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The Principal Edinburgh Charlotte Square, Edinburgh

5-starThis establishment has received its official star rating from VisitScotland, the National Tourist Board for Scotland.
38 Charlotte SquareEdinburghScotlandEH2 4HQUnited Kingdom

5-star hotel with 2 restaurants, near Princes Street Gardens
  • Free WiFi
Great location
Awesome vibe
Fantastic service
Value for money
Fairly good value for money
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The Principal Edinburgh Charlotte Square, Edinburgh

from $134 CAD
  • Guest Room Double
  • Guest Room Twin
  • Superior Double Room
  • Guest Room Single
  • Deluxe Double Room
  • Junior Suite
  • Superior Family Room
  • Signature Suite
  • Superior Twin Room
  • Superior Double Room, City View
  • Deluxe Double Room, 1 King Bed, Balcony
  • Townhouse Superior Room King Size bed
  • Townhouse Deluxe Room with View King Size bed
  • Townhouse Junior Suite King Size bed

At a glance

Key facts

Hotel size

  • This hotel has 199 rooms
  • This hotel is arranged over 5 floors


  • Check-in time starts at 3 PM
  • Check-out time is noon
  • Express check-in/out
The credit card used to book the reservation must be presented by the cardholder at check-in. For more details, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.

Required at check in

  • Credit card or cash deposit required

  • Government-issued photo ID required

  • Minimum check-in age is 18
  • Minimum Spring Break check-in age is 16

Travelling with others


  • Pets allowed (dogs only) *


  • Free WiFi and wired Internet access in public areas

  • Free WiFi in rooms



  • Valet parking *

Other information

  • Smoke-free property
* See small print for additional details or extra charges

In the hotel

Food and drink
  • Full breakfast daily (surcharge)
  • 2 restaurants
  • 2 bars/lounges
  • Coffee shop/café
  • 24-hour room service
  • Coffee/tea in a common area
Things to do
  • Indoor pool
  • Fitness facilities
  • Full-service spa
  • Steam room
Working away
  • Business center
  • Meeting rooms 9
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Concierge services
  • Tours/ticket assistance
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service
  • Free newspapers in lobby
  • Luggage storage
  • Wedding services
  • Multilingual staff
  • Porter/bellhop
  • Number of buildings/towers - 3
  • Elevator/lift
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Terrace
  • Accessible bathroom
  • In-room accessibility

In the room

Home comforts
  • In-room climate control (air conditioning)
  • Air conditioning
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Iron/ironing board
Sleep well
  • Blackout drapes/curtains
  • Egyptian-cotton sheets
Things to enjoy
  • In-room massage available
Freshen up
  • Private bathroom
  • Shower only
  • Free toiletries
  • Hair dryer
Be entertained
  • Plasma TV
  • Satellite TV channels
Stay connected
  • Desk
  • Free WiFi
Food and drink
  • Refrigerator
  • Free bottled water
  • Daily housekeeping
  • In-room safe
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms available

Special features


The Spa at The Principal - Onside Spa open daily.


BABA - This restaurant serves lunch and dinner. Guests can enjoy drinks at the bar.

Awards and affiliations

Green / Sustainable Property
This property participates in Green Tourism Program, a program that measures the property's impact on one or more of the following: environment, community, cultural-heritage, the local economy.

The Principal Edinburgh Charlotte Square, Edinburgh’s small print

Also known as

  • Roxburghe Hotel Edinburgh
  • Roxburghe Edinburgh Crowne Plaza
  • Roxburghe Hotel Edinburgh
  • Roxburghe Hotel
  • Roxburghe Edinburgh
  • Roxburghe
  • Hotel Macdonald Roxburghe
  • The Roxburghe Hotel Edinburgh Scotland
  • Macdonald Roxburghe Edinburgh
  • Principal Edinburgh Charlotte Square Hotel
  • Principal Charlotte Square Hotel
  • Roxburghe Hotel
  • Principal Edinburgh Charlotte Square
  • Principal Charlotte Square
  • The Roxburghe Hotel
  • Crowne Plaza Edinburgh The Roxburghe
  • Roxburghe Edinburgh
  • Roxburghe
  • Crowne Plaza Roxburghe Hotel
  • Crowne Plaza Roxburghe Hotel Edinburgh
  • Edinburgh Crowne Plaza
  • Roxburghe Crowne Plaza
  • Roxburghe Crowne Plaza Edinburgh


The property has connecting/adjoining rooms, which are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property using the number on the booking confirmation.

Optional extras

Onsite credit card charges are subject to an extra charge

Late check-out can be arranged for an extra charge of GBP 20.00

The spa is accessible for GBP 10 per person, per day

Self parking costs GBP 25.00 per night

Valet parking costs GBP 25.00 per night

Rollaway beds are available for GBP 30.00 per night

Full breakfast is offered for an extra charge of GBP 15.95 per person (approximately)

Pets are allowed for an extra charge of GBP 30.00 per pet, per night

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

What’s around The Principal Edinburgh Charlotte Square, Edinburgh


  • In New Town
  • Princes Street Gardens - 10 min walk
  • Edinburgh International Conference Centre - 12 min walk
  • Edinburgh Castle - 13 min walk
  • St. Giles' Cathedral - 16 min walk
  • Greyfriars Kirk - 18 min walk
  • Edinburgh Playhouse Theatre - 19 min walk
  • University of Edinburgh - 23 min walk

Getting around

  • Edinburgh (EDI) - 23 min drive
  • Edinburgh Haymarket Station - 17 min walk
  • Edinburgh Waverley Station - 17 min walk
  • Slateford Station - 8 min drive
  • Self parking (surcharge)
  • Valet parking (surcharge)

Recent reviews

Superb 9.2 From 136 reviews

The Principal Edinburgh Charlotte Square, Edinburgh
Very Good8.0
Nearly perfect
Beautifully refurbished hotel in a contemporary, but comfortable design/style. Really something special. Breakfast menu was a bit limited and I would suggest a few more choices. Also, front desk struggled recommending restaurants and we were sent to the old town, when we really just wanted something close by in the new town. Not a major issue, but things I thought were slightly unusual. No hesitation in staying here again. Great location and a great hotel.
Paul, au1 night trip
The Principal Edinburgh Charlotte Square, Edinburgh
Nice hotel. Some staff was very helpful- others were only so-so. The bathrooms have very little counter space- but bedroom was good size.
Dawn, us5 night trip
The Principal Edinburgh Charlotte Square, Edinburgh
Staff far too rude!
The hotel was stunning but the staff were ridiculously rude (except a small few!) Realy not good to see in any service but especially in somewhere like this!
Amy, gb1 night trip
The Principal Edinburgh Charlotte Square, Edinburgh
Very Good8.0
Great City Hotel - Boutique Feel
Great hotel with beautiful indoor Garden restaurant for breakfast (also lunch, dinner &. drinks) and delicious and fun Baba restaurant too which we enjoyed for dinner and cocktails. The service from hotel staff was faultless. The room we stayed was as the photos and had a Castle view but the only negative of this was that this also meant our room was above the bottle bank where all the rubbish gets emptied so fairly loud. The location is great and we’d happily stay again.
Sophie, gb1 night trip
The Principal Edinburgh Charlotte Square, Edinburgh
living like a Georgian
so well located for long walks in the parks; very good restaurant; quiet; expensive breakfast....
Frances, us3 night trip

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The Principal Edinburgh Charlotte Square, Edinburgh

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