The Principal Edinburgh

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Auld Reekie has come up trumps with this fabulous new, family friendly hotel, which completes our trio of offerings from the Principal brand that opened this November in the UK.  Located in New Town, which along with Old Town are a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the 240 room Principal Edinburgh comprises five listed, grandiose, former private residences built in 1775 on prestigious George Street, which later combined with the Caledonian Insurance Company’s offices and eventually formed the historic George Hotel in 1881.  

Edinburgh’s a city that won’t disappoint and will leave you both culturally enriched and enlivened by its thriving arts and festival scene.  Scottish capital is a city packed with historical sites and attractions with a natural beauty and a diverse and modern vibe. Celebrate the New Year, or Burn’s Night in style or why not visit during the city’s famous Fringe Festival 4-28th August 2017.  

The hotel's Printing Press Bar & Kitchen is an inviting place for a wee dram and a bite to eat.  It has rapidly become a destination restaurant in Edinburgh’s vibrant social scene, serving seasonal, Scottish produce throughout the day and night. Open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a late-night cocktail and local spirits bar open until 1am.   

A multi-million pound renovation has seen the hotel transformed into a chic, stylish retreat whose interiors combine oak, marble and leather with a rich palate of colours inspired by great Scottish landscape artists. 

Each of the 240 smoke-free guest rooms is beautifully and the bathrooms are equipped with ‘Villeroy & Boch’ freestanding sinks and a range of deluxe toiletries.  

Some of the bathrooms have walk-in showers and whilst others have elegant roll-top baths. Room amenities include: Central heating, Tea and coffee making facilities, iron/ironing board, cosmetic mirror, desk, free WiFi, hairdryer, room safe, telephone and large LCD flatscreen . All rooms are non-smoking.There are ground floor bedrooms and a lift to all other floors.    

  • Guest room 15-20 sq. m sleeps 2 Adults, 1-2 beds;
  • Superior Room 18sq. m sleeps 2 adults, 1 double be;
  • Deluxe room:  24sq. m sleeps up to 2 adults - 1 double bed;
  • Suites:  30-60sq. m sleep up to 2 adults in 1-2 beds 
Cots and extra beds available in all rooms except suites.  

Cots are free.  Extra beds for children under 12 charged at £10 per night (payable to the hotel on arrival).  Children’s menu available. 

Dog friendly rooms are limited to Deluxe Double and Superior Twin rooms - £30 extra fee will be incurred when travelling with a dog. 

The Printing Press Bar and Kitchen Restaurant situated inside the hotel opened in October and is already a destination of Edinburgh's vibrant social scene.

It is open 7 days a week offering breakfast either in the restaurant (or in the luxury of your own room); lunch and dinner, with a late-night bar until 1:00am which serves a selection of cocktails and local spirits (single malts, Edinburgh gin and Scottish vodka).   

Editor’s Bar; pull up a stylish, blue leather bar stool and enjoy a wee dram (or two!)   

Coffee, cakes, pastries, sandwiches and salads are available at the hotels coffee shop - Burr & Co, open 7 days a week.   

The hotel also features nine conference and event suites, including the roof top Panorama meeting room with amazing, breath-taking views across Edinburgh.   A full room service menu is also available.   

The hotel is located in the heart of Edinburgh, just steps away to the local attractions in New Town: 

  • Princes Street Gardens – 3 minute walk 
  • Edinburgh Playhouse Theatre – 8 minute walk 
  • St Giles’ Cathedral – 8 minute walk 
  • Edinburgh Castle – 8 minute walk 
  • Greyfriars Kirk – 9 minute walk 
Further afield is Edinburgh Zoo - 3miles; Murrayfield Stadium - 2 miles and the Royal Yacht Britania - 3 miles.

Edinburgh is a city enlivened by a thriving arts, festival and cultural scene that provides visitors with a wealth of interesting and unique experiences.  The annual Edinburgh Fringe Festival is the largest festival in the world and attracts some world renown acts as well as up and coming performs ensuring a diverse event that should appeal to all.   

Take a taxi to Arthur’s Seat, located just outside the city centre; an extinct volcano and Holyrood Park’s highest peak from where you can drink in the excellent views of this magnificent capital city – don’t forget your hiking boots for the 250m climb!   

Visit the Edinburgh café where the character Harry Potter was created by JK Rowling and finish-up at the waterfront for dinner where you’ll find some of the finest restaurants in the country.  


Edinburgh International Airport: (Airport Code:  EDI  ) is just 7 miles, or 25 minutes by taxi to The Principal Edinburgh. The average Taxi fare is under £20 (this may be higher on public holidays). 

There is regular tram service for £5.50 for a single trip, or £8.50 return, which takes about 40 minutes and stops at St Andrew Square (2 min walk). Or a regular bus service - Airport Express x100 - is available for 3 GBP single or 5 GBP return. This bus takes approximately 30 minutes and stops at Waverley Bridge.

The nearest train station is the Edinburgh Waverley Station and is only half a mile, or a 15-minute walk, from the hotel.  There is a direct service to/from London King's Cross railway station. Getting a taxi from the station takes approximately 5 minutes, and the fare is between £4 and £6 

If you’re driving yourself, there’s parking nearby at the Q Park Omni Centre - use this postcode in your SatNav:  EH1 3AN