The Principal Edinburgh Charlotte Square

Edinburgh, Scotland


You can add flights to this hotel

Superior room

Royal Mile

Superior room

Princes Street Gardens

Central Edinburgh digs blending old-world class and modern flair

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This offer is based on two adults only.

Check-in is at 3pm and check-out at 11am.

This offer includes one £7 drink voucher per person, per stay.

The discount:

We advertise this offer at up to 40% off. Our discount is calculated by reference to the hotel’s own prices or by reference to an appropriate source reflective of the hotel’s own prices. An example of our top discount is:

On 18/01/2019, two people may book a one-night stay in a Superior room (inclusions as noted above) and will pay £125 per room, per night, compared to the publicly available rate of £209 per room, per night. Based on this calculation, by booking with Secret Escapes, you will save 40%.

The discounts, price and availability stated above were checked on 24/12/2018.

The offer is 100% non-refundable and date changes are not possible once the booking has been made.

An imposing collection of townhouses brimming with old-world style and up-to-date conveniences in Edinburgh's New Town, including breakfast and optional dinner

  • The Principle Edinburgh Charlotte Square's BABA restaurant delivers an awe-inspiring menu of Levant flavours – think beetroot hummus with orange blossom feta, and charcoal-grilled seafood and beef. Locally-sourced produce takes centre stage here, while a bar is on hand for cocktails.

  • The newly opened gym and spa is a true sanctuary in the city's heart: it offers a pool, sauna and steam room, as well as a range of resistance and strength training equipment and studio classes – perfect if you fancied an energising yoga session or two. 

  • Something of a gem within the hotel's premises is The Garden, an indoor courtyard with a glass roof where breakfast, a light lunch menu infused with bubbly treats, and Twilight Tea (a unique take on traditional afternoon tea, available daily from 12-10pm) are available to guests seeking out refreshment.

  • You'll love marvelling at the thoughtful decor throughout the hotel; recently refurbished to a high standard, it's set within seven grand townhouses in Edinburgh's New Town, and offers an eclectic blend of Scottish tradition, Western modernity and Oriental accents.


- Sauna
- Steam room
- Indoor pool
- Fitness area
- Restaurant
- Cocktail bar
- Garden

How to get there

The Principal Charlotte Square is centrally located in the Scottish capital's New Town, a 15-minute walk or 10-minute drive from Edinburgh Waverley train station. It's also a mere 20-minute drive from Edinburgh Airport.

Good to know

This hotel was a regional winner of both the Brand Hotel of the Year and Style Hotel of the Year titles at the 2018 Scottish Hotel Awards.

Please note that the hotel’s restaurant can be very busy at times, particularly on the weekends, so a dinner reservation is required prior to arrival to avoid disappointment.

38 Charlotte Square, Edinburgh EH2 4HQ

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If you wish to make a flight only booking, or add a flight to an existing hotel booking with us, call our reservations team on 0343 227 0007 (Mon-Fri 9-6, Saturday 10-5, Sun closed)

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  • You'll find no end of attractions to marvel at whilst in Edinburgh, and with a stay in its New Town, you'll never have to wander far for a spot of sightseeing. Edinburgh Castle, the Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh Playhouse, the National Museum of Scotland and the city's thriving art scene are all at your fingertips, while the historic Old Town, Holyrood Park and Arthur's Seat are within a half-hour walk

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It’s easy to add a flight to your hotel. Just select your dates in the calendar and choose ‘add flights’. Get your holiday plans all wrapped up in one click and feel secure knowing that when you book a hotel and flight with us, you’re protected under the ATOL scheme.

If you need any support booking this holiday, please contact 0207 887 2772 (Mon - Sun 8am to 8pm) or to make a flight only booking call 0343 227 0007.

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