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The Principal Edinburgh

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Morpeth
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We really enjoyed our stay at the Principal Hotel in Edinburgh. The room refurbishments have been done very tastefully. There are some nice touches like bottles of water and real milk in the fridge instead of UHT milk, plus a tuck box with crisps and chocolate biscuits in the room. The breakfast was excellent. The staff were all very helpful....

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scotland
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

had 2 nights here recently and it was ok. we stayed here a couple of years back when it was 'the george'. the location is excellent as you are very central to everything. I know Edinburgh can be a very cold city but I even found our room to be very cold,think the heavy sofa in front of the radiator...

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Manchester, United Kingdom
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I booked two rooms and stayed there for two nights. The room has a nice side and are really comfortable. The breakfast is really complete, you will see in the continental breakfast, English breakfast, and some a la carte plate. The building is amazing and had around 220 rooms, but what a hotel the magic place is the staff. I...

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Sao Paulo, SP
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The Hotel is very good, great decor in the lobby, helpful staff, good room, but the bathroom is very small and need an upgrade. But the best thing about the hotel is the location, everything is a few steps away, amazing.

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London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 4 days ago NEWvia mobile

Our first time in this hotel, but definitely not the last! All members of staff were extremely friendly and helpful at all times- we couldn't have asked for better hospitality, with a special mention to Katrina who was so lovely and accommodating, such a pleasure to meet! The room was absolutely stunning with views across the city to the ocean....

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PrincipalEdinburgh, General Manager at The Principal Edinburgh, responded to this review

Dear Iozzmcgozz13, Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback following your recent stay with us. I am delighted that you were well looked after by our team, particularly Katerina who I am sure will be thrilled to know of your comments. May I also thank you for highlighting our central location on the stunning George Street -...

Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We were really looking forward to our stay and in terms of the room and the friendliness of the staff, I would give this hotel a high rating. However, I would second the review just before mine. We stayed on the same weekend and the noise from the other rooms and outside was a real problem. The wall to the...

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Penrith, United Kingdom
Reviewed 4 days ago NEWvia mobile

I always liked the George Hotel and I like the rebranded Principal, although I think the George Hotel is a much better name ...it is a Georgian building on George Street in the Georgian New Town. The location is excellent - just perfect for shopping and sightseeing - and our room was quiet, tasteful and luxurious. The staff are lovely....

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Perth, United Kingdom
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This hotel has just reopened after a massive refurbishment. It is a stunning and really beautiful place. We had a superior twin room which was lovely, it had everything we could need and was really well appointed. Brilliant new bar (The Printing Press) so stylish and reminded me a little of a John Wayne western movie. The barman mixed a...

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Reviewed 5 days ago NEWvia mobile

Great service. Comfortable clean rooms, well serviced. Noisy in some rooms at weekend due to hotel functions - ask for a room on higher floors - and noise between rooms annoying if neighbour watching TV either late or early. Fantastic location close to most Edinburgh attractions/shopping. Breakfast at £15 (£12 if booked in advance) simply not worth it - not...

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Grimsby, United Kingdom
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Booked for one night prior to going to Glasgow. Glamourous looking Hotel in central location. Recived upgrade to superior room on the 7th floor with fantastic views over Edingburgh as well as the castle so cannot ask for any better than that. The room was beautiful and spotless. Didn't eat there on the evening but the breakfast the following morning...

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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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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Wheelchair Access
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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  • Business Centre with Internet Access
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  • Banquet Room
  • Multilingual Staff
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
The Principal Edinburgh George Street, has one of the most prestigious locations within Edinburgh. It's classic facade hides sumptuous, contempary interiors blending clean lines with period features.Elegant bedrooms are beautifully furnished for business and leisure guests alike and for those who choose to dine in, the stylish Printing Press and Restaurant offers local produce in a stylish and relaxed environment.Inspirational meeting rooms and exceptional banqueting facilities, including the magnificent King's Hall and beautiful Forth View Suite with fantastic views of across the city, make this the hotel of choice for corporate and wedding guests.The Principal Edinburgh George Street, is within easy reach of the best shopping the captial has to offer, along with tourist attractions, bars and restaurants all within a few minutes walk. Edinburgh Airport is only 7 miles away, and Edinburgh Waverley Station a mere 5 minutes walk. Parking is available at the nearby NCP at Greenside. ... more   less 

Additional Information about The Principal Edinburgh

Address: 19-21 George Street, Edinburgh EH2 2PB, Scotland (Formerly The George Hotel)
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Edinburgh > New Town
Price Range: $158 - $532 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — The Principal Edinburgh 4*
Number of rooms: 249
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Also Known As:
George Hotel Edinburgh
The Principal Edinburgh Scotland
Hotel Style:
#21 Luxury Hotel in Edinburgh
#58 Romantic Hotel in Edinburgh
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“A room on the first floor is convenient as you can walk down the stairs and not have to wait for the lift.”
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“Back of the hotel, views towards the Firth over beautiful rooftop views”
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