Hotel The Principal Edinburgh

4 Stars

  19 - 21 George Street - EH2 2PB - Edinburgh, United Kingdom View Map
Area: Old Town - New Town

The hotel, which has existed for 200 years, has been named the best hotel in Edinburgh, and received the Scottish Hotel Awards 2009. It offers elegant rooms and the famous bar-restaurant Tempus. The Tempus offers dinners, tempting Sunday lunches, a wide selection of cocktails and an assortment of champagne.
The historic and elegant hotel boasts a central location, next to Edinburgh Castle, Princes Street Gardens and Holyrood Palace. The Waverley Railway Station is less than 5 minutes walk away.

Hotel Details


The lobby is medium in size, with tiled floors and seating area. It has a luxurious feel due to the marble and crystal chandeliers.


This grade II listed building, with its distinctive facade, was designed over two hundred years ago. Although it is undergoing much refurbishment, many of the original architectural details have been carefully retained.


The accommodations are equipped with plasma TV and a broadband connection. Many overlook the castle and across the Firth of Forth.


The hotel offers a la carte menu on its Tempus restaurant to the rear of a lobby, in what can only be described as a quite stunning and luxurious setting. There is also an exclusive a la carte restaurant serving Scottish specialities to the left of the entrance.

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Hotel facilities

  •  Car Parking
  •  Non smoking rooms
  •  Air conditioning
  •  Fitness Center
  •  Internet Point
  •  Bar
  •  Conference rooms 1
  •  Disabled Facilities
  •  Tennis Court
  •  Check-in at From 12:00
  •  Laundry Service
  •  Beauty Center
  •  Car Renting
  •  Sauna
  •  Baby sitting
  •  Shops

The Hotel The Principal Edinburgh is perfect for who wants to travel by car. The accommodation is with air conditioning. The hotel is suitable for sportsmen. The hotel offers its guests high speed internet to surf the web without problems. The hotel offers a relaxing bar to enjoy your evening. The property is fully equipped with a conference room. The Hotel The Principal Edinburgh offers disabled facilities. The hotel is great for those who enjoy playing tennis. The Hotel The Principal Edinburgh offers a laundry service. The Hotel The Principal Edinburgh offers wellness features. The hotel has a car rental service. The hotel is ideal for families with small children. The accommodation is suitable for those who love shopping.

The hotel provides either its own car park or a nearby one with a special agreement; being not included in the room price, for a paid parking the payment have to be carried out directly on the spot.

Rooms facilities

  •  Television
  •  Air conditioning
  •  Mini Bar
  •  Hairdryer
  •  High Speed Modem
  •  Safe Box
  •  Satellite TV
  •  WiFi
  •  Pay TV
  •  Radio
  •  Movies

The Hotel The Principal Edinburgh offers the use of a TV in the rooms. The Hotel The Principal Edinburgh offers a minibar service. The Hotel The Principal Edinburgh rooms offers the use of an hairdryer. Guests have access to a fast internet connection in the rooms. Accommodation has a safe in all the rooms. Guests have access to a WI-FI wireless internet connection in the rooms. The accommodation offers a pay television service for clients. The accommodation offers a radio service for its guests. The Hotel The Principal Edinburgh offers a movie service.

 Guests' Reviews

Heswall, United Kingdom

Excellent: 5/5 More Details

Fabulous hotel

Stayed at the george for 2 nights. reception staff very friendly, rooms clean and a good sze. the bed was huge and so comfy. great location for everything. one small (and i mean small) gripe is the bathroom is very minimalist so they didn't have a hook on the back of the bathroom door to hand your towels on nice used and only a very small shelf in the bathroom so no room to put your toiletries that you would normally store in there. overall fantastic stay and wouldn't hesitate to stay there again



Wishaw, United Kingdom

Excellent: 5/5 More Details

Fantastic hotel

Stunning hotel

Dublin, Ireland

Very Good: 4/5 More Details

Constructive feedback on george hotel

Excellent hotel. efficient friendy staff. need to address breakfast sevice/ position of buffet food slightly.

Kendal, United Kingdom

Excellent: 4.7/5 More Details

Overnight stay

Lovely hotel in great location. very friendly and efficient staff all round.

only one complaint was that our room should have had face cloths and there were none

Glasgow, United Kingdom

Excellent: 4.7/5 More Details

Wee jolly!!!

My friend and i go away for an overnight stay every january and this was our third time at the george hotel and we love the location, service, food and drink. all the staff are very helpful and will continue to go back.

Stanley, Co Durham, United Kingdom

Very Good: 4.1/5 More Details

Great weekend away

Lovely hotel. great position and the breakfast was fab

Mclaren Vale, Australia

Good: 2.8/5 More Details

Overpriced vfor what you get

For the price we paid, we certainly expect a little more for themoney. firstly, no paking available. off street parking is an additional cost we had not planned for and did not mention it on the site. rooms had no fridge for a coldie but overal the loction was good in relation to walking around edinburgh.



Larne, United Kingdom

Very Good: 3.8/5 More Details

Great location

This is my 2nd visit to the george and i would definately stay again. one complaint however is the rooms of the 4th floor, 2 of our party had rooms there and as they are both quite tall they had a problem with the ceiling height. the gentleman in question is a little over 6' tall and kept hitting his head on the smoke detector also he found it impossible to use the shower. added to this was the fact that the room was not air conditioned and became extremely warm. in fairness to the hotel they moved the couple to another room after the first night.



Arduaine Nr. Oban, United Kingdom

Average: 2.5/5 More Details

No longer "great"

This used to be a great hotel with a marvellous restaurant..i used to love eating is no longer great and the restaurant is now just very expensive average food. there is no parking and no valet service so you have to search up and down george street...almost impossible to find parking. hotel receptionist simply shrugged..."no we dont have valet can park 10 minutes walk away and we will reduce the fee by 20%." not very helpful for an 80 year old with cardiac problems!! (or anyone else!)



Naas, Ireland

Very Good: 3.9/5 More Details

Hogmanay at the george

Excellent location with exceptionally friendly and helpful staff. room very pricey but it could've been the time of year. room size smaller than expected also. breakfast was excellent. would use this hotel again if it were cheaper. not 4* standard though.



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