The Balmoral

The Balmoral
1 Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2EQ
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The Balmoral

For over a century, The Balmoral has found a home at Edinburgh’s most prestigious address, No. 1 Princes Street. A landmark Rocco Forte hotel set in the heart of Scotland’s capital city, The Balmoral combines stunning views and warm hospitality with world-class facilities to create the perfect urban retreat.

Standing proud since 1902, the historic building’s majestic clock tower still dominates the Edinburgh skyline. Its clock is set precisely three minutes fast, to ensure residents never miss their train. In fact, the only day the clock is set correctly is Hogmanay for the city’s New Year celebrations.

The Balmoral is the perfect home-from-home to discover Edinburgh and Scotland’s finest attractions. Whatever the season, the hotel’s dedicated Concierge team can open doors to some of the most unique experiences in Scotland. From tickets to the world-famous Edinburgh Festival events, access to the city’s royal establishments - Holyrood Palace and the Royal Yacht Britannia – to the hotel’s Tartan Butler Clan Tour, you’ll find the best of Scotland at your finger tips.

The Balmoral was named as City Hotel of the Year 2018 by the world’s leading gastronomic tourism title - Food and Travel magazine.


The perfect marriage of tradition and modernity, each of the 168 rooms has been individually designed by Rocco Forte Hotels’ Director of Design Olga Polizzi. Elegant and stylish with unmistakably Scottish accents, each of our 20 Edinburgh suites are generous with magnificent views.

As part of a multimillion pound upgrade, The Balmoral refurbished its presidential suite, the Scone & Crombie Suite, in 2018. Named after the iconic Scone Palace in Perthshire, the signature suite has been designed as the ultimate city base for families or urban enclave for heads of state and VIPs. The flexible accommodation – which stretches to 198 square metres - can be booked as a two or three bedroom suite.


If you are looking for private dining and meeting rooms with the best views in the city, The Balmoral has the answer. Excellent cuisine is guaranteed with our bespoke private dining menus created by Michelin-starred Executive Chef Jeff Bland.

From weddings and gala balls to business meeting or private events, The Balmoral presents 10 well-equipped event spaces suitable for 2 to 400 guests. All suites are filled with natural daylight and many have views of Edinburgh Castle and the Old Town, offering a mesmerising backdrop for your event. The Forte family’s impeccable style of service, meanwhile, draws guests back time and time again.


Excellent cuisine is guaranteed at The Balmoral. In collaboration with legendary chefs and restaurateurs Alain Roux, and his father Michel Roux, O.B.E., Brasserie Prince by Alain Roux was launched in 2018 celebrating a 'new alliance': matching the very best of Scottish produce with classic French cooking. At Bar Prince the ambience is relaxed yet convivial. Guests can enjoy a pre-dinner aperitif, sit in the cosy library by the fire for an after dinner drink or sample cocktails at the long, marble bar counter for a fun night out.

The hotel’s Michelin-starred restaurant, Number One, offers modern Scottish dining with the finest service. Executive Chef Jeff Bland places an emphasis on creative dishes whilst promoting the very best of Scotland by using only the freshest local ingredients. Number One was named in the 2018 TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice® awards as one of the Top 10 Best Fine Dining Restaurants in the UK.

Palm Court, set in the heart of the hotel, is an Edinburgh institution that’s as glittering as its glass dome and Venetian chandelier. The place to sample modern Scottish Afternoon Tea and a wide selection of loose leaf teas, coffee and pastries. Sip vintage champagne as a harpist provides the perfect accompaniment.

The Balmoral’s signature whisky bar, SCOTCH, pays homage to Scotland’s national drink and is home to one of Edinburgh’s largest collections. Take a seat on one of the tweed sofas and let a kilted Whisky Ambassadors help you choose from over 500 varieties.


For relaxation, The Balmoral Spa is a serene sanctuary in the heart of the city - the perfect place to escape the pace of city life. The spa boasts 5 treatment rooms, a 15m swimming pool, Finnish sauna, Turkish steam room, Spa Bar and a state-of-the-art quad layout Technogym-equipped gym. Exclusive to Rocco Forte Hotels, the newly launched Irene Forte Skincare line offers a range of treatments harnessing the power of handpicked active ingredients from Italy.

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Events at this venue

Festival of Wine

A tasting of over 200 wines poured by some of the country’s best retailers and the world’s best producers. Sample some wines, stock your drinks cabinet and enter blind tasting competitions.

Sat 14 Nov 2020

Prices to be confirmed / 0843 515 9400

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