Part of the Rocco Forte chain, there’s much for the Balmoral to boast about. It has its own Michelin-starred restaurant, Number One; a chic spa centre and a clocktower that makes for an iconic Edinburgh sight. Olga Polizza’s classic, elegantly designed rooms all have free wi-fi, as you’d probably expect. But grander suites also have their own concierge services, as well as fancy touches like flowers and fireplaces. The in-house Palm Court offers an excellent afternoon tea, and there’s also a brasserie and not one but two bars – one of which specialises in whisky.
If you’re after a quaint, picture-postcard foil to gritty, cosmopolitan Glasgow, you’re in the right place. This edifying city may be less cool, but it’s no less fun – especially when the centre is transformed during August’s Fringe season.
Because visitor footfall is so immense at peak times, it can be hard choosing where to stay, and options may be limited, of course. So to help out, here’s our pick of the absolute best hotels in Edinburgh.
Many live up to the Scottish capital’s history and innate sense of drama. There are some in historic buildings, with suites stuffed with antiques, rooms designed to the hilt and views to swoon over; others have spas attached; others have Michelin-starred restaurants and bars. Heck, Prestonfield House even has its own parkland. We say treat yourself – but do get out and explore the city while you’re here.