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The Balmoral Hotel: spa review

Farida Zeynalova checks into an Edinburgh landmark for a weekend of culture and relaxation

The hotel
The location is unbeatable. A landmark of Edinburgh’s skyline, The Balmoral Hotel sits at the top of Princes Street, moments away from the city’s main railway station, shopping and the Old Town. I walk past kilted performers and the polite doormen and into the lobby to find modern grandeur at its best, with palm plants, a glistening chandelier and sweeping staircases. The railway hotel offers 186 bedrooms and 20 suites, as well as a restaurant, bar and spa. Check-in is fast and hassle-free — I’m in my Deluxe Castle View room in no time.

The room
The spacious and airy room is decorated in hues of green, grey and cream, and has all the amenities I could need. The view is the highlight here — overlooking Edinburgh Castle and Princes Street Gardens. There’s a desk facing the window, which was ideal for finishing some last-minute writing before exploring the city. The bathroom is laced with Italian marble and kooky images of national treasure Sean Connery. The shower is powerful and I really appreciate the separate vanity area.

The spa and treatment
One of the hotel’s top perks is the large spa — it has five treatment rooms, a 15-metre indoor pool, Finnish sauna, gym and steam room. I indulge myself in the 70-minute Face Ritual using Forte Organics products with therapist Sadia, which begins with a distressing foot soak and hand massage, followed by a de-knotting back massage, a personalised facial and finally a foot massage. My personal favourite was the Pomegranate Mask — for making my skin appear brighter and more toned — and I also enjoyed the cleansing properties of the Almond Cleansing Milk. After my treatment, feeling like a feather in a breeze, I’m offered a delicious fruit smoothie. I end the evening by falling asleep (not intentionally) in the relaxation studio — bliss.

What else?
The hotel features the Michelin-starred restaurant Number One, The Balmoral Restaurant, Scotch Whisky Bar and Palm Court — the latter being perfect for afternoon tea. I treat myself to an in-room breakfast in the morning, with a freshly cooked omelette and fruit juice.

Verdict
The Balmoral Hotel is ideal for anyone seeking a city break followed by an evening of luxurious pampering and relaxation.

Essentials

The Spa Experience package starts from £441 per person.
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