Luxury Hotel Review: The Balmoral Hotel, Edinburgh Scotland

By Kach Umandap - Howe August 17th, 2016 Posted in Best Luxury Hotels, Luxury Hotel Review, Travel Blog 2 Comments

When we were in Edinburgh Scotland, my mom and I checked in early at this fantastic 5 – star property, The Balmoral hotel. It is actually located in the heart of Edinburgh, at the corner of the Old and New Town

Luxury Hotel Review: The Balmoral Hotel, Edinburgh Scotland
Checked in early at the 5-star hotel of The Balmoral

I was so excited to see what’s inside because their online photos are so wonderful, and the actual facade is incredible. We couldn’t wait what is in store for us. But I had one thing in my mind  that time, I’m sure that mom and I would definitely have a memorable stay.

Luxury Hotel Review: The Balmoral Hotel, Edinburgh Scotland
The Balmoral entrance!

Check the room rates of the The Balmoral Hotel on their

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Lo and behold, upon arriving at our lovely room, there was a sweet surprise for us. My mom was very happy with the fruit and chocolate plate courtesy of The Balmoral. I wanted to just dive in and eat them all up! What a great way to start our stay, isn’t it? And here’s more about the hotel.

Luxury Hotel Review: The Balmoral Hotel, Edinburgh Scotland
Happy with the surprise fruit plate and chocolate at The Balmoral.

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ACCOMMODATION

All the rooms at The Balmoral are designed by Olga Polizzi and you can expect rooms that scream modernity and tradition. I can truly say that my mom loved her bed so much. Her signature pose says it all. 🙂

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Loving her bed and her signature pose haha

Rooms

  • Classic Room ( 19 square meters, fits 2 adults, 1 queen – sized bed) 

Guests can enjoy the courtyard view

  • Executive Room ( 25 square meters, fits 2 adults and 1 extra bed for a child, 1 queen or king – sized bed) 

Guests can enjoy the city or internal courtyard view

  • Deluxe Room ( 27 – 37 square meters, fits 2 adults and 2 extra beds, 1 queen or king – sized bed) 

Guests can enjoy the city or internal courtyard view

  • Superior Deluxe Room ( 18 – 37 square meters, fits 2 adults and 2 extra beds, 1 queen or king – sized bed) 

Guests can enjoy the castle view

All rooms include the below features:

  • Television with interactive entertainment
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access for up to 5 devices
  • In Room Bar
  • New Rocco Forte Nourish healthy In Room Bar (upon request)
  • In Room Safe
  • In-room tea & coffee facilities

Suites

Luxury Hotel Review: The Balmoral Hotel, Edinburgh Scotland

  • Junior Suite ( 28 – 47  square meters, fits 2 adults and 1 extra bed, 1 king – sized bed, with welcoming lounge area) 

Guests can enjoy the internal courtyard or external city view

  • Junior Suite Castle View ( 38 – 45  square meters, fits 2 adults and 2 extra beds, 1 king – sized bed, with castle views and  welcoming lounge area) 

Guests can enjoy the view of Edinburgh Castle and Princes Street Gardens

  • Classic Suite  ( 44 – 66  square meters, fits 2 adults and 2 extra beds, 1 king – sized bed, separate bedroom and a sitting room) 
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The Balmoral from the outside at night time!

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FOOD

Food will never be a problem at The Balmoral Hotel. From breakfast to even an after – dinner party, you will have a venue to go to. Just a side note, the in- house breakfast made it hard for my mom to decide which food to try out first. 🙂  

Luxury Hotel Review: The Balmoral Hotel, Edinburgh Scotland
Room service for breakfast.. mum was confused on what to eat.

Hadrian’s

Luxury Hotel Review: The Balmoral Hotel, Edinburgh ScotlandIf you are craving for traditional cuisine with a Scottish twist, head to Hadrian’s and be satisfied. This is perfect if you want to have a light lunch or dinner. Executive Chef Jeff Bland will make sure that you would taste heaven in every bite.

Number One

Luxury Hotel Review: The Balmoral Hotel, Edinburgh ScotlandFor those who value sophistication, I’m sure Number One will meet your expectation. It offers world – class cuisine that would make anyone want for more. It received its 14th Michelin Star and that explains it all.

Palm Court 

Luxury Hotel Review: The Balmoral Hotel, Edinburgh ScotlandPalm Court allows you to savor vintage champagnes and experience award – winning afternoon tea in Edinburgh. Have a taste of divine pastries made by Executive Chef Ross Sneddon. As for me, I was happy with my hot chocolate!

Luxury Hotel Review: The Balmoral Hotel, Edinburgh Scotland
Enjoyed her Afternoon Tea at the The Balmoral (I had Hot choco! haha)

The Balmoral Bar 

Luxury Hotel Review: The Balmoral Hotel, Edinburgh ScotlandDon’t miss one of the most popular bars in Edinburgh. It’s perfect for those who would like to experience a cosmopolitan vibe while enjoying expertly blended cocktails.

Scotch 

Luxury Hotel Review: The Balmoral Hotel, Edinburgh ScotlandThere is a wide selection of malts ideal if you want to discover what Scotland has in store for you. Pair your whiskey with salami, chocolate or almonds.

The Gallery 

If you want some peace and quiet and read some books or magazines, head to The Gallery and order a cup of Balmoral Blended Tea.

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AMENITIES

Fitness Center 

Luxury Hotel Review: The Balmoral Hotel, Edinburgh ScotlandIf you think the long walks is not counted as an ‘exercise’, you can always go to The Balmoral fitness center and just sweat it all off.

Pool 

Care for some dip? If yes, there’s a 15 – meter indoor pool that you can enjoy.

The Balmoral Spa 

I think this was mom’s favorite. She didn’t waste time and went to the sauna right away. Well, it was worth it!

Luxury Hotel Review: The Balmoral Hotel, Edinburgh Scotland
Immediately went to the spa area to swim and use the sauna!

Business/ Conference Facilities 

If you are in Edinburgh for business purposes, The Balmoral is a good choice for you to stay as it has its own conference facilities and business center.

Valet Parking 

Got a car? No problem because The Balmoral has a valet service available for its guests.

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TIPS

Know which view would you like to have. It can be the Old Town. the castle, the city, or the courtyard view. Depending on your taste, choose the best rooms with the perfect view and wake up to a perfect morning at The Balmoral.

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PEOPLE

The staff from The Balmoral has received great reviews from its guests around the world and we can also attest to that. They are warm and knowledgeable – everything you need and expect from a hotel staff.

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AREA GUIDE

Edinburgh Castle 

Luxury Hotel Review: The Balmoral Hotel, Edinburgh ScotlandThis is a  hard to miss attraction in Edinburgh and opens at 9:30 AM – 6:00 PM. Apart from its already impressive architecture, the stories behind the castle are even more interesting.

Luxury Hotel Review: The Balmoral Hotel, Edinburgh ScotlandNational Museum of Scotland 

See the Scotland’s history through its massive collection of antiques. You can visit from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

City Art Center 

For those who fancy art, City Art Center will tickle your bones. The exhibitions are definitely to watch out for. View the arts from 10 :00 AM – 5:00 PM.

Scottish National Portrait Gallery 

And here’s another spot for art lovers. You can find the best collections of national portraits. Hence, the name. In addition, you can find the Scottish National Photography Collection. Go here from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

Multrees Walk 

Designer clothes, anyone? A luxurious shopping district, all I can say is to fight that urge to splurge because it can be a real challenge with all the stores available.

The Balmoral Hotel is one of the perfect choices if you want to see the best of Edinburgh. The service and everything in between is just on point. Recommended most especially for the luxurious travelers.

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This post is made possible by The Balmoral Hotel, Edinburgh Scotland. The property provided me and my mom with the complimentary stay. All views and opinions are mine.

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2 thoughts on “Luxury Hotel Review: The Balmoral Hotel, Edinburgh Scotland

  1. Wow, the building looks stunning! And that Palm Court bar looks like it came straight from old Hollywood movies.

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Written by Kach Umandap - Howe

Founder of Two Monkeys Travel Group. Since 2013, Kach has visited all the 7 continents (including Antarctica) and 146 countries using her Philippines Passport. In 2016, she bought a sailboat and went on sailing adventures with her two cats - Captain Ahab & Little Zissou in the Caribbean for 2 years. She now lives in Herceg Novi, Montenegro where she's enjoying her expat life and living on a gorgeous Stonehouse. She writes about her experiences traveling as a Filipina traveler with a PHL Passport. Also tips on backpacking trips, luxury hotel experiences, product reviews, sailing & adventure travel.

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