Principal Edinburgh

ex. George Edinburgh

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

Wi-Fi
Parking
Luggage storage
24-hour

Late check-in/ -out

24-hour reception

24-hour room service

24-hour security

Food/ Drinks

Bar/ Lounge area

A la carte restaurant

Coffee/Tea in lobby

Coffee shop

Fitness/ Gym

Fitness center

Spa and relaxation

Spa & wellness center

Laundry

Self-service laundry

Overview

Principal Edinburgh Hotel is a 4-star property providing a prestigious accommodation with dry cleaning, wedding services and ironing service. An example of Georgian architecture, this hotel was opened in 1780 and was fully restored in 2009.

Notable for its location in Newington district of Edinburgh, the hotel provides access to Dynamic Earth within 15 minutes' walk. The property is located 1 km away from Edinburgh city center with a museum, a theater and a palace nearby.

Guests will find Princes Street bus stop next to Principal Edinburgh Hotel. A few minutes' drive from Turnhouse airport.

Rooms

Principal Edinburgh Hotel offers 199 rooms on 7 floors that come with cable TV with on-demand movies, a storage space, an individual safe, a sitting area and an iPod dock as well as marble bathrooms with a hairdryer, a separate shower and bathrobes. Some of the fashionable rooms feature the castle view. These rooms have carpet floor and elegant furniture.

Eat & Drink

Every morning at the restaurant guests may enjoy buffet breakfast. Guests can unwind in the 24-hour restaurant, which serves special local cuisine. There is an onsite Lobby And bar to relax in. Serving a wide assortment of dishes, The Pompadour by Galvin and Gurkha Cafe & Restaurant are about 450 meters from the property.

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

Services

Guests can benefit from a safe deposit box, an elevator and a hairdresser.

Relax

Principal Edinburgh Hotel is a child-friendly hotel offering babysitting and cots.

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

  • 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
  • Public areas with access for disabled
  • Wheelchair access
  • 24-hour security
  • Children are welcome
  • Luggage storage
  • Allergy-free rooms
  • Elevator
  • Currency exchange
  • Hairdresser
  • Coffee shop
  • Multilingual staff

Sports & Fitness

  • Fitness center

Services

  • 24-hour room service
  • Housekeeping
  • Car rental
  • Self-service laundry
  • Dry cleaning
  • Tours/Ticket assistance
  • Wedding services
  • Newspaper service
  • Bell staff/Porter

Dining facilities

  • Paid breakfast
  • A la carte restaurant
  • Bar/ Lounge area
  • Coffee/Tea in lobby
  • Catering service
  • Buffet breakfast

Meeting facilities

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

Children's facilities

  • Cribs/ Baby cots
  • Paid babysitting/ Child services

Leisure facilities

  • Spa & wellness center

Room facilities

  • In-room air conditioning
  • Heating
  • VIP room facilities
  • In-room safe
  • Mini-bar
  • Connecting rooms
  • Living room
  • Terrace
  • Wardrobe
  • Tea and coffee facilities
  • Bottled water
  • In-room desk
  • Ironing facilities
  • Rollaway beds

Bathroom

  • Private bathroom
  • Bath/ Shower
  • Hair dryer
  • Towels
  • Bathrobe
  • Room toiletries

Self-catering

  • Electric kettle

Bedroom

  • Changing of linen

Media

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

Room decor

  • Carpeted floor

Policies

CHECK-IN / CHECK-OUT

Check-in from 2 pm FREE
Check-out until 12 pm FREE

Children and extra beds

All children
0 - 1 year
Crib FREE
Maximum capacity of cribs in a room is 1. 
Maximum capacity of cribs and extra beds depends on the room you book. Please check room details before you make a reservation.

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
    700 m
Airports
  • Turnhouse (EDI)
    10.2 km
  • Dundee (DND)
    56.5 km
Train Stations
  • Edinburgh Waverley station
    500 m
  • Bus stop
    400 m
Restaurants
  • Number One (cuisine: Scottish)
    450 m
  • The Pompadour by Galvin (cuisine: French, British)
    440 m
Parks
  • Lake of Menteith
    400 m
  • Princes Street Gardens
    550 m
Ski areas
  • Midlothian Ski Centre
    400 m
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

Principal Edinburgh photos Room
Single Room
  • Room size:

    13 m²

  • Max occupancy:

    2 persons

  • Bed type:

    1 Single bed, 1 Double bed

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  • Room Facilities:
    • Free Wi-Fi
    • Shower
    • Bathtub
    • Air conditioning
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  • General:Wi-Fi
  • Work desk
  • Ironing facilities
  • Wardrobe/closet
  • Carpeted floor
  • Telephone
  • Accessible by lift
  • Laptop safe box
  • Trash cans
  • Bathroom:Bathroom
  • Bath or shower
  • Hair dryer
  • Guest toiletries
  • Guest toilet
  • Dining:Coffee/tea maker
  • Refrigerator
  • Bottled water
  • Media:Flat-screen TV
  • Socket near the bed
Principal Edinburgh photos Room Suite
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
Principal Edinburgh photos Room Junior Suite
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
Principal Edinburgh photos Room Superior double
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
  • Wardrobe/closet
  • Carpeted floor
  • Telephone
  • Upper floors accessible by lift
  • Laptop safe box
  • Trash cans
  • Bathroom:Bathroom
  • Bath or shower
  • Hair dryer
  • Guest toiletries
  • Guest toilet
  • Dining:Coffee/tea maker
  • Refrigerator
  • Bottled water
  • Media:Flat-screen TV
  • Socket near the bed
Room Description:

Superior|Superior Room

Principal Edinburgh photos Room Deluxe Double 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:Work desk
  • Ironing facilities
  • Wardrobe/closet
  • Carpeted floor
  • Connecting room
  • Telephone
  • Laptop safe box
  • Trash cans
  • Bathroom:Bathroom
  • Bath or shower
  • Hair dryer
  • Guest toiletries
  • Guest toilet
  • Bedding:Sofa bed
  • Dining:Coffee/tea maker
  • Refrigerator
  • Bottled water
  • Media:Flat-screen TV
  • Socket near the bed
  • iPod docking station

Principal Edinburgh Location

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What's nearby

Tourist attractions

  • Scottish National Portrait Gallery100 m
  • Scottish Gallery200 m
  • winter wonderland200 m
  • Royal Scottish Academy Of Art200 m
  • German Christmas Market300 m
  • Scott Monument400 m
  • Edinburgh Dungeons400 m
  • Fruitmarket Gallery Ltd400 m

Popular areas

  • Camera Obscura and World of Illusions400 m

Places of interest

  • New Club200 m
  • Speakers Corner200 m
  • Sir Walter Scott Monument300 m
  • Saint Mary's Catholic Cathedral House400 m

Train stations

  • Edinburgh Waverley station400 m

Shopping areas

  • Princes Mall200 m
  • Multrees Walk300 m

Amusement

  • Nobles Amusements200 m
  • Booth Enterprise200 m

Museums

  • The Torrance Gallery300 m
  • Hanover Fine Arts300 m
  • City Art Centre400 m

Parks

  • Princes Street Gardens500 m

Theaters

  • Assembly Rooms100 m
  • Edinburgh Military Tattoo400 m

Galleries

  • National Galleries of Scotland300 m

Local attractions

  • Palace of Holyroodhouse 1.5 km
    Canongate
  • Holyrood Abbey1.6 km
    Canongate, Royal Mile
  • Inverleith Park1.7 km
    Inverleith Park Arboretum Place
  • Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh1.6 km
    20 Inverleith Row
  • The Queen's Hall1.6 km
    Clerk Street, Edinburgh

Near the hotel

  • Edinburgh New Town Cookery School150 m
    7 Queen Street
  • Princes Street 210 m
    53 Princes Street
  • New Town 220 m
    EdinburghScotland
  • Edinburgh Castle 620 m
    Castlehill, Edinburgh
  • Jenners 190 m
    48 Princes Street
  • Scottish National Portrait Gallery250 m
    1 Queen Street
  • Royal Scottish Academy230 m
    The Mound

Restaurants nearby

  • Number One450 m

    Address: The Balmoral Hotel
    Phone: 01315576727

    72% likes this, based on 450 reviews
    Cuisine: Scottish
    Price Range: NZD 123 - NZD 164

  • Gurkha Cafe & Restaurant540 m

    Address: 25-27 Cockburn Street
    Phone: 01312252832

    83% likes this, based on 397 reviews
    Cuisine: Asian
    Price Range: NZD 13 - NZD 33

  • Bar Frizzante720 m

    Address: 95 Lothian Road
    Phone: 01312297788

    72% likes this, based on 218 reviews
    Cuisine: Italian
    Price Range: NZD 1 - NZD 137

  • The Pompadour by Galvin440 m

    Address: Princes Street
    Phone: +44 131 222 8975

    72% likes this, based on 133 reviews
    Cuisine: French, British
    Price Range: NZD 129 - NZD 418

  • Dubh Prais720 m

    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

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Cities nearby
  • Leith hotels - 3 km
  • Musselburgh hotels - 8 km
  • Aberdour hotels - 13 km
  • Dalkeith hotels - 10 km
  • Bonnyrigg hotels - 11 km
  • Burntisland hotels - 12 km
  • Roslin hotels - 10 km
  • Lasswade hotels - 9 km
  • Gogar hotels - 9 km
  • Portobello hotels - 5 km

Principal Edinburgh Reviews

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

Average guest rating

8.2out of 10
Fabulous
Based on 2408 reviews

Guest reviews

  • 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.

  • Older travelers
    9.6

    friendly, excellent staff and accomodation, good food and facilities

How to reach hotel

hotel Principal Edinburgh Edinburgh location
Show big map »

Hotel Address:

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

Get directions
City Center
  • Edinburgh
    700 m
Airports
  • Turnhouse (EDI)
    10.2 km
  • Dundee (DND)
    56.5 km
Train Stations
  • Edinburgh Waverley station
    500 m
  • Bus stop
    400 m
Restaurants
  • Number One (cuisine: Scottish)
    450 m
  • The Pompadour by Galvin (cuisine: French, British)
    440 m
Parks
  • Lake of Menteith
    400 m
  • Princes Street Gardens
    550 m
Ski areas
  • Midlothian Ski Centre
    400 m
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 AWARDSRecommendedEdinburghPrincipal Edinburgh

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

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