Thursday, 18 December 2008

Balmoral Hotel

Opened in 1902 as the North British Hotel, the Balmoral hotel is one of Edinburgh's most famous landmarks. It was originally a railway hotel and at 1 Princes Street it still towers over Waverley station. Its name and ownership changed after a refurbishment in the 1980s, but the clock is still always set a few minutes fast so that travellers don't miss their trains (except for at New Year when it is set accurately!)

Interesting fact: Edinburgh author J K Rowling finished the last Harry Potter book at this hotel. Rowling left a signed statement written on a marble bust in her room saying; "JK Rowling finished writing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows in this room (552) on 11th Jan 2007".

4 comments:

Jackie said...

This building really says Edinburgh to me. I guess because I always arrive at Waverley so I can't miss it!

Hilda said...

That's a hotel? Wow. I thought it was a castle. I love the tidbits you included about this — the clock and J K Rowling. Cool!

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Martin Little said...

I had thought it was the Scotsman she'd finished the book in, but you are correct. Nice photo of a great building. :-)

Hyde DP said...

Didn't Russian president Gorbachov stay here once?