The Principal Edinburgh George Street

Travelzoo Staff

Why We Love It

  • Central location on famous George Street, near many of Edinburgh’s main attractions
  • Dating back to 1775, the hotel has preserved its sense of historic grandeur
  • There’s a trendy restaurant & bar on site, serving seasonal Scottish produce, as well as a separate café
  • Many of the elegant rooms have striking city views

"The food is terrific" -- The Herald

Map & Directions

Edinburgh Airport is a 25 minute drive away (7.4 miles), or you can take the number 100 bus from the airport and get off at the George Street stop, a minute’s walk from the hotel. The nearest train station is Edinburgh Waverley, a 7 minute walk away. If you’re looking for a parking space, the hotel offers a discount at NCP Elder Street, less than half a mile away (book in advance, and it’s a good idea to drop your luggage at the hotel first). It should cost £13.50 for 24 hours.

Rooms & Rates

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Named after the famous Edinburgh street it was built on, in 1775, The George Hotel was originally built as five separate town houses. It became a hotel in 1881, and is one of the Scottish capital’s oldest, featuring a striking stone exterior and an elegant interior that mixes modern and classic décor, with high ceilings, chandeliers and pillars.

The hotel is well placed for visiting the city’s main attractions. Among them are the 11th-century Edinburgh Castle, a 12-minute walk away; the National Museum of Scotland, 13 minutes by foot; and The Royal Botanic Gardens, just under 30 minutes’ walk away. For boutiques, bars and restaurants, head to Georgian New Town, mere minutes away, or bustling Princes Street, just around the corner.

Edinburgh is filled with good restaurants -- five of which have a Michelin star. But if you fancy a night in, the hotel’s Printing Press restaurant and bar serves seasonal, Scottish produce -- a highlight is their Sunday Roast, and they also have a children’s menu. Breakfast and lunch are also served here, or you can opt for Burr & Co, the on-site café serving sandwiches, salads and pastries to take away or eat in.

The 249 sophisticated rooms range from Standard to Suites, and feature oak and brass details, as well as flat-screen TVs with cable channels and movies on demand. WiFi is free. Deluxe rooms and Suites come with bathrobes and slippers, and many have striking city views. 



  • Bar
  • Gym / fitness center
  • Restaurant
  • Pet-friendly
  • 100% smoke-free


  • 24-hour front desk
  • 24-hour room service
  • Concierge service
  • Express check-in / checkout
  • Laundry / dry cleaning
  • Safe in reception (fees apply)
  • Business center

Room amenities

  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Safe


  • Complimentary Wi-Fi in guest rooms
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi in public areas


  • Bathrobes
  • Hair-dryer


Check-in: Standard Time is 3pm.

Checkout: Standard Time is 12pm.

Pets: Pets allowed

Cancellation: Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.

Additional details: Pets allowed Check-in time starts at 3pm Check-out time is 12pm

National Rating
This establishment has received its official star rating from VisitScotland, the National Tourist Board for Scotland.

Know Before You Go

  • Up to 10 children 1 year old and younger stay free when occupying the parent or guardian's room, using existing bedding.
  • The property allows pets in specific rooms only and has other pet restrictions (surcharges apply and can be found in the Fees section). Guests can arrange to bring pets by contacting the property directly, using the contact information on the booking confirmation.


The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Fee for full breakfast: GBP 15.95 per person (approximately)
  • Pet fee: GBP 30 per pet, per night
  • Early check-in fee: GBP 10 (subject to availability)
  • Late check-out fee: GBP 10 (subject to availability)
  • Rollaway bed fee: GBP 30.00 per night
  • Onsite credit card charges are subject to a surcharge

The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

Mandatory Fees and Taxes

You'll be asked to pay the following charges at the property:

  • Deposit: GBP 50 per night

We have included all charges provided to us by the property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the room you book.

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Customer Service available Mon-Fri, 8am-6pm

Rates may vary by date, are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until your purchase is complete.

Please note: Some amenities and services may not be available in all rooms or may incur an additional charge. All prices stated have been verified at the time of publication and may vary at the discretion of the hotel.

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