The Balmoral in Edinburgh is not just a hotel, it has become an iconic part of the city’s skyline. Opened in 1902, the Balmoral began life as a railway hotel, and many of these traditions are still apparent today.
Located next to Edinburgh’s Waverley Station, it couldn’t be easier to get from the train and into the hotel, all in about five minutes, if that. As soon as you walk through the hotel doors, you are hit by a wave of calm. The lobby is a large, open space, bright, airy, and very welcoming. Upon arrival staff checked us in, and although the hotel was almost at full capacity, we had access to our room even before 9am. It seems as though staff are willing to go above and beyond to ensure their guests are happy.
It was easy to find our room, and we were more than impressed. We had been upgraded to a Junior Suite and were only five doors down from where J.K.Rowling completed the final chapter of Harry Potter.
For an inner city hotel, the rooms at the Balmoral are very generous. We walked through a small hallway, and passed the bathroom and into the large, open plan bedroom and sitting area. No detail has been missed and we appreciate the little touches such as the Scottish shortbread that was waiting for us! It is the small things that make a big difference.
We unpacked our things and set out for a day exploring. The Balmoral is a great location for getting around from, you are situated right on Princes Street so if shopping is your thing, then this is your place. It is around a five minute walk from the Royal Mile, and less than ten minutes from Calton Hill, we had chosen well with this one.
Back in 1988 the Balmoral (known then as the North British Station Hotel) was closed for a full refurbishment. The hotel was reopened in 1991 by Sir Sean Connery, this is still reflected today in the hotels decor, with the bathrooms paying tribute to the actor.
We got a good night sleep in our large, double bed, with the fluffiest duvet and pillows known to man! The next morning we admired the sunrise over Arthur’s Seat as we sat down to breakfast. There was a large spread with everything you could want, including an entire salmon! If you really want a morning boost, then try out one of the health shots as you walk into the restaurant.
We were so thankful for our time at the Balmoral, everything was 5* from the service, to the food, the accommodation, and the decor. We thoroughly enjoyed the two nights we had here, and we would definitely stay again on our next visit to Edinburgh.
Did you know..
Since 1902, the Balmoral’s clock has been set three minutes fast to ensure that the people of Edinburgh would not miss their trains. This tradition still runs today and the only day the clock runs on time is on 31 December (Hogmanay) for the New Year celebrations.