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The Balmoral Hotel, Edinburgh, Scotland
This grand hotel has a prime location, luxury and old-school elegance, with two great restaurants and a glamorously over-the-top tearoom, serene spa and gently contemporary bedrooms.
Rooms available from £350 per night
The hotel is on the corner of Princes Street and the North Bridge, and you can't get more central than that; it's perfectly positioned between the Old and New Towns.
Walk straight out of Waverley Station and into the hotel. The location is ideal for getting everywhere and exploring everything.
By car: around an hour from Glasgow, 2 hours 45 minutes from Newcastle and 4 hours from Manchester. Paid parking available nearby.
By train: Glasgow Queens Street to Edinburgh Waverley takes around 50 minutes, it's 3 hours from Manchester Piccadilly and 4 hours 45 minutes from London Kings Cross - after which, it's a minute's walk to the hotel. Book trains to Edinburgh.
CHARACTER & STYLE
From its exterior, the hotel has a Victorian baronial-meets-Renaissance Italy air. Oonce you've stepped inside however, it's cool and classy with subtle hints of Scotland.
There are plenty of facilities - start at the spa and techno-gym, before heading to the Scotch Bar where a 'whisky ambassador' will offer guidance. Service is seamless, from the concierge team to the bar staff (who will remember your name).
- Swimming pool
- Free Wi-Fi
Classic rooms overlook the courtyard, so upgrade if you'd like a view. All rooms have a cosy feel, with soft colours (to reflect the Scottish landscape) and touches of tartan.
Room types: Classic, Executive, Deluxe Rooms; Junior, Classic, Grand Suites; Special Suite; Forte Suite
Key amenities: ensuite bathroom with toiletries, bathrobes and slippers, tea and coffee-making facilities, TV, Wi-Fi
FOOD & DRINK
Brasserie Prince serves French cuisine with a Scottish twist, such as haggis with 'neeps and tatties' boulangère gratin with whisky sauce. Downstairs is the Number One restaurant where chef Matthew Sherry surprises and delights.
Number One Restaurant: four AA Rosettes, fine dining menu. Open Thu-Mon, 6-9:30pm.
Brasserie Prince: French cuisine made with Scottish produce. Open daily for lunch and dinner.
Palm Court: opulent ballroom serving afternoon tea. Open Mon-Fri, 12-5pm.