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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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Business Centre with Internet Access
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Non-smoking hotel
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Grade: 100 out of 100
241Restaurantswithin 0,5 km
102Attractionswithin 0,5 km
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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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Fantastic charity event organised by Liz Cann but extremely disappointing afternoon tea by hotel. Our table of 12 had 2 plates of sandwiches and one plate of cakes which meant personality I had 2 sandwich fingers and one scone. Bar not adequately stocked as had to go for more
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Response from PrincipalEdinburgh, General Manager at The Principal Edinburgh George Street
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Dear Jill M, Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback. While I wish you had a better experience at the event, It is candor like this that we use to learn from and improve. I will pass your comments on to the relevant departments. We hope for the opportunity to welcome you back soon. Kind regards, Andreas Maszczyk General Manager Principal Edinburgh
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My friend and I had an overnight stay in Edinburgh to have some ‘catch up’ time. Hotel staff were polite and helpful, surroundings were palatial and our room was perfect. I liked the ‘tuck box’ and bottle of milk. A nice touch! We would definitely visit again.
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Response from PrincipalEdinburgh, General Manager at The Principal Edinburgh George Street
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Dear margaridacallan, Thank you very much for your lovely five star review and for sharing it with us and our fellow travellers. As our central location is the perfect spot surrounded by many different restaurants and bars, it is the perfect spot to 'catch up' with friends. We have a passionate and dedicated time and i am delighted to read that you received a high standard of service throughout your stay. Our tuck boxes are the perfect energy boost after a day for exploring all the historical culture the city has to offer. Thank you again for such a lovely review and look forward to welcoming you back in the future. Kind regards, Andreas Maszczyk General Manager Principal Edinburgh
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Stayed here for my partner's birthday for 3 nights. Beautiful building with staff that go out of their way to make your stay a nice one. Although we didn't need assistance, I get the feeling that nothing would be too much trouble. It is perfectly situated for all the main
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Response from PrincipalEdinburgh, General Manager at The Principal Edinburgh George Street
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Dear Richie475, Thank you for choosing The Principal Edinburgh George Street for your partner's birthday celebration. I am delighted to learn that the staff made the celebration and your stay comfortable and that nothing was too much trouble. I am glad that you found our location in perfect proximity to all the tourist sites and transportation links in the city. I am disappointed to learn that you did not find the water pressure to your liking, I have passed your feedback onto the relevant managers to investigate. Thank you again for taking time to review your stay and we look forward to welcoming you back in the future. Kind regards, Andreas Maszczyk General Manager Principal Edinburgh
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I've used this hotel for work on a number of occasions and it doesn't disappoint. It's b been very tastefully refurbished and the rooms are very comfortable and perfect for my purposes with ample space at a desk to catch up on emails. The service is fine (can be a little slow at
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Response from PrincipalEdinburgh, General Manager at The Principal Edinburgh George Street
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Dear Compass594698, Many thanks for your recent stay at The Principal Edinburgh George Street and for your time to share your feedback with fellow travellers. I am delighted to learn you thoroughly enjoyed your stay and your room was perfect for both relaxation and catching up with emails. Currently we are undergoing a further upgrade to our rooms and lobby area which will upgrade our offering further. Thank you again and we shall be looking forward to welcoming you back soon. Kind regards, Andreas M. Maszczyk General Manager Principal Edinburgh
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Avoid room107- the room itself is very nice but the noise from the fans or generator or whatever is outside is unbearable. I can’t say what is causing the noise as the ‘window’ is obscured with a permanent blind so it feels like being in a cell. I have never had such a poor
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Response from PrincipalEdinburgh, General Manager at The Principal Edinburgh George Street
Responded 2 days ago
Dear Suesscot, Thank you for your recent stay with us and for your time to provide us with feedback. I am however sorry to learn that you were disappointed by your room and did not enjoy your stay as expeceted, for which I extend my sincere apologies. Please be assured we take in all feedback positively and constructively, while our maintenance team will examine the source of the noise and take the necessary actions. I hope that this experience will not deter you from returning to us in the future and please feel free to contact our Guest Relations team at EdinburghGuestRelationsGS@ihg.com in order to further discuss your feedback and to personally look after you next stay and room allocation. Best regards, Andreas Maszczyk General Manager Principal Edinburgh
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Complimentary prosecco- so kind!
Beautiful bedroom- felt more like a small suite than a double room!
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I would suggest if you would like to eat at 18.30pm to book even if you are staying at the hotel :) Regards x
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I'm sure that can be arranged - suggest ringing reception at the hotel direct.
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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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"Do not choose room 107"
"High floor for a good view"
"Fourth view room"
"Rooms high up at the back with views of the Forth."
"Ask for a new room with A/C."
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PRICE RANGE
US$110 - US$509 (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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