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The Principal Edinburgh George Street

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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.
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Non-smoking hotel
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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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We stayed at The Principal Hotel for a brief visit to Edinburgh. It’s ideally located, all the tourist sites are within walking distance and it’s a five minute walk from the tram-stop which runs to and from the airport. The hotel has its own restaurant but there are also plenty
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Response from PrincipalEdinburgh, General Manager at The Principal Edinburgh George Street
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Dear JonathanRV, Thank you for your recent stay with us and for your wonderful five star recommendation. We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed the full Scottish breakfast and our lovely city centre location. Thank you again and we shall be looking forward to welcoming you back for your next adventure in Edinburgh! Kind regards, Andreas Maszczyk General Manager Principal Edinburgh
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Prior to a business meeting at the University of Edinburgh, I spent the weekend at the Principal, which is more centrally located in the historic arts area. It was the perfect home base for visiting several museums, shopping and dining. The service and amenities couldn’t have
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Response from PrincipalEdinburgh, General Manager at The Principal Edinburgh George Street
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Dear Tish P, Thank you for your recent stay at The Principal Edinburgh George Street and for your time to share your feedback with fellow travellers. The hotel is indeed perfectly situated to explore all that Edinburgh has to offer. We are delighted you enjoyed your time with us and look forward to welcoming you back for yet another memorable stay. Kind regards, Andreas Maszczyk General Manager Principal Edinburgh
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I was amazed the moment I checked into this hotel. Such friendly smiley service :) Shout out to Stephanie, you were amazing! Pls keep it up, smile makes a huge difference for travelers! Thank you for that! Rooms are nice and comfortable. Clean. Breakfast is good, flat whites are
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Response from PrincipalEdinburgh, General Manager at The Principal Edinburgh George Street
Responded 3 days ago
Dear Laragazzaturca77, Thank you for your recent stay at The Principal Edinburgh George Street and for your wonderful five star review. I am delighted to read you thoroughly enjoyed your time with us, from start to finish, particularly the warm welcome and personal recommendations. I look very forward to sharing your comments with the team. Thank you for recommending us to fellow travelers and we shall be looking forward to welcoming you back soon. Kind regards, Andreas Maszczyk General Manager Principal Edinburgh
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I have stayed at this hotel before so I knew I was coming back for class, I have just recently stayed with yourselves. I booked online however spoke to your reservations manager William over the phone to arrange my room to be set up for a surprise birthday. We received a very
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Response from PrincipalEdinburgh, General Manager at The Principal Edinburgh George Street
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Dear Matt_9626, Thank you for taking the time to review your recent stay here at The Principal Edinburgh George Street. We strive to create the perfect guest experience and I am delighted to learn that you thoroughly enjoyed your visit. I look very forward to sharing your kind and respected comments with the staff. Thank you for choosing to celebrate with us and I hope that we will have the pleasure of looking after you on your next trip to the city. Please contact the Guest Relations team directly prior to your next stay. Kind regards, Andreas Maszczyk General Manager Principal Edinburgh
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The staff were very friendly and helpful, great spacious rooms and fantastic food! Would definately stay again ! Location was great too, close to good restaurants and shops, and not too far from the airport. Would reccomend for business or couples
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Response from PrincipalEdinburgh, General Manager at The Principal Edinburgh George Street
Responded 3 days ago
Dear jainaveljiv, Many thanks for your recent stay at The Principal Edinburgh George Street and for your wonderful comments. I am delighted the team looked after you so well and that you enjoyed dining at The Printing Press Bar & Kitchen. Chef Colin Fleming and his team work hard to deliver exceptional dishes using Scotland's finest ingredients. Thank you again and we look forward to welcoming you back soon! Kind regards, Andreas Maszczyk General Manager Principal Edinburgh
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I'm sure that can be arranged - suggest ringing reception at the hotel direct.
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Edinburgh is full of great restaurants! I have eaten at the Petit Paris Bistro in The Grassmarket and Miller and Carter steak house in Frederick Street both were excellent but no live music! It is a wonderful city to walk around, soak-up the atmosphere and stumble across a wonderful place to eat. Have an enjoyable visit!
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I used the app "JustPark" to find a space off Thistle Lane North West, a 3 minute walk from the hotel. It was expensive £75 for two nights.
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Good Evening, 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.
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"High floor for a good view"
"Fourth view room"
"Rooms high up at the back with views of the Forth."
"Ask for a new room with A/C."
"Would imagine all rooms are nice, some bathrooms not updated though so ask which is which."
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PRICE RANGE
USD 141 - USD 508 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
george hotel edinburgh
FORMERLY KNOWN AS
The George Hotel
LOCATION
United KingdomScotlandEdinburghNew Town
NUMBER OF ROOMS
240
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