Balmoral Hotel – Edinburgh, Scotland

The Most Distinguished of Them All

You won’t find a room at the inn in Scotland’s Balmoral Castle, but great consolation can be found in the regal treatment lavished upon guests of its eponymous hotel. The Balmoral is a palatial old railway hotel—with no official royal connection despite its name —built in 1902 at the east end of Princes Street, Edinburgh’s premier retail strip. It has recently made a dazzling comeback in its bid for supremacy as the capital’s hotel of choice.

The city’s most elegant landmark, with kilted doormen at its entrance, is as much a tourist attraction as the city’s other icon, Edinburgh Castle. It draws guest-wannabes who day­dream their way through afternoon tea or sam­ple the bounty of Scotland’s best distilleries in the high-ceilinged Palm Court Bar and leave with a taste of the high life, Scottish style.

Outside, the mile-long Princes Street awaits, the city’s main boulevard for designer everything, including Jenner’s, the world’s oldest department store, opened in 1838.

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