Balmoral Hotel, Edinburgh
The Balmoral is one of Edinburgh’s most imposing hotels with fine views of the castle. It may be a five-star city centre hotel, but it’s super child-friendly and a massive treat for families. All young guests receive a mocktail on arrival and a 15-minute Internet account.
A year-round (except Christmas and summer) Family Affair package offers a second room for two children up to 16 at half price. Children under three eat for free and children aged four to 12 eat half-price. Children receive a gift on arrival, sweets, junior bath time accessories, dressing gowns and slippers.
The Balmoral can rustle up Playstation consoles, DVDs and books including Harry Potter, partly penned at The Balmoral. Girlie manicures are also available in the spa. Young guests also receive a weekend newsletter with top tips for teenagers, such as music and fashion events in Edinburgh and the concierge can tailor a teen itinerary.
If you’ve seen the Disney Pixar movie Brave, you might like to book the Balmoral’s Mythical Family Affair with fast-track entry to Edinburgh Castle, a Brave gift on arrival and two interconnecting rooms with full Scottish breakfast from £480 per family of four per night, www.balmoralhotel.com