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.

Presented with the Gold Laurel Award, City Hotel of the Year and Scottish Hotel of the Year at the 2017 Scottish Hotel Awards, the hotel’s interiors combine luxurious natural materials such as oak, marble and leather with a palette of colours inspired by the great 19th century Scottish landscape painters.

A nod to Edinburgh’s rich literary heritage, The Printing Press Bar & Kitchen was once home to acclaimed novelist Susan Ferrier, an equal of Jane Austen, according to Sir Walter Scott. Records from the late 1840’s also show John Oliphant living here, Oliphant’s and Ferrier’s descendants founded one of Scotland’s most prestigious publishing houses in history.

Accommodation details


19-21 George Street
New Town
United Kingdom

Check-in Details:

Normal Check-in: 15:00
Normal Check-out: 12:00


0.4 mi / 0.7 km from city centre

Room types and facilities


Sleeps 2, Bed Type: King(s) or double(s) or single(s)  Bathtub/shower combination, Private bathroom, Air conditioning, Refrigerator, Television

General facilities

  • Coffee shop
  • Elevators
  • Exercise gym
  • Internet services
  • Off-Site parking
  • Dry cleaning
  • Safe deposit box
  • Concierge desk
  • Ironing board
  • Room service

Dining information

• The Printing Press Bar & Kitchen, opening time 12:00 - 22:00

Elegant, modern bar and bistro serving seasonally changing, locally sourced rustic Scottish cuisine.


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