The award was given at The Food and Travel Reader Awards

Rocco Forte Hotels is pleased to announce that Edinburgh’s landmark The Balmoral Hotel, has been voted the City Hotel of the Year in the seventh annual Food and Travel Reader Awards.


For over a century, The Balmoral has found a home at Edinburgh’s most prestigious address, No. 1 Princes Street. As the hotel that marked the beginning of Sir Rocco’s distinguished portfolio in 1997, The Balmoral continues to innovate today with a recent multimillion-pound refurbishment and the launch of its new restaurant, Brasserie Prince by Alain Roux to cement the accolade of City Hotel of the Year.


Food & Travel magazine is the world’s leading gastronomic tourism title and the awards, which were hosted at The Royal Automobile Club on Pall Mall in London, celebrate the very best of UK hospitality.


In summer 2017, The Balmoral unveiled its new look following a three-month modernisation project led by Olga Polizzi, Rocco Forte Hotels’ Director of Building & Design, and sister to Sir Rocco Forte. In addition, Brasserie Prince by Alain Roux a collaboration with Alain Roux, Chef Patron of The Waterside Inn, Bray-on-Thames, and his father Michel Roux, O.B.E., legendary chef and restaurateur opened in July 2018. Celebrating a ‘new alliance’, the restaurant matches the very best of Scottish produce with classic French cooking.


When speaking of the award, Richard Cooke, General Manager at The Balmoral says: “We are delighted to be recognised as the City Hotel of the Year by Food and Travel’s readers. We work hard to retain our position as the leading hotel in Edinburgh and to be seen on a global scale as the City Hotel of the Year is a privilege. Over the past few years, there has been a great emphasis on innovation and improvements at The Balmoral, and we’re thrilled that Food and Travel’s readers have responded so positively towards our new look and restaurant, both of which we’re very proud.”


The Balmoral
1 Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2EQ, Scotland
T +44 (0)131 556 2414

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