The Principal Edinburgh Hotel ~ An Edinburgh Wedding Venue & Luxury Residence

Today I am thrilled to spotlight on the Principal Edinburgh Hotel, an Edinburgh Wedding Venue and luxury residence and a  place of rich history, stunning design and beautiful architecture.

I recently visited with my family and from the moment you walk through the doors its not just another hotel, it is an incredibly special experience.

The Principal Edinburgh on George Street has been welcoming hotel guests since 1881.

At its heart are five listed Georgian townhouses, built in 1775 as homes for Edinburgh’s most prosperous citizens.

Following a remodel in 1880 by David Bryce, three of the townhouses opened as the hotel with part of the buildings also being owned by the Edinburgh Assurance Company.

At the entrance to the hotel you can still see the inscription of that company in the wall and that kind of heritage brings character to a building.

The Hotel became Grade II listed in 1950 and has been recently refurbished to its current luxury and splendour by means of sympathetic restoration.


The hotel is centrally located in the heart of Edinburghs New Town and close to the leafy St Andrews Square, a little oasis in the centre of the city.

Its a 5 minutes walk from Waverley Train Station and eight miles from Edinburgh Airport so well placed and accessible for transport links.


The hotel’s interiors combine luxurious natural materials such as oak, marble and leather with a palette of colours inspired by the great 19th-century Scottish landscape painters.

From the welcome by the concierge to the knowledgable and friendly reception staff to everyone working throughout the hotel nothing is too much trouble,  and from the moment you walk through the doors it feels like home.

Talking food the hotel gives a nod to Edinburgh’s rich literary heritage, The Printing Press Bar & Kitchen was once home to acclaimed novelist Susan Ferrier (an equal of Jane Austen, according to Sir Walter Scott).

Records from the late 1840’s also show one John Oliphant living here—and Oliphant’s and Ferrier’s descendants founded one of Scotland’s most prestigious publishing houses in history.

The Printing Press Bar & Kitchen showcases the exceptional quality of ingredients available in Scotland, creating contemporary takes on classic dishes.

We ate as a family at the hotel with breakfast being an eclectic buffet of cereals, muffins, pastries, fruits and more, balanced with a hearty cooked breakfast.

Dinner was again amazing with large portions beautifully presented and served with a smile.

I had the fish which I must say was absolutely delicious and of whale proportions, and beautifully presented.

Its late-night cocktail bar also offers a collection of local spirits, from single malts to Edinburgh gin and Scottish vodka.

The Burr & Co. cafe ajoining the hotel exudes warmth and is a lovely spot to pop in for a coffee or steaming cup of hot tea.

They use freshly-roasted, ethically-sourced beans from Caravan Coffee to create their own George Street blend of coffee, with notes of chocolate and berries.

You can also enjoy tea from the Rare Tea Co as well as juices, cakes, pastries, salads and sandwiches.

We popped in on our last morning and can highly recommend their amazing lemon and poppyseed muffins and Leo recommends their melt in the mouth shortbread.

As an Edinburgh Wedding Venue the spectacular 18th century architecture and stunning detail come together to set the stage for a spectacular Big Day in Scotlands capital and the venue is fully licensed for civil, humanist and religious ceremonies.

The Kings Suite includes the Library, Gallery and Kings Hall for ceremonies and wedding receptions up to 200 guests.

Built in 1827 on a site that used to be a garden it features wedding cakes pillars and intricate ceiling cornicing complimented by the most spectacular colour changing glass dome and a stunning chandelier that is a most impressive sight.

The Hanover Suite is based in the centre of the hotel with a private foyer and provides the ideal space for a ceremony or wedding reception for up to 80 people.

The Forth View Suite is the perfect place for an intimate celebration with room for 18 guests seated or 40 for a more informal standing reception.

This room has the most amazing panoramic views over the city with fantastic views of Edinburgh Castle, and over the Firth of Forth to Fife.

It also features a large balcony perfect for a drinks reception.

The suite is spacious, bright and airy and is also available alternatively for the Bride and Bridal party to get ready for the Big Day.

The Editor’s Bar in The Printing Press can be booked for up to 70 people and is perfect for private parties, product launches and drinks receptions.

Whether you are leisure, business or Wedding guest or the Happy couple, having a lovely place to lay your head is really important after a hard day of work, sightseeing or dancing/celebrating all night.

The hotels fully refurbished rooms combine rich materials, intuitive technology, and stylish lighting and furniture.

We stayed in a Double Deluxe room which was really quite spacious with a large double bed and a very sturdy sofa bed perfect in size for a family of four.

The bathroom came stocked with Elemis toiletires (always a winner with me) and large fluffy towels.

Thoughtful extras like, bathrobes, an umbrella, a fridge with bottled water and milk and a luxury tuck box of treats all added to the rooms charm.

Free superfast broadband throughout the hotel also has massive appeal, if you are staying on Business or have kids that love their gadgets.

All in all I could not recommend it more, whether you are in Edinburgh for a lovely break, on Business or you wish to consider a beautiful Edinburgh Wedding Venue.

Why not indulge yourself in relaxation, savour all the nearby sights, breathe in the hotels huge personality and just enjoying a really wonderful and magical place that will steal your heart.


I am excited to welcome The Principal Edinburgh Hotel to the Blog as a Blog Sponsor today and also to congratulate them on winning Hotel of the Year at the Scottish Hotel Awards this past Sunday, and incredible achievement and well deserved…


To Contact The Principal Edinburgh Hotel


Phone: 0131 225 1251 (Room Reservations) 0131 225 1251 (Events)

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