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The Balmoral Hotel, where Iain has been the resident harpist for the last twenty years, has been named as most popular hotel in Scotland by American Airlines and is 7th in the whole of Europe.

The Balmoral Hotel also won AA Hotel of the Year for Scotland and Ireland 07/08

Included in Conde Nast Traveller's Gold List - 2009 The Balmoral voted 1st within Scotland, 2nd within the UK in The Worlds Best 500 hotels 2009 - Travel & Leisure magazine Awarded VisitScotland's prestigious Gold Award Voted Top Hotel in Scotland - American Airline's "Celebrated Living" Readers' Choice Platinum List 2008 Luxury Hotel of The Year - The Scottish Hotel of The Year Awards 2008 Michelin-stared number one restaurant awarded the EatScotland Gold Award 2008 Included in Forbes Traveller's list of the World's 400 Best Hotels and Resorts 2008 Winner of the SLTN Training Award 2008 Voted 25th top hotel in Europe, only Scottish hotel to feature, Travel and Leisure magazine's readers poll, August 2008 Voted Best In-House Catering or Banqueting Team at the inaugural Scottish Event Awards 2008The Balmoral Bar - New Bar of the Year 2008 - The DRAM AwardsBest Scottish Day Spa - Conde Nast Traveller Readers' Spa Awards 2008 The Balmoral - Fodors Choice 2008 - Leading publisher of guidebooks for American travellers Fine Dining Experience Award for number one - The Scottish Restaurant Awards - 2008 Best Employer Award, Hospitality and Leisure - Springboard Awards for Excellence - 2008 Included in Conde Nast Traveller's Gold List - 2008

from "Judy's Travels",in My Weekly May 08

"We're going out for dinner but also want to investigate the glamorously low-lit Palm Court where we can have tea or champagne. It's a fabulously ornate glass-domed rotunda with gleaming gilt chandeliers; the walls are a deep red and hung with massive portraits. In a gilded minstrel's gallery above, a harpist is playing. It's a perfect venue for a romantic tryst.."


 
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