From the Scottish Highlands evoking images of salmon fishing, great whisky and spectacular scenery to Lowland Scotland with its magnificent landscape and tranquil rural areas, Scottish hospitality is reflected in each part of this distinctive land that is a mix of rich diversity of culture and arts, outstanding history and extraordinary people. Scotland's most popular destination, Edinburgh has been historically overshadowed by England's capital - London, but is by all means equally worth a visit.
Over the centuries Edinburgh has been known for its incredible architecture, delightful citizens, intimacy and charm. But first and foremost, it is a place that possesses a totally unique atmosphere, a place where Scottish hospitality has found its reflection in each of its fantastic festivals and diverse attractions. The month-long celebration is recognized as the world's largest art festival, with the city's population increasing from 440,000 to more than a million. A large number of visitors come to enjoy Fringe Festival, while others take particular interest in the capital's historic sites and attractions.
Among the most popular attractions are Charlotte Square, the Royal Mile and the National Gallery, appealing to each visitor. Edinburgh is a shopping Mecca, with huge crowds of travelers coming to shop in its Harvey Nichols department store and Jenner's - the local department store. Popping into one of the pubs and trying some of the independent brews is also an essential part of your stay in the city, as is a visit to a traditional Scottish restaurant, featuring fresh and hearty cuisine and real Scottish hospitality.
The hotel scene in the city has become more sophisticated in the past few years, due to the addition of such boutique hotels as Moulin Rouge and the Scotsman. However, those looking for tradition Scottish accommodations should consider the Balmoral, regarded as one of the prime areas in the city. Opened first in 1902, it has been a subject to many renovations, aimed at making Balmoral one of the most impressive hotels in Britain. In 1996 the hotel was purchased by Sir Rocco Forte, who also owns St David's Hotel and Spa in Cardiff and Brown's Hotel in London. The 188 guest rooms have a contemporary look with striped carpeting, leather club chairs and modern lamps, while each room features a reproduction coat of arms, hanging over the door.
Business travelers will find here everything they may need, from well equipped business center to in-room faxes and data ports. Visitors will be offered to choose from standard, superior and deluxe guest rooms and presidential suites. For fine dining guests may consider the Palm Court for tea, the Number One and the brasserie-style Hadrian's. The Balmoral owes much of its grand feel to Old World grandeur of its Palm Court and its Edwardian architecture, as well as the exceptional quality service.
Each member of the team is efficient, friendly and helpful, providing you with the best of Scottish hospitality. However, those giving preference to modern boutique hotels should look for something less hushed.