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The Balmoral

Address: 1 Princes St.

Neighborhood: New Town

City: Edinburgh

Phone: 888-667-9477; 011-44-131-556-2414

Website: www.thebalmoralhotel.com

Expert Review

Originally known as the North British hotel (or “NB”), this Edwardian-style landmark has been an Edinburgh institution since 1902. During a major refurbishment in 2003 by luxury hotelier Sir Rocco Forte, great care was taken to preserve the hotel’s historic features while adding modern finesse. Contemporary elegance is now the hallmark of all 168 rooms and 20 suites, which offer such amenities as marble bathrooms, fluffy bathrobes, same-day laundry service, Internet access, satellite TV, snack baskets, and walk-in dressing rooms. Choose units that are deluxe suites or higher for sweeping views of Edinburgh Castle, Arthur’s Seat, and Old Town, plus complimentary buffet breakfast, unpacking/packing of luggage and garment pressing, a mobile phone for local calls, and in-room check-in. Spa lovers will relax at the mere sight of The Balmoral Spa, with its 15-meter pool, fully equipped gym, dry sauna and steam room, and candlelit Relaxation Suite. Similarly, foodies will gravitate to the hotel’s Michelin-starred “number one” restaurant, where fresh local ingredients are used to create modern Scottish- and French-influenced cuisine.

Tags: luxury | expensive | historic | smart splurge

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