The Principal Edinburgh Hotel

19-21 George Street, Edinburgh, United Kingdom, EH2 2PB  show map
 4 stars
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The Principal Edinburgh Hotel

 Free Wi-Fi

Free Wi-Fi in rooms

 Parking

Paid parking

 24-hour

24-hour reception

 Check-in/Check-out

Express check-in/-out

 Spa and relaxation

Spa & wellness center

 Breakfast

In-room breakfast

Continental breakfast

 Food/Drinks

Restaurant

Bar/Lounge area

 Meeting facilities

Conference room

Overview

The comfortable The Principal Edinburgh Hotel comprises stylish rooms in the vicinity of Royal Yacht Britannia and Edinburgh Zoo. The hotel was opened in 1780 in a 7-story original building and renovated in 2009.

It is set 1 km from the center of Edinburgh renowned for Leith, Edinburgh Castle and Palace of Holyroodhouse. A theater, a gallery and a palace as well as gardens are in a short distance from the property.

Shoppers will enjoy close proximity to shops and department stores.

10 minutes' walk to Edinburgh Waverley train station. Just 15 minutes' drive from Turnhouse airport.

Rooms

This property offers 199 rooms including Large Suite, One-Bedroom Single Room and Deluxe One-Bedroom Double Room. Many rooms come with a stunning view over the castle. There are en suite bathrooms with a hairdryer, a separate shower and towels along with coffee/tea makers and an electric kettle for self-catering.

Eat & Drink

A breakfast is served in the restaurant. The exclusive a la carte restaurant is open from 11:00 to 01:00. The night bar is open from 11:00 to 01:00. The Pompadour by Galvin treats guests with french, british and scottish meals and lies within 450 meters from the property.

A full english breakfast is served at the price of GBP 10 per person per night. 

Services

The hotel offers car rental services on site.

Internet

Wireless internet is available in the entire hotel for free.

Guest Parking

No parking available.

Year renovated:   2009.  Number of floors:   7.  Number of rooms:   199.

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Facilities

General

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Paid parking
  • Handicap parking
  • Express check-in/-out
  • 24-hour reception
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Allergy-free rooms
  • Children are welcome
  • 24-hour security
  • Free safe at reception
  • Multilingual staff
  • No pets allowed
  • Lobby
  • Coffee shop
  • Currency exchange
  • Beauty salon
  • Luggage storage
  • Elevator
  • Rooms/Facilities for disabled

Services

  • Paid airport shuttle
  • Paid city shuttle
  • 24-hour room service
  • Bell staff/Porter
  • Car rental
  • Dry cleaning
  • Self-service laundry
  • Wedding services
  • Shops/Commercial services
  • Newspaper service
  • Tours/Ticket assistance

Dining facilities

  • Paid breakfast
  • Continental breakfast
  • In-room breakfast
  • A la carte restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge area
  • Catering service
  • Coffee/Tea in lobby

Meeting facilities

  • Business center
  • Conference room
  • Meeting/Banquet facilities
  • Fax/Photocopying

Children's facilities

  • Cribs available
  • Paid babysitting/Child services

Leisure facilities

  • Spa & wellness center

Room facilities

  • Free Wi-Fi in rooms
  • In-room air conditioning
  • Heating
  • VIP room facilities
  • Paid in-room safe
  • Mini-bar
  • Tea and coffee facilities
  • Connecting rooms
  • Living room
  • Rollaway beds
  • Wardrobe
  • Ironing facilities
  • In-room desk

Bathroom

  • Shared bathroom
  • Bathtub
  • Steam shower
  • Room toiletries
  • Hair dryer
  • Bathrobe

Media

  • Flat-screen TV
  • Cable/Satellite television
  • Direct dial telephone
  • Radio

Room decor

  • Carpeted floor

Policies

Check-in

  • from  2 pm

Check-out

  • until  12 pm

Children and extra beds

  • All children under the age of 2 may stay for free in a crib. 
  • Maximum capacity of cribs in a room is 1. 

Pets

  • Pets are allowed on request.

How to reach hotel

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Hotel Address:

19-21 George Street, Edinburgh, United Kingdom, EH2 2PB

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City Center
  • Edinburgh
    2300 ft
Airports
  • Turnhouse (EDI)
    6.3 mi
  • Dundee (DND)
    35.1 mi
Train Stations
  • Edinburgh Waverley station
    1700 ft
  • Bus stop
    1400 ft
Restaurants
  • Number One (cuisine: Scottish)
    1500 ft
  • The Pompadour by Galvin (cuisine: French, British)
    1500 ft
Parks
  • Princes Street Gardens
    1000 ft
Ski areas
  • Midlothian Ski Centre
    1400 ft
Hotel information
  • Check-in:
    from  2 pm
  • Check-out:
    until  12 pm
  • Year renovated:
    2009
  • Number of floors:
    7
  • Number of rooms:
    199

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Rooms and availability

The Principal Edinburgh photos Room Executive Double
Executive Twin Room
Bed type: Double bed
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Contemporary decorated room offers two Single beds, work desk, rest zone, private bathroom and all modern facilities.

The Principal Edinburgh photos Room Deluxe Double Room
Deluxe Double Room
Bed type: Double bed
Size: 240 sq. feet
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Spacious contemporary room offers a King size bed, work desk, rest zone, private bathroom and upgraded bathroom amenities.

Room facilities
    The Principal Edinburgh photos Room Junior Suite
    Junior Suite
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    Spacious contemporary room offers a King size bed, work desk, cozy lounge, private bathroom.

    The Principal Edinburgh photos Room Suite
    Suite
    Size: 540 sq. feet
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    Spacious contemporary room offers a King size bed, separate living room, private bathroom.

    Room facilities
      Double Room
      Bed type: Double bed
      Size: 175 sq. feet
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      • Free Wi-Fi
      • Shower
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      Contemporary decorated room offers a Double bed, work desk, private bathroom and all modern facilities.

      Room facilities
        Executive Double Room
        Bed type: Double bed or Twin beds
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        Contemporary decorated room offers a King size bed, work desk, rest zone, private bathroom and all modern facilities.

        How to reach hotel

        hotel The Principal Edinburgh Hotel Edinburgh location
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        Hotel Address:

        19-21 George Street, Edinburgh, United Kingdom, EH2 2PB

        Get directions
        City Center
        • Edinburgh
          2300 ft
        Airports
        • Turnhouse (EDI)
          6.3 mi
        • Dundee (DND)
          35.1 mi
        Train Stations
        • Edinburgh Waverley station
          1700 ft
        • Bus stop
          1400 ft
        Restaurants
        • Number One (cuisine: Scottish)
          1500 ft
        • The Pompadour by Galvin (cuisine: French, British)
          1500 ft
        Parks
        • Princes Street Gardens
          1000 ft
        Ski areas
        • Midlothian Ski Centre
          1400 ft
        Hotel information
        • Check-in:
          from  2 pm
        • Check-out:
          until  12 pm
        • Year renovated:
          2009
        • Number of floors:
          7
        • Number of rooms:
          199

        Hotel Awards

        UKHOTEL AWARDSRecommendedEdinburghThe Principal Edinburgh

        According to guest reviews, the hotel has been rated as
        Best Luxury Hotels in United Kingdom

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        What's nearby

        Tourist attractions

        • Scottish National Portrait Gallery - 400 ft
        • Scottish Gallery - 700 ft
        • winter wonderland - 700 ft
        • Royal Scottish Academy Of Art - 700 ft
        • German Christmas Market - 1000 ft
        • Scott Monument - 1400 ft
        • Edinburgh Dungeons - 1400 ft
        • Fruitmarket Gallery Ltd - 1400 ft

        Places of interest

        • Speakers Corner - 700 ft
        • New Club - 700 ft
        • Sir Walter Scott Monument - 1000 ft
        • Saint Mary's Catholic Cathedral House - 1400 ft

        Train stations

        Shopping areas

        • Hanover Fine Arts - 1000 ft
        • Multrees Walk - 1000 ft

        Amusement

        • Nobles Amusements - 700 ft
        • Booth Enterprise - 700 ft

        Museums

        • The Torrance Gallery - 1000 ft
        • Hanover Fine Arts - 1000 ft
        • City Art Centre - 1400 ft

        Theaters

        • Assembly Rooms - 400 ft

        Business areas

        • Princes Mall - 700 ft
        • Multrees Walk - 1000 ft

        Galleries

        • National Galleries of Scotland - 1000 ft

        Local attractions

        • Royal Botanic Garden - 5000 ft
          The Garden, Edinburgh
        • The Queen's Hall - 1.0 mi
          Clerk Street, Edinburgh
        • Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art One - 1.1 mi
          75 Belford Road, Edinburgh
        • Inverleith Park - 5100 ft
          Arboretum Pl, Edinburgh
        • Summerhall - 1.1 mi
          1 Summerhall, Edinburgh

        Near the hotel

        • Scottish National Portrait Gallery - 900 ft
          1 Queen St., Edinburgh
        • Scottish National Gallery - 1000 ft
          The Mound, Edinburgh
        • General Register House - 1000 ft
          Princes Street, Edinburgh
        • St. Margaret's Chapel - 1400 ft
          EdinburghScotland
        • Princes Street Gardens - 1000 ft
          Princes Street, Edinburgh
        • Church of St John the Evangelist - 900 ft
          Princes Street, Edinburgh
        • Camera Obscura and World of Illusions - 1900 ft
          Castlehill, Edinburgh

        Restaurants nearby

        • Number One - 1500 ft

          Address: The Balmoral Hotel
          Phone: 01315576727

          72% likes this, based on 450 reviews
          Cuisine: Scottish
          Price Range: USD 92 - USD 122

        • Gurkha Cafe & Restaurant - 1800 ft

          Address: 25-27 Cockburn Street
          Phone: 01312252832

          83% likes this, based on 397 reviews
          Cuisine: Asian
          Price Range: USD 10 - USD 25

        • Bar Frizzante - 2400 ft

          Address: 95 Lothian Road
          Phone: 01312297788

          72% likes this, based on 218 reviews
          Cuisine: Italian
          Price Range: USD 1 - USD 102

        • The Pompadour by Galvin - 1500 ft

          Address: Princes Street
          Phone: +44 131 222 8975

          72% likes this, based on 133 reviews
          Cuisine: French, British
          Price Range: USD 96 - USD 311

        • Dubh Prais - 2400 ft

          Address: 123B High Street
          Phone: 0-131 557 5732

          81% likes this, based on 457 reviews
          Cuisine: Scottish

        Hotel information
        • Check-in:
          from  2 pm
        • Check-out:
          until  12 pm
        • Year renovated:
          2009
        • Number of floors:
          7
        • Number of rooms:
          199

        Hotel Awards

        UKHOTEL AWARDSRecommendedEdinburghThe Principal Edinburgh

        According to guest reviews, the hotel has been rated as
        Best Luxury Hotels in United Kingdom

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        The Principal Edinburgh Reviews

        Guest reviews are submitted by our customers after their stay at The Principal Edinburgh

        Average guest rating

        8.2out of 10
        Fabulous
        Based on 2427 reviews

        Guest reviews

        • Older travelers
          8.2

          Central location in Edinburgh, and very friendly helpful staff.

        • Single
          9.6

          Well kept, modern, clean and central.

          My room was at the front over the main street. The sash window provided little if any noise insulation. The night club opposite emptied noisily between 2.30 am and 3.30 am. I was treated to a long and out of tune rendition of the Marseillaise. Ask for a room at the back!

        • Older travelers
          10.0

          Simple thing,like being offered a glass of champs on arrival and a friendly welcome

        • Family with children
          8.8

          quiet location yet accessible to places of interest in the city, including the church, train station, shops, and restaurants; the room I got was spacious and had the minimum amenities one would expect in a 4-star hotel, the staff were generally friendly and helpful, particularly, the concierge

        • Family with children
          10.0

          The staff were particularly thoughtful, as they provided for an extra bed for my daughter who accompanied us in our trip. The room and bed were big (they said they upgraded our accommodation to what we reserved online). The concierge was helpful and recommended some excellent restaurants.

        • Older travelers
          9.6

          friendly, excellent staff and accomodation, good food and facilities

        • Single
          8.8

          Bang on the main street in New Town Edinburgh. Convenient for various museums and shopping. Communal parts are pretty swish. Rooms nice.

        • Older travelers
          8.2

          Staff were very courteous in all areas of the hotel.

          On checking in I was second in the queue of first 3 people, then 4. Others were offered a glass of champagne, we were not, I asked Reception if I could have coffee, they confirmed I could have it in the lobby as I waited for my husband to arrive, 10 minutes later I was still waiting. No big deal but slightly irritating, especially when otherwise service was impeccable.

        • Older travelers
          10.0

          We booked The George hotel for my 50th birthday celebration and loved every minute of our stay. The room was lovely, the breakfast delicious, the staff attentive, the building glorious and the bar perfect for people watching both through the windows and inside the bar! Any negative reports we read about the hotel from its website were obviously from people who have nothing better to do than complain. We adored it, will recommend it and will be returning.

        • Single
          7.4

          Location excellent, great views from room. Staff gave good help and advice after Edinburgh airport was shut due to Iceland ash - helped us make a good fast decision

          Slow lifts (even got stuck once, for a very brief time) and internet was down most of the time - but that can happen anywhere I guess. Noisy (heavy) room doors could be heard often.

        • Older travelers
          7.4

          Fabulous position in great part of Edinburgh. Excellent restaurant and bar.

        • Older travelers
          10.0

          The room was very good. Staff were particularly good and accomodating.

        • Older travelers
          7.8

          The staff were very good and attentive

          The music in the bar was so loud you couldn't have a conversation

        • Older travelers
          5.4

          the location was good for all amenities, Bar very nice and relaxing

          It certainly was not value for money, the room was quite small, certainly not luxury hotel by any means,

        • Older travelers
          8.4

          The hotel was central and the staff were very efficient and friendly.

          Felt that the rooms were rather small and would not like to stay more than a couple of nights as not much storage etc. Tempus Bar was ideal for breakfast but would not like to dine there - felt there was a bit of a smell of stale beer.

        How to reach hotel

        hotel The Principal Edinburgh Hotel Edinburgh location
        Show big map »

        Hotel Address:

        19-21 George Street, Edinburgh, United Kingdom, EH2 2PB

        Get directions
        City Center
        • Edinburgh
          2300 ft
        Airports
        • Turnhouse (EDI)
          6.3 mi
        • Dundee (DND)
          35.1 mi
        Train Stations
        • Edinburgh Waverley station
          1700 ft
        • Bus stop
          1400 ft
        Restaurants
        • Number One (cuisine: Scottish)
          1500 ft
        • The Pompadour by Galvin (cuisine: French, British)
          1500 ft
        Parks
        • Princes Street Gardens
          1000 ft
        Ski areas
        • Midlothian Ski Centre
          1400 ft
        Hotel information
        • Check-in:
          from  2 pm
        • Check-out:
          until  12 pm
        • Year renovated:
          2009
        • Number of floors:
          7
        • Number of rooms:
          199

        Hotel Awards

        UKHOTEL AWARDSRecommendedEdinburghThe Principal Edinburgh

        According to guest reviews, the hotel has been rated as
        Best Luxury Hotels in United Kingdom

        Use Badge