Standing in the lobby of the Balmoral, it is impossible not to be in awe of the beautiful surroundings and exemplary service, which is perfectly orchestrated from the moment that you arrive. Here nothing’s too much trouble and everything is done with a smile and a large dollop of Scottish charm- a refreshing change from the stuffy and rude staff that can often be found at establishments of this calibre.
Luxury in the heart of Edinburgh
The ultimate in luxury, this commanding 5 Star Rocco Forte landmark hotel consisting of 188 rooms and 20 suites, is conveniently located on bustling Princes Street in the heart of Edinburgh city centre, making it an ideal base for exploring the iconic city.
Upon arrival guests are welcomed by a cheerful porter donned in a smart Scottish inspired suit, (complete with a cape and tartan hat), where they are ushered inside an impressive lobby, which would be intimidating if it weren’t for the warm glow of the fire crackling away in the fireplace, creating a cosy ambiance and a welcome respite from the chilly Scottish weather.
A place where nothing is too much trouble
After checking in, a polite, yet unimposing porter is at hand to assist you with your luggage and whisk you to your room where upon request, he’ll unpack your luggage and provide you with a quick in-room demo of how to use the lights and TV (skills that are obviously presumed guests forget as soon as they leave the familiar surroundings of home and step out of their day-to-day routine and into the lap of luxury).
Scottish design and luxuries fit for the Queen
Tastefully restrained Scottish décor and artworks featuring iconic imagery of beloved Scottish actor Sean Connery is another nod to the Scottish roots of the hotel. Guest rooms are large and airy and feature comfortable beds, Italian marble bathrooms featuring an oversized marble bath, relaxing rain shower and complimentary REN luxury toiletries- providing an extremely relaxing overall experience.
Extra touches also include 24-hour room service, complimentary robe and slippers and a concierge service to provide recommendations to suit your every whim.
Indulge in delicious cuisine
If you can pry yourself from the comfort of your room, you must try one of the three restaurants located at the hotel. Options on hand include Hadrian’s Brasserie, Bollinger Bar at Palm Court or Michelin-starred restaurant Number One. For those seeking a livelier atmosphere, the stylish Balmoral Bar is the perfect place to enjoy a stylish cocktail.
Enjoy the sumptuous spa
Offering five treatment rooms, a 15 metre swimming pool, sauna, steam room, gymnasium and exercise studio, The Balmoral Spa is the perfect retreat for frazzled guests who want to recharge their batteries in style. A designated spa lift takes guests to the spa area- perfect for those who wish to pad around a robe and slippers (without the scrutiny of other hotel guests).
Cool blue mosaic tiles and muted lighting create a sense of serenity, providing the perfect retreat for rest and relaxation. Enjoy lazy laps or for the more enthusiastic, a vigorous swim in the pool or sweat out your toxins in the Finnish sauna or menthol scented steam room.
For those wishing to indulge in pampering sessions, a wealth of spa treatments are available for an additional cost. Guests can choose from a dizzying array of treatments certain to impress even the most seasoned spa goer including hot stone massages, facials, manicures and pedicures and detoxifying body wraps.
If you’re not sure which to choose, the helpful spa attendants are on hand to happily guide you through the options to provide the best recommendation based on your individual needs. Men’s and women’s day packages (which also include champagne afternoon tea or lunch at Hadrians) are also available and are the ultimate treat for couples really wanting to spoil themselves.
Take in the city sights
If you can bear to leave the luxuries of the hotel, no trip to Edinburgh is complete without taking in the majestic, internationally renowned Edinburgh Castle, which rises from the rocks high above Princes Street Gardens and is only a short walk away from the hotel. Once you’ve seen the castle, head to Princes Street or over the North Bridge to the Royal Mile for a spot of retail therapy.
It’s hard to fault the place, however, there is a distinct lack of modern technologies such as an iPod docking station and free in-room Wi-Fi.
Quite simply, if you’re looking for luxury and don’t want to have to lift a finger, than this is the place for you. So, what are you waiting for? Go on and spoil yourself with a luxury Scottish weekend that will have you longing for your next visit before you’ve even left.
Prices starting at £425 for a classic room to £1820 for a royal suite.
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