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The Principal Edinburgh, New Town (Princes Street)

19-21 George Street Edinburgh EH2 2PB - Map
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The Principal Edinburgh Overview

The Principal Edinburgh is located in the very heart of Scotland's capital, offering guests high quality accommodation in a characteristic hotel that is over 200 years old and has Edinburgh's most sought after attractions on its door step. Guest rooms at The George Hotel are elegant, modern and stylish promoting a sense of relaxation and opulence. All rooms are furnished to a high standard and come equipped with a range of modern amenities, including air conditioning and spacious en-suite bathroom. At the The Principal Edinburgh guests can enjoy informal dining in the restaurant which uses some of the finest locally sourced ingredients fused with a Scottish contemporay twist to create mouth watering dishes. In addition the Tempus Bar is open all day and is the ideal location for breakfast meetings and morning coffee right through to evening coctails. The Kings Hall, which dates back to the nineteenth century and was originally the Caledonian Insurance Trading Hall, encompasses a prestigious atmosphere and can accommodate up to 300 people for a variety of events including meetings and banquets. Also there is a hotel concierge at the 24 hour reception, to allow for guest's ease and relaxation. There are also lifts and facilities to accommodate disabled guests.

The Principal Edinburgh Overview

The Principal Edinburgh is located in the very heart of Scotland's capital, offering guests high quality accommodation in a characteristic hotel that is over 200 years old and has Edinburgh's most sought after attractions on its door step. Guest rooms at The George Hotel are elegant, modern and stylish promoting a sense of relaxation and opulence. All rooms are furnished to a high standard and come equipped with a range of modern amenities, including air conditioning and spacious en-suite bathroom. At the The Principal Edinburgh guests can enjoy informal dining in the restaurant which uses some of the finest locally sourced ingredients fused with a Scottish contemporay twist to create mouth watering dishes. In addition the Tempus Bar is open all day and is the ideal location for breakfast meetings and morning coffee right through to evening coctails. The Kings Hall, which dates back to the nineteenth century and was originally the Caledonian Insurance Trading Hall, encompasses a prestigious atmosphere and can accommodate up to 300 people for a variety of events including meetings and banquets. Also there is a hotel concierge at the 24 hour reception, to allow for guest's ease and relaxation. There are also lifts and facilities to accommodate disabled guests.

Our customers think this is great for...

80%

Central location

70%

Good for shopping

70%

Great service


Hotel facilities

  • 24-hour front desk
  • Air-conditioned public areas
  • Audio-visual equipment
  • Ballroom(s)
  • Banquet facilities
  • Bar/lounge
  • Business centre
  • Business services
  • Check-in time starts 3:00 PM
  • Check-out by noon
  • Coffee in lobby
  • Coffee shop or café
  • Complimentary newspapers in lobby
  • Concierge desk
  • Concierge services
  • Conference center
  • Currency exchange
  • Doorman/doorwoman
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service
  • Elevator/lift
  • Event catering
  • Exhibit space
  • Express check-in
  • Express check-out
  • Internet access - wireless
  • Laundry facilities
  • Luggage storage
  • Medical assistance available
  • Multilingual staff
  • Number of buildings/towers 1
  • One meeting/conference room
  • Parking nearby
  • Pets not allowed
  • Photocopy machines
  • Porter/bellhop
  • Restaurant(s) in hotel
  • Room service
  • Room service (24 hours)
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Secretarial services
  • Security guard
  • Smoke-free property
  • Total number of rooms 249
  • Tour assistance
  • Wedding services
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Wired (high-speed) Internet access - surcharge

Room facilities

  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm clock
  • Bathtub only
  • Cable/satellite television channels
  • Climate control
  • Clock radio
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Complimentary newspaper
  • Complimentary toiletries
  • Cribs/infant beds available on request
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Desk
  • Direct-dial phone
  • Extra towels/bedding in room
  • Hair dryer
  • Hair dryer (on request)
  • Hypo-allergenic bedding available
  • In-room safe
  • Internet access - wireless
  • Iron/ironing board
  • Makeup/shaving mirror
  • Non-smoking only
  • Pay movies
  • Phone
  • Premium television channel(s)
  • Private bathroom
  • Satellite television service
  • Shower only
  • Shower/bathtub combination
  • Sofa bed
  • Television
  • Turndown service (on request)
  • Voice mail
  • Wake-up calls
  • Welcome amenities
  • Window opens

Customer Reviews

8/10 Great Based on 24 Customer Reviews

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8/10 Great

27 April 2015

Lovely atmosphere, great location

Great location for central Edinburgh. Quite a grand hotel and staff lovely. We will return when restaurant and bar renovation completed. I would have liked a fridge in room and a bottle of water.

The best thing about my stay was...

Hotel location
10/10 Amazing

15 March 2015

Excellent - Highly recommend

This hotel is perfect for sightseeing/shopping/Waverley station/trams. We had a superb stay 10-12 March, and could not fault the hotel -staff & service were excellent, the room was amazing with a great view of the Firth of fourth (our room was at the back of the hotel). We booked for breakfast and again were not disappointed - the choice and quality of food was excellent

The best thing about my stay was...

Central location
6/10 Good

02 December 2013

short break

clean room excellent location poor breakfast

The best thing about my stay was...

location of hotel
10/10 Amazing

01 December 2013

Fabulous, beautiful hotel and friendly staff.

Couldn't complain about our stay, we are 24 and 28 and this hotel was perfect. Very classy with friendly staff. Great service at the hotels bar and lovely breakfast next day. Will be back again.

The best thing about my stay was...

The location was perfect for a shopping trip with dinner and drinks to follow.
10/10 Amazing

10 November 2013

Stayed one night - excellent. Will definitely visit again.

Centrally located for rail and bus stations. Beautiful room. Great view of the castle.

10/10 Amazing

04 June 2012

A fantastic stay in a beautiful hotel

I am just back from a wonderful stay in the George hotel with my husband to celebrate our first wedding anniversary. The hotel is ideally located and from the moment we arrived we were made to feel so welcome with a glass of prosecco and very helpful and polite staff. The room was clean and comfortable with everything you could need. We paid for breakfast in the morning which was worth the money. A very enjoyable stay that made a wonderful treat for us.

The best thing about my stay was...

The welcome drink and staff's hospitality
8/10 Great

12 April 2012

Friendly,efficient staff in a superb location.

Just one night but I'll definitely choose this hotel again! Room spacious and spotless,bathroom ditto.All public areas comfortable,tastefully decorated-beautiful flowers in reception.Great choice at breakfast.A real winner, not least because of warm welcome and excellent staff.

The best thing about my stay was...

Staff genuinely interested in going the extra mile to ensure I was happy.
8/10 Great

10 February 2011

Verry nice

Hotel was very nice a little cold in the rooms when we arrived but otherwise very nice and clean food in the hotel very good

The best thing about my stay was...

Very clean and the food lovely
8/10 Great

13 December 2010

Central hotel with very friendly staff

Efficient & very friendly reception staff, we received an upgrade room at no extra charge. Concierge was very attentive to waiting customers. Room was very clean and comfortable. Breakfast was excellent, great choices, something to suit everyone. Tempus bar is a great place to enjoy a drink. Car parking a bit of a problem, use an NCP at a discounted rate from the hotel.

8/10 Great

12 November 2010

GREAT VALUE>>>GREAT LOCATION

Pleasant staff. Good room with very good bathroom. Coffee/tea making. Sadly no gym.

The best thing about my stay was...

closeness to the centre
6/10 Good

08 November 2010

Expection unfulfilled

My wife had always wanted a night in the George Hotel so I took her there for our tenth wedding anniversary. The entrance hallway drap, room was average, the bar was sophisticated and the breakfast disappointing (the cheese and ham dried up curled at the edges).

The best thing about my stay was...

Got a good deal with Alpha Rooms
8/10 Great

08 April 2010

Great Location!

The George is in a great location, in the middle of the New Town. The staff were all very friendly and helpful. We stayed in a standard room, which was slightly bigger than an average hotel room. It was nice and clean, with a large, comfortable bed. We'd definitely stay there again.

10/10 Amazing

28 July 2009

Fantastic stay

I got this hotel for my inlaws to celebrate their golden wedding anniversary. They were treated like a king and queen. 7th floor room with views over the firth of forth. Concierge parking their vehicle. Reception staff providing impeccable service. They have raved about it constantly. I cant thank them enough for the standards and service achieved in looking after them during their visit.

10/10 Amazing

13 July 2009

weekend stay over

very comfortable stay, friendly efficent staff and nice room and bathroom, every thing spotlessly clean, good breakfast. good choice and very central.

8/10 Great

10 March 2009

Quality Hotel

Stayed for a night on business. Good points: Very classy decor and ambience Breakfast, Professional staff Speedy check-in Location Not so good: Room nice but tiny (Room 95)- wardrobe had a mini-bar/safe and ironing board in it meaning there was literally no space to hang any clothes Bar prices - nearly £16 for two double spirits Overall a great hotel if you can get a good deal, alpharooms was £100 including breakfast which is much better than the hotel rack-rate

10/10 Amazing

10 December 2007

Fab Hotel!!

We stayed 1 night at the George Hotel, as part of my wife's birthday celebrations. What a fab choice!! The staff were fantastic, the room great, Tempus bar excellent and the restaurant foor superb!! There really wasn't anything to complain about, we enjoyed our stay so much. We have stayed in hotels all over Europe, but very few have come close to beating this one. Can't wait to go back to Edinburgh and stay at the George again!!

10/10 Amazing

21 November 2007

GEORGE HOTEL

Excellent stay in a very good City centre location, close to all amenities. Maybe we were lucky but we had a very nice re-furbished room, with a 7 foot wide bed!! The room overlooked the main street. It was well furnished with the usual tea and coffee making facilities. good in house entertainment with a good choice of movies for about £10.00. All new releases. Staff very friendly welcoming and efficient. We had break-fast included but other meals very pricey about £ 17.00 just for main course. There was a great choice for break-fast including about 10 varieities of fruit. they have a buffet hot break-fast. This let them down a bit as on two occasions most of this could only be described as luke warm! however this was brought to there attention so maybe they will improve. We had a late flight home and the hotel kindly allowed us to store our suitcases there after check out. Overall this was an excellent hotel and I would certainly return there and recomend it to others.

8/10 Great

25 September 2007

The George

The service was excellent and the concierge service was efficient. The staff were knowledgeable about the area. The rooms were clean and had all the necessary items, eg iron, hairdryer. However, the room was fairly small, with no room to sort out our suitcase except for on the bed! I would use this hotel again.

8/10 Great

11 January 2007

Review of 'THE GEORGE'

A very enjoyable stay. Staff were friendly and welcoming. Only used the restaurant for breakfast in the morning but would`ve provided a lovely ambience for dinner as well. Excellent central location to shops, theatre and pubs around.

8/10 Great

11 December 2006

EXCELLENT STAY

Very straightforward booking service, very straightforward and easy. Hotel was excellent, very close to all amenities, clean and very good food.


Additional information

The The Principal Edinburgh was previously known as The George Hotel.

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