The Principal Edinburgh

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The Principal Edinburgh
General information
Location 19-21 George Street, Edinburgh, Scotland
Coordinates 55°57′14″N 3°11′47″W / 55.953810°N 3.196346°W / 55.953810; -3.196346Coordinates: 55°57′14″N 3°11′47″W / 55.953810°N 3.196346°W / 55.953810; -3.196346
Opening 1860
Owner Principal Hotel Company
Technical details
Floor count

Townhouse (Old Wing) 4

Forth (New Wing) 7
Other information
Number of rooms 240
Number of restaurants 1
Parking

On Street (Limited, Chargable, Maximum 3 Hours)

Local NCP Carpark offers discount to George Hotel guests.
Website
The Principal Edinburgh

The Principal Edinburgh is a historic hotel, known for 136 years as The George Hotel, located at 19–21 George Street in Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland.

History[edit]

The five townhouses on George Street that make up the hotel's historic core, Nos. 15-25,[1] were constructed around 1780 as part of Edinburgh's New Town, to designs by John Young.[2] They are now a category A listed building.[3] In 1840, No. 19 George Street was remodeled by architect David Bryce[4] as the headquarters of the Caledonian Insurance Company.

In 1860, a hotel opened in Nos. 21 & 23, gradually expanding to cover the upper levels of the other buildings as well. In 1879, the Caledonian Insurance Company expanded to Nos. 15 & 17, with remodeling carried out by MacGibbon and Ross.[5] In 1880 the hotel portion became The George Hotel. In 1905, the hotel was completely remodeled, with the addition of luxurious public rooms on the ground floor.[6]

In 1939, the Caledonian Insurance Company moved out, selling their premises to The George Hotel. however World War II prevented a planned expansion, and the offices were requisitioned by the Navy, Army and Air Force Institutes until 1946.[7] The old insurance offices finally opened as the expanded George Hotel in 1950. In 1958, the hotel proposed a 17-story tower wing in the rear, but a public inquiry prevented its construction. The George Hotel eventually built a smaller 7-story rear wing, designed by Henry Wylie, in 1967.[8]

The George Hotel was completely renovated in 2006[9] and was voted Best Hotel in Edinburgh at the Scottish Hotel Awards 2009.[10]

In 2015-16, London-based interior design studio, Goddard Littlefair redesigned the hotel's interiors.[11] The former Tempus Bar & Restaurant reopened in 2015 as The Printing Press Bar & Kitchen, under the direction of chef-restaurateur Des McDonald, previously of The Ritz and The Ivy in London.[12] On 1 November 2016, at the conclusion of the renovations, the hotel's owners, Principal Hotel Company, renamed the hotel The Principal Edinburgh.[13]

Noted Guests[edit]

For the past 200 years the property has been a prestigious address. In Georgian times the poet Robert Burns paid many visits to No. 25, as did the author Sir Walter Scott.[14] In more modern times celebrities such as Elizabeth Taylor, Omar Sharif, Jack Lemmon and Kylie Minogue have visited.[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.ewht.org.uk/uploads/downloads/GEORGE%20HOTEL-history%20booklet%20190x190%20(2).pdf
  2. ^ https://books.google.com/books?id=mvmDV3oeRU0C&pg=PA299&lpg=PA299&dq=MacGibbon+and+Ross+%22george+hotel%22&source=bl&ots=yQalalhGsW&sig=8NJdIrxmbM5XokC1wHxe5MH5SYU&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiu2rTnvYLVAhUQ92MKHRRMBeQQ6AEIPDAB#v=onepage&q=MacGibbon%20and%20Ross%20%22george%20hotel%22&f=false
  3. ^ "The Principal Edinburgh, Listed Building Report". Historic Scotland. Retrieved 2009-10-27. 
  4. ^ https://books.google.com/books?id=mvmDV3oeRU0C&pg=PA299&lpg=PA299&dq=MacGibbon+and+Ross+%22george+hotel%22&source=bl&ots=yQalalhGsW&sig=8NJdIrxmbM5XokC1wHxe5MH5SYU&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiu2rTnvYLVAhUQ92MKHRRMBeQQ6AEIPDAB#v=onepage&q=MacGibbon%20and%20Ross%20%22george%20hotel%22&f=false
  5. ^ https://books.google.com/books?id=mvmDV3oeRU0C&pg=PA299&lpg=PA299&dq=MacGibbon+and+Ross+%22george+hotel%22&source=bl&ots=yQalalhGsW&sig=8NJdIrxmbM5XokC1wHxe5MH5SYU&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiu2rTnvYLVAhUQ92MKHRRMBeQQ6AEIPDAB#v=onepage&q=MacGibbon%20and%20Ross%20%22george%20hotel%22&f=false
  6. ^ http://www.ewht.org.uk/uploads/downloads/GEORGE%20HOTEL-history%20booklet%20190x190%20(2).pdf
  7. ^ http://www.ewht.org.uk/uploads/downloads/GEORGE%20HOTEL-history%20booklet%20190x190%20(2).pdf
  8. ^ https://books.google.com/books?id=mvmDV3oeRU0C&pg=PA299&lpg=PA299&dq=MacGibbon+and+Ross+%22george+hotel%22&source=bl&ots=yQalalhGsW&sig=8NJdIrxmbM5XokC1wHxe5MH5SYU&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiu2rTnvYLVAhUQ92MKHRRMBeQQ6AEIPDAB#v=onepage&q=MacGibbon%20and%20Ross%20%22george%20hotel%22&f=false
  9. ^ http://www.ewht.org.uk/uploads/downloads/GEORGE%20HOTEL-history%20booklet%20190x190%20(2).pdf
  10. ^ "Scottish Hotel Awards, 2009 results" (PDF). Retrieved 2009-10-27. 
  11. ^ "Hotel Interior Designers UK | Luxury Hotel Interior Design | The Principal Edinburgh, Edinburgh". Goddard Littlefair. Retrieved 2016-06-23. 
  12. ^ http://edinburgh.stv.tv/articles/1329935-the-printing-press-bar-and-kitchen-set-to-open-on-george-street/
  13. ^ http://dramscotland.co.uk/2016/11/03/iconic-hotel-relaunches-principal-edinburgh/
  14. ^ http://www.ewht.org.uk/uploads/downloads/GEORGE%20HOTEL-history%20booklet%20190x190%20(2).pdf
  15. ^ http://www.ewht.org.uk/uploads/downloads/GEORGE%20HOTEL-history%20booklet%20190x190%20(2).pdf

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