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PRINCIPAL Edinburgh Charlotte Square

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Overview
  • Accommodations
  • Amenities
  • Activities
  • Dining
  • Location

Opening a new chapter, The Principal Edinburgh Charlotte Square – formerly known as The Roxburghe Hotel – has reopened its doors and is eager to show off its multimillion dollar top-to-toe refurbishment. Effortlessly combining a cosmopolitan clubhouse ambience with the history of Scotland’s capital city, the hotel is comprised of seven distinctive Georgian townhouses in the heart of the New Town, which is, in itself, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Guests of other Principal hotels will recognize the familiar and unifying touches: the red bedside telephone, a tuck box of treats and a vintage post box.

The Principal Edinburgh Charlotte Square is a member of PRINCIPAL, a collection of city-centre hotels, based in landmark buildings in exceptional locations across the United Kingdom. Each of the hotels has a story to tell – of its history, its characters, its architecture and its role in shaping the city.


From its cozy, character-filled entry-level guest rooms to the signature suites, located in the original Georgian townhouses, all accommodations offer signature toiletries designed in collaboration with The Perfumer’s Story and rainfall showers. Additional amenities across room types vary and may include fluffy bathrobes, a roll-top bathtub, fresh flowers and a daily VIP gift, a Nespresso coffeemaker, a portable record player (with a selection of vintage vinyl!), smart televisions and a separate living room area.


In keeping with its fresh new feel, Principal Edinburgh Charlotte Square caters to guests’ high expectations with thoughtful amenities, including a tuck box of treats, afternoon tea, jogging maps, a virtual newsagent service with more than 100 free, downloadable newspapers and magazines, a family program and more. Stay connected with free, superfast WiFi, with a maximum bandwidth of 100 Mb. Get to know the head concierge, who knows just about everything there is to know about Edinburgh. An indoor pool, fitness center and spa treatment rooms round out the wellness offerings.


Explore the riches of historic Charlotte Square, at the western end of George Street, and a favorite of architecture buffs. The Square represents some of Robert Adam’s finest Georgian work. Charlotte Square is set in New Town, which brims with activities for all interests, including the recently renovated Scottish National Portrait Gallery, the Princes Street Gardens, the Scottish National Gallery dating back to 1850 and, of course, the imposing Edinburgh Castle, where one can practically feel the history come to life around them.


From the dream team behind Glasgow’s award-winning Ox and Finch and Jonathan MacDonald comes The Principal Edinburgh Charlotte Square’s new BABA restaurant, with a menu of bold eastern Mediterranean mezze. The beautiful interior Garden, allowing in the sunlight through a glass roof, is primed to be a favorite for locals and guests alike, as they chat and relax throughout the day and partake of fresh salads, tea-time cakes and refreshing Scottish cocktails.


The Principal Edinburgh Charlotte Square is located in New Town and is a 20-minute drive from Edinburgh Airport.