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The Principal Edinburgh Charlotte Square

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The Principal Edinburgh Charlotte Square (Formally The Roxburghe Hotel) is located in the centre of Edinburgh on the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Charlotte Square. Waverly and Haymarket train stations are a 15-minute walk away while Edinburgh Airport is 30 minutes away by bus or tram. The hotel is perfectly placed to explore the shops and restaurants of Princes Street and George Street with Edinburgh Castle and Edinburgh Zoo nearby. Designed by the award-winning Goddard Littlefair our rooms are some of the very best the city has to offer. The bedroom reference the golden age of travel in details such as wooden trunks and antique mirrors while providing for the needs of the modern traveller - including plenty of sockets USB charging points and well-appointed bathrooms. The creation of the new Principal Suite on the raised ground floor of The Wee House will provide VIP guests with the option of using their own front door.
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Restaurant
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Room Service
Spa
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Banquet Room
Breakfast Available
Business Centre with Internet Access
Concierge
Conference Facilities
Dry Cleaning
Heated pool
Indoor pool
Laundry Service
Meeting Rooms
Multilingual Staff
Non-Smoking Hotel
Wheelchair Access
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Non-Smoking Rooms
Refrigerator in room
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100Great for walkers
Grade: 100 out of 100
249Restaurantswithin 0.5 km
91Attractionswithin 0.5 km
Neighbourhood
New Town
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.
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From April ‘19 this is apparently going to become a Kimpton. As a long-standing Inner Circle Karma member who spends a lot of time in Edinburgh I was interested in see if this should become my new base in the Scottish capital. A very friendly welcome on arriving mid evening. I
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My first visit since the relatively recent refurbishment. Excellent upgrades across the board and all for a decent price. Very impressed with the rooms, the restaurant and the service. Giant strides forwards since I last visited 2 years ago.
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I stayed in the Principal Charlotte Square for 6 days over Christmas 2018. I highly recommend the hotel. It is already excellent but there is a sense that they are striving for exceptional. The staff are remarkable in particular Luke on the front desk. I had a minor glitch in my
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Response from G_Mylles, Manager at The Principal Edinburgh Charlotte Square
Responded 3 days ago
Dear O4186lKleec, Thank you for your 5* review of Principal Edinburgh Charlotte Square following your recent stay with us for Christmas. I'm delighted to read that you had an excellent stay and thought our colleagues were "remarkable". I will ensure your kind comments are passed onto the team. We look forward to welcoming you back in the near future. Warn Regards Gillian Mylles Hotel Manager
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Checked in on the 12/01 for a surprise stay with my husband for my birthday. Check in was fast and the initial impression of the receptionist (Chris and Liza) and concierge (jack) were second to none. Warm, welcoming and most friendly team working together. We're offered
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Response from G_Mylles, Manager at The Principal Edinburgh Charlotte Square
Responded 3 days ago
Dear Mandy M, Many Thanks for your 5* review of Principal Edinburgh Charlotte Square. It's great to read that you had a wonderful surprise stay for your birthday and had a fantastic nights sleep in our comfortable beds. Thanks again for recommending us. We look forward to welcoming you back in the near future. Warm Regards Gillian Mylles Hotel Manager
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Excellent location, excellent facilities and extremely friendly staff. The decor was of impeccable quality throughout, we especially liked the garden area, a light space with a botanical feel. Although the breakfast was not included in our price, we ate in the hotel on two
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Response from G_Mylles, Manager at The Principal Edinburgh Charlotte Square
Responded 6 days ago
Dear Le and Ffi, Thank you for your 5* review of Principal Edinburgh Charlotte Square following your recent stay. It's fantastic to read you had an excellent stay with us and thought the decor throughout the hotel was "impeccable." The Garden is certainly the feature of the hotel and is quite unique in the centre of the property. We look forward to welcoming you back in the near future. Warm Regards Gillian Mylles Hotel Manager
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Do any of the rooms have a view of the castle?
No the hotel faces east and north
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Sorry we didn’t use the pool or gym facilities But take your swim wear just in case
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Once the gym re-opens will it have an upright bike please?
Hi, what time is checkout??
Hello, Check out is 12 noon Thanks Adam
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No. They have a valet/bellhop. It is directly on the street. There is street parking. As we had a car service, we did not use this amenity.
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"Very quite, was on the 3rd floor facing George Street."
"Check the bathroom door works!"
"Ask for a room with a bath"
"not the room we were in!"
"Stay in the area called 'The Wee House' its much nicer"
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PRICE RANGE
USD 136 - USD 561 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
hotel macdonald roxburghemacdonald roxburghe edinburghroxburghe hotel edinburgh
FORMERLY KNOWN AS
The Roxburghe Hotel
LOCATION
United KingdomScotlandEdinburghNew Town
NUMBER OF ROOMS
199
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