The Balmoral – Edinburgh, Scotland
The Balmoral is Sir Rocco Forte’s beloved five-star property at the heart of Edinburgh, originally built in 1902 in impressive Scottish baronial style as a landmark for Waverley station. One of the world’s great railway hotels, The Balmoral’s clock is cleverly set three minutes fast to ensure guests never miss their trains. Exuding a timeless elegance, the bedrooms have been transformed by Olga Polizzi, deputy chairman and director of design for Forte Hotels. Highlights include the large signature suites: the Scone & Crombie and the Glamis. With up to three bedrooms and spacious living rooms, they make the ultimate Edinburgh base for couples and families. The Balmoral’s pair of restaurants offer a choice of fine or brasserie dining: Number One features a seasonal tasting menu, while Brasserie Prince marries the best of Scottish ingredients with fine French cooking. Afternoon tea is served under the dome of splendid Palm Court, while the noted whisky bar, Scotch, is a must for anyone partial to a dram from the 500-strong collection.
Doubles from £500
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