The Balmoral Hotel (then known as the North British Station Hotel) opened its doors on October 15, 1902 and the iconic clock tower (by tradition set three minutes fast to allow travelers to catch their trains) remains one of Edinburgh’s most famous landmarks. However, while retaining the beautiful traditional façade, the hotel was comprehensively refurbished and renamed in 1990 to offer a luxurious blend of tradition and contemporary style. This hotel is a stone’s throw from everything that Edinburgh has to offer and it serves as the perfect base to explore the city.
The Balmoral Hotel — Photo courtesy of Globaltraveller
As well as almost two hundred luxurious rooms and apartments (some of which have amongst the best views in Edinburgh), the hotel also offers a wide array of conference and function rooms. There is a comprehensive spa including a swimming pool, Finnish sauna and Turkish steam room, and a well-equipped cardiovascular gymnasium and exercise room.
The Balmoral plays host to Number One (a Michelin-starred, fine dining restaurant under the watchful eye of head chef Jeff Bland) and Hadrians (an informal, but stylish brasserie-style restaurant). You can also enjoy a sumptuous high tea in Palm Court which features a stunning glass dome and Venetian chandelier and Scotland’s only Bollinger Bar, or you can relax with a malt whisky in the plush Balmoral Bar.