is one of the city’s best-kept secrets.
Our walls are adorned with artwork curated by The Scottish Gallery, the oldest fine art dealer and gallery in Scotland, specialising in 20th century and contemporary Scottish painting and objects. Explore a diverse mix of Scottish art as our exhibitions change seasonally.
This Hotel Provides Spa and Gym Facilities. The care and attention of our therapists leave you feeling refreshed.
Rocco Forte Wellness addresses complete enrichment and unity of physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health – together, a Forte Life – fusing proven, pioneering science and technology with inherited wisdom and an affinity with nature across Rocco Forte Spas, Nourish and Fitness. Step into the sublime surrounds of De Russie Spa in Rome and surrender to your senses. Let the gentle aromatherapy fragrances help you unwind and let go, the soft glimmer of candlelight soothe your spirit, and the care and attention of our therapists leave you feeling refreshed.
Our gym is equipped with the latest gym gadgets, free weights and Technogym weight machines, along with a full range of Technogym cardiovascular equipment.