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The Balmoral Hotel, Edinburgh
This is Rocco Forte's favourite hotel and it's not hard to see why. One of Edinburgh's two great railway hotels, its clocktower (traditionally set a few minutes fast) still dominates Princes Street. It's got everything you would desire from a grand hotel, including a fabulous Michelin-starred restaurant, an Alain Roux brasserie and the prettiest tea salon in the city (complete with harp player). Be pampered in the indulgent spa, take a dip in the 15-metre pool or check out the impressively stocked SCOTCH bar. It's got every service imaginable, not to mention 167 stylish bedrooms (and 20 suites). But with staff that are both peerless and personal, don't worry about the size, just feel the luxury.
We love walking out of Waverley Station and straight into the hotel.
The location, on the corner of Princes Street and the North Bridge, is right in the city centre and perfectly positioned between Old and New Town.
By car: from Glasgow around 1 hour, from Newcastle around 2 hours 40 minutes and from Manchester just over 4 hours. Paid parking is available nearby.
By train: from Glasgow Queens Street around 50 minutes, from Manchester Picadilly around 3 hours and from London Kings Cross around 4 hours 45 minutes. thetrainline.com
Style & Character
We think this is the perfect place for anyone and everyone who loves hotels - solo travellers will feel particularly comfortable (and cosseted). The kilt-wearing doormen are practically an Edinburgh institution.
Service & Facilities
Go for a quiet drink in the Gallery, surrounded by stunning examples of contemporary Scottish art.
- Michelin-starred restaurant
- Spa and wellness centre
- Indoor swimming pool
- Free Wi-Fi
We love being able to request healthy treats in the minibar (to make up for the indulgent Palm Court tea). Go for any of the city view rooms!
Classic, Executive & Deluxe Rooms, Junior Classic & Grand Suite, Castle View Suite, Bowes-Lyon, Balmoral, J.K Rowling, Glamis, Scone & Crombie
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom, Irene Forte toiletries, smart TV, Wi-Fi, tea & coffee-making facilities, power sockets with international adaptors and USB charger
Food & Drink
Visit the Number One for its Chinese-red lacquer box walls, sexy velvet banquettes and overall sensation of celebration. Finding Asian chicken congee on the impressively comprehensive breakfast menu is a highlight.
Number One Restaurant: one Michelin star, four AA Rosettes, fine dining menu
Brasserie Prince by Alain Roux: French cuisine made with Scottish produce
Palm Court: award-winning afternoon tea
Bar Prince: classic cocktail bar
SCOTCH: over 500 varieties of Scottish Whisky