The Balmoral, a Rocco Forte hotel
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
About the hotel
"An iconic Edinburgh landmark with an instantly recognizable clocktower, The Balmoral boasts magnificent Victorian Renaissance-revival interiors and some of the best dining in the capital."
Stepping past the kilted doormen, you'll find a truly stunning Victorian Renaissance-revival interior: opulent marble columns, sweeping galleries and grandiose staircases. The rooms and suites (there are 168) are spacious and warmly furnished in rich earthy tones, while delightful touches of tartan and local floral patterns evoke a unique Scottish elegance. There's certainly no skimping on modern luxuries, particularly in the sumptuous marble bathrooms. Suites come with personalized concierge services as well as a choice of complimentary city experiences including Scotch tastings, fast-track castle tickets or private tours of renowned silversmiths: Hamilton & Inches.
Lower categories of rooms, while certainly comfortable, face an interior... Show more
Stepping past the kilted doormen, you'll find a truly stunning Victorian... Show more
Our stylish Executive Rooms are decorated in a soothing colour palette of natural shades and eye-catching artwork, both of which reflect the stunning landscape of Scotland. Flooded with natural light and offering views out over the city of Edinburgh or our peaceful inner courtyard, these rooms are serene and spacious. With extra beds and the possibility to interconnect with other Executive rooms, they’re perfect for families, while the beautifully appointed Italian marble bathrooms promise lavish pampering, with a large bathtub and skincare products by Irene Forte.
Our elegant Deluxe Rooms are warm and welcoming in spirit, contemporary and comfortable in style. With a curated collection of furnishings in the stylish living and working area, as well as a sumptuous king-sized bed, these rooms are ideally suited to business or leisure. Some offer a beguiling sense of place with views of the Scottish capital's skyline, while others offer peace and tranquillity with inner courtyard views. For added indulgence, the bathrooms are exquisitely appointed with fine Italian marble, luxurious skincare products by Irene Forte, and glamorous black and white art prints of Sean Connery as James Bond.
Executive View Room
Furnished in cool, soothing tones and featuring traditional tartan and sylvan wallpaper, these rooms evoke Scottish style and serenity. Large windows bathe the space in natural light, while offering unrivalled views over bustling Princes Street. Sumptuous beds and plush seating provide ample space to unwind and bathrooms of smooth Italian marble are complemented by luxurious Irene Forte skincare products. A selection of these rooms are interconnectable, making them suitable for families.
Executive Old Town View Room
Our stylish Executive Old Town View Rooms combine an elegant bedroom with a sophisticated sitting area. With shades of heather and moss, sumptuous tartans and large windows that look out over Edinburgh’s Old Town, these rooms bring the splendour of Scotland within their glamorous walls. The fine marble bathroom adds to the air of British sophistication with black and white art prints of Sean Connery as James Bond, while the skincare products by Irene Forte provide an extra note of luxury.
Deluxe Castle View Room
Our Deluxe Castle View Rooms effortlessly recreate the serenity and splendour of the Scottish countryside. From their natural colour palettes and stylish sylvan wallpaper to lavish velvets, tartan and curated collection of objets d’art, the woodlands and lochs are beguilingly present. While inside may evoke the country, the windows of these rooms reveal some of the most privileged views in the Scottish capital, with a sweeping vista across Princes Street Gardens and up to the historic heft of Edinburgh Castle. For added luxury, the fine marble bathrooms feature a generous bathtub and exclusive skincare products by Irene Forte.
Our spacious Junior Suites offer stylish sophistication and classic comforts, while the sleek lines and sumptuous fabrics of the furnishings lends an air of effortless elegance. Perfect for families and longer stays, these generous suites have welcoming lounge areas to relax in and offer the option of housing an extra bed for children. All of the fine marble bathrooms are outfitted with skincare products by Irene Forte, with some featuring black and white art prints of Sean Connery as James Bond.
Junior Suite with Castle View
Named after their stunning vistas, our Junior Suite Castle View rooms offer some of the best views in the Scottish capital, looking out towards the rugged castle on the 700-million-year-old extinct volcano, Castle Rock. Beautiful inside and out, the suites themselves elegantly evoke Scottish heritage through shades of heather and moss, with rich wool tartans and other lavish local textiles, like elegant cushions by Glasgow artisans, Timorous Beasties. The sleek desk and inviting armchairs in the lounge area offer comfort and style for business and leisure travellers alike, while the sumptuous king-sized bed and fine marble bathroom promise decadence and pampering.
Our Classic Suites offer exceptional comfort and style, marrying contemporary and heritage accents with ease. From the chic seating and sophisticated objets d’art in the sitting room to the sumptuous king-sized bed in the separate bedroom, these suites are as generous in size as they are elegant in design. Botanically-inspired artwork hangs on the walls, with glamorous black and white art prints adorning the fine marble bathrooms, alongside a luxurious selection of Asprey toiletries. Spectacularly positioned, our Classic Suites have unparalleled views out over Princes Street, North Bridge, or the Old Town.
A nod to our Scottish home, our four Grand Suites are named Braemar, Stirling, Dunrobin, and Tay. Each is distinct, with a unique blend of contemporary and heritage accents, from objets d’art and the luxurious tartan in the upholstery to the elegant colour palette in soothing shades of blue that evoke our lochs. Moving through the suite, past the separate sleeping and living areas adorned with elegant furnishings and featuring their own turreted alcoves, guests can gaze out of the large windows for extraordinary views of Arthur’s Seat or Carlton Hill. The generous bathrooms are also flooded with natural light, illuminating the fine Italian marble and the separate bathtub and shower, stocked with a luxurious range of Asprey toiletries.
Castle View Suite
Looking out towards the Scott Monument, the rich greenery of Princes Street Gardens, and up to the majesty of Edinburgh Castle, our Castle View Suites offer some of the most privileged views in the Scottish capital. Each of these stylish suites is named after a Scottish river or castle—Rothesay, Dee, Drummond, Brodick, Bothwell and Spey—and channel the country’s wild charm in the décor. From the shades of blue that evoke the waters of our lochs and the rich tartan in the upholstery to the objets d’art inspired by the natural world and the works of literature on the bookshelves, these suites are a beguiling blend of art, culture and classic elegance. Adding to the grandeur, the suites have Italian marble bathrooms flooded with natural light, and the added opulence of a walk-in dressing room.
Named for and inspired by former patron of The Balmoral, The Queen Mother, born Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, the Bowes-Lyon Suite aptly blends heritage and modernity, style and character.
With its unusual layout and large, porthole-style windows, this suite is unique and full of character, much like its namesake. Inside the salon, sofas of exquisite green velvet and leafy drapes evoke the verdant countryside, while superb views over Princes Street place the suite firmly in the context of the Scottish capital.
The charming dining area, bathed in natural light is perfect for breakfast or pre-dinner canapés, whilst a classic hardwood desk offers space for more serious pursuits. Soothing tones of heather create a relaxing ambiance in the bedroom, where a king-sized bed complemented by designer throws and soft lighting from stylish lamps promises a restful night’s sleep.
J.K. Rowling Suite
Our elegant J.K. Rowling Suite beautifully blends contemporary design accents with unique features to magical effect. Enter the suite, past the owl door knocker, and walk through the star-filled entranceway into the lounge. From the marble bust of Hermes that J.K. Rowling signed when she finished writing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows in this very suite, to the antique furnishings, this light-flooded space is adorned with quirky items. Large windows reveal stunning views of Carlton Hill, while turreted alcoves add charm. The decor throughout evocatively conjures the Scottish countryside through stylish sylvan accents and decorative touches that call to mind the natural world. Moving through the enchanting suite into the peaceful bedroom, the sumptuous king-sized bed promises a restful night’s sleep, and the adjoining Italian marble bathroom, which features a bathtub and separate shower, is stocked with luxurious Asprey toiletries.
Our grand Balmoral Suite harmonises beautiful heritage accents with modern notes to sophisticated effect. With artwork and a colour palette inspired by the serenity of our lochs, as well as hints of heather and deep green woodland in the lavish textiles, the suite evokes the splendour of the Scottish countryside. From the sitting room, with its roaring fire, to the two separate bedrooms, each with decadent decorative features and objets d’art, the Balmoral Suite exudes a sense of refined sophistication and welcoming warmth. Ideal for longer stays and families, the suite can be interconnected with an Executive Old Town View room to create your own three bedroom family suite with views of Arthur’s Seat and Edinburgh’s historic Old Town.
Named after Scotland’s most beautiful castle and the childhood home of The Queen Mother, our newly refurbished Glamis Suite evokes the majesty of its namesake in every carefully chosen design detail.
Large windows cast natural light upon the spacious salon, with its magnificent velvet sofas, tasteful antiques and original fireplace, and the sophisticated dining room, with its Scottish baronial furniture and antique chandelier, provides an elegant area for entertaining. Historic period features including ornate cornicing are complemented by exquisite drapes and wallpapers, whilst hand-picked collections of books and records make this spacious haven homely.
In the Arabascato marble bathroom, discover a free-standing bath and roomy walk-in shower stocked with exquisite Asprey toiletries, while in the bedroom, a king-sized bed with full-height, half-tester drapes promises a regal night’s sleep. Behind the Blithfield drapes, the views over Princes Street are peerless.
Scone & Crombie Suite
Palatial in both inspiration and spirit, the iconic Scone & Crombie Suite is named after the stunning Scottish palace of Scone in Perthshire and the historic Crombie Castle in Aberdeenshire. From the custom-made tapestry Devonshire Swans wallpaper in the entrance hall—ideal for discrete, private check-ins or private dinners—to the rich fabrics and opulent furnishings used throughout the grand and generous space, our presidential suite is decorated with a nod to the city’s royal connections.
Elegantly complementing the design, the colour scheme is serene with shades of delicate blue and grey, evoking Scottish skies and lochs, and a dash of soft yellow, like wild gorse, in the bedroom. Botanical, natural accents are woven throughout, while the floor-to-ceiling windows that flood the space with light reveal the skyline of the city’s Old Town as a compelling contrast. For added decadence, the living room has a working fireplace and the spacious Italian marble and mosaic bathroom features a freestanding bathtub, a separate shower and luxurious Asprey toiletries. Ideal for lavish longer stays and larger groups, the Scone & Crombie can be transformed into either a two or three bedroom suite.
Our luxury Classic Rooms offer elegant Scottish charm and contemporary comfort in abundance. The sumptuous queen sized beds promise restful sleep, while the curated collection of pieces in the combined bedroom and living space, including a desk and stylish armchairs, are ideal for business and leisure travellers alike. The beautiful Italian marble bathrooms feature our pampering skincare products by Irene Forte.
Deluxe Old Town View Room
Our serene Deluxe Old Town View Rooms combine heritage style and contemporary comforts to elegant effect. A harmonious space, the décor evokes the Scottish woodland through its natural colour palette and sylvan wallpaper, with sumptuous textiles from leaf-green velvets to sophisticated tartans adding an extra touch of decadence. Large windows offer views out over Edinburgh’s Old Town and flood the space with natural light, while the spacious bathrooms are appointed in fine Italian marble and feature our range of pampering skincare products by Irene Forte.