With 188 bedrooms, The Balmoral is one of Edinburgh's largest hotels. Being an old building, the rooms come in many shapes and sizes, but all are light, airy and very spacious. The hotel stands alone at the end of Princes Street, meaning there are views over many of Edinburgh's key attractions including Edinburgh Castle, Arthur's Seat and Waverly Station (for train spotters!). While some rooms have large bay windows offering ample light and a relaxing cove to sit and watch the hustle and bustle of the streets below, those higher up have quirky turret areas complete with bronze statues or busts on plinths. The decoration is simple: not overly grand but subtly Scottish, with a mixture of antique and modern furnishings. Natural fabrics and earthy colours chosen by designer Olga Plizzi reflect the surroundings, and handmade glass works by local artist Jo Vincent add a touch of creativity. Suites play up a little more to the traditional Scottish stereotype, with portraits and cosy fireplaces. Many rooms have walk-in closets, or at least ample space to store your clothes, and the marble bathrooms come equipped with large baths with monsoon showers, huge mirrors, and even make up/ hair drying seated areas, making this one a winner with the ladies!
Expect to receive a turndown service unless you specifically request not to. Alternatively you can ask for a Rose Petal Turndown or a Whisky Turndown at an extra charge. Rooms are fully equipped with large flat screen TVs, two telephones, a fully-stocked mini-bar, bath robes and slippers, a selection of magazines and complementary bath products and water at turndown. Call room service to request a complementary tea and coffee tray ? which arrives a few minutes later with a generous serving of Scottish shortbread and freshly boiled water. Ironing equipment can also be obtained from room service. In fact, there's not much that isn't obtainable from The Balmoral's friendly and dedicated team. Ask at reception for i-pod docks, hair straighteners, adaptors, or anything else you might need?
Children are welcome at The Balmoral, and the hotel offers a number of extras to make sure they stay entertained and enjoy their ?Balmoral Experience?. Wooden cots are provided for babies free of charge, along with toy boxes, bottle warmers and complementary milk at turndown? Children can expect teddies and kid-sized bath robes with a special gift on arrival, and teens can make the most of a Play Station II, a selection of DVDs, books or board games, or a complimentary "mocktail".