Rating: 7,5/10 (291 votes)The Balmoral, or Balmoral Hotel, is one of the finest and most upscale hotels in the UK, with top five-star status. It is located in Scotland, in its capital Edinburgh. The hotel building is located in the central area of the city, at the intersection of Princes Street and North Bridge. Nearby, just under the North Bridge, is Edinburgh Waverley Station. The Balmoral Hotel was designed by William Beatty, who was lucky enough to win a competition held by the city government in 1895. The hotel was originally intended to accommodate wealthy travelers who left or vice versa arrived at Edinburgh Waverley Station. The name of the then famous railway operator North British Railway gave the name to the hotel itself. Until the end of the 80s, it was called the North British Hotel. After this time, the hotel was globally modernized and it was decided to change its name to Balmoral, as one of the Scottish castles is called. When creating the hotel, a clearly Victorian style was used, however, elements of the colorful local baronial architectural style are noticeable. The facade of the building was originally decorated with an abundance of decorative balconies, which were removed after modernization. The tallest part of the building is a 58-meter clock tower, which necessarily goes two minutes ahead so that passengers rushing to the station always come to their trains on time. The hotel is currently owned by The Rocco Forte Collection, which owns 12 more hotels of the same luxury class throughout Europe. The Caledonian Hotel, located on the same Princes Street, competes with the Balmoral Hotel.
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