The Principal Edinburgh George Street

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

Wi-Fi
Parking
Luggage storage
24-hour services

Late check-in/ -out

24-hour reception

24-hour room service

24-hour security

Food/ Drinks

Bar/ Lounge area

A la carte restaurant

Fitness/ Gym

Fitness centre

TV

Flat-screen TV

Elevator

Lift

Overview

Set in a prestigious position in the heart of the Scottish capital, The Principal Edinburgh George Street is a fantastic destination for your short break in Edinburgh. A mere stone’s throw from the city’s top attractions – Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Palace, Arthur’s Seat and the fabulous shopping on Princes Street – you’ll be in a prime location for exploring the best Edinburgh has to offer. Conveniently close to Edinburgh Waverley rail station, the hotel boasts an enviable ease of access when visiting the city.

It has elegant rooms, conference and meeting rooms and a gym. Free high-speed WiFi is available throughout the hotel.

Housed in a distinctive Grade II listed building, The Principal Edinburgh George Street has an incredible heritage, bags of original charm and a luxury defined by its own brand of elegance. The hotel has undergone a Multi-million pound refurbishment by interior architects Goddard Littlefair, creating a sense of restored grandeur by means of sympathetic restoration, simple detailing and the use of rich materials such as oak, brass, leather, velvet, glass and marble. Each spacious room comes with an en-suite bathroom and is equipped with a TV and tea & coffee making facilities to make the hotel feel like a home away from home.

Be sure to visit the brand new destination restaurant and bar Printing Press Bar & Restaurant which serves seasonal Scottish produce throughout the day and night. It is open 7 days a week offering breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a late-night bar until 01:00. Coffee, cakes, pastries, sandwiches and salads are available at Burr & Co, open 7 days a week. A full room service menu is also available.

Street parking is free between 6:30pm - 8.30am every day, and is free all day on Sunday. Outside of these hours there is a maximum parking time of three hours for £3.60 per hour (price can change at anytime). Alternatively, we offer a preferential rate for our guests at the Q Park Omni Centre car park.

Edinburgh International Airport is just 7 miles, or 25 minutes via taxi, from The Principal Edinburgh. A typical fare is under £25 (this may be higher on public holidays). There is regular tram service for £5.50 for a single trip, or £8.50 return, which takes about 40 minutes and stops at St Andrew Square. Please note the prices can change at anytime.

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

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Facilities

General

  • Non-smoking property
  • Wi-Fi
  • No parking
  • Free safe at reception
  • 24-hour reception
  • Late check-in/ -out
  • Express check-in/ -out
  • Group check-in/ -out
  • Pets allowed
  • Rooms/ Facilities for disabled
  • Wheelchair access
  • 24-hour security
  • Children are welcome
  • Luggage storage
  • Lift

Guest Parking

  • No parking available.

Sports & Fitness

  • Fitness centre

Services

  • 24-hour room service
  • Dry cleaning
  • Newspaper service

Dining facilities

  • Continental breakfast
  • A la carte restaurant
  • Bar/ Lounge area
  • Buffet breakfast

Meeting facilities

  • Business centre
  • Meeting/ Banquet facilities
  • Fax/Photocopying

Children's facilities

  • Cots

Room facilities

  • Heating
  • VIP room facilities
  • In-room safe
  • Mini-bar
  • Connecting rooms
  • Sitting area
  • Dressing area
  • Tea and coffee facilities
  • Ironing facilities
  • Rollaway beds

Bathroom

  • Bathtub
  • Shower
  • Hair dryer
  • Bathrobe

Self-catering

  • Electric kettle

Media

  • Flat-screen TV
  • Direct dial telephone
  • Radio
  • AM/FM alarm clock

Policies

CHECK-IN / CHECK-OUT

Check-in from 3 pm FREE
Check-out until 12 pm FREE

Children and extra beds

Maximum capacity of cots in a room is 1. 

Pets

Pets are allowed on request.

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Hotel Address:

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

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City Centre
  • Edinburgh
    2300 ft
Airports
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
  • Lake of Menteith
    1400 ft
  • Princes Street Gardens
    1900 ft
Ski areas
  • Midlothian Ski Centre
    1400 ft
Hotel information
  • Check-in:
    from  3 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 George Street photos Room
Double Room
  • Room size:

    140 sq. feet

  • Max occupancy:

    2 persons

  • Bed type:

    1 Double bed

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  • Room Facilities:
    • Free Wi-Fi
    • Shower
    • Air conditioning
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  • General:Wi-Fi
  • Work desk
  • Ironing facilities
  • Dressing area
  • Wardrobe
  • Carpeted floor
  • Telephone
  • Upper floors accessible by lift
  • Laptop safe box
  • Dustbin
  • Bathroom:Bathroom
  • Bath or shower
  • Hair dryer
  • Bathrobe
  • Towels
  • Guest toiletries
  • Toilet
  • Bedding:Linen
  • Dining:Coffee/tea maker
  • Refrigerator
  • Bottled water
  • Media:Flat-screen TV
  • Socket near the bed
  • Wake up service
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Suite
  • Max occupancy:

    2 persons

  • Bed type:

    1 King-size bed

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  • Work desk
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  • Media:Television
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Single Room
  • Max occupancy:

    1 person

  • Bed type:

    1 Single bed

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  • Room Facilities:
    • Free Wi-Fi
    • Shower
    • Air conditioning
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  • General:Wi-Fi
  • Work desk
  • Ironing facilities
  • Dressing area
  • Wardrobe
  • Carpeted floor
  • Telephone
  • Upper floors accessible by lift
  • Laptop safe box
  • Dustbin
  • Bathroom:Bathroom
  • Bath or shower
  • Hair dryer
  • Bathrobe
  • Towels
  • Guest toiletries
  • Toilet
  • Bedding:Linen
  • Dining:Coffee/tea maker
  • Refrigerator
  • Bottled water
  • Media:Flat-screen TV
  • Socket near the bed
  • Wake up service
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Junior Suite
  • Max occupancy:

    2 persons

  • Bed type:

    1 King-size bed

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  • Room Facilities:
    • Free Wi-Fi
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  • General:Wi-Fi
  • Work desk
  • Dining:Coffee/tea maker
  • Media:Television
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Superior Double Room
  • Max occupancy:

    2 persons

  • Bed type:

    1 Double bed, 2 Single beds

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  • Room Facilities:
    • Free Wi-Fi
    • Shower
    • Air conditioning
    • + More
  • General:Wi-Fi
  • Work desk
  • Ironing facilities
  • Dressing area
  • Wardrobe
  • Carpeted floor
  • Connecting room
  • Telephone
  • Upper floors accessible by lift
  • Laptop safe box
  • Dustbin
  • Bathroom:Bathroom
  • Bath or shower
  • Hair dryer
  • Bathrobe
  • Towels
  • Guest toiletries
  • Toilet
  • Bedding:Linen
  • Dining:Coffee/tea maker
  • Refrigerator
  • Bottled water
  • Media:Flat-screen TV
  • Socket near the bed
  • Wake up service
The Principal Edinburgh George Street photos Room
Deluxe Double Room
  • Max occupancy:

    2 persons

  • Bed type:

    1 Double bed

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  • Room Facilities:
    • Free Wi-Fi
    • Shower
    • Air conditioning
    • + More
  • General:Wi-Fi
  • Work desk
  • Seating area
  • Ironing facilities
  • Dressing area
  • Wardrobe
  • Carpeted floor
  • Connecting room
  • Telephone
  • Upper floors accessible by lift
  • Laptop safe box
  • Dustbin
  • Bathroom:Bathroom
  • Bath or shower
  • Hair dryer
  • Bathrobe
  • Towels
  • Guest toiletries
  • Toilet
  • Bedding:Linen
  • Sofa bed
  • Dining:Coffee/tea maker
  • Refrigerator
  • Bottled water
  • Media:Flat-screen TV
  • Socket near the bed
  • Wake up service

The Principal Edinburgh George Street Location

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What's nearby

Tourist attractions

  • Scottish National Portrait Gallery400 ft
  • Scottish Gallery700 ft
  • Royal Scottish Academy Of Art700 ft
  • winter wonderland700 ft
  • German Christmas Market1000 ft
  • Scott Monument1400 ft

Places of interest

  • New Club700 ft
  • Speakers Corner700 ft
  • Sir Walter Scott Monument1000 ft
  • Scottish National Gallery1000 ft
  • Saint Mary's Catholic Cathedral House1400 ft

Train stations

  • Edinburgh Waverley station1400 ft
  • Edinburgh Waverley station1400 ft

Shopping areas

  • Princes Mall700 ft
  • Multrees Walk1000 ft

Amusement

  • Nobles Amusements700 ft
  • Booth Enterprise700 ft

Museums

  • Hanover Fine Arts1000 ft
  • The Torrance Gallery1000 ft
  • City Art Centre1400 ft

Theaters

  • Assembly Rooms400 ft

Galleries

  • National Galleries of Scotland1000 ft

Local attractions

  • Palace of Holyroodhouse 5000 ft
    Canongate
  • Holyrood Abbey5100 ft
    Canongate, Royal Mile
  • Inverleith Park1.0 mi
    Inverleith Park Arboretum Place
  • Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh5200 ft
    20 Inverleith Row
  • The Queen's Hall1.0 mi
    Clerk Street, Edinburgh

Near the hotel

  • Edinburgh New Town Cookery School500 ft
    7 Queen Street
  • Princes Street 700 ft
    53 Princes Street
  • New Town 800 ft
    EdinburghScotland
  • Edinburgh Castle 2100 ft
    Castlehill, Edinburgh
  • Jenners 700 ft
    48 Princes Street
  • Scottish National Portrait Gallery900 ft
    1 Queen Street
  • Royal Scottish Academy800 ft
    The Mound

Restaurants nearby

  • Number One1500 ft

    Address: The Balmoral Hotel
    Phone: 01315576727

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

  • Gurkha Cafe & Restaurant1800 ft

    Address: 25-27 Cockburn Street
    Phone: 01312252832

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

  • Bar Frizzante2400 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 Galvin1500 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 Prais2400 ft

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

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

Hotel information
  • Check-in:
    from  3 pm
  • Check-out:
    until  12 pm
  • Year renovated:
    2009
  • Number of floors:
    7
  • Number of rooms:
    199

Hotel Awards

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The Principal Edinburgh George Street Reviews

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

Average guest rating

8.2out of 10
Fabulous
Based on 2374 reviews

Guest reviews

  • 1.6

    Good ambiance. Good service. Good location.

    Don’t use room 125. Service door opening and shutting during the night is not helpful for sleep.

  • 0.6

    Attentive staff.

    Room service appalling - food poor and not as ordered. Unable to contact reception by phone. Bed hard. Extremely average compared to the George as previously. Tradition lost. Doomed to aspire to adequacy.

  • 1.8

    My wife and I spent a lovely and excellent 1 night stay on 11/01/2018. The reservation staff were excellent, the room was very nice, the meal and breakfast was exceptional, and well presented, the bar was well stocked and the service was first class. Will certainly hope to be back at this lovely hotel. Well done and thanks to everyone.

    Although the room 207 was nice and comfortable it felt a bit chilly was unable to control the air condition.

  • 1.2

    Great Location. Beautifully Decorated for Christmas. Craig at the front door was most helpful. Printing Press was perfect. Tuck Box, was a nice touch. Big room, great amenities.

    Room 45, which we stayed, was difficult to find and get to. It was a pain after a long day of touring the city. The front reception staff person (mainly the women who checked us in) was extremely rude. I regret I didn't get her name, but a few of the reasons she spoiled our trip at the Hotel Principal: 1 - When we arrived from a long day of travel, she was more concerned about checking in the gentleman who arrived AFTER us, than she was with checking us in. I had a couple of quick questions and she pushed off of to the side to take care of the gentleman behind us. 2 - She described a very weird way to get to our room which required a lot of stairs. We had two very large suitcases and I asked was there an easier way with elevators to get there, she said no and acted like we were wasting her time. But luckily Craig showed up and helped us find our way and offered to carry our bags. 3 - The next afternoon, I asked her was there any way we could get some water for our room. She said she had no way to get us water and quickly moved on to the next person. The way she acted made me very uncomfortable, to the fact that I was uneasy every asking for something at the front desk when she was there. I would give the hotel 5 stars, but because of her RUDENESS, I can't give the hotel more than 3 stars.

  • 1.8

    Great customer service, staff very friendly and helpful. Very comfortable room and clean. Hotel extremely busy but this did not detract from our stay. Beautiful Christmas decorations and hotel ideally situated for all our needs. We will be back.

  • 2.0

    THANK YOU for accommodating our group of 10 so brilliantly. The service you provide from the front of house staff to housekeeping are all so polite and elegant - its very rare and wonderful when one encounters it. I look forward to many more visits. All the best, P.S. Love the in room tuck box! :)

  • 1.8

    The design of The Principal is very nice. The location is great as you are in close proximity to Waverly Station and many historic places you will no doubt want to visit. The rooms are clean, well appointed and very comfortable. I would say in this area they are first rate for sure. Possibly among the best. The Concierge was outstanding in every capacity, courteous and helpful.

    There is room for improvement regarding dining at The Principal. I have to give them points off for breakfast, dinner and room service. In all three areas they either got something wrong, the staff was not particularly helpful and on two occasions my husband was seated in unstable chairs that should have been removed for repair or replacement.

  • 1.6

    Service is good. The room was big. Good bed.

    The heat, the room was stuffy and hot, the only window would only open a little bit, which did not allow enough air. I spent most of my time there In a sweat and feeling very uncomfortable.

  • 1.4

    Staff were very friendly and attentive. The rooms very clean.

    We paid extra for an upgrade to a superior room but our room didn't feel superior, it was average size and adequate, nothing special. The food in the restaurant was appalling and the hot buffet breakfast was disgusting.

  • 2.0

    Absolutely one of the friendliest places I have ever stayed. The staff was amazing and helpful in so many ways. I was there a week and could have stayed forever. Thank you Paul, Peter and Geseppi (?) for all you did!!!!!! Loved every minute.

  • 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.

How to reach hotel

hotel The Principal Edinburgh George Street Edinburgh location
Show big map »

Hotel Address:

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

Get directions
City Centre
  • Edinburgh
    2300 ft
Airports
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
  • Lake of Menteith
    1400 ft
  • Princes Street Gardens
    1900 ft
Ski areas
  • Midlothian Ski Centre
    1400 ft
Hotel information
  • Check-in:
    from  3 pm
  • Check-out:
    until  12 pm
  • Year renovated:
    2009
  • Number of floors:
    7
  • Number of rooms:
    199

Hotel Awards

UKHOTEL AWARDSRecommendedEdinburghThe Principal Edinburgh George Street

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

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