For over a century, The Balmoral has stood at Edinburgh’s most prestigious address, No. 1 Princes Street.
It began life as a grand railway hotel in 1902 and continues to respect the traditions of its founders, right down to the kilted doormen. The hotel is one of Scotland’s most recognised landmarks and its majestic clock tower dominates the capital’s skyline, while its castle views are some of Edinburgh’s most cherished. Located in a prime position for exploring the city’s many historical and cultural sites, this Rocco Forte hotel is also the perfect base from which to explore Scotland. The hotel’s unrivalled concierge team has all the expertise to create bespoke private tours of Edinburgh and beyond. The Balmoral is famous for offering timeless grandeur with a contemporary twist.
In 2017 Olga Polizzi, Rocco Forte Hotels’ Director of Building and Design, undertook a significant restyle of the castle view rooms and suites.
Authenticity and a strong sense of place are at the heart of Rocco Forte Hotels, so some of the best suites and rooms in the hotel have been enlivened with a décor scheme inspired by the woodlands of Scotland, with touches of magic and whimsy throughout. A colour palette of blues, greens, greys and purples evokes the lochs and heathers of the Highlands, helping to bring the Scottish landscape inside. Recessed window seats allow guests to reflect and take a moment to enjoy some of the best views in the city.
When it comes to dining, The Balmoral has a venue to satisfy every appetite and occasion. The hotel’s fine dining restaurant, Number One, is a culinary landmark, retaining its coveted Michelin star for 2018 for the 16th consecutive year. From à la carte to a seven-course tasting menu, Number One presents modern Scottish cuisine by Executive Chef Jeff Bland and Head Chef Brian Grigor, accompanied by an extensive wine list. For evening drinks, the hotel’s dedicated whisky bar, Scotch, pays homage to Scotland’s national drink and is home to one of Edinburgh’s largest collections. Dedicated whisky ambassadors oversee a continuously changing collection of 500 single malts, vintages and blends, and host regular tasting sessions for the novice or connoisseur alike.
The Olga Polizzi-designed bar features a palette of whisky-coloured tones, creating a warm, intimate ambience.
The centre piece of the room – a hand-crafted oak panelled whisky cabinet – is complemented by the interior furnishings in natural fabrics like wool, cord and leather. The Balmoral’s Palm Court is an Edinburgh institution that’s as glittering as its glass dome and Venetian chandelier. This is the place to sample award-winning afternoon tea or sip vintage champagne, while a harpist lays down the perfect soundtrack. The walls are adorned with specially commissioned hand-painted de Gournay wallpaper, incorporating well-known Edinburgh follies into the landscape. The hotel’s ten private dining rooms overlook Princes Street gardens and Edinburgh Castle, an elegant, intimate setting for a special celebration. The Forte family’s style of service draws guests back time and time again.
THE BALMORAL 1 PRINCES STREET, EDINBURGH, EH2 2EQ +44 (0)131 556 2414