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The Principal Edinburgh Charlotte Square

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38 Charlotte Square, Edinburgh EH2 4HQ Scotland See on map
AMENITIES
Free Wifi
Parking
Breakfast Buffet
Air Conditioning
Heated pool
Non-Smoking Hotel
Restaurant
4 Star accommodation
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Reviewed 3 days ago

I had stayed at The Principal in Manchester and loved it so much I chose to stay in the Edinburgh branch. However, I was a little disappointed. The hotel is beautiful but definitely lacking something. Staff were efficient, rooms clean, breakfast very good but for...More

Thank Cassowary
Response from Gillian M, Manager at The Principal Edinburgh Charlotte SquareResponded yesterday

Dear Cassowary, Many thanks for your review of Principal Edinburgh Charlotte Square. I am pleased to read that everything was to your satisfaction, the staff were efficient, hotel beatiful and breakfast enjoyable also. I would welcome any feedback you thought we could improve on by...More

Reviewed 5 days ago

Came here a year ago and the hotel was under renovation. Came back again and didnt recognize the place. It is beautiful. The hotel is made up of 7 old Georgian townhouses, and that gives it a funky charm. There is a wonderful glass atrium...More

1  Thank yecats59
Response from Gillian M, Manager at The Principal Edinburgh Charlotte SquareResponded 5 days ago

Dear Yecats59, Many thanks for your 5* review of Principal Edinburgh Charlotte Square. I am delighted to read you had a great stay with us and that you appreciate our extensive refurbishment. I am glad you were able to come back and see the completed...More

Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Visited The Principal for a 3 night city break to celebrate our wedding anniversary . The thing that tipped it for us was the indoor pool & spa also it’s very stylish boutique looks from its website. This hotel although a boutique hotel from the...More

2  Thank Nick R
Reviewed 1 week ago

Finally arrived ,after several cancelled trains from Manchester Airport. Promptly shown to our substantial room with a large bathroom, overlooking the square.Bit of traffic noise with the window open but it was quiet late at night. A nice hotel made up from a number of...More

1  Thank birchgrovesydney
Response from Gillian M, Manager at The Principal Edinburgh Charlotte SquareResponded 6 days ago

Dear Birchgrovesydney, Many thanks for your 5* review of Principal Edinburgh Charlotte Square. It's fantastic to read that you had a wonderful stay we were able offer you comfort after your travel disruption. I am delighted everything was to your likeing and the staff were...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Both my daughters were married, one at The Principal George Street in June 2016 & the other in July 2018 at The Principal Edinburgh Charlotte Square & we had the most wonderful day at each of them. The wedding team (especially Oskar, Katherine, Thea &...More

Thank susanss60
Response from Gillian M, Manager at The Principal Edinburgh Charlotte SquareResponded 6 days ago

Dear Susanss60, Thank you for your 5* review of Principal Edinburgh Charlotte Square. I am delighted to read you you had not 1 but 2 wonderful days attending weddings in our Edinburgh Properties. I will pass your kind thanks onto the Weddings team who will...More

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Awards & Recognition
Certificate of Excellence
Amenities
Top amenities
Restaurant
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Room Service
Spa
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Hotel Amenities
Business Centre with Internet Access
Room Service
Wheelchair Access
Dry Cleaning
Meeting Rooms
Laundry Service
Concierge
Banquet Room
Multilingual Staff
Conference Facilities
Non-Smoking Hotel
Breakfast Available
Room amenities
Air Conditioning
Refrigerator in room
Things to do
Restaurant
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Spa
Heated pool
Indoor pool
Details
Price range
US$149 - US$427 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel class
Hotel Style
#3 Spa Hotel in Edinburgh
#18 Luxury Hotel in Edinburgh
#21 Family Hotel in Edinburgh
#49 Romantic Hotel in Edinburgh
Room types
Suites, Non-Smoking Rooms
Details
Price range
US$149 - US$427 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel class
Hotel Style
#3 Spa Hotel in Edinburgh
#18 Luxury Hotel in Edinburgh
#21 Family Hotel in Edinburgh
#49 Romantic Hotel in Edinburgh
Room types
Suites, Non-Smoking Rooms
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Dining (13)
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Business Centre & Event Rooms (9)
Nearby
New Town
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
...More
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scotfisher
August 12, 2018|
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Response from Patty K | Reviewed this property |
No. They have a valet/bellhop. It is directly on the street. There is street parking. As we had a car service, we did not use this amenity.
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charhiker
July 4, 2018|
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Response from Hessah A | Reviewed this property |
Take the train; very accessible. Less than 10 mins walking distance from the Train station
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charhiker
July 4, 2018|
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Response from Llamma2 | Reviewed this property |
We took a cab. It was about 25£. There was no where to park by our hotel, and the city is easy to get around by bus nice you get to the hotel. So, we did not see the need to hire a car. The train/bus did not come close... More
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Room Tips
"Frnt rooms can be abit nosiy with traffic,though it quietens down later at night"
birchgrovesydney
1 week ago
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"Ask for a room facing the courtyard."
N8615KVjohnl
2 weeks ago
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"The rooms that overlook the courtyard can be noisy if there's a party going on down below."
16deborahb
2 weeks ago
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"New section only - we had 373"
sascanlan
Sep. 1, 2018
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