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The Principal Edinburgh George Street

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A modern classic, inspired by Scotland’s heritage The Principal Edinburgh on George Street 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 Scottish Hotel of the Year at the 2017 Scottish Hotel Awards, The Principal 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. 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 little coffeehouse with a devoted local following. The hotel features a newly equipped gym. Free, superfast Wi-Fi with a maximum bandwidth of 100Mb is available throughout the hotel.
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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 neighbourhood, 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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My husband and I have just returned from a nights stay at The Principal. Thus was our first stay at George Street, however we’ve stayed at other Principal hotels. We arrived just after 10am after a short walk from Waverley Station. We were checked in quickly and efficiently,
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Response from PrincipalEdinburgh, General Manager at The Principal Edinburgh George Street
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Dear The_Mighty_Reds8, Thank you for your recent stay at The Principal Edinburgh George Street and for your fantastic five star review. It is wonderful to read that the team looked after you extending the warm welcome we are most renowned for and you thoroughly enjoyed your time with us as well as the comfort of your room and our outlets. Thank you again and we shall be looking forward to welcoming you back soon. Kind regards, Andreas Maszczyk General Manager Principal Edinburgh
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We have just spent two nights at this lovely hotel to celebrate our Ruby Wedding Anniversary. Our Junior Suite was spacious and stylish with an excellent bathroom, and we enjoyed the witty features including the "don't forget" card, the tuck box and the "do not disturb" door
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Response from PrincipalEdinburgh, General Manager at The Principal Edinburgh George Street
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Dear kmtYorkshire, Many thanks for choosing the Principal Edinburgh George Street to celebrate this most special anniversary and for your wonderful five star review. I am delighted to read you thoroughly enjoyed your time with us, particularly the "small touches" in the room, the team's warm welcome and the immaculate housekeeping. Thank you again and we shall be looking forward to welcoming you back for yet another memorable stay. Kind regards, Andreas Maszczyk General Manager Principal Edinburgh
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Stayed at this wonderful hotel this week. Would highly recommend. Superb location with everything accessible in walking distance. Staff extremely friendly and always willing to answer any questions about the local area. Made to feel very welcome.
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Response from PrincipalEdinburgh, General Manager at The Principal Edinburgh George Street
Responded 2 days ago
Dear Jess B, Thank you for your recent stay at The Principal Edinburgh George Street and for recommending us to fellow travellers. It is a pleasure to read your comments as the team is always eager to share their best tips to make every stay memorable and provide the feeling of a home away from home. I trust you travelled home safely and will be looking forward to welcoming you back soon. Kind regards, Andreas Maszczyk General Manager Principal Edinburgh
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We recently stayed for the weekend and was really impressed on arriving at the hotel early to find our room was ready. Spotless room that had everything we needed. A nice touch was the tuck box and the fresh milk and water in our room each day. The hotel is centrally located,
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Response from PrincipalEdinburgh, General Manager at The Principal Edinburgh George Street
Responded 2 days ago
Dear RachelD081, Thank you for your recent stay at The Principal Edinburgh George Street and for your five star review. I am delighted to learn that you thoroughly enjoyed your time with us taking home wonderful memories. Thank you for recommending us to fellow travellers and we shall be looking forward to welcoming you back soon. Kind regards, Andreas Maszczyk General Manager Principal Edinburgh
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My husband and I have just had a night at this hotel. A short stroll from the station, close the the best restaurants and shops and a pretty walk to the castle. We were greeted by polite staff - Holly upgraded us and was accommodating of our early check-in. The room was
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Response from PrincipalEdinburgh, General Manager at The Principal Edinburgh George Street
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Dear NicR7, Thank you for your recent stay at The Principal Edinburgh George Street and for sharing you fantastic feedback with fellow travellers. It is always a pleasure to learn we were able to make a stay extra special, from the moment of a warm arrival to the moment of a fond farewell. Holly will be very happy to read your comments! Thank you again and we shall be looking forward to welcoming you back soon. Kind regards, Andreas Maszczyk General Manager Principal Edinburgh
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Edinburgh is full of great restaurants! I have eaten at the Petit Paris Bistro in The Grassmarket and Miller and Carter steak house in Frederick Street both were excellent but no live music! It is a wonderful city to walk around, soak-up the atmosphere and stumble across a wonderful place to eat. Have an enjoyable visit!
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I used the app "JustPark" to find a space off Thistle Lane North West, a 3 minute walk from the hotel. It was expensive £75 for two nights.
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Good Evening, I recommend that you travel to Edinburgh Waverley Station. We are about a 4 minute walk away but there are also taxis available just outside the station. We look forward to having you stay with us soon.
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Does this hotel have car parking ? I can't find any mention of parking.
Worth trying the app JustPark to find one closer.
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There is no pool at this hotel. I think there is a small gym but no pool or spa.
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"7th floor has the best views"
"If you can go with a Firth View room"
"Take lower floors as lifts take ages"
"Ask for a room facing away from the street at the back of where the recycling is, as can be noisy first thing in the morning"
"Too floor not a good choice"
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PRICE RANGE
US$128 - US$482 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
george hotel edinburgh
FORMERLY KNOWN AS
The George Hotel
LOCATION
United KingdomScotlandEdinburghNew Town
NUMBER OF ROOMS
240
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