Olga Polizzi oversees renovation for Edinburgh’s The Balmoral, inspired by Scottish woodland

The refurbishment project will redesign the hotel's west wing, including 37 castle-facing rooms, Deluxe Suites, and the JK Rowling Suite.

The Balmoral, a Rocco Forte hotel in Edinburgh, Scotland is undergoing a refurbishment of its guestrooms. The refurbishment project will redesign the hotel's west wing, including 37 castle-facing rooms, Deluxe Suites, and the JK Rowling Suite, along with its three main function suites.

The renovation is being overseen by Olga Polizzi, Rocco Forte’s sister and the hospitality group’s director of building and design.

Upon completion this summer, the new rooms and suites will reportedly embody a “Scottish woodland” theme, with the color palette used including blues, grays and purples. This theme will also be seen in the wallpaper that lined with trees and foliage, carved mirrors, and tables with branch-like bronze legs.

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The guestrooms will have recessed window seats for guests to take in views of the city. There will also be handmade beds by Glencraft; fabrics sourced from Scottish company, Isle of Mill; and cushions from Scottish brand, Timorous Beasties.

The Balmoral debuted as a railway hotel in 1902.

 

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