Walk the length of George Street in downtown Edinburgh from the recently renovated Principal Edinburgh George Street, and you will reach another grand hotel sporting a new look. The people behind this masterful revamp are new brand on the block, Principal, who pride themselves on reviving heritage hotels. Ultra-modern facilities lie behind The Principal Edinburgh Charlotte Square’s Georgian façade and all 199 bedrooms and suites have been given a chic new look. On the ground floor, the restaurant and bar have been completely refurbished. Some things never change, though, like the prestigious address. It is said that the story of Charlotte Square – a fundamental feature of Edinburgh’s New Town – is the story of the rebirth of the city. How apt then, that one of the city’s oldest hotels should be given a new lease of life. Doubles from £209.
Name to Know: Head concierge, Gavin Stirling, who is Edinburgh-born and the treasurer for the Clefs d’Or’s Scottish region. There is little he doesn’t know about Edinburgh.
See: Once considered the home to Edinburgh’s artisan class, bohemian Stockbridge is now one of the most sought-after areas of the city, buzzing with independent shops, restaurants and galleries, as well as a thriving Sunday market.
Eat: A new addition to Edinburgh’s vibrant food scene, Baba takes its inspiration from the Levant by way of the award-winning Ox and Finch team in Glasgow.
Buy: A limited edition print by any number of brilliant, contemporary, Scottish artists at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art.
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