THE PRINCIPAL EDINBURGH
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