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A modern classic, inspired by Scotland’s heritage The Principal Edinburgh on George Street has been welcoming hotel guests since 1881. At its heart are five listed Georgian townhouses, built in 1775 as homes for Edinburgh’s most prosperous citizens. Winner of Scottish Hotel of the Year at the 2017 Scottish Hotel Awards, The Principal is an ideal base from which to explore the city or conduct business. The sensitive, multi-million pound restoration and refurbishment combines luxurious natural materials such as oak, marble and leather with a palette of colours inspired by the great 19th-century Scottish landscape painters. The Printing Press Bar & Kitchen was once home to acclaimed novelist Susan Ferrier (an equal of Jane Austen, according to Sir Walter Scott), whilst Burr & Co. is a lovely little coffeehouse with a devoted local following. The hotel features a newly equipped gym. Free, superfast Wi-Fi with a maximum bandwidth of 100Mb is available throughout the hotel.
Suits and shopping bags rule the streets of New Town, until after dark when strappy dresses come out to play. This is the city’s central business district with its smaller offices, clothes boutiques, and many of the city’s flashiest restaurants and ritziest clubs. The architecture along roads like George Street helps give it a swank and formal feel: it’s a planned Georgian development of regal townhouses, geometric squares, and self-important statues. But it’s also a very wanderable neighbourhood, with a healthy bustle at almost any time of day and fine people-watching in places like St Andrew's Square which fills with picnickers around lunch. You’ll also find a series of cheerful basement bistros on Hanover Street, while dark Rose Street has something of the feel of an undiscovered back alley and is chock-full of characterful pubs and small independent shops.
All reviews tuck box printing press george street beautiful hotel superior room fresh milk little touches public areas beautiful room birthday treat checking out would highly recommend this hotel bed was very comfortable the location is perfect breakfast was excellent fantastic stay the heart of the city
Absolutely loved this hotel. Location is amazing, walking distance from main attractions in Edinburgh. I had a very spacious room on the last floor with incredible views of the city. Rooms are obviously renovated recently. Also to mention lots of options for breakfast. Recommended for...More
This is a perfect small and elegant hotel for every need, unless you are looking for a serious palace and don't mind spending very large sums of money. Our room was quiet, yet right in the center of Edinburgh, clean and well equipped. There was...More
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Response from PrincipalEdinburgh, General Manager at The Principal Edinburgh George StreetResponded 7 October 2018
Dear Lynn G,
Thank you very much for your recent stay with us and for your five star review. It is wonderful to read that you enjoyed the city and your time at The Principal Edinburgh George Street. Indeed we are most proud of the...More
Love this hotel. Stayed twice and couldn’t find a fault on either visit. Room lovely, staff lovely, food lovely. I would definitely recommend and I fully intend to be back. My only slight problem was that my room wasn’t ready on arrival despite being later...More
Stayed here for one night whilst taking part in the remembrance concert at Signet Library. Nice festive decoration outside, and wonderful understated inside. My standard room was just large enough for myself, and interior/decor etc overall super clean. Walk-in shower room great, tuck box just...More
Beautiful hotel ... We had a superior room on 7th floor views of the castle and forth . The room was lovely although next to lift which we could here but still slept soundly .. The service is amazing ... We had to leave after...More
Response from PrincipalEdinburgh | Property representative |
I recommend that you travel to Edinburgh Waverley Station. We are about a 4 minute walk away but there are also taxis available just outside the station.
We look forward to having you stay with us soon.
Response from Kimberley6666 | Reviewed this property |
Hi No it doesn't you have to park about 15 minutes walk away in a multi story car park. It does have parking outside but its on a meter and always full anyway . We were advised to park in the multi story.