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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 KingdomGreat location! See map

5-star hotel with 2 restaurants, near Princes Street Gardens
  • Free WiFi
  • Excellent Food
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 $110
  • Classic Twin Room, 2 Twin Beds
  • Guest Room Double
  • Executive Room, 1 King Bed
  • Classic Single Room, 1 Twin Bed
  • Business, One Double Bed
  • Classic Twin Room
  • Room, 1 Double Bed, Non Smoking
  • Room, 1 King Bed, Accessible, Non Smoking
  • Club Room, 1 King Bed (Crowne Plaza)
  • Room, 1 King Bed, Non Smoking
  • Superior Room, 1 King Bed, Non Smoking
  • Room, 2 Double Beds, Non Smoking
  • Room, 2 Twin Beds, Non Smoking
  • Deluxe Room
  • Standard Room, Non Smoking
  • Standard Double Room, 1 Double Bed
  • Guest Room Twin
  • Superior Double Room
  • Guest Room Single
  • Deluxe Double Room
  • Junior Suite
  • Room, 1 Double or 2 Single Beds
  • Classic Double Room, Accessible
  • Superior Family Room
  • Double Room, 1 Double Bed
  • Club Classic Twin Room
  • Club Double Room, 1 Double Bed
  • Signature Suite
  • Superior Twin Room
  • Superior Double Room, City View
  • Club Superior family Room
  • Deluxe Double Room, 1 Double Bed, City View
  • Deluxe Double Room, 1 King Bed, Balcony

About The Principal Edinburgh Charlotte Square, Edinburgh

This central Edinburgh hotel overlooks the gardens of Charlotte Square and is close to Princes Street and Edinburgh Castle.

Hotel Features.
Guests have access to fitness facilities. Wireless Internet access is complimentary.

The 199 air-conditioned guestrooms feature private bathrooms, Smart TVs, coffee/tea makers, complimentary bottled water, hair dryers, and telephones with voice mail. Access to WiFi is free. Rollaway beds and cribs are available on request.

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


  • No cribs (infant beds)


  • 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
  • Coffee shop/café
  • 24-hour room service
  • Coffee/tea in a common area
Things to do
  • Fitness facilities
Working away
  • 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
  • Smart TV
  • Satellite TV channels
Stay connected
  • Desk
  • Free WiFi
Food and drink
  • Free bottled water
  • Daily housekeeping
  • In-room safe
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms available

Special features


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.

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

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 9.0 From 106 reviews

The Principal Edinburgh Charlotte Square, Edinburgh
Nice blend between modern and traditional
Really nice. Perhaps breakfast should offer more options for vegans.
Laurence, us1 night trip
The Principal Edinburgh Charlotte Square, Edinburgh
Very Good8.0
2018 Hognamay
Very comfortable stay, staff was very friendly and helpful - we have arrived early in the morning and though our room was not ready we were given another room way ahead of the check-in time. Rooms are clean, linens and towels are new good quality. Location is excellent - close to all attractions and best dining options and bars and at the same time quiet.
Yana, us8 night trip
The Principal Edinburgh Charlotte Square, Edinburgh
Just been refurnished. Real pleasant staff
Lovely staff.
NIGEL, us1 night trip with friends
The Principal Edinburgh Charlotte Square, Edinburgh
The Principal is the Standard
Last minute choice as I left a day earlier than I was scheduled to. Arrived in the AM and they let us check in early with a smile. The room was stately large and if you like modern rich elegant rooms, you will be impressed! Free WIFI, snacks and water in our room. Only stayed for 1 night as we had booked the Waldorf Astoria for the remainder of our trip but wished I found this hotel first. The Principal Hotel is better and only two short blocks away if you really need to visit Waldorf. Pick this one!
Mark, us1 night trip
The Principal Edinburgh Charlotte Square, Edinburgh
It was perfect for a solo shopping trip and pamper night for myself. lovely decor and lovely staff preferred my stay here compared with the principal on George street. Good breakfast choice. only issue is it is a little further away than expected from train station.
Sarah, gb1 night trip

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The Principal Edinburgh Charlotte Square, Edinburgh

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