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Principal Hayley Group relaunch The Royal York and The George in Edinburgh as part of £100m investment programme

The George Hotel in Edinburgh
Principal Hayley Group, a leading hotel and conference centre provider, has relaunched two of its iconic city centre hotels, The Royal York and The Royal George in Edinburgh as part of a £100m investment programme across its portfolio.
In a complete transformation, The George Hotel in Edinburgh and The Royal York have been remodelled, upgraded and fully restored to their former glory in order to safeguard the original features in these historically relevant late-Victorian buildings whilst providing all the comfort and convenience of modern city centre hotels

Working with international interior designers Goddard Littlfair, the sympathetic renovations at each hotel encompass a complete overhaul of all bedrooms, suites, public areas and meeting spaces and the introduction of all-new destination restaurants and bars to reclaim their position as the leading luxury hotel for business travellers, meeting delegates and leisure guests visiting the city.  

In Edinburgh, the five listed Georgian townhouses and contemporary wing that comprise The George Hotel now boast 240 new-look bedrooms and suites with the designers adopting a neutral palette of creams and greys with accent colours and bespoke motifs designed to subtly reflect the local character and culture of these historic city destinations.  Fully-upgraded event spaces include nine flexible conference suites, the distinctive library event space, the grand 315sqm Kings Hall and the Forth View Suite with private rooftop balcony space exposing stunning city views.  The redevelopment has also introduced the Burr & Co coffee shop and stunning new restaurant and bar, The Printing Press Bar & Kitchen, designed with antique oak wood flooring and incorporating an impressive marble bar with sumptuous leather seating and elegant brass detail throughout.  

At The Royal York, which dates back to 1878, period details within the 167 bedrooms and suites have been beautifully restored and new smart TVs with fast free Wi-Fi and Neals Yard bathroom amenities added.   A new restaurant designed by Michaelis Boyd, Refectory Kitchen & Terrace, has now opened alongside the modern and lively Chapter House bar. In addition, the imposing new Garden Room located at the hub of the hotel provides a new imposing space for afternoon tea and Champagne cocktails with its sophisticated styling.   

Tony Troy, Principal Hayley Group’s CEO commented: “I am delighted to see these iconic ‘grand dame’ hotels, The Royal York and The George restored to their former glory and given a fresh breath of life as vibrant focal point within the city.  These significant restorations mark the beginning of our multi-million pound investment programme across the portfolio, underlining our commitment to be the leading operator of landmark hotels with exciting destination restaurants and bars in key destinations within the UK.”  

The new restaurants at The George Hotel and The Royal York have been developed in partnership with London restaurateur Des McDonald, whose impressive CV includes The Ivy, Scott’s, Dean Street Townhouse, Holborn Dining Room and Vintage Salt.  Working with Head Chef Collin Fleming at The George’s Printing Press Bar & Kitchen and Executive Chef Nick Evans at The Royal York’s Refectory Kitchen & Terrace, Des has created menus that burst with seasonal local flavour such as Hand-dived Loch Fine scallops and Isle of Mull rarebit in Edinburgh, and Yorkshire Moor Smoked Wood Pigeon, Waterford Farm Rib Eye and Whitby Slip Soles in York.

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