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InterContinental Edinburgh The George

19-21 George Street, Edinburgh EH2 2PB Scotland
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Certificate of Excellence
The InterContinental Edinburgh The George has been welcoming hotel guests since 1881. At its heart are five listed Georgian townhouses, built in 1775 as homes for Edinburgh’s most prosperous citizens. Winner of Luxury Brand Hotel of the Year at the 2019 Scottish Hotel Awards, The InterContinental Edinburgh The George is an ideal base from which to explore the city or conduct business. The sensitive, multi-million-pound restoration and refurbishment combines luxurious natural materials such as oak, marble and leather with a palette of colours inspired by the great 19th-century Scottish landscape painters. A nod to Edinburgh’s rich literary heritage, The Printing Press Bar & Kitchen was once home to acclaimed novelist Susan Ferrier (an equal of Jane Austen, according to Sir Walter Scott), whilst Burr & Co. is a lovely coffee shop with a devoted local following. The hotel also boasts the magnificent King’s Hall – a firm favourite for weddings and celebration – as well as seven additional meeting and event rooms and a newly equipped gym.
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Property amenities
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Bar / lounge
Car hire
Business Center with Internet Access
Conference facilities
Baggage storage
Free internet
Public wifi
Coffee shop
Breakfast buffet
Breakfast in the room
Complimentary instant cofffee
Special diet menus
Taxi service
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Fax / photocopying
Non-smoking hotel
24-hour front desk
Express check-in / check-out
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Room features
Non-smoking rooms
Air conditioning
Room service
Flatscreen TV
VIP room facilities
Laptop safe
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Historic Hotel
Languages Spoken
English, French, Spanish, Czech and 4 more
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219Restaurantswithin 0.3 miles
104Attractionswithin 0.3 miles
New Town
Suits and shopping bags rule the streets of New Town, until after dark when strappy dresses come out to play. This is the city’s central business district with its smaller offices, clothes boutiques, and many of the city’s flashiest restaurants and ritziest clubs. The architecture along roads like George Street helps give it a swank and formal feel: it’s a planned Georgian development of regal townhouses, geometric squares, and self-important statues. But it’s also a very wanderable neighborhood, with a healthy bustle at almost any time of day and fine people-watching in places like St Andrew's Square which fills with picnickers around lunch. You’ll also find a series of cheerful basement bistros on Hanover Street, while dark Rose Street has something of the feel of an undiscovered back alley and is chock-full of characterful pubs and small independent shops.
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Checked in on a Saturday night, be warned if you are driving, parking is free on George Street after 6.30 on Saturday and free on Sunday but getting a space is a nightmare. The room was lovely. Breakfast was a bit hit and miss, we were put in the bar area which is a reasonable distance to go back and forward with plates. The hotel is right next to St Andrews Square which has great restaurants and just up from the gardens which are beautiful.
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Stayed here a couple of nights when the Festival was on and it was ok. The big bonus was we could take our dog with us. Breakfast was a bit so so but it was only 2 nights so not a big deal at the time. Went back recently for 4 nights so had more time to evaluate it. The breakfast is now a no no for me as the cooked food on the buffet was pretty lukewam at best. Ok if you ordered something from the a la carte or went for a continental breakfast. On 2 out of the 4 mornings, we had to wait for a table which I have never experienced at breakfast before - if we ever go back, I'll go out for something to eat. On at least 2 of the mornings they had no tomato juice either but they had it behind the bar for cocktails. The other annoying thing was that on Friday, Saturday & Sunday I asked for a bigger dish for my dog. My name and room number were taken and I was told they would get back to me. Now if they had phoned and said they didn't have any I would have been ok with that but on each of the occasions I asked, I never heard a peep. Ended up have to walk all the way down to Canonmills to buy ourselves. Really not the best customer service. Perfectly happy with the housekeeping and all of the bar/restaurant staff were brilliant. Only other thing was that when hubby checked the bill at checkout time, they seemed to have included food and drinks that we definitely didn't have, that saved us £150. Really handy for the train station though and a good jumping off point for sight seeing. Not sure if we'll go back as there are now quite a number of city centre hotels which are dog friendly.
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Disappointed! We have stayed at two other Intercontinental‘s during this three week trip and this hotel is the most disappointing. When we got to the room we needed to call housekeeping and the phones did not work! Very bad in case of an emergency couldn’t even call to get a bellman had to go down and request it! We also tried calling the hotel directly from our cell phones and their lines were not working! The coffee service in room was not stocked! There was a line for breakfast and when we were seated they were out of coffee and had to wait a little too long than was reasonable. Best part of hotel was the concierge! He was amazing! Hotel is in great location but too bad it needs some love!
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This is the worst hotel, room phone didn’t work, no coffee in the room, the bathroom has no place to put your thing. Breakfast and a joke slow terrible service. I have spent three weeks in Europe him now in Edinboro a run in to the word possible hotel, Find another hotel.
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The history of the building is lost, the cost is not in-line with any wow factor. It is simply a Holiday Inn with a huge price tag. The bar is loud, even when empty. On a positive, the reception staff is great. Parking directions are not printed, and with construction good luck walking to it. The lobby when crowded with people in the chairs you can't walk through. This hotel could be very good with the staff, but the designer just failed, so will the hotel.
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The Principal Edinburgh George Street
United KingdomScotlandEdinburghNew Town
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