The Balmoral named top Europe/UK hotel in awards

Edinburgh’s The Balmoral Hotel has been ranked as first in the top 35 hotels in Europe/UK following the results of Condé Nast Traveler US’s annual Readers’ Choice Awards.

And other Scottish hotels performed well, with the Cromlix Hotel, Dunblane, Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh – The Caledonian, Edinburgh, and Fife Arms, Braemar, making the top 10.

More than 600,000 Condé Nast Traveler readers across the globe submitted a recording-breaking number of responses rating their travel experiences to provide a full snapshot of where and how we travel today.

The Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards are the longest-running and most prestigious recognition of excellence in the travel industry and are commonly known as ‘the best of the best of travel.’

The Balmoral’s General Manager, Richard Cooke, said: ‘We are deeply honoured to be so highly rated by the readers of Condé Nast US. The US Market is very important to The Balmoral and one we truly enjoy working with, thus this recognition means a great deal to us.

‘We are delighted that Scotland has been received in this way by our US guests. Our team are always striving to enhance and renovate our legacy building to ensure that we are at the very forefront of British hospitality and areshowcasing what the city of Edinburgh has to offer, providing each guest who walks through our door a unique and inspiring stay.’

The Balmoral began life as a grand railway hotel in 1902, and over the last 115 years, has been reserved for some of its most notable figures. Former guests to the landmark property include members of royal households and musical royalty including Sir Paul McCartney and The Rolling Stones.

The Balmoral offers 187 contemporary rooms and opulent suites. Excellent cuisine is guaranteed in the Michelin-starred Number One restaurant as well as the hotel’s all-day dining venue Brasserie Prince by Alain Roux. Afternoon Tea is served in Palm Court and the hotel boasts a collection of over 500 single malt whiskies.

The Condé Nast Traveler Readers Choice – Top Hotels in Europe/UK top 10 hotels are:

1, The Balmoral, A Rocco Forte Hotel, Edinburgh; 2, Lucknam Park Hotel and Spa, Wiltshire; 3, The Gainsborough Bath Spa, Bath; 4, University Arms, Autograph Collection, Cambridge; 5, The Bath Priory, Bath; 6, Dormy House, Broadway; 7, Cromlix Hotel, Dunblane; 8, Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh – The Caledonian, Edinburgh; 9, Fife Arms, Dufftown; 10, Coworth Park, Ascot.

The 2019 Readers’ Choice Awards are published on Condé Nast Traveler’s website at and celebrated in the November issue of Condé Nast Traveler US and UK print editions.

The Balmoral is a Rocco Forte Hotel. Find out more HERE.