InterContinental Edinburgh The George has stood as a hotel, historically known as ‘The George Hotel’, since 1881. It’s made up of a collection of five Georgian townhouses that were originally built in the 18th century.


Accommodation for the curious

Step into a building long known for its elegance and grandeur. A place that has played host to the world-famous poet Robert Burns as well as the author, Sir Walter Scott. These literary giants took major inspiration from their time in Edinburgh – much of it spent within our walls.

One of the townhouses that make up the hotel was home to the Ferrier family, which is where Burns – a close family friend – and Scott were entertained. Mr James Ferrier was the Principal Clerk of Session, and father to Susan Ferrier – the Scottish author.



Susan Ferrier’s legacy

Miss Ferrier’s tales give fascinating accounts of Scottish life and Edinburgh society, and present refreshingly honest views on the consequences of poor education for women. After a successful writing career, she founded Oliphant, Anderson and Ferrier – a publishing house that produced hundreds of books.

We’re so proud of Miss Ferrier’s legacy and link to the hotel that we display a beguiling portrait of her – you’ll find it in The Library. We also paid the ultimate homage to her by dedicating a suite to the Ferrier family.


Caledonian Insurance Company

Before the townhouses were developed into our hotel, they were used for commercial purposes. In 1840, the Caledonian Insurance Company enlisted architect David Bryce to design the impressive façade that welcomes you to our hotel today. What was once the banking hall is now used as our opulent King’s Hall.


A Grand Dame

The first hotel operated in a smaller section of buildings – numbers 18-21 in 1860 and by 1880 the establishment became known as The George Hotel. In 1905, Edinburgh was gaining a reputation as an important centre for retail, artwork and publishing. It was during this time that The George Hotel remodelled the first floor into a suite of public rooms, offering guests dining and leisure facilities.



By 1940 the Caledonian Insurance business had moved out allowing The George Hotel to plan greater expansion and refurbishment, but as the Second World War worsened, the government had other ideas. The ground floor was requisitioned for the Navy, Army and Air Force Institute and was occupied throughout the war. At the original site of No. 19 George Street, millions of parcels were sorted and packaged to give home comforts to the serving officers abroad. It wasn’t until 1950 that the ground floor area was redesigned into the welcoming reception area the hotel provides today and in 1974 the whole site was granted A-List protection.


The commitment of our colleagues and charming character of our hotel makes for an award-winning blend. And our love for delivering exceptional guest experiences continues to inspire our team.

Recognition for InterContinental Edinburgh The George
  • #7 Top 10 UK Hotels in Conde Nast Readers’ Choice Awards 2022
  • Winner of Best Cultural Hotel in the World Luxury Travel Awards 2022
  • Winner of Best Hotel in Scotland over 200 rooms in the Prestige Hotel Awards 2022
  • Winner of Best Concierge awarded to our Head Concierge, Scott Keenan, in the 2022 Prestige Hotel Awards
  • Winner of a 30 Under 30 Acorn awarded to our Finance Director, Craig O’Neil, in the Acorn Awards 2023