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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

Luxury hotel with 2 restaurants, near Princes Street Gardens
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Great location
Fantastic service
Great room
Value for money
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The Principal Edinburgh Charlotte Square, Edinburgh

from $187
  • 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 Double 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


  • Up to 2 children (1 year old and younger) stay free when occupying the parent or guardian's room, using existing bedding


  • 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
  • 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 -
  • 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

  • Crowne Plaza 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
  • Crowne Plaza Edinburgh Roxburghe
  • Principal Edinburgh Charlotte Square
  • Principal Charlotte Square
  • The Roxburghe Hotel
  • Crowne Plaza Edinburgh The Roxburghe
  • Crowne Plaza Roxburghe
  • Crowne Plaza Roxburghe Edinburgh
  • 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.

Please note that cultural norms and guest policies may differ by country and by property. The policies listed are provided by the property.

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 property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the unit 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
  • St. Giles' Cathedral - 17 min walk
  • Edinburgh Castle - 18 min walk
  • Greyfriars Kirk - 18 min walk
  • Edinburgh Playhouse Theatre - 19 min walk
  • University of Edinburgh - 24 min walk

Getting around

  • Edinburgh (EDI) - 24 min drive
  • Edinburgh Haymarket Station - 14 min walk
  • Edinburgh Waverley Station - 17 min walk
  • Slateford Station - 9 min drive
  • Self parking (surcharge)
  • Valet parking (surcharge)

Recent reviews

Superb 9.0 From 228 reviews

The Principal Edinburgh Charlotte Square, Edinburgh
Staff was warm, friendly and so very helpful Great location and super comfortable rooms.
Nadine, us3 night trip
The Principal Edinburgh Charlotte Square, Edinburgh
Beautiful, Authentic Hotel Stay in Edinburgh
Hotel is just beautiful! Attention to detail surrounds you. The staff was kind and attentive, rooms were quiet and extremely comfortable. We stayed in an old townhouse deluxe room and it did not disappoint. Roomy and cozy, luxurious and very comfortable bed. The bar was just lovely, we had great conversations with the bar tenders. Didn't get a chance to eat at Baba, but it was beautifully decorated and smelled amazing! Would no doubt stay here again! Location was perfect for wandering around old and new town. Quick walk from Waverly if you travel light - but also a quick cab/uber ride from the airport or Waverly if you're a heavy packer.
Laura, us3 night trip
The Principal Edinburgh Charlotte Square, Edinburgh
Smart and snappy hotel away from noisy traffic
Great spacious and clean room nicely decorated. Shower was perfect. The down pillows go flat so ask for alternative. Breakfast was delicious with many bakery, yogurt, fresh fruit and juices with a made to order hot menu that is included. Little comp snacks and water, etc., in room. Close and walkable to everything. Very quiet and comfortable. And most of all, excellent welcoming staff offered great recommendations for dining.
A Traveler, us2 night trip
The Principal Edinburgh Charlotte Square, Edinburgh
Be Happy, Stay Here
The staff is extraordinary! They are professional, accommodating, energetic, happy and full of humour if needed. We felt at home and well cared for at The Principal. We would come happily.
Cynthia Baker, us2 night trip
The Principal Edinburgh Charlotte Square, Edinburgh
Very Good8.0
Great location in Edinburgh!
I loved the location of this hotel - not in the crazy touristy area but walk to everything (less than a mile to Waverly). It's a pretty hotel with a nice courtyard in the middle and a view of the castle from various points. Lots of nearby shops and restaurants, which made dining easy. The room was a very generous size and very cozy. The bathroom was lovely and new. There could have been additional porter staff, as there was no one around when I was leaving. The biggest issue was the breakfast. The first morning, there was a wait for a table, which was fine, but frustrating for a hotel of this nature. The second morning, there was no wait for a table, but there was a 20-30 min wait for food. The staff, all good-natured, did give the warning (apparently, there was a situation in the kitchen?) and provided pastries as we waited. It just seemed not up to the Principal standards.
Katherine, us2 night trip

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The Principal Edinburgh Charlotte Square, Edinburgh

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