Ratings based on 352 Verified Reviews

4.5 out of 5
91% of guests recommend
4.7 Room cleanliness
4.6 Service & staff
4.4 Room comfort
4.5 Hotel condition
Expedia Verified Reviews
5 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveller from Cardiff

Excellent location with helpful staff.

Posted 21-Jul-2017
A great time staying at The Principal. Nothing is too much trouble for the friendly staff. This is my second visit in 3 months and I will definitely be returning and have recommended to friends.
5 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveller

Edinburgh hotel

Posted 20-Jul-2017
Great hotel, excellent location and staff. Walking distance to key areas of interest. Would stay again.
5 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveller

Principal Hotel, Edinburgh

Posted 18-Jul-2017
Very enjoyable experience only marred by the hotel's inability to provide a hire car, despite reasonable notice being given.
5 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveller from North Carolina

Great location!

Posted 14-Jul-2017
The Principal is a lovely hotel that is well situated in New Town. It was an easy walk close to the bus system. Rooms were great, with a comfortable bed! The staff is very friendly. We will definitely stay here again! Bonus we saw the Queen while there, she visited across the street!!
5 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveller

Excellent

Posted 29-Jun-2017
I've already written a lovely review and it did not find it's way thru your system.
2 out of 5
by A verified traveller

Very disappointed with room

Posted 25-Jun-2017
Pros: Room tiny and impractical
Cons: Room needs hanging space and somewhere to dry hair & apply make up. Bathroom needs shelf or vanity unit
Location: Good location
Had superior room. Nowhere to hang clothes, hanging rail above tea tray, even short tops trailed onto tray. Had to sit on floor to dry hair, only 1 mirror near socket in dark entrance lobby. Room and bathroom tiny, nowhere for toiletries in bathroom, wash bag etc. had to go on floor. Very disappointing !
5 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveller from London

Perfect location to explore Edinburgh

Posted 05-Jun-2017
Cons: Bathroom design in our room
Location: Short walk from Waverley station and tram and bus stops. taxis readily available. Really good restaurants within 5 minutes walk.
very close to good restaurants, just a a short walk. easy to pick up buses and taxis to all the big attractions. Staff super friendly and helpful, nothing too much trouble. Rooms very comfortable. Only downside for us was design of the bathroom with a shower that was awkward to operate and ended up drowning the bathroom whoever it was used. One of those nasty overhead showers which have have to be underneath to figure out how to turn on the handset rather than the overhead. Would definitely recommend staying here and we will be back!
4 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveller from Milan

Great hotel, good location and awsome staff

Posted 04-Jun-2017
Pros: The staff, the quiet location, the restaurants nearby.
Cons: Rooms were not that big, but nothing too small either.
Location: Location is quiet, close to many hotels, with some good location even for a nice breakfast. At walking distance from tram and bus stations too.
The hotel is on the other side of old town, close to the busiest street for shopping and easy to reach from the airport shuttle bus station too. It is a very well decorated, classical style hotel, with a warm and kind staff to welcome you. The rooms were clean and comfortable, although a little on the small side. There are plenty of places to dine at close to the hotel. If you are not looking for something directly inside old town, I would definitely recommend this hotel.
4 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveller from London, UK

A Good Hotel in an Excellent Location

Posted 02-Jun-2017
The best things about the Principal are it's truly friendly and helpful staff as well as its location. The hotel is in the center of Edinburgh. The rooms were not spectacular by any means. I've paid less to stay in better properties. But being there for a few days and needing to be in the city center, the Principal served my purposes. Amazing location and I just can't say enough good things about the hotel staff. They really were great.
5 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveller from Richmond VA

Fabulous!

Posted 28-May-2017
Pros: Comfortable rooms, location, the hotel staff!
Cons: Not much!
Location: Location was perfect, we walked almost everywhere!
The room was beautiful and the bed was so comfortable! But what really made this hotel great was the staff. I've never dealt with such warm friendly people at a luxury hotel. Loved it! ,