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The Balmoral, Edinburgh: hotel review

Saturday, July 2nd, 2011
Balmoral Hotel Edinburgh

Lisa Grainger reviews Balmoral Hotel Edinburgh, a grand, glass-domed building with an elegant Bollinger Bar and a decadent restaurant.

The location

Couldn't be more central – on Princes Street, beside the main railway station, overlooking the park, with views on one side towards the castle and the other towards Arthur's Seat.

We like

The grandeur: in austere, Protestant Edinburgh, this 1895 building is a rare romantic construction, all marble and swirls beneath glass domes and pressed ceilings. The friendly doorman, in kilt, cloak and ghillie brogues. The spa, with large heated pool. The spacious areas to lounge in on cold rainy days. The elegant Bollinger Bar, lit by a glorious gilded glass dome, in which every kind of drink is served amid romantic oil paintings, from afternoon tea to nightcaps of single-malt whiskies.

Not so keen

Number One restaurant looks decadent and glamorous, with its tactile velvet banquettes, plump cushions … Read the rest

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