We met some lovely friends for dinner and a stay over at The Balmoral in Edinburgh, somewhere we'd not been before. The Balmoral is a gorgeous old hotel, part of the Forte group, and has been around for 110 years. It's in a wonderful location, right on Princes Street, with views out to the Castle.
After an easy, friendly, check in we headed up to our room on the 5th floor. The room was very comfortable, with a queen sized bed, and a lovely big bathroom with a huge tub - bliss!
We had an early reservation at their very popular restaurant, Number One, but one of our party was delayed after many problems on the train from London, and the restaurant kept our table open for us whilst we waited in the bar for our friend.
We all had the Chef's Tasting Menu which was lovely, and our Sommelier was amazing - so friendly, helpful and always ready with a smile. The other staff were good, but the Sommelier was brilliant. The food was wonderful, as you would expect, and we had a ball.
We had a great time, and it was even better that we could enjoy a fabulous night out and then just catch the lift up to our rooms, without anyone having to worry about travel.
The free WIFI question? There was no free WIFI available anywhere in the hotel (that I could find) and I seem to think that the cost for 24 hours was £20. Seriously, if Starbucks can give you free WIFI when you buy a coffee, surely posh hotels can start coughing up free WIFI when you pay good money for a room?
1 Princes Street
Edinburgh EH2 2EQ
Phone:- +44 131 556 2414