A Night at The Principal Charlotte Square*


The past few months feel like they’ve been a bit of a whirlwind. Work has been super busy, and it’s meant I’ve not been able to find the time to pack up and head off somewhere sunny. Instead, I’ve taken a few weekends here and there to sit back, switch off and enjoy a little down time.


We enjoyed one of these weekends a few weeks back, when we headed to Edinburgh’s Principal Charlotte Square – a stunning hotel situated right in the heart of capital – with rooms looking out onto Charlotte Square and George Square.

The hotel has a beautiful old-world traveller theme. The entrance-way has been decorated with hats and suitcases, and rooms have an eclectic, collectors feel. The result is wonderful base for a trip to Edinburgh. Our room looked out onto George Street, and I can have sat people watching all afternoon!


Like all Principal hotels, Edinburgh Charlotte Square includes more amenities than the average hotel room. Instead of a pricey mini bar, there is a handy Tuck Box filled with coffee, tea and a few naughty snacks.


We were also treated to a fabulous G&T thanks to Edinburgh Gin, and downstairs in the lobby, you can purchase any essentials you might have forgotten, including decently priced prosecco, wines and beer.


Thanks to being in the original Georgian part of the hotel, our room benefitted from huge windows, high ceilings and serious soundproofing. Despite it being a Saturday night, there wasn’t a peep from inside the hotel, with just a buzz from the revellers from George Street (we did have the windows open) it was such a cosy spot to spend the evening.


I’ve been lucky enough to stay at a few Principal hotels now, and Edinburgh’s Charlotte Square had to be one of the most stylish. With slick charcoal tiling, and a rainfall shower, it was an absolute joy.


The bathroom was also well stocked with goodies from British perfumer Azzi Glasser. A few of years back, I was lucky enough to meet Azzi (here) and hear all about how she creates such gorgeous perfumes, so it’s so lovely to see an artisan British brand be promoted throughout a whole line of hotels.


Thanks to the room beingĀ so comfy, we abandoned our plans for a night out in favour of room service and a couple of movies. It was exactly what was needed – I turned off my emails for the night and just enjoyed the moment.


After a heavenly night’s sleep, we headed downstairs to enjoy breakfast. Normally this is served in theĀ very insta-friendly Garden – a beautifully airy set up right in the centre of the lobby. Unfortunately, we didn’t get to explore, as since we were visiting during the weekend, and it was packed, so we were shown through to in-house restaurant Baba to enjoy ours.

Principal breakfasts are varied affairs. There is a tonne of fruit, pastries and a whole host of other niceties which you can pick and choose from, and there’s also a hot menu filled wth breakfast favourites.

Since there was a wait for hot items, we tucked into grapefruit and yoghurt to start.

When then ordered up a cooked Scottish breakfast, it was everything you’d hope for, with a generous serving of bacon, sausage, eggs, beans and mushrooms. It was the perfect note to end the stay on, and I’m sure we’ll be back!

Thanks so much to the Principal Charlotte Square for having us!



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