The Principal Edinburgh George Street
At a Glance
Central location in the heart of lively Edinburgh
Glorious city views from the upper rooms
Historic building, sensitively renovated with modern touches
Cosy home-from-home atmosphere
Burr & Co, the on-site coffee house is a favorite with the locals
Best time to Visit
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It is very difficult to predict the weather in the United Kingdom - in the summer from May to late September is generally seen as the most pleasant time to visit. Rainfall is difficult to predict - but the UK does not receive as much as many are led to believe! In the winters, temperatures do fall, but there is nothing better than finding a remote pub with a roaring fire to sit beside after a long walk in the country.
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The Principal George Street, located in the heart of Edinburgh is a classic luxury hotel. The hotel seamlessly blends restored original Georgian features with comfortable, modern furnishings. Perfectly located, Edinburgh's famous sites are moments away.
The Principal George Street sits in the heart of Edinburgh's New Town. Just step's from the capital city's famous shopping district and a short taxi ride from the castle and the Royal Mile, this hotel is perfectly situated for your time in this historic city.
Behind the elegant facade you'll find a grand and welcoming lobby area with high ceilings and arched windows. The hotel has been converted from former Georgian Townhouses and the designers have been careful to maintain the elegant, original features of the buildings, which date back to 1775. The furnishings are all carefully-selected in muted tones creating an ambiance of class and sophistication.
The Printing Press Bar and Kitchen was once home to acclaimed novelist Susan Ferrier and it showcases the best of Scottish contemporary cuisine. If you are visiting on a Sunday, make sure to try a traditional Sunday Roast, a classic combination of roasted meats, potatoes, vegetables and lashing of gravy. The late-night cocktail bar offers an impressive collection of local spirits, including many different single malts and Edinburgh gin. The Burr &Co. Coffee shop is a favorite with locals and the perfect place to grab a coffee and cake in the afternoon.
Each room and suite has been tastefully-decorated with subtle dashes of color, reflecting highland glens and forest ferns, as well as hints of Scottish tweed and tartan. The complimentary Tuck Box (snack) is a welcome touch and is filled with Scottish treats for you to sample. We recommend staying in a Deluxe room or one of the hotels spacious suites, which have the advantage of fantastic views of the Edinburgh skyline.
With an ideal location and an incredible sense of place, the Principal George Street is a well suited to both families and couples looking for a central location in historic Edinburgh.
With 204 rooms and suites, this hotel offers traditional Scottish luxury and style with modern amenities and elegant bathrooms. The subtle touches of color are carefully-selected to emulate the natural colors of the Scottish Highlands. Deluxe rooms and suites offer views over the Edinburgh skyline.
The Deluxe bedrooms offer 258 square feet of stylish space. Each room has a king bed, ensuite bathroom with rainfall showers, and beautiful views of Edinburgh.
With 300-474 square feet, these suites are each individually designed and they offer a little more space. They include King beds, ensuite bathrooms with walk-in showers and separate bathtubs.
This beautiful suite is 797 square feet and it includes a living area, a dinning table for four and a king size bed. The ensuite bathroom has a walk-in shower and roll-top bath.
The Principal George is home to The Printing Press Bar and Kitchen and the Burr & Co. Coffee Shop. The restaurant is a nod to the capital city's rich literary history and it showcases fresh Scottish ingredients. The bar and the coffee shop have both quickly become local favorites. The hotel also has a fully-equipped gym.
The Principal George Street offers the perfect base for exploring the best that Edinburgh has to offer. Spend your day exploring the castle, wandering down the Royal Mile, shopping on Princes Street or enjoying the National Gallery.
A Round of Golf at St Andrews
Follow in the footsteps of legends with a round on the world's oldest and most iconic golf course. The Swilcan Bridge and Hell Bunker are recognised globally, but the greatest feature of the Old Course is that it remains open to all.
Bagpipe and Ceilidh Class
Have a ball learning how to play the bagpipes and dance like a true Scot. Kilt optional! Our piper specializes in traditional ceilidh dancing and will demonstrate this energetic Scottish dance accompanied by a group of talented musicians.
Dominating Scotland's capital city from its elevated position, Edinburgh Castle has had a history as diverse as its previous inhabitants.
Edinburgh is best known for its world-famous August festival: a huge, month-long arts, music, theater and comedy extravaganza that includes several festivals running at the same time and is the largest cultural gathering on the planet.
Edinburgh Military Tattoo
The Tattoo is an iconic Edinburgh institution held every August, and a highlight of the Edinburgh Festival. Massed pipes and drums, military bands, cultural troupes and global musicians all perform against the stunning backdrop of Edinburgh Castle.
The Queen's official residence in Scotland, the Palace of Holyroodhouse is located at the end of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile. Originally founded as a monastery in 1128, Holyroodhouse has played a key role in Scotland's turbulent history.
Private Tour of a Whisky Distillery with a Master Distiller
Join a master distiller and learn the secrets of the finest whiskies in the world before sampling the golden nectar afterwards. We can arrange exclusive visits to legendary distilleries such as Dalmore, Glenlivet, Laphroaig and Macallan.
Private tour of Edinburgh Castle & Old Town
Discover the beauty of Edinburgh's Old Town with a private guided walking tour of the city. A fantastic family-friendly venture, you'll discover the winding cobbled streets of the Old Town before heading to the world-famous Edinburgh Castle.
Private tour of the Royal Yacht Britannia
Discover what life was like on board The Queen's floating Royal residence, the Royal Yacht Britannia. For over 44 years she served the Royal Family, traveling over a million miles to become the most famous ship in the world.
Private whisky tasting and appreciation with Charles MacLean
Enjoy an exclusive private whisky tasting session with Charles MacLean, a writer whose specialist subject is Scotch whisky, about which he has published ten books to date.
One of Scotland’s most remarkable buildings, Rosslyn Chapel in Roslin was founded in 1446 and today attracts visitors from far and wide, drawn by its unique and mysterious carvings and the beauty of its setting.
St Andrews is known by many worldwide as the "home of golf" and the most frequent venue for The Open Championship but it is also a beautiful and historic coastal town and home to the oldest university in Scotland.
Stirling Castle & the Trossachs
Stirling Castle is one of the most important castles in Scotland’s history. It has witnessed the
crowning of many Scottish Kings and Queens, and the earliest parts of the building date back as far as the 15th and 16th centuries.
The Scottish Larder
Scotland's larder is a phenomenal culinary experience, renowned around the globe. Learn how to prepare some tasty dishes with Edinburgh’s top private caterer and cookery teacher, who regularly cooks for presidents, prime ministers and occasional, royals.
Situated near Peebles on the Scottish Borders, Traquair House is the oldest continually inhabited house in Scotland. Gain a wonderful insight into Scottish history, explore its charming grounds and try award-winning ales at Traquair House Brewery.
Location & directions
The Principal George Street is located in the heart of Scotland's capital city, Edinburgh. The hotel is just a few minutes walk from Waverley Station and the famous Edinburgh Castle.
How to get there
Fly in to Edinburgh Airport and the hotel is less than a 1 hour drive away.