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The Principal York, York

5-star5 stars
Station RoadYorkEnglandYO24 1AAUnited Kingdom

Luxury hotel with indoor pool, near York Minster
  • Free WiFi
Awesome vibe
Great location
Fantastic service
Value for money
Value for money could be better
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From 1,612 reviewsTripAdvisor Traveller Rating

The Principal York, York

from $141
  • Classic Double Room
  • X-Family Room
  • xx Discover York
  • Standard Twin Room
  • Superior Double Room
  • Superior Twin Room
  • x-family
  • Classic Single Room
  • Junior Suite
  • Exclusive Suite
  • Deluxe Double Room
  • Junior Suite, City View
  • Room, Annex Building (5 minute walk from Reception and the Restaurant​)
  • Sidings Guest Room Double

At a glance

Key facts

Hotel size

  • This hotel has 167 rooms
  • This hotel is arranged over 5 floors


  • Check-in time 3 PM-4 AM
  • Check-out time is noon
  • Express check-out
The credit card used to book the reservation must be presented by the cardholder at check-in. For more details, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.

Required at check in

  • Credit card or cash deposit required

  • Government-issued photo ID required

Travelling with others


  • No cribs (infant beds)


  • Pets not allowed


  • Free WiFi in public areas

  • Free WiFi in rooms



  • Self parking *

Other information

  • Smoke-free property
* See small print for additional details or extra charges

In the hotel

Food and drink
  • Buffet breakfast daily (surcharge)
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/lounge
  • 24-hour room service
Things to do
  • Indoor pool
  • Health club
  • Spa services on site
  • Spa tub
  • Bicycle rentals nearby
  • Golfing nearby
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby
  • Steam room
  • Sauna
Working away
  • Business center
  • Conference space
  • Meeting rooms 6
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Concierge services
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service
  • Laundry facilities
  • Luggage storage
  • Wedding services
  • Number of buildings/towers - 1
  • Year Built 1870
  • Elevator/lift
  • Garden
  • Accessible bathroom
  • Roll-in shower

In the room

Home comforts
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Iron/ironing board
Freshen up
  • Private bathroom
  • Shower only
  • Hair dryer
Be entertained
  • TV
Stay connected
  • Desk
  • Free WiFi
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms available

Special features


Refectory - This restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Chapter House - Onsite bar.

Awards and affiliations

Green / Sustainable Property
This property participates in Green Tourism Program, a program that measures the property's impact on one or more of the following: environment, community, cultural-heritage, the local economy.

The Principal York, York’s small print

Also known as

  • Hotel Royal York
  • Royal York Hotel York
  • Principal Hotel
  • Principal York
  • The Royal York Hotel
  • Hotel York Royal
  • Royal Hotel York
  • Royal York
  • Principal York Hotel
  • York Hotel Royal
  • York Royal
  • York Royal Hotel
  • Royal York Hotel Grand Victorian


The name of this property was previously The Royal York.

The property has connecting/adjoining rooms, which are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property using the number on the booking confirmation.

Some facilities may have restricted access. Guests can contact the property for details using the contact information on the booking confirmation.

Optional extras

Onsite credit card charges are subject to an extra charge

Late check-out can be arranged for an extra charge of GBP 25.00

Self parking costs GBP 15.00 per day

Buffet breakfast is offered for an extra charge of GBP 15.95 per person (approximately)

We have included all charges provided to us by this hotel. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the room you book.

What’s around The Principal York, York


  • Heart of York
  • York Minster - 10 min walk
  • York National Railway Museum - 8 min walk
  • York Dungeon - 12 min walk
  • Jorvik Viking Centre - 13 min walk
  • Shambles - 13 min walk
  • Merchant Adventurers' Hall - 16 min walk
  • Clifford's Tower - 16 min walk

Getting around

  • Leeds (LBA-Leeds Bradford) - 54 min drive
  • York Station - 1 min walk
  • York Poppleton Station - 13 min drive
  • Selby Station - 32 min drive
  • Self parking (surcharge)

Recent reviews

Fabulous 8.8 From 277 reviews

The Principal York, York
Very Good8.0
Gorgeous building, awful gym.
Beautiful old building, beautifully restored a few years ago. Mattress wasn’t super comfy, could use a pilllow top or replacing. Gym is WOEFUL. In a drab basement. Dirty. Out of date equipment. Totally out of place in an otherwise nice hotel.
Teddy, us1 night trip
The Principal York, York
Wish we could have stayed longer!
We had only one night in York, but loved our stay. The room was nice, clean, and spacious, and the service in the hotel was exceptional. I had injured my foot earlier in our trip, so I was so happy to see how close the hotel is to the train station, and yet it was still very serene and quiet. Tom in the bar was engaging and delightful. My travel companion is a handful and can be very challenging, but Tom made everything light-hearted and fun. Makes a great French Martini too! My only complaint was our television wasn't working properly, but maintenance did try to rectify it as quick as possible.
Sydney, us1 night trip with friends
The Principal York, York
Our Favorite Hotel on a Recent Vacation
First of all, the hotel was located within easy walking distance of the railway station in York. The hotel property is absolutely beautiful, with front gardens that are well maintained. The hotel staff is top notch, very receptive to your needs, and helpful with suggestions to enjoy York. Our room was spacious and amply met our needs. Our only regret is that we only were able to stay one night, and were unable to enjoy the dining facilities at the hotel and to relax with a drink in the garden. Maybe next time......
Bruce Ian, us1 night romance trip
The Principal York, York
Beautiful hotel with excellent staff
Great staff, excellent breakfast, beautiful, classic old building. The room was terrible. Should have booked directly with hotel. Management was apologetic. The original hotel has very nice rooms, and we would have had one if we had booked directly. We were in the less pleasant addition. We would stay there again.
Rodney, us3 night romance trip
The Principal York, York
Very Good8.0
Nicely appointed and convenient hotel.
The hotel was well appointed as was our room. The staff was friendly and helpful. We had a superb dinner in their restaurant. However, our room turned out to be on the 5th floor with lift service only to the third floor so that we had to climb to subtantial narrow staircases. We were not told of this when reserving the room. We also had an issue with the hearing on a fairly chill night. A promised electric heater was never delivered. I would stay there again if my room were not above the third floor.
A Traveler, us1 night trip with friends

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The Principal York, York

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