The Balmoral Hotel, Edinburgh
Reviews - The Balmoral Hotel
- Age Group: 41 - 50
- From: United States
- Traveller type: Family Traveller
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Lovely hotelfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Hadrian's restaurant - our meal was delicious, one of the best we have had. Gorgeous pud!
And the staff - we couldn't fault them, so friendly, courteous and my abiding memory is of the old doorman in full scottish regalia opening my car door as we left and asking where we were driving to... when I told him it was to preston he remarked "downhill all the way!" How right he was!! We intend going back in November - can't wait!
Superb.from A TripAdvisor Member
The room was amazing, with a separate living room area and a large bed. The mini bar was well stocked, and was not overpriced (a rare thing for hotels). The bathroom was very nice with a large bath and power shower.
We were fortunate to be there while the Chocolate buffet was available (Thursdays) and were not disappointed. The Choc dipped strawberries in particular were excellent.
We used both restaurants and the food was of the highest standard in both, with a good selection of wines to accompany them. Breakfast offered a large buffet selection, and saved the need for lunch!
The swimming pool and gym facilities were first class. Everything was so clean and the atmosphere was relaxed in the gym. The pool looks even better in reality than it does in the pictures. All of the staff were very friendly and helpful.
I can not recommend the Balmoral highly enough and we look forward to returning there for our anniversary next year.
Disappointing, not up to standardsfrom frenchandparisian
The upkeep is not good. Some of the curtains fall off the rod, and the link is replaced by staples. The TV has some channels, just the ones I expected to watch. Bath amenities are nice, but scarce. No slippers were to be found. Service is not good : trays sit for hours on in te corridors. The TV I requested fixing for never was, and no one advised about it. Never got to have an evening turndown.
Additionnally, the bar downstairs, which they make big fuss about, is dark, dull and noisy : people keep walking through, half drunk (at best) from one of the several wedding parties round the corridor, and the settees should have been changed ... a long time ago.
I filled in the form, with all details including my personnals. Nobody felt they should comment, and we got back 6 weeks ago. Pity ... !
I already had this feeling in one of the Rocco Forte Hotels (Hotel Amigo, Brussels) that they let it go, and nobody is really on charge, or cares. But this time was really disappointing.
How about - above average, but some problems?from A TripAdvisor Member
Wonderful! The Balmoral was great!from Bonnie.Northbrook
Fabulous!from A TripAdvisor Member
Very nice experiencefrom A TripAdvisor Member
Negatives, like a previous reviewer, weren't really that bothersome. We had an internal view, the separate facuets, etc. but in the big scheme of things, those things don't bother us. One thing though, they did such a nice job renovating the place, they could have spent some more time on the onsite pub. No character! Which is probably better though, as it forces you to go out and explore the Edinburgh nightlife!
Great place to stayfrom Jillybean1953
Large spacious rooms and bathrooms. Loved the heated floors in the bathroom. The separate hot and cold water faucets are annoyning but not a big deal. We were first given a room overlooking Princes Street. The AC wasn't working well and the traffic noise was too much to leave the windows open. We asked to be moved to another room and were given a room with castle view (beautiful at night with the floodlights) The room was a bit smaller as was the bathroom, but much quieter and great view. The staff were polite and helpful. The kilt-wearing men at the entrance were friendly and great about recommending different places to eat. And the location is great,close to both Old and New Town and the castle.
One of The Finest Hotels in The World!!!from FloridaDebbie
Wow! Make no mistake about it, the Balmoral is a world class hotel.
What an outstanding hotel! World class service, outstanding rooms and very exceptional food. I, a seasoned and demanding world traveler, was so impressed-permit me to go on. Great location, right on Princess St., a block up from Jenners, the oldest and finest department store in Scotland and one mile from the castle. First rate service all the way, from the on site-manager to the housekeepers. If you are going to be in Edinburgh, don't consider staying anywhere else, If you do, it will will be your loss.
Big pros and a few consfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Top Local Tips for Edinburgh
Buses are great! Get a bus from the airport. It is a snip of the price of a taxi and will drop you right in the city centre. The buses depart regularly from the airport (about every 15mins).
Edinburgh Castle Don't go with a pram. There are too many stairs and not enough access. If you are travelling with babies and do want to go to the castle, get a taxi there and take a baby harness.
Buses The buses are really cheap and very regular so if possible try them
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- Address: 1 Princes Street - Edinburgh - Scotland - EH2 2EQ - United Kingdom
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