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The Balmoral – Edinburgh

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The Balmoral – Edinburgh

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The Balmoral is Rocco Forte’s historic Edinburgh landmark. It was built in 1902 in impressive Scottish renaissance style as a railway hotel serving Waverley Station. Pronounced one of the great railway hotels, its iconic clock was set three minutes fast so that guests and locals wouldn’t miss their trains. It has turrets at its corners and a central courtyard, occupied by the dazzling glass-domed Palm Court. Exuding a timeless elegance, the bedrooms have been designed by Olga Polizzi, Director of Building & Design for Rocco Forte Hotels, with their castle view rooms framing some of the Scottish capital’s most famous vistas. The Balmoral’s two restaurants offer guests a choice of fine or brasserie dining. Number One, with its red lacquer walls and dove grey seating, offers a Michelin-starred menu celebrating Scottish produce. Brasserie Prince by Alain Roux meanwhile serves up a new alliance marrying the best of Scottish ingredients with French cooking. The service throughout the hotel is faultless.
Claim to Fame… Celebrity visitors to the hotel have included Sophia Loren, the Queen Mother, J.K. Rowling and Paul and Linda McCartney – to name a few.

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Edinburgh Castle; a historic fortress which dominates the hotels magnificent views of the city from its position on the 700-million-year-old extinct volcano, Castle Rock. Or Sir Walter Scott Monument; named after Scottish author Sir Walter Scott, and sharing its name with our main ballroom, this Victorian monument is the world’s largest ever given to a writer.


Experience our Michelin-starred restaurant, Number One or enjoy a relaxed lunch in Brasserie Prince by Alain Roux


Our delicious Balmoral Smoked Salmon is sourced from Scotland’s finest waters and smoked over whisky barrel chips at BELHAVEN SMOKEHOUSE to The Balmoral’s secret recipe. Sides are available for residents and non-residents to purchase, priced £50.


Over the years a regular galaxy of film and sports stars, princesses and politicians, have posed for photographs by the hotel pillars. Celebrity visitors to the hotel include Sophia Loren, Elizabeth Taylor, The Queen Mother, Laurel & Hardy, J.K. Rowling and Paul and Linda McCartney – to name a few!

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