The Balmoral in Edinburgh, part of Rocco Forte Hotels, has renovated its three main function rooms as part of an ongoing multimillion pound refurbishment at the property this year.
The project, which is spearheaded by the group’s director of building and design Olga Polizzi, is being carried out to mark the brand’s 20th anniversary and the success of The Balmoral since 1997.
Located on No.1 Princes Street, the hotel’s three function rooms - Sir Walter Scott, Princes and Holyrood Suites, have all undergone a restyle to offer a ‘refined and authentic Edinburgh experience’ for guests.
When embarking on the redesign, Polizzi, who is the sister of head of the group Rocco Forte, had the main purpose of enhancing and emphasising the grandeur and large proportions of the rooms, highlighting their neo-Renaissance architectural detailing such as the original cornicing, high ceilings and windows.
Each has a botanical and organic feel thanks to the wallpapers and carpets used throughout; each element selected to reflect the Scottish landscape.
The Sir Walter Scott Suite overlooks the Sir Walter Scott monument, the largest dedicated to a writer in the world, with space for 60 people boardroom style and 450 for standing reception. It makes a statement with intricate gilding that complements the dark and light greens of the patterned carpet.
Neutral silvers, blues and green meanwhile enrich the Holyrood Suite, which are accentuated by the natural light that fills the double aspect room. The gilded mirrors and original chandeliers bring a sense of occasion to this room best suited for weddings. The room can accommodate up to 200 for cocktails.
The Princes Suite, which can host up to 120 guests, is bright with a gold, yellow and silver theme and a beautiful period fireplace providing a focal point for the room.
The Balmoral general manager Richard Cooke says of the refurbishment: “The new-look event suites are classic, elegant and timeless. As always, Olga Polizzi’s touch brings new life to the spaces while being respectful of the period features. I like to think we offer a ‘view with a room’, the eye is instantly drawn outside yet the design is the perfect complement. There is a true sense of place and every event hosted here will simultaneously be a celebration of Edinburgh.”