Just in time for the busy summer season, The Balmoral, A Rocco Forte Hotel, will unveil a multimillion pound makeover. The refurbishment project coincides with the 20th anniversary of the Rocco Forte Hotels group. In fact, The Balmoral—a distinguished landmark in Scotland—was the first property in Sir Rocco’s portfolio in 1997. Today the luxury hotel at No. 1 Princes Street is celebrated for its sublime castle views, Michelin-starred Number One restaurant, Afternoon Tea at Palm Court, and impressive stock of 400 Scottish whiskies at Scotch.
The three-month renovation is being overseen by Olga Polizzi, Rocco Forte’s sister and the hospitality group’s director of building & design. Of the 188 guest rooms and suites, the west wing is getting an overhaul. (This is the part of the hotel overlooking the iconic Edinburgh Castle and the Sir Walter Scott Monument.) Here, the Deluxe Suites, the JK Rowling Suite, and the 37 castle-facing rooms are getting a new look, along with the wing’s three main event rooms.
Design schemes stay rooted in the hotel’s history and surroundings; the new-look rooms will channel a “Scottish woodland theme” with colors evoking the country’s famous lochs and hillside heather. Wallpaper will depict foliage and the carved tables will feature bronze legs that look like branches.
Luxurious touches will include Isle of Mill fabrics, cushions by Scottish brand Timorous Beasties, and handmade beds by Glencraft, suppliers to the Queen at Balmoral Castle.
The Balmoral debuted as an illustrious railway hotel in 1902. Today Rocco Forte Hotel comprises 11 hotels in Europe and the Middle East.