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The Principal Edinburgh

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London, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Lovely and warm rooms however it is my first experience for a hotel which doesn't stock foam pillows. They said they only have feather down which doesn't really cater for me. Also there was no shower cap and cotton pads provided in the bathroom.

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Thank 163figo
South Lanarkshire, United Kingdom
1 review
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This was our first stay at this hotel and it was really good. We were staying to celebrate our anniversary. When we checked in we had been given a free room upgrade, and two complimentary drinks vouchers. In the room we had a little slice of cake and a lovely little note celebrating our anniversary. It was lovely. The room... More 

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Thank sieemery
PrincipalEdinburgh, General Manager at The Principal Edinburgh, responded to this review

Dear sieemery, Thank you for taking the time to post this lovely 5 star review of your Anniversary stay with us here at Principal Edinburgh. It is always such a pleasure for us when our guests choose to share their special occasions with us, and I am delighted to know that we were able to assist in making it that... More 

Christchurch, United Kingdom
1 review
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We spend four nights in this fabulous hotel, beautifully decorated and very welcoming, the staff are incredibly attentive and on the ball. We look forward to coming back to stay and would highly recommend to anyone coming to Edinburgh

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Thank GRG5
PrincipalEdinburgh, General Manager at The Principal Edinburgh, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Feedback is vital as we strive to continually improve and develop our product and service so I would like to thank you for taking the time to share your comments. It's fantastic to know that you enjoyed your stay and I do hope you will indeed visit us again, in the not too distant future. Warmest regards, Andreas... More 

Santa María del Camí, Catalonia, Spain
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is a fantastic hotel, rooms beautifully decorated , warm and cosy and spotlessly clean. Food in the restaurant is excellent but make sure you book as it is very popular. The other thing that makes this hotel stand out are the excellent staff, from the minute you arrive you are looked after, every department is so on the ball... More 

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Thank Tracey W
PrincipalEdinburgh, General Manager at The Principal Edinburgh, responded to this review

Dear Tracey W, Thank you for sharing your feedback and awarding us with this lovely 5 star review of your recent experience here at Principal Edinburgh. I am delighted to read your comments and thrilled to know you found our service standards to be exceptionally high. Thank you again for your time and I hope we will have the pleasure... More 

Glasgow, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

What a beautiful venue to hold a wedding, especially at this time of year with the Christmas decorations and lights outside. All staff were very attentive taking our coats when we arrived and letting us know where the wedding reception we were attending was being held. Our first stop was the bar, wow - 2 vodkas and 2 soft drinks... More 

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Thank Angieg_7
PrincipalEdinburgh, General Manager at The Principal Edinburgh, responded to this review

Dear Angie, Thank you for taking the time to share your comments following your recent visit with us here at Principal Edinburgh. I am delighted you enjoyed your evening and I must agree - our Kings Hall really is a stunning venue for a wedding. It's great to know you would visit us again on your return to Edinburgh, and... More 

Leeds, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The hotel is very central within easy walking distance to the shops, bars, restaurants, art gallery and not too far from the castle. The room was brilliant I was given a free upgrade it was large very clean and the bed was so comfy if I could have taken it home with me I would have done. The bathroom was... More 

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PrincipalEdinburgh, General Manager at The Principal Edinburgh, responded to this review

Dear jaciejacksonleeds, Thank you for taking the time to award us with this fantastic 5 star review following your recent stay with us. I am delighted you found the rooms to be to your liking and may I also thank you for highlighting our central location on the stunning George Street - indeed the perfect base to explore Edinburgh. I... More 

lancaster
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5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We have had a 1 night stay in a deluxe room (207) at The Principal. We thoroughly enjoyed the stay. The room was lovely and the staff were friendly and helpful. We had a meal in the restaurant which was very nice and good value. The waiter was friendly and the service was good. We liked the style of the... More 

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Thank nharding1
PrincipalEdinburgh, General Manager at The Principal Edinburgh, responded to this review

Dear nharding1, Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback and award us with this fantastic review. Here at Principal Edinburgh we strive to create a personalised experience, leaving each guest with many fond memories so I am delighted to read your comments and know you were so well looked after by our team. It's great to know... More 

Glasgow, United Kingdom
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2 reviews
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Stunning hotel. Helpful and friendly staff. Great location 5 minute walk from the train station, great bars and restaurants on the same street as the hotel. Great stay would definitely recommend. Little tuck box in room was an original and nice idea.

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Thank Kathleen F
PrincipalEdinburgh, General Manager at The Principal Edinburgh, responded to this review

Dear Kathleen F, Thank you for taking the time to award us with this fantastic 5 star review following your recent stay with us. I am delighted you liked the tuck box idea and may I also thank you for highlighting our central location on the stunning George Street - indeed the perfect base to explore Edinburgh. I do hope... More 

Falkirk, United Kingdom
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72 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I booked this hotel as a graduation present and it did not disappoint. I booked a suite and the room was huge, beautifully furnished and there was a note from the manager about the graduation in the room for us arriving which was a nice touch. Breakfast was of a very high standard and tasty. All staff were incredibly pleasant.... More 

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Thank April217
PrincipalEdinburgh, General Manager at The Principal Edinburgh, responded to this review

Dear April, Thank you kindly for taking the time to share your feedback following your recent stay with us here at Principal Edinburgh. I am delighted to have had the pleasure of looking after you for your son's graduation and thrilled to know you enjoyed your visit. Thank you again and I very much hope to welcome you back on... More 

Oldham, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

A fabulous refurbished hotel with excellent bed-super luxurious,,, tuck box in room and chilled water in fridge. Fab customer service as I needed handwritten stuff sent back to my office.- Valeria Brodella was very professional,good humoured and empathetic . Lovely breakfast and ambience

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Thank Carol M
PrincipalEdinburgh, General Manager at The Principal Edinburgh, responded to this review

Dear Carol, Thank you for taking the time to post a review of your recent stay. I am delighted that you found our bed to be luxurious and enjoyed the contents of the tuck box! Your wonderful feedback has been passed on to Valeria who is very happy that you remembered her; she and the rest of the team would... More 

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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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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Wheelchair access
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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  • Smoking rooms available
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  • Business Center with Internet Access
  • Dry Cleaning
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  • Concierge
  • Banquet Room
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Conference Facilities
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
The Principal Edinburgh George Street, has one of the most prestigious locations within Edinburgh. It's classic facade hides sumptuous, contempary interiors blending clean lines with period features.Elegant bedrooms are beautifully furnished for business and leisure guests alike and for those who choose to dine in, the stylish Printing Press and Restaurant offers local produce in a stylish and relaxed environment.Inspirational meeting rooms and exceptional banqueting facilities, including the magnificent King's Hall and beautiful Forth View Suite with fantastic views of across the city, make this the hotel of choice for corporate and wedding guests.The Principal Edinburgh George Street, is within easy reach of the best shopping the captial has to offer, along with tourist attractions, bars and restaurants all within a few minutes walk. Edinburgh Airport is only 7 miles away, and Edinburgh Waverley Station a mere 5 minutes walk. Parking is available at the nearby NCP at Greenside. ... more   less 

Additional Information about The Principal Edinburgh

Address: 19-21 George Street, Edinburgh EH2 2PB, Scotland (Formerly The George Hotel)
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Edinburgh > New Town
Price Range: $134 - $445 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — The Principal Edinburgh 4*
Number of rooms: 249
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The Principal Edinburgh Scotland
Hotel Style:
#25 Luxury Hotel in Edinburgh
#58 Romantic Hotel in Edinburgh
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“As this was my first time at this hotel I'd advise asking the staff who are more than willing to help”
 of 5 bubbles jackiejacksonleeds, 4 days ago | Read review
“fab room with great view of stained glass windows of neighbouring church,split into 2 wings - best to ask if you want away from traffic”
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“do not go for a "townhouse" room....”
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“Rooms on the 1st floor were very quiet. Dogs were welcomed in the bedrooms and lobby, but not in the restaurant.”
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“Rooms at upper floors are better”
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