First hotel in Scotland to receive five star accolade

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UK: The Balmoral, a Rocco Forte hotel in Edinburgh, has been named as the first hotel in Scotland to receive a five-star award from Forbes Travel Guide.

The Balmoral adds its five-star rating to a list of accolades it has received in the past year. These include an AA five Red Star award, one Michelin star, and four AA Rosettes for its fine dining restaurant, Number One. 

It was also named as the Top Hotel in the Uk outside of London by Conde Nast Traveller Readers’ Choice.

The Balmoral’s general manager, Richard Cooke, said: “Receiving this amazing accolade is an honour for my team and I. Forbes Travel Guide is undoubtedly one of the most sought-after hospitality awards in the world and an independent measurement of success. Every day we strive to evolve and improve by working together to create memorable experiences for our guests. We have been working towards this goal since Forbes Travel Guide arrived in Scotland and to be the first hotel in the country to be awarded Five Stars is truly humbling.”

Filip Boyen, CEO of Forbes Travel Guide, added: “We extend huge congratulations to the entire team at The Balmoral, a Rocco Forte Hotel, for achieving the first ever Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star rating in Scotland. It is difficult to earn a Forbes Travel Guide star rating, but the team demonstrated sheer excellence and dedication, delivered in a uniquely friendly manner. It’s no surprise that they achieved a perfect score in ‘Courtesy and manners’ and we’d also like to extend a nod to the housekeeping staff who are exceptional.”

Forbes Travel Guide is the only global rating system for luxury hotels, spas and restaurants. 

It has revealed some 2021 winners early to encourage travel pick up post-quarantine.

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