THE PRIN­CI­PAL ED­IN­BURGH

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CHAR­LOTTE SQUARE

ED­IN­BURGH plans to out­pace any other Bri­tish city to in­crease its num­ber of ho­tel rooms by 17.5 per cent by 2020. Lead­ing the charge is the newly and beau­ti­fully ren­o­vated Prin­ci­pal Ho­tel Char­lotte Square which opened last Septem­ber across seven prime New Town town­houses, for­merly home to the city’s old­est ho­tel, The Roxburghe.

Pub­lic rooms are both el­e­gant and cosy, a wel­com­ing mix of vel­vets and linen-edged cur­tains in jewel colours. The airy green and cream Gar­den Room restau­rant is lit by su­per-size sus­pended lamp shades.

The 199 com­fort­able rooms built in a square around a cen­tral court­yard in­clude just the right amount of tar­tan, soft throws and tuck boxes filled with com­pli­men­tary treats. The Prin­ci­pal is an ideal con­tem­po­rary city cen­tre ho­tel in a Un­esco World Her­itage site and seems pop­u­lar with lo­cals and vis­i­tors.

The Prin­ci­pal Ed­in­burgh Char­lotte Square: room and break­fast from £169 per night (thep­rin­ci­pal­ho­tel.com/ ed­in­burgh-cs)

Scot­tish pride: view down his­toric Royal Mile in Ed­in­burgh Old Town

Ren­o­vated: Prin­ci­pal Char­lotte Square

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