The Principal Hotel

4 Oct 2017

Edinburgh based plus size style and fat positive blogger AmandaApparel gushes about an amazing hotel visit in this lifestyle post brought to you by The Principal Charlotte Square.

This post contains gifted services for review. Although the service was gifted, all opinions expressed are genuine and are my own. For more information about collaborative posts, please visit the policy page.


Let me just start by saying that this hotel and its launch party completely blew me away. Seriously. Every single element and detail was an absolute delight, and I’m gonna tell you ALL about it! 


So what’s the 4-1-1 on The Principal? These boutique hotels are dotted around some of the UK’s most cosmopolitan cities like Manchester, York, London, and Edinburgh with several more openings in the works. The Charlotte Square hotel where we stayed is one of two Principal hotels in Edinburgh (the other is on at the eastern end of George Street). This particular hotel was previously known as The Roxburghe Hotel, and it has just undergone a major makeover to the tune of several million pounds! Worth it, TBH! The location was rich in history and tradition, but with a modern twist. I thought it was really interesting how the hotel itself is made up of seven interconnected Georgian townhouses! 


The room options include guest room, superior room, deluxe room, junior suite, and signature suite. Sam and I stayed in a double guest room, which averages around £170 per night for two adults. Amenities include A/C, WiFi, tea, coffee, milk, sparkling water, a Smart TV, and a deliciously stocked tuck box of treats! Toiletries include shampoo, conditioner, body wash, body lotion, bar soap, cotton buds, and a shower cap. Oh! Did I mention the fluffy monogrammed bathrobes?! 


If the food service is even half as good as the hors d’oeuvres from the launch party, I think The Principal is in pretty good shape! Breakfast is served in The Garden until 10 am, and from 11 until late they serve a light food menu and have bar services available. The hotel also has a full restaurant coming soon called BABA which will open in November, and I’ve already heard great things! If you don’t fancy leaving your room (and I TOTALLY don’t blame you) The Principal have an extensive room service menu which looks absolutely incredible. They have a breakfast menu, daytime menu, drinks menu, and even a late-night menu served from 10:30 to 5am with loads of treats including a mug of Ovaltine and chocolate Hobnobs! 


Now, I believe there was mention of a party?! 


As a blogger, this is the best launch party I’ve ever had the privilege of attending. As an events management student, this was a great lesson in how to keep folks engaged, entertained, and how to anticipate guests’ needs. As a plain old civilian, this party was ABSOLUTELY amazing! The #PrincipalParty spanned a good portion of the hotel, and featured different musical performances, drinks menus, and finger foods in each space. The Garden hosted a lavish Aperol pop-up bar, which was GORGEOUS! Later in the evening the incomparable Ray Blk performed, and I am now officially obsessed with her. Seriously, check her out, download her tunes, go see her on tour, you won’t be sorry. On top of the amazing party shenanigans, I got to meet Bex of Petite Style Diaries and Lyndsey, Toni, and Zoe of The Quiet Resolution


Just before midnight, bacon rolls and cheese toasties were making the rounds, and guests were invited to the after party across several of the suites and rooms in the hotel. I could keep gushing for aaaaaages about how much fun this party was, and how beautiful the hotel is, but I think you should head along and see it for yourself! Don’t forget to tell them Amanda sent you! 


Huge thanks to Tara and the team at Stripe Communications for inviting us along, and congrats on an INCREDIBLE launch party! 


This post contains gifted services for review in collaboration with The Principal Hotel. Click to make a booking at the Charlotte Street hotel. All opinions expressed are genuine and are my own. For more information about collaborative posts, please visit the policy page


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hiya! i'm amanda!

Plus size style and fat positive blogger. Born in Kansas City. Matured in Edinburgh Scotland. Feminist killjoy, Instagram fanatic, and avid user of the sparkle emoji. Expect outfit posts, fat activism,
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