One of Edinburgh’s top suites, the luxurious Scone & Crombie, gets a makeover at The Balmoral Hotel. This suite is said to be the most coveted suite on the property.
The Balmoral began as a grand railway hotel in 1902, and over the last 115 years has hosted some of the most notable figures including members of royal households and heads of state, to Hollywood A-listers such as Sophia Loren and Elizabeth Taylor.
Now, the Scone & Crombie Suite, named after the iconic Scone Palace in Perthshire, is set to become one of the largest suites in Scotland. The flexible accommodation, which stretches over 2,300-sq.ft., can be booked as a 2- or 3-bedroom suite. The suite features a large entrance hall that opens to an open multipurpose meetings and dining space, and a sitting room with a fireplace. And, floor-to-ceiling windows give guests optimal views of Edinburgh’s Old Town. One of the suite’s focal points is a custom-made tapestry style wallpaper called Devonshire Swans, which will hang at the entrance-dining room. Guests of this suite can indulge in the property’s new exclusive cashmere turndown service with luxury Scottish cashmere brand, Hawico.
In addition, two limited edition experiences are now offered for guests of this suite: the Scone & Crombie Land and Scone & Crombie Sea. These two experiences were created with Scotland’s leading sporting and outdoor adventure specialists, Ossian. The Scrone & Crombie Land offer takes guests out with Ossian founder, Ted Ines Ker, as he leads a VIP tour of his family home in The Scottish Borders—Floor Castle, seat of the Duke of Roxburgh, and hosts a dinner in the Duke’s Fishing Hut, located on the banks of the River Tweed. The Scone & Crombie Sea option gives guests the opportunity to escape the city and board a luxury boat as they explore the historic islands and coastline of the Firfth of Forth. On this itinerary they’ll indulge in seafood with a BBQ lunch in a rustic log cabin overlooking a vast sandy beach, and then head to Bass Rock and May Island.
In addition, all 31 guestrooms and suites in the south wing of the hotel, which overlook Old Town—that forms part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site—have undergone a restyle as part of the revamp the hotel began last year. The hotel also renovated all castle facing suites, including the famous J.K. Rowling Suite, where J.K. Rowling finished writing “Harry Potter and the Dealthy Hallows.” The J.K. Rowling Suite, overlooks Calton Hill and features a marble bust of Hermes, the Greek god of travel, which is signed by J.K.Rowling herself. And, as an ode to the author, the door knocker is a brass owl. In June, the Balmoral will open a new bar and restaurant concept, which will offer classic French dishes inspired by Scottish ingredients.
Rates for the Scone & Crombie Suite start at $7,833 per night; the J.K. Rowling Suite starts at $1,550. For more information visit, roccofortehotels.com/hotels-and-resorts/the-balmoral-hotel.