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The Principal Edinburgh Charlotte Square

In my opinion, and I am sure of many more, Edinburgh is always a good idea! Last month, Mum and I were invited to review the The Principal Edinburgh Charlotte Square hotel, and it certainly wasn’t one I was going to turn down! I adore Edinburgh; getting lost in the streets of the New and Old Town, revisiting favourites neighbourhoods, stepping into the chic boutiques and cafes, all while breathing in the magic of this historic city, thrilling isn’t it? I have written an Edinburgh city guide in the past, as I had quite the little black book to share with you, but today I wanted to tell you about the place we stayed during this visit: the very beautiful,  The Principal Edinburgh Charlotte Square hotel.


Formerly known as The Roxburghe Hotel, The Principal Edinburgh Charlotte Square hotel in Edinburgh a luxury, lavish and sophisticated all in one place, captivated our hearts! Winding down here while being on a speedy visit to the Scottish capital was the best kind of decision and I am hoping to get back soon for a weekend getaway. The hotel consists of seven inter-connecting Georgian townhouses in the heart of the New Town, a UNESCO world heritage site. It has an internal courtyard, The Garden, an green oasis of calm with a glass roof, open from breakfast through to the early hours. Every single detail from the artfully placed ornaments to the velvet chairs in the lobby, makes you want to spend a good few hours in the hotel alone just so you can have a proper nosey around! And if you don’t want to leave at all for dinner, the BABA restaurant on the ground floor – a magical place with scented candles, blue walls and other Moroccan elements – has you sorted, but I will write more about it tomorrow!


The hotel has Guest, Superior and Deluxe rooms, and Junior and Signature suites (which if you have the money to splurge are all well worth the treat!). Mum and I, stayed in a Superior room with decadent blue, velvet curtains, impressive tufted tan brown leather sofa, vintage record player, a white tiled/marble floored en-suite bathroom and a mini bar completed with miniature Edinburgh Gin bottles.

It felt homely and it was gorgeous to look at – the bed was super comfortable with its tartan cushions and blankets and the big windows overlooking the internal courtyard made it the kind of room you don’t really want to ever leave. However, being in such a central location and with so many things happening in the New Town of Edinburgh we didn’t want to spend much time inside so we headed to George Street for some shopping. Isn’t it much handy when one of the prettiest shopping streets of the city are just on your doorstep?

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^ ^ Desk chair made out of dreams! ^ ^

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I love it when a breakfast bar is easy on the eye and that’s certainly the case at the The Principal Edinburgh Charlotte Square hotel. Adding peacock chairs, houseplants hanging from the glass roof, Moroccan jugs and dishes, the interior designers of this breakfast spot did exceptionally well! The menu was really easy to read and the buffet had all sort of fruit, yogurt, pastries and bread rolls to the point that Mum decided not to order cooked breakfast, while I went for the poached eggs on toast with avocado (alongside with a butter croissant with chocolate spread, of course!). Spending time with Mum, talking about my Graduation whilst enjoying our frothy cappuccinos was the best start to our day, and boy was it a busy one!

The Principal Hotel Edinburgh

^ ^ Thinking what are the chances of getting this peacock chair back home with me? ^ ^

The Principal Hotel Edinburgh

The Principal Hotel Edinburgh

The Principal Hotel Edinburgh

The Principal Edinburgh Charlotte Square hotel

The Principal Edinburgh Charlotte Square hotel

Have you ever been to The Principal Edinburgh Charlotte Square hotel? What were your thoughts when you first stepped in The Garden?


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  • Natalie BrandMueller
    July 3, 2018

    How you manage to take such BEAUTIFUL pictures is beyond me! The image details of the room are superb.
    Also, them peacock chairs!!!!


    • Anastasia
      July 3, 2018

      Aww thank you so much lovely! I try to do my best with my photography and I am so glad when people compliment on my efforts. Thank you!

  • Rena
    September 15, 2018

    In love with the relaxed look and what a beautiful place!
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

    • Anastasia
      November 5, 2018

      Thank you Rena! It was such a stunning place, so glad I visited xx

  • Frances
    November 5, 2018

    O.M.G I am dying over these interiors! What a beautiful place to stay and I cannot believe it is in the city centre of Edinburgh!
    Thanks for the recommendation.

    Francesca x

    • Anastasia
      November 5, 2018

      It’s gorgeous inside! Honestly such a nice place!x