Rocco Forte Balmoral Hotel
Since it’s opening in 1902, Balmoral, which means “majestic dwelling” in Gaelic, has been recognized for its refined service. In its early years, the hotel was known for its red-jacketed porters who would meet guests at the Edinburgh train station and whisk them from the station hall to the Balmoral lobby. Today, the Balmoral’s 100-year-old clock tower has become a city landmark and the center of Edinburgh’s most prestigious neighborhood. Each of the hotel’s 168 rooms has recently been renovated and individually designed by Olga Polizzi, Sir Rocco Forte’s sister, to unite the modern and the historic through the colors of the highlands. All rooms are generously sized with soft yellows, blues, and greys that reflect the misty skies and heathered tundra of the moors. Suites include spacious marble bathrooms, walk-in dressing rooms, and living rooms with working fireplaces. The JK Rowling suite, which houses a marble bust of Hermes signed by the author, is where she completed the final Harry Potter book. When not exploring the high-end boutiques and live music venues on Princes Street, guests will enjoy the award-winning spa and the Michelin-starred restaurant.