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PRINCIPAL Edinburgh George Street

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

Sensibly modern and pleasingly historic, The Principal Edinburgh occupies five listed former private residences on George Street. The homes were originally built for the city’s most prosperous citizens in 1775, and the building was first opened as a hotel in 1881. Today’s guests are smitten with the Goddard Littlefair interior design and The Printing Press Bar & Kitchen – as is noted by the hotel’s recent acquisition of a Gold Laurel Award, and City Hotel of the Year and Scottish Hotel of the Year designations.

The Principal Edinburgh 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.


There’s a sense of casual elegance here, where oak, marble and leather are set off by a palette of colors inspired by great 19th-century Scottish landscape painters. Within the 240 bedrooms, the natural, earthy tones continue, keeping with the Craigleith stone surroundings. Stylish lighting choices and intuitive technology bring each abode thoroughly up-to-date. All Junior Suites are open plan with a spacious bedroom and lounge area, and all suites boast a walk-in shower stall or roll-top bath in a ceramic and marble bathroom. The Principal Suite is a particular indulgence, with loads of space, a large bedroom, a separate living room, a well-stocked minibar and tuck box of treats.


The Principal Edinburgh has finessed the art of hospitality – and not only for their human guests. The hotel is dog-friendly as well, and welcomes canine guests with a doggie bed and treats in the room. Complimentary valet parking is available for suite guests.


Edinburgh is rich with historic and cultural activities and The Principal Edinburgh’s location in New Town makes quick work of accessing all of them. Stroll down the Royal Mile to iconic Edinburgh Castle. Visit Holyroodhouse Palace and trek up Arthur’s Seat at 800 feet above sea level for the best city views. The Royal Botanic Garden is a lovely respite after a long day of sightseeing and shopping. Festival season is in August, when the city comes alive for the beloved annual Military Tattoo, Fringe Festival and Edinburgh Festival.


A nod to the city’s rich literary heritage, The Printing Press & Kitchen was once the residence of acclaimed novelist Susan Ferrier – who, according to Sir Walter Scott, is the equal of Jane Austen. Records from the late 1840’s also show one John Oliphant lived here, and Oliphant’s and Ferrier’s descendants went on to found one of Scotland’s most prestigious publishing houses. Today, head chef Colin Fleming serves seasonal Scottish fare, including house-cured salmon and Tweed Valley beef, amidst a collection of vintage typewriters and classic Scottish novels. Burr & Co. is a delightful coffee house and delicatessen with its own George Street entrance, a lovely spot for freshly roasted, ethically sourced coffee, Rare Tea Co. teas, juices, cakes, pastries, salads and sandwiches.


The Principal Edinburgh is a half-mile from Edinburgh Waverley rail station, with direct service to London King’s Cross. Edinburgh International Airport is seven miles, or a 25-minute taxi ride, away.