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InterContinental Edinburgh The George, Scotland
Said to be Edinburgh's oldest hotel, this stately New Town beauty is a class act. Less impersonal than most international chains, it feels quietly civilised; its lightly contemporary, smartly tailored bedrooms are an oasis of calm after a day of hectic sightseeing - you can walk to the Old Town in ten minutes. If you're big on bling this probably isn't the place for you, but it's perfect for anyone who likes the idea of an on-trend coffee shop with a reputation for great baking, a laid-back bar and a relaxed restaurant, not to mention some of Edinburgh's best shopping on the doorstep.
Opposite the hotel is The Dome is a former bank turned glamorously grand bar and restaurant. It is an Edinburgh institution, especially when decorated for Christmas.
In the heart of New Town, the hotel is extremely close to Edinburgh Castle, Princes Street Gardens and Holyrood Palace.
By car: from Glasgow around 1 hour, from Newcastle around 2 hours 40 minutes and from Manchester just over 4 hours. There is private parking on-site for those driving to the hotel.
By train: from Glasgow Queens Street around 50 minutes, from Manchester Picadilly around 3 hours and from London Kings Cross around 4 hours 45 minutes. A taxi from Edinburgh Waverley station takes around five minutes. thetrainline.com
Style & Character
The hotel will suit anyone who wants a smart, central hotel with a subtle air of refinement. We love the references to the building's distinguished literary connections, such as Robert Burns, Sir Walter Scott and 19th-century novelist and publisher, Susan Ferrier.
Service & Facilities
The remarkably peaceful lobby is an attractive place to peruse the news (and latest magazines), which you can download free of charge.
- Private parking
- Free Wi-Fi
- Fitness centre
- Facilities for disabled guests
We love the skilful mix of contemporary and traditional
furnishings - sympathetic to the building but with an elegant,
fresh feel. Request a room on a higher floor in the modern Forth
Wing; they're bigger and
brighter with great views.
King Superior, Two Single Bed Superior, Two Double Bed Superior, King Deluxe, King Forth View, Junior Suite, One Bed Suite, George Street Suite
Facilities include: smart TV, Wi-Fi, ensuite bathroom with Agraria toiletries, bathrobes
Food & Drink
We love enjoying a beetroot and rosemary gin fizz (at least one of your five-a-day?) in Burr & Co. where you can also grab a bacon, avocado, chilli and lime bagel for breakfast.
The Printing Press Bar and Kitchen: Winner of Hotel Cocktail Bar of the Year at the Scottish Hotel Awards 2019. Relaxed fine dining, modern Scottish cuisine. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Mains from £14.50. Cocktails from £7.95.
Burr & Co.: lively coffeeshop, food-to-go. Open Monday to Friday 7am-5pm Saturday to Sunday 8am-5pm.