4.2 out of 5

"Lovely stay at the Roxburgh. The hotel is being renovated at the moment which does take away the outer charm of the building but once you are in one o ... " More

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Hotel Description

The Principal Edinburgh Charlotte Square puts you in the heart of Edinburgh, within just a 10-minute stroll of popular attractions like Princes Street Gardens and Royal Lyceum Theatre. Highlights at this hotel include in-room free WiFi and Smart televisions.

You can enjoy satellite TV, coffee/tea makers, and free bottled water, featured in all 199 rooms. Egyptian cotton sheets invite a comfortable night's sleep, and you'll find nice touches like soaking tubs and free toiletries. 24-hour room service, in-room massages, and safes are also available.

This business-friendly hotel offers free WiFi in public areas, a fitness centre, and has concierge services. Other amenities include a coffee shop/café and coffee/tea in a common area. Full breakfast is available daily. There's also the convenience of valet parking.

Attractions within a 15-minute walk of this 5-star New Town hotel include Edinburgh International Conference Centre and Edinburgh Castle.

Guest Room Twin

Bed Count 2 Twin Beds Maximum Occupancy 2 Max
£80 per night

Guest Room Double

Bed Count 1 Full Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Superior Double Room

Bed Count 1 Full Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Guest Room Single

Bed Count 1 Twin Bed Maximum Occupancy 1 Max

Deluxe Double Room

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Junior Suite

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

The Principal Edinburgh Charlotte Square ratings based on 23 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
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Room cleanliness 4.0 out of 5.0
Service & staff 4.0 out of 5.0
Room comfort 4.0 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 4.0 out of 5.0
5 out of 5

Very nice hotel

Lovely stay at the Roxburgh. The hotel is being renovated at the moment which does take away the outer charm of the building but once you are in one of the amazing rooms it doesn't matter! Lots of staff on hand to make it as easy for guests as possible during the renovations! Will definitely be back and would recommend a stay!

Posted by on 28 Jan 2017

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4 out of 5

Lovely hotel central in edinburgh

Had a lovely time just a couple of things. The heat in the room was far to hot and there was music playing constantly not sure where from, room was noisy.

Posted by , from glasgow on 12 Sep 2016

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3 out of 5

a little blow par

there was a mistake as we were put in a single room the first night, but changed easliy enough. However the cleanibg was a little superficial, dust behind the loo, and all over the window. Breakfast was not included and the voucher system was faulty, they tried to charge for meals we had not had. A better deal for breakfast is Filling station in rose street jus round the corner, half the price and better quality. otherwise , a little more care would give better value, but the location is easy for all parts of the city

Posted by on 26 Apr 2013

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4 out of 5

The Roxburghe Hotel

Hotel itself was very nice, the room I stayed in however, was extremely small and hard to move around in. Practically had to climb over the bed to get from one side of the room to the other. For the money, I felt it was overpriced considering the uncomfortably small size of the single suite.

Posted by on 17 Apr 2013

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4 out of 5

Fantastic location at this spa hotel

Warm welcome, excellent breakfast - wish we'd taken this every day. Really helpful concierge. Loved the recently refurbished decor in communal areas. Great outside seating area if weather had permitted use. Good spa facilities. We enjoyed massages whilst on this mother/daugher city break made even more exciting by supply of scottish shortbread to room every day. Twin room was a bit tight with drawer space/desk chair in way. Tip to request room that isn't situated above wedding reception. Great central location.

Posted by on 16 Apr 2013

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5 out of 5

Ticks all the boxes

Marvellous stay at The Roxburgh. Room available two hours early, good size, massive bed. Staff chatty, welcoming and helpful. Good numbers of attentive staff in the dining room at breakfast, which was excellently presented and made to order. The hotel fronts onto Charlotte Square but Rose Street is at the side with all the bars and restaurants you could need. Princes Street and George Street are on either side with the full array of shops you'd expect in a major city. Highly recommended!

Posted by on 6 Mar 2013

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3 out of 5

OK for cheap deal but not 4*

We got this hotel cheap through a travel site with my flight to Edinburgh. It was in a great location, the bed was comfy, there was no unwanted noise, it was clean. But I was looking forward to staying in a posh hotel, and it didn't feel like that. I guess this is fair enough since we had a deal. Maybe they sell off the older rooms at a discount rate through sites like the one I used. If I had paid full whack I'd have been really disappointed. The shower intermittently scalded and froze us so the hotel moved us to another room of the same standard. Our kettle didn't work and reception arranged for it to be replaced. Our room had no minibar, no pay-per-view films, no bottled water (although we did see this on the maid's trolly, so perhaps guests paying full price do get this), and was a bit tired looking - particularly the bathroom, which since we were in a disabled room (not requested) had the sink at a very low level. Also you had to pay extra for wi-fi at pretty extortionate rates. I would say this should be free to use in a 4* hotel. The shower in the second room was no great shakes either. Also the lift kept breaking down and we were on the fourth floor. Despite all this, it was in a handy location at a good price. Fair's fair.

Posted by on 7 Mar 2012

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4 out of 5

Great for a hen weekend

Location perfect for hen parties (although not full of hens, actually didn't see another one while there!) - perfectly located to nightlife and shopping!! Downside --- shower is not great, temp gauge not working very well... Cheap when compared to hotels on George Street despite being located at the top of the street (side entrance actually on George St). Stayed in another hotel (more expensive) previously and this one was much, much better :-)

Posted by on 31 Jan 2012

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4 out of 5

Great Location

Great location, lovely Hotel. The rooms were very clean. The only downfall with the hotel was the fact that there were Christmas parties on in the hotel on the saturday night and we could hear the music/disco. would be better to put guests not going to parties in rooms furthest away from functions rooms.

Posted by on 6 Dec 2011

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4 out of 5

Perfect for weekend break

Central to all the sites in Edinburgh this hotel is perfect for a weekend break as no car is required. Staff were generally helpful and friendly. The room was a good size and very comfortable without the frills.

Posted by on 30 Nov 2011

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About the The Principal Edinburgh Charlotte Square

Location 38 Charlotte Square, Edinburgh, Scotland EH2 4HQ

Renovations + Closures

The following facilities will be closed from 13 August 2017 until 30 November 2017 (dates subject to change):

  • Swimming pool
  • Dining venue
  • Spa
  • Sauna
  • Spa tub
  • One of the swimming pools

Property Features

There's a coffee shop/café on site. Public spaces have free WiFi and wired Internet. A fitness centre, a terrace, and tour or ticket assistance are also featured at the eco-friendly The Principal Edinburgh Charlotte Square. The hotel can provide concierge services and wedding services. For a fee, parking is available. This 5-star Edinburgh hotel is smoke free.

  • 199 guestrooms or units
  • 5 levels
  • 3 buildings
  • 9 conference rooms
  • Coffee shop
  • Breakfast available (surcharge)
  • Dry cleaning
  • Front desk (24 hours)
  • Express check-in
  • Express check-out
  • Staff members are multilingual
  • Storage area for luggage
  • Front desk safe
  • Tour and ticket information
  • Concierge
  • Wedding services available
  • Terrace
  • Newspapers in lobby (free)
  • Bellhop
  • Lift
  • No smoking on site

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Free cribs/infant beds


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi , Free wired Internet


Self parking (surcharge) , Valet parking (surcharge)


  • Airport: Edinburgh (EDI) (13.3 km / 8.3 mi)
  • Train station: Edinburgh Haymarket Station (1.6 km / 1 mi)
  • Parking: Valet parking and self parking available for a surcharge

Room Amenities

The Principal Edinburgh Charlotte Square offers 199 forms of air-conditioned accommodation with a safe and complimentary bottles of water. Beds feature Egyptian cotton sheets. Smart televisions come with Satellite channels. Bathrooms include a combined bath/shower unit with a deep soaking bath, complimentary toiletries and a hairdryer. Guests can surf the web using complimentary wireless Internet access. Additionally, rooms include coffee/tea makers and an iron/ironing board. Housekeeping is offered on a daily basis and in-room massages can be requested.

  • Deep soaking tub
  • In-room dining (24 hours)
  • Smart television
  • Satellite channels
  • Coffee maker
  • Egyptian cotton linens
  • Shower and tub combination
  • Cribs (free)
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Massage in room (surcharge)
  • Hairdryer
  • Safe
  • Toiletries (free)
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Desk
  • Blackout drapes
  • Climate control (air conditioning)
  • Ensuite bathroom
  • Connecting rooms available

Food & Drink

For a fee, guests can enjoy a full breakfast daily.

24-hour room service is available.

Nearby Activities

Recreational amenities at the hotel include a fitness centre.


If you need to make special requests for accessibility needs, please note them at check-out when booking your stay.

  • In-room accessibility

Hotel Policies


  • Check-in time starts at 3 PM
  • Minimum check-in age is 18

Special check-in instructions:

The credit card used to book the reservation must be presented by the cardholder at check-in. For more details, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.


  • Check-out by noon

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are available for GBP 30.00 per night.
  • Free cribs (infant beds)!


  • Pets: GBP 30.00 per pet, per night
  • Only dogs are allowed


Optional extras

The fees and deposits listed below will be charged at the time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Fee for full breakfast: GBP 15.95 per person (approximately)
  • Self parking fee: GBP 22.00 per night
  • Valet parking fee: GBP 22.00 per night
  • Pet fee: GBP 30.00 per pet, per night
  • Late check-out fee: GBP 20.00
  • Rollaway bed fee: GBP 30.00 per night
  • Onsite credit card charges are subject to a surcharge

This may not be a comprehensive list. Fees and deposits are subject to change and might not include tax.

Hotel Names

  • Roxburghe Hotel Edinburgh
  • Roxburghe Hotel
  • Roxburghe Edinburgh
  • Roxburghe
  • Hotel Macdonald Roxburghe
  • The Roxburghe Hotel Edinburgh Scotland
  • Macdonald Roxburghe Edinburgh

You should know

  • Connecting/adjoining rooms are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property at the number on your booking confirmation.

Awards & Affiliations

Green/Sustainable Property
This property participates in Green Tourism Programme, a programme that measures the property's impact on one or more of the following: The Environment, the community, the cultural heritage and the local economy.

National Rating

This establishment has received its official star rating from VisitScotland, the National Tourist Board for Scotland.