We needed a place to stay close to Edinburgh Waverley Station since the purpose of our trip to Scotland was to visit the British Open Golf. With our Brit Rail Passes we were able to travel to Leuchars (nearest station to St Andrews) on two days and another day to the lovely town of Dalmeny near the Firth of Forth. Edinburgh is a beautiful city and easy for walking by day or night.
There's nothing very wrong with The George, but this definitely isn't a five star hotel. The rooms are fine, but nothing to write home about, likewise the service was ok but nothing special. I left feeling a bit ripped off, the hotel hadn't done much to justify it's hefty price tag.
All that said, the breakfast was excellent.
We only stayed one night and paid a very reasonable rate for a room on Princes Street. It was, however, an internal room with a view of the fire escape and ventilation ducts. I've no doubt that there are better and more modern rooms in this hotel. Ours was clean and reasonably comfortable, the pillows being an exception. We booked a B&B option. The breakfast buffet was very good and the coffee was excellent.
The staff were so polite, smart in appearance, this hotel had everything and more, the pool, the spa, the bed was the most comfortable I had ever slept in, the hotel was spotless as was our room, the linen, will definitely return there.
Built in the late 1700s to alleviate overcrowding, New Town has a symmetrical layout with broad streets and Georgian architecture. Visitors will find posh boutiques on George Street and popular pubs on Rose Street. Calton Hill, located on the east end, overlooks the city.