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The Balmoral Hotel

5-star property
Luxury hotel with spa, near Princes Street

9.6/10 Exceptional

999 verified guest reviews

Property highlights

  • Parking available
  • Pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Pet-friendly
  • Gym
  • Non-smoking
1 Princes Street, Edinburgh, Scotland, EH2 2EQ
Main amenities
  • Daily housekeeping
  • 3 restaurants and 2 bars/lounges
  • Full-service spa
  • Indoor pool
  • Breakfast available
  • Fitness center
  • Sauna
  • Steam room
  • Valet parking
  • 24-hour room service
  • 10 meeting rooms
  • 24-hour front desk
For families
  • Rollaway/extra beds
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms available
  • Private bathroom
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry facilities
  • Coffee/tea maker

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About this area

What's nearby

  • In New Town
  • Princes Street - 1 min walk
  • Royal Mile - 6 min walk
  • University of Edinburgh - 12 min walk
  • Edinburgh Castle - 12 min walk
  • Edinburgh Playhouse Theatre - 1 min drive
  • George Street - 7 min drive
  • St. Giles' Cathedral - 7 min drive
  • Palace of Holyroodhouse - 5 min drive
  • Grassmarket - 10 min drive
  • Murrayfield Stadium - 14 min drive

Getting around

  • Edinburgh Airport (EDI) - 40 min drive
  • Edinburgh (ZXE-Edinburgh Waverly Train Station) - 2 min walk
  • Edinburgh Waverley Station - 3 min walk
  • Edinburgh Haymarket Station - 24 min walk


  • Deli Fresco - 3 min walk
  • Tiles Bar - 3 min walk
  • Dishoom - 3 min walk
  • The Ivy on the Square - 4 min walk
  • Brewhemia - 4 min walk

About this property

The Balmoral Hotel

5-star luxury hotel in the heart of New Town
Royal Mile and Edinburgh Castle are located near The Balmoral Hotel, which provides dry cleaning/laundry services, a fireplace in the lobby, and 2 bars. Treat yourself to a body scrub, a hot stone massage, or a body wrap at the onsite spa. Be sure to enjoy a meal at any of the 3 onsite restaurants. Free in-room WiFi is available to all guests, along with a gym and a steam room.
You'll also find perks like:
  • An indoor pool
  • Full breakfast (surcharge), valet parking (surcharge), and a porter/bellhop
  • A 24-hour front desk, smoke-free premises, and a front desk safe
  • A banquet hall, 10 meeting rooms, and a ballroom
  • Guest reviews speak highly of the helpful staff and walkable location
Room features
All 187 rooms boast comforts such as 24-hour room service and premium bedding, as well as perks like air conditioning and bathrobes.
Extra amenities include:
  • Bathrooms with designer toiletries and showers
  • Smart TVs with satellite channels
  • Coffee/tea makers, daily housekeeping, and desks



Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C/140°F or hotter

Social distancing

Guest rooms kept vacant for 24 hours between stays
Social distancing measures in place

Safety measures

Personal protective equipment worn by staff
Temperature checks given to staff
Temperature checks available for guests
Masks and gloves available
Hand sanitizer provided
This information is provided by our partners.

At a glance

Hotel size

  • 187 rooms
  • Arranged over 7 floors


  • Check-in time from 3 PM - 11 PM
  • Express check-in/out
  • Check-out time is noon

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions

Special check-in instructions

  • Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card, or cash deposit required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required


  • No cribs (infant beds)


  • Pets allowed*
  • Service animals welcome


  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free WiFi in rooms


  • Onsite valet parking (GBP 40.00 per night)
  • Onsite garage

Other information

  • Smoke-free property

Property amenities

Food and drink

  • Full breakfast (surcharge)
  • 3 restaurants
  • 2 bars/lounges
  • 24-hour room service

Traveling with children

  • Children's menu

Working away

  • 10 meeting rooms


  • 24-hour front desk
  • Concierge services
  • Dry cleaning/laundry services
  • Luggage storage
  • Wedding services
  • Porter/bellhop
  • Umbrellas


  • 1 building/tower
  • Built in 1902
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Fireplace in lobby
  • Fitness center
  • An indoor pool
  • Full-service spa
  • Sauna
  • Massage/treatment rooms
  • Steam room


  • Elevator


  • English

Room amenities

Be entertained

  • Smart television
  • Satellite TV channels

Home comfort

  • Air conditioning
  • Minibar
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Bathrobes
  • Iron/ironing board (on request)

Sleep well

  • Turndown service
  • Premium bedding
  • Rollaway/extra bed (surcharge)

Freshen up

  • Private bathroom
  • Shower only
  • Designer toiletries
  • Hair dryer

Stay connected

  • Desk
  • Free WiFi
  • Phone


  • Daily housekeeping
  • In-room safe
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms available
  • Eco-friendly toiletries

Special features


Guests can pamper themselves with a trip to the onsite spa, which has 5 treatment rooms. Services include hot stone massages, Swedish massages, facials, and body wraps. The spa is equipped with a sauna and a steam room. The spa is open daily.


Number One - This fine-dining restaurant serves dinner only. Guests can enjoy drinks at the bar. 1-star Michelin rating.
Brasserie Prince - This restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, and light fare. Guests can enjoy drinks at the bar. A children's menu is available. Open daily.
Palm Court - This restaurant serves light fare only. Open daily.
Bar Prince - This bar serves light fare only. Open daily.
SCOTCH - Onsite bar. Open select days.

Awards and affiliations

Green / Sustainable Property
This property participates in Green Tourism Program, a program that measures the property's impact on one or more of the following: environment, community, cultural-heritage, the local economy.

Fees & policies

Optional extras

  • Full breakfast is offered for an extra charge of GBP 29 per person (approximately)

Children & extra beds

  • Rollaway beds are available for GBP 50.0 per day


  • Service animals exempt from fees
  • Pets are allowed for an extra charge of GBP 50 per pet, per stay


  • Valet parking costs GBP 40.00 per night

Hygiene & cleanliness

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F.

Personal protective equipment, including masks and gloves, will be available to guests.

Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; periodic temperature checks are conducted on staff; temperature checks are available to guests; guests are provided with hand sanitizer.

Each guestroom is kept vacant for a minimum of 24 hours between bookings.


The property has connecting/adjoining rooms, which are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property using the number on the booking confirmation.

Guests can rest easy knowing there's a carbon monoxide detector, a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector, a security system, a first aid kit, and window guards on site.

This property accepts credit cards. Cash is not accepted.

Also known as

Balmoral Edinburgh
Balmoral Hotel
Balmoral Hotel Edinburgh
Hotel Balmoral
Balmoral Edinburgh Hotel
The Balmoral Hotel Edinburgh, Scotland
The Balmoral Hotel Hotel
The Balmoral Hotel Edinburgh
The Balmoral Hotel Hotel Edinburgh

Frequently asked questions

Does The Balmoral Hotel offer free cancellation for a full refund?
Yes, The Balmoral Hotel does have fully refundable room rates available to book on our site. If you’ve booked a fully refundable room rate, this can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in depending on the property's cancellation policy. Just make sure to check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
How much does it cost to stay at The Balmoral Hotel?
As of 6 October 2022, prices found for a 1-night stay for 2 adults at The Balmoral Hotel on 6 November 2022 start from NZ$543, including taxes and fees. This price is based on the lowest nightly price found in the last 24 hours for stays in the next 30 days. Prices are subject to change. Choose your dates for more accurate prices.
What are the cleanliness and hygiene measures currently in place at The Balmoral Hotel?
This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property. Furthermore, guests are provided with hand sanitizer, social distancing measures are in place, and staff are given personal protective equipment. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
Is there a pool at The Balmoral Hotel?
Yes, there's an indoor pool.
Are pets allowed at The Balmoral Hotel?
Yes, pets are welcome. There's a charge of GBP 50 per pet, per stay. Service animals are exempt from fees.
Is parking offered on site at The Balmoral Hotel?
Yes. Valet parking costs GBP 40.00 per night.
What are the check-in and check-out times at The Balmoral Hotel?
You can check in from 3 PM - 11 PM. Check-out time is noon. Express check-out is available.
What is there to do at The Balmoral Hotel and nearby?
The Balmoral Hotel has 2 bars and a spa, as well as an indoor pool and a steam room.
Are there restaurants at or near The Balmoral Hotel?
Yes, there are 3 onsite restaurants. Nearby restaurants include The Ivy on the Square (4-min walk), Brewhemia (4-min walk), and Holy Cow (5-min walk).
What's the area around The Balmoral Hotel like?
The Balmoral Hotel is in New Town, a short 2-minute walk from Edinburgh (ZXE-Edinburgh Waverly Train Station) and 6 minutes' walk from Royal Mile. Our travelers say the local area is very walkable.

Overall score and ratings






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Property conditions & facilities



10/10 Exceptional

Perfect Hotel
Beautiful hotel, perfect location,very welcoming and any travel in the city or sites to see were answered quickly. Everyone extremely professional and a pleasure.
2-night trip
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2/10 Poor

eve, 3-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

The Balmoral, Edinburgh
Beautiful hotel, excellent location with view of the castle, and exceptional service. Lovely spa and pool included with stay. Every person is made to feel important. I highly recommend.
Krista, 1-night family trip
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10/10 Exceptional

An amazing place to stay and in a central location
Joseph, 2-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Anthony, 2-night family trip
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8/10 Very good

Great location
Great location , very friendly welcome however the hotel is starting to look a bit tired in places , some seating is a bit threadbare . Rooms are ok but modern facilities are a bit lacking for this day and age , things like usb points or even plugs near bedside cabinet to plug mobile phone into ( I had to unplug a lamp on the floor). No reading lights etc . Probably still lives on its reputation but it is a falls a bit short in areas but it’s pricing doesn’t fall short it is very expensive
Hayley, 2-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Kirk, 2-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Catherine, 2-night family trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Christine, 1-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

This is a lovely hotel. It is definitely luxurious, from the lobby, restaurants, spacious rooms and bathroom, shower, comfy bed, complimentary chocolates…… it is in a perfect location for walking through the gardens and on the Royal Mile. The only con is that the streets around the hotel are dirty and don’t fit the image of a luxury location, but it didn’t really matter. It is also right next to Waverly station for those taking the train.
Laurie, 2-night romance trip
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