Historic top shelf hotel that smartly modernizes the best of old world Scotland.
The dividing line between old and new Edinburgh remains Princess Street and The Balmoral, part of the Rocco Forte Collection. The property aptly sits between the two twains. Built in 1902, the landmark hotel retains many of its original charms even after a major refurbishment in 1998. 188 bedrooms and 20 suites, many of which overlook Edinburgh Castle and Old Town, show off this beautiful city. Indeed, the hotel location couldn't be better. The most famous suite sits on the fifth floor and is named for J.K. Rowling (just look for the owl door knocker). This special corner room overlooks Princess Street and is where the author finished the last chapter of the original Harry Potter novel. Subtle and soft tartan patterns mix with a more contemporary color palette giving guest rooms a misty moorish feel, akin to the Scottish Highlands. Rooms are comfortably airy, many sport high ceilings and turrets. Top notch dining can be found downstairs at Number One, the stylish hotel-restaurant featuring Chef Jeff Bland's (he joined The Balmoral in 1997) Euro interpretation of Scottish cuisine---Bland's tasting menu is a must. Enjoy casual and modern dining at Hadrian's Brasserie. The Balmoral Spa offers a line of specialized treatments like Ytsara, the unique skincare line, a Turkish steam sauna and a lap pool with candle-lit relaxation area. In addition, conferences and events take place here on a regular basis. The location, refurbished suites and modern conveniences make this a stand-out hotel to do business.
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