"Special Family Event - Memories for a life time. "
My mother turned 80 and we wanted to celebrate in style.
At the same time, my cousin was playing in the Women's Lacrosse World Cup in Edinburgh, so we all set off to cheer her on. I wanted someplace really special for my mom, since it was her 80th, and I was also traveling with my 10 year old son, so we had a wide range of ages to satisfy. The Balmoral was excellent in every single aspect. The location is perfect. We could all go out and sight see, and if my mother or son got tired, we could quickly return for a quick "pick- me up" or rest, while the rest of us carried on.
The restaurants and bars catered to the guests, and were small an intimate. We seemed to end up in one each day and we were all extremely happy with the food. The pool was perfect for my 10 year old son, as well as my mom, who would spend each night there. The hotel is peaceful and elegant without being stuffy. The bathrooms were world class. I wanted a "special" place and the Balmoral fulfilled it 100%
I would return in a heartbeat. I am already thinking of when I can return next year.
The hotel is located in quiet street which is a 10 minute walk from Haymarket Station and rests on the edge of historic Dean Village. The staff were outstanding in their welcome, friendliness and professionalism. The hotel oozes luxury and uses modern, sumptuous furnishings with more than a nod to the building's historic past.
The restaurant was wonderful - with interesting, tasty food that was beautifully presented.
On Saturday, we wandered up to the Farmer's Market to chose some local produce to enjoy on a walk up Arthur's Seat - the hill in Holyrood Park that offers great views over the city
Couldn't be better situated to explore Edinburgh. The hotel lobby is beautiful. The roof top bar views amazing. The staff are all (no matter who you come across) friendly, welcoming and helpful and seem to genuinely want you to enjoy your stay and the City.
Room was spacious and clean. No AC so was warm and the fan provided in the room stopped working after a few minutes. Considering this is George St on a Saturday night, noise from the street was minimal as we faced a side street. I would definitely recommend and would absolutely stay here again.
Plenty of space. Good kitchen facilities. Bathroom could do with a hand rail for entry/exit to shower in the bath. Furniture and TV service was a bit dated, and quality did not match the apartment overall.
Location handy for the excellent Lothian Buses.
Room was very nice on top floor with floor to ceing windows. Bathroom was excellent - large with an oversized separate shower. (We did have a deluxe double room).
Breakfast was fine, nothing special but adequate. The bar was always freezing as the staff would continually leave the main outside doors open, even when asked to close.
Service from staff (with the exception of one hospitable male front desk person), was not overly friendly. The female concierge was actually surly to speak with and of no assistance.
I would return, with adjusted expectations, due to the location in New Town, but very close to Old Town, without the noise. And the room was nice.
Built in the late 1700s to alleviate overcrowding, New Town has a symmetrical layout with broad streets and Georgian architecture. Visitors will find posh boutiques on George Street and popular pubs on Rose Street. Calton Hill, located on the east end, overlooks the city.