InterContinental Edinburgh The George

19-21 George Street, New Town, Edinburgh, United Kingdom, EH2 2PB - See map
Free Wi-Fi
8.7
Excellent
/10
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Housekeeping7
Breakfast7
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InterContinental Edinburgh The George

"While you can find cheaper hotels, the value for money of The Principal George Street is still very good and it is worth the extra pounds."

Johan - August 5, 2018

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Popular landmarks
Camera Obscura and World of Illusions 540 m
Royal Mile Street 540 m
The Real Mary King's Close 570 m
Edinburgh Castle 620 m
Edinburgh Old Town 670 m
National Museum of Scotland 830 m
Calton Hill 880 m
Palace of Holyroodhouse 1.5 km
Arthur's Seat 2.4 km
Royal Yacht Britannia 3.4 km
Nearby landmarks
William Pitt Statue 50 m
James Clerk Maxwell Statue 50 m
King George IV Statue 50 m
St Andrew Square 50 m
Thomas Cook Travel Agency 90 m
Fopp 100 m
Abbotsford 110 m
Robertson Fine Art 120 m
Opal Lounge 140 m
Great Grog Wine Bar 150 m
9.5

Exceptional

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Inside city center
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Exceptional cleanliness
9.0 rating for cleanliness
Excellent service
8.7 rating for service
Excellent facilities on premise
8.2 facilities on premise
Excellent comfort
8.0 room quality and comfort

Excellent place to stay from location and accommodations.

Randall | August 3, 2018

The staff is above and beyond in everything they do.

Randall | August 3, 2018

Really liked this hotel.

Colleen | July 18, 2018

  • 440 meters to public transportation

  • Airport transfer

  • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

  • Daily housekeeping

  • Room service [24-hour]

Cheaper than 97% of all properties in Edinburgh in the last 24 hoursCompared to 2,795 Edinburgh properties at Agoda for various dates
Value for money7.8
Distance to city center0.3km
Location rating9.5
Nearest airportEdinburgh Airport (EDI)
Distance to airport10.3 km

Rooms available at InterContinental Edinburgh The George

Very good
Room comfort & quality
8.0
2 Double Beds Superior
2 Double Beds Superior
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  • Room size: 24 m²/258 ft²
  • Non-smoking
  • 2 double beds
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2 Beds Superior Room
2 Beds Superior Room
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  • Room size: 24 m²/258 ft²
  • Non-smoking
  • 2 single beds
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Urban 1 Double
Urban 1 Double
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  • Room size: 12 m²/129 ft²
  • Non-smoking
  • 1 double bed
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King Deluxe
King Deluxe
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  • Room size: 28 m²/301 ft²
  • Non-smoking
  • 1 king bed
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Junior Suite
Junior Suite
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  • Room size: 30 m²/323 ft²
  • Street view
  • 1 king bed
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Superior Room
Superior Room
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  • Room size: 22 m²/237 ft²
  • Shower
  • 1 king bed or 2 single beds
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1 Bed Suite
1 Bed Suite
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  • Room size: 40 m²/431 ft²
  • Street view
  • 1 king bed
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Standard Room
Standard Room
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  • Room size: 12 m²/129 ft²
  • Shower
  • 1 double bed
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King Room with Accessible Roll in Shower
King Room with Accessible Roll in Shower
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  • Room size: 28 m²/301 ft²
  • Shower
  • 1 queen bed
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King Forth View
King Forth View
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  • Room size: 28 m²/301 ft²
  • City view
  • 1 king bed
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Frequently asked questions

What time is check-in and check-out at InterContinental Edinburgh The George?

Check-in is from 03:00 PM, and check-out is until 12:00 PM. You may request early check-in or late check-out during booking, subject to availability. Guests checking in or out before or after the designated periods may be charged an additional fee. The hotel offers luggage storage to guests for before check-in and after check-out. The front desk is always open, day or night.

How do I get to InterContinental Edinburgh The George?

InterContinental Edinburgh The George is easy to access from the airport. In fact, you can even book your airport transfer in advance for greater peace of mind. Just use the "Let us know what you need" section of the booking page to let the hotel know you want to book a ride, and they will contact you via the Agoda messaging service. For those who wish to drive their own cars, InterContinental Edinburgh The George has a car park that's close to the hotel. Parking is available for an additional charge. If you're looking for an easy way to get around Edinburgh with private transportation, the hotel can arrange both taxis or car rental.

What is the smoking policy at InterContinental Edinburgh The George?

InterContinental Edinburgh The George does not permit smoking in any of its rooms or indoor areas.

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What people love about InterContinental Edinburgh The George

  • 10.0
    Exceptional
    "Love how a touch of history was maintained in the space and how posh it felt."

    Pui | May 3, 2019

  • 9.6
    Exceptional
    "Hotel was warm , welcoming and room was tastefully decorated and cosy ."

    Alison | December 1, 2017

  • 9.6
    Exceptional
    "I will definately stay here the next time I visit Edinburgh."

    Johan | August 5, 2018

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9.0/10
Room comfort score
8.0/10
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8.9/10
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8.7
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2,891 reviews
Cleanliness
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Facilities
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Location
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More about InterContinental Edinburgh The George

Set in one of the most prestigious locations in Edinburgh, this award-winning property is a great place to stay whether on a work trip or a fabulous city break. InterContinental Edinburgh The George (formally known as The George Hotel) is near the city’s business district and has many local attractions within walking distance, including the famous Edinburgh Castle, Princess Street Gardens, and Holyrood Palace. Interior architects like Goddard Littlefield have created a sense of restored grandeur by means of sympathetic restoration, simple detailing, and the use of rich materials.

In addition to the Scottish Hotel of the Year award that the property won in 2017, InterContinental Edinburgh The George is recently announced as the 2018 regional winner of the Edinburgh & The Lothians Conference Hotel of the Year and Wedding Hotel of the Year. The property is easily accessible by road, rail, and air with Waverley railway station nearby and Edinburgh International Airport a short journey away.

Guests can enjoy drinks with a view at the resident bar in the Forth View Suite, serving a wide range of drinks with stunning vista views of Edinburgh. In-room facilities include a plasma TV, Internet access, safe, iron and ironing board, hairdryer, and tea and coffee making facilities. With an ideal location and facilities to match, InterContinental Edinburgh The George hits the spot in many ways.

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Food & Dining
4 mentions

What they offer

8.0
Very good
Spaciousness
"Great service and hotel, room very small walk into room and ..."

Stuart | July 21, 2018

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Food and dining

Breakfast options

Vegetarian
Full English/Irish

Restaurants on site

The Printing Press Bar & Kitchen
Cuisine:Scottish
Menu:Buffet

What's nearby

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Reviews of InterContinental Edinburgh The George from real guests

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8.7
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8.8
Excellent
Dina from United Arab Emirates
Group
Stayed 9 nights in September 2016

Great stay”

The George hotel delivered on so many fronts! - Great location in the heart of new town but very managable (and enjoyable) walk to old town; we walked everywhere except the Britania yacht. It is also great for access to amazing restaurants and cafes - newly renovated room and bathroom a definite plus - very helpful staff with most of them being very friendly as well. A couple of watchouts for you to consider. None of them were deal breakers for us 1. Rooms in the old building have no AC. We did not mind as it was not needed at night and we were out most of the day but the one day when we went back to the hotel at 3 pm, we could not stay in the room. If you are traveling during a warm season, ask for an airconditioned room. 2. Some of our towels were frayed and one even had a hole. Very clean but lierally showing wear and tare. Would definitely expect more from such a facility. If we are ever in Edinburgh again, would definitely stay there.

Reviewed September 20, 2016
10.0
Exceptional
Steven from United Kingdom
Couple
1 Double Bed
Stayed 2 nights in May 2012

A real classy hotel in the heart of Edinburgh”

Wow factor foyer, stylish rooms, extra helpfull staff, great adjoining bar

where to start? what an amazing time spent in the heart of edinburgh for a weekend away together.the staff at "the george" are friendly and attentive yet appear quietly and move swiftly about the daily business of maintaining the high standards of the hotel. our room was in the new part of the hotel which is modern, spacious and nicely decorated. the location of "the george hotel" couldn't be better situated with a vast selection of shopping, dining and stylish bars all within a short walking distance. all in all we have nothing but positive praise for the hotel and will be returning for another stay in the near future.

Reviewed May 17, 2012
8.7
Excellent
Hannah from Ireland
Couple
1 Double Bed
Stayed 3 nights in March 2013

Very pleasant stay at The George”

Great Location, Friendly + helpful staff, Clean + nice rooms.

The George Hotel had very helpful and courteous staff. There was a staff member continuously at the front door of the hotel and he gave good information and directions on different event. that were in the area. The room was very comfortable and clean. The hotel is centrally located and within a short walk of many shops, restaurants and Edinburgh castle. The only issue we found with the hotel was the wifi - it only worked in the hotel lobby and it wasn't that fast. Overall, I enjoyed my time in The George and if I do visit Edinburgh again I would return there.

Reviewed August 14, 2013
9.6
Exceptional
Mellina from Indonesia
Family with young children
1 Double Bed
Stayed 4 nights in March 2017

Exceptional”

Our family ( with 1 daughter ) stayed 4 nights at The Principal of Edinburgh in two rooms with connecting doors (451-452) .When check in, Katrina ( sorry if I spell the name not correct) at the front desk was very sympathetic and attentive. Also the the man who took us to our room which was very helpful. The same man who later always help us during our stay there (sorry I forgot to ask his name). Katrina and this gentleman also very helpful when my sister arrived from The Hague Dutch and we are not in hotel. Bedroom/bathroom clean and nice. Old building but modern renovation. And in every room there is a "Tuck box" that contains snacks, candy, chocolate, coffee and tea which certainly become our daughter favorite. Before Edinburgh, we stayed 7 days in Le Meridien Piccadilly, London. But my daughter said, she is happier at The Principal Edinburgh. And I agree, hotel and service very satisfactory. We will definitely be back again.

Reviewed April 03, 2017
9.3
Exceptional
Robert from United States
Couple
1 Double Bed
Stayed 4 nights in May 2013

Great Edinburgh location”

Location, easy access, comfort

The George is a great Edinburgh location for accessing everything. Since it's two blocks up from Princes Street it was very quiet for a central city hotel. Easy walking to great restaurants and shopping. Day bus pass makes all of Edinburgh easily accessible. Staff very friendly and helpful. Watching Scottish wedding receptions from the lobby a plus.

Reviewed May 12, 2013
9.6
Exceptional
Kay from Australia
Solo traveler
1 Double Bed
Stayed 2 nights in October 2016

Wonderful hotel, brilliant location, great value for money”

You can't find a better spot for exploring the beautiful city of Edinburg. It's right in the centre of the New Town and its shops, a short walk to the atmospheric Old Town, a stroll to the trams if you are coming from the airport. Recently refurbished, it retains all the charms of yesteryear with what we require today. Love the usb sockets for re-charging in my room. A special note for the staff -nothing was too much effort, they went out of their way to make my stay memorable, whether it was providing excellent recommendations for dinner nearby, printing, and generally just being delightful. As you can read, I would definitely recommend staying at The George.

Reviewed October 21, 2016
9.6
Exceptional
Johan from Sweden
Solo traveler
1 Double Bed
Stayed 2 nights in July 2018

Great hotel at a great location”

Great location, a beutiful building and friendly staff. My room was a little bit noisy as it was situated next to a back alley where delivery trucks and garbage trucks could be heard quite clearly, but other than that everything was excellent. While you can find cheaper hotels, the value for money of The Principal George Street is still very good and it is worth the extra pounds. I will definately stay here the next time I visit Edinburgh.

Reviewed August 05, 2018

Dear Jonathan, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience from your stay as our guest. We are really sorry for any inconvenience you faced during your stay from external noise. As we are centrally based we cannot avoid being affected by some external noise, however Reception is always available to assist you and found you a more suitable room closer to your needs. We have a passionate team of staff here at Principal Edinburgh so I am delighted to read your comments and look forward to sharing them with the team.Thank you for also highlighting our central location; some minutes away from big historical attractions,awarded restaurants, boutique shops and cocktail bars. Thank you again for your feedback, and we hope you will continue to award us with your loyalty giving us the pleasure of welcoming you back on your next Edinburgh trip. Kind regards, Christina Efthymiou Guest Relations Manager

Responded August 10, 2018
InterContinental Edinburgh The George
8.3
Excellent
Margaret from United Kingdom
Solo traveler
1 Double Bed
Stayed 2 nights in October 2012

Small room but excellent location”

refurbished, clean, great location

I haven't stayed at The George for over 30 years and so was a wee bit surprised when I saw that my room was about a third of the size of the room that I had the last time. Good decor, plenty of cupboard space but I prefer to have at least a couple of drawers for storing smaller items like underwear, socks, scarves etc and there were none. Good bathroom but I would have preferred a smaller basin so that room could have ben left for some kind of shelf on which to leave my toilet bag. My main issue was that I was frozen. I cannot believe that a hotel room in Edinburgh of all places has neither a radiator in the bedroom nor a heated towl rail in the bathroom. The newly tiled floor in the bathroom was dreadful to walk on as it was so cold. The Air Conditioning was set on high fan and at 20 degrees C. 20 degrees C with the sun on your back is quite warm. An AC set at that temperature is just plain freezing, especially in a room the size of the one I was in. I tried the AC at both 27 and again at 32 degrees and still just had cool air blowing on me. I tried switching it off completely but it just turned itself on again. I have lived overseas and so I know about AC.This would be good in the summer months when the city can be warm but it has put me off staying there again even although it's in a perfact location for shopping in Princes Street, George Street and the St James' Centre.

Reviewed October 31, 2012
10.0
Exceptional
Jennifer from Australia
Couple
1 Double Bed
Stayed 1 night in August 2014

Grand hotel”

Staff; location; room

Only had one night at The George and loved it. As you walk off the street the Foyer is magnificent, but it's the staff who set this hotel above others. We got a super deal and didn't have breakfast, but I'm sure the meals would have been of a high standard. The corridors had the squeakiest floorboards we've ever encountered, but the carpets and furnishings are so plush that you don't notice them once in the rooms (we were on the 3rd floor). The room has enormously high ceilings, lovely comfy bed, beaut bathroom with all the trimmings, tea/coffee & jug .... would definitely recommend The George.

Reviewed September 12, 2014
7.6
Very good
Mademoiselle
Couple
Stayed 4 nights in October 2019

Awesome hospitality from staff - special credit to Martin from Concierge!”

Despite the horrendous weather, Edinburgh is just the loveliest and friendliest city of all times and the George Hotel definitely adds credit to it with an exceptionally friendly & helpful crew of staff - big applaud to the Concierge Team, especially Martin, who loves his job and is super willing to assist. This is my third stay in this hotel and I've always loved it - superb location on the posh George Street, surrounded by luxurious brands and opposite the wonderful restaurant - The Dome. Bed is comfortable, room is spacious - though bathroom plus all doors in the room are major let-down, they're all too old and InterCon should really consider a major renovation, all the wardrobe & bathroom doors look as though they will fall off any time. But the shower itself is very good with strong water pressure. No gym or pool in the hotel though - necessary for InterCon to look into this. I might be biased but George Hotel is certainly the go-to in Edinburgh, no doubt!

Reviewed November 03, 2019
10.0
Exceptional
Frank from Netherlands
Couple
Stayed 2 nights in July 2010

Great hotel in central Edinburgh”

Central, clean, great breakfast, large room and excellent staff
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We stayed here on a Treat Your Partner break and it was such good value. The hotel is right in centre of town and has a great atmosphere. The staff were so friendly and we loved the kilted porters and bar waiter. Our room was beautiful with rose petals strewn on the bed and there was a little tray of sweets and chocolate dipped strawberries on our arrival. We also enjoyed the complimentary glass of champagne which we drank sitting outside in the sunshine at the front of the hotel. The hotel was spotlessly clean and our room was spacious and decorated to a very high standard. If we stay in Edinburgh again this will definitely be our first choice of hotel.

Reviewed July 21, 2010
10.0
Exceptional
jean from France
Couple
1 Double Bed
Stayed 2 nights in September 2012

Beautiful hotel and perfect service”

Excellent breakfast, situated in the center of the city. Comfortable bedroom ....

Friendly greeting from the concierge on arrival. The receptionist and manager were extremely helpful as it was our first time in Edinburgh. (Things to see, restaurants...). My husband and I will definately go back to The George Hotel. A must-stay hotel in the city.

Reviewed October 03, 2012
9.0
Exceptional
James from United Kingdom
Couple
King Superior
Stayed 2 nights in January 2015

Birthday Present from the Kids”

The best three things about the George hotel were the bed, the location and Staff

This is the second time we stayed in the George Hotel in Edinburgh and it was every bit as good as we remembered. The rooms are to a high standard, the staff were helpful, very polite and nothing was too much trouble for them. Look forward to our next visit

Reviewed February 03, 2015
9.2
Exceptional
Karen from United Kingdom
Couple
Junior Suite
Stayed 1 night in June 2017

great addition to Edinburgh hotel scene”

a welcome refurbishment and new livery for this property... staff were very accomodating and helpful - especially Valaria on the front desk. Hotel feels "loved", something rarely found in UK properties. we stayed for two nights on a short trip back to UK and would certainly stay again when next home in Edinburgh. If there was one thing to improve I would suggest breakfast was a little chaotic and that the brasserie was a little small for the number of rooms however food was tasty and a big thing for me - good coffee. I doubt you will be disappointed if you stay here and location is fantastic.

Reviewed June 20, 2017
9.2
Exceptional
Helen from United Kingdom
Couple
2 Beds Superior Room
Stayed 1 night in December 2017

Wonderful hotel in the heart of the New Town”

This is my second time to stay at this hotel and it did not disappoint on this second visit. It is in a good central location on George Street and so was really close by to all the things we wanted to do; shopping and eating! The only downside to the location was that we had to arrive by car and the designated parking was not very convenient or close by. Also our room became very warm in the night and when we opened the window obviously it was quite noisy being on George Street. The room was lovely though, especially with all the little touches and the Christmas decorations in the hotel were beautiful and so we loved our festive stay!

Reviewed December 22, 2017
9.3
Exceptional
Rida from United States
Solo traveler
Urban 1 Double
Stayed 2 nights in June 2010

Great location”

location, location, location
concierge was rarely at his station

I stayed at the George for 2 days over a weekend. Location is much better than any hotel on Princes Street. Right in the best shopping area (not for "touristy" shopping). Conveniently close to major attractions and a short walk to other areas. I had a single room so it was a bit on the small side, but comfortable enough for a single traveler. The George seems to be a combination of a few buildings so navigating to get to my room was a bit maze-like with several twist/turns and tight stairs. Make sure to have the concierge handle baggage.

Reviewed July 05, 2010
10.0
Exceptional
Pui from Singapore
Couple
King Superior
Stayed 2 nights in April 2019

Exceptional”

A beautifully designed and extremely comfortable hotel! Love how a touch of history was maintained in the space and how posh it felt. The tuck box full of snacks was our favourite part of the room, so handy for munching on during our days out. On top of that, the location was excellent, only a short walk to many places including Old Town. Would definitely recommend The Principal to anyone looking for a place to stay in Edinburgh!

Reviewed May 03, 2019

Dear Pui, Thank you for the great review of our hotel! We are glad that you enjoyed your stay and hope to see you again very soon. Sincerely, William Sdranis, Guest Relations Manager

Responded May 05, 2019
InterContinental Edinburgh The George
8.7
Excellent
Hooi from Malaysia
Couple
Stayed 5 nights in August 2011

Good hotel with good location”

Central location near to good shops and restaurants

it is a good quality hotel with great location for shopping and good quality restaurants and cafes nearby. staff are attentive and knowledgeable. historical sites are within walking distance. i would consider staying in the george hotel on my next visit to edinburgh.

Reviewed August 22, 2011
8.7
Excellent
Lee from United Kingdom
Couple
1 Double Bed
Stayed 2 nights in September 2012

Lovely hotel with friendly helpful staff”

Fantastic location

Hotel is situated perfectly. Within walking distance is everything you need, railway station, tourist attractions and shops. Edinburgh is an amazing city with so much to do the only downside at the moment is the extensive construction work for the tramlines. It was a horror story trying to park the car on the saturday we arrived and totally ruined our first day. Other reviews i read insisted on train travel and they were spot on. My only gripe with the hotel room was there was some type of generator outside its window (which had been covered so no view was available). It emitted a constant droning noise which became very irritating in the dead of the night and sleeping difficult.

Reviewed October 04, 2012
9.6
Exceptional
Melissa from United States
Couple
Stayed 1 night in June 2016

Lovely hotel, people, food; minuscule room”

The staff welcome was lovely and warm, the concierge Martin was charming and helpful, the food was delicious and a great value, and the hotel itself is beautiful. I am definitely glad we stayed there, and I highly recommend having dinner at The George whether you are a guest there or not. Nonetheless, the room we had--a a significantly high price, though reduced from over a thousand pounds--was uncomfortably tiny. We are not very big ourselves, but had trouble moving around without tripping over one another.

Reviewed July 03, 2016
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