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The diningroom at the George Hotel, George Street

The diningroom at the George Hotel, George Street

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ITS formality drew diners in day after day, tempted by the quality of food, lavish surroundings and attentive staff.

Our main picture here of the George Hotel was taken in April 1960, with a host of well-dressed customers enjoying a mid-day meal, with a selection of cooked meats being offered on the menu.

Breakfast at the Carlton Hotel

Breakfast at the Carlton Hotel

The George Street hotel is as popular in 2014, adding itself to a long list of luxury accommodation spots which help make Edinburgh a must-visit destination for travellers across the globe.

So much so that the Capital was this week named the only UK city on a prestigious list of the world’s best hotel destinations.

The survey – based on hotel reviews by nearly seven million customers – rated the Capital above tourist favourites Chicago, Krakow and Marrakech. It is hotels such as The George, and The ­Caledonian, on Princes Street, which never fail to disappoint guests, including many ­celebrities who, over the years, have chosen to make them their home while visiting Edinburgh.

Back in April 1953, it was the turn of Hollywood ­heartthrob Gene Kelly to book into the “Caley”, arriving with film producer Arthur Freed. This female member of staff looks more than delighted in our picture to be welcoming him to the hotel.

Actor Gene Kelly and film producer Arthur Freed arrive at the Caledonian Hotel in April 1953

Actor Gene Kelly and film producer Arthur Freed arrive at the Caledonian Hotel in April 1953

In March 1972, chart ­sensation The New Seekers were staying at the Princes Street hotel as they prepared to represent Britain in the ­Eurovision Song Contest, being held in Edinburgh that year.

Groups of adoring fans, pictured here, waited eagerly for a glimpse of their idols, and were desperate for them to sign autographs.

A chef hands out mince pies during 75th anniversary celebrations at the Caledonian Hotel

A chef hands out mince pies during 75th anniversary celebrations at the Caledonian Hotel

Fans of the New Seekers with their autograph books outside the Caledonian hotel in March 1972.

Fans of the New Seekers with their autograph books outside the Caledonian hotel in March 1972.