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4.6 out of 5

"I have stayed here many times and it never fails to impress me. Every little detail for your stay is thought of and the staff are impeccably professio ... " More

By a verified traveller on Sun 24 Dec 2017

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Hotel Description

Our customers tell us that they enjoy the clean rooms at Principal York. During your stay, you're just a quick walk from York National Railway Museum. Features include free WiFi in public areas, plus an indoor pool and a restaurant. Built in 1870, this 5-star hotel has 167 rooms over 5 floors. All rooms offer free WiFi and TVs.

  • All rooms offer 24-hour room service, TVs and coffee/tea makers
  • Free WiFi
  • Grab something to eat at the restaurant or stop for a drink at the bar/lounge
  • Buffet breakfast served daily for a fee
  • Self-parking available for a fee
  • Take a swim in the indoor pool or soak in the spa tub
  • Services include dry cleaning/laundry, concierge services and luggage storage
  • On-site recreation includes a health club, a steam room and a sauna
  • Guests speak favourably about the area's walkability and the pool
  • Within a 10-minute walk of York National Railway Museum and York Minster

Room, Annex Building (5 minute walk from Reception and the Restaurant​)

Bed Count 1 Double Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max
€127* Per night/room 31 Oct - 1 Nov

Superior Double Room

Bed Count 1 Double Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Acessible Room

Bed Count 1 Double Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Minster View Room

Bed Count 1 Double Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Double Room With View

Bed Count 1 Double Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Superior Twin Room, Ensuite

Bed Count 2 Single Beds Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Principal York ratings based on 12 verified reviews

Review Summary
4.6 out of 5 4.5 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 4.5 out of 5.0
Service & staff 4.5 out of 5.0
Room comfort 3.5 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 4.5 out of 5.0

Guest reviews for Principal York

Everyone (10) Couples (2)
4 out of 5
Great venue in great location Direct access to train station Great garden setting

Posted by on 13 May 2019

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4 out of 5

Posted by on 12 Apr 2019

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5 out of 5
Lovely character and tastefully decorated. Friendly, helpful staff and warm welcome received. Spacious room and bathroom, shower powerful and hot. Wardrobe was a bit cluttered with iron/ironing board, safe, fridge and kettle so not much room to store clothes. Would’ve liked to see more tea/coffee in the room, we stayed for 2 nights and only had 2 teabags so had to ask for more tea and milk. Room was very hot and stuffy.

Posted by on 8 Apr 2019

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5 out of 5

Posted by on 7 Mar 2019

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5 out of 5
Great hotel Great value The room was beautiful - could have stayed there all week Staff so friendly and accomodating

Posted by on 17 Jan 2019

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Comment from Hotel Management

21 Jan 2019 by TH

Thank you for your review and we hope to welcome you again soon.

5 out of 5

Posted by on 10 Sep 2018

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Comment from Hotel Management

11 Sep 2018 by TH

Thank you for your top rating for your Principal experience.

4 out of 5
Very average room for the price expected more space everything seemed squeezed in. Shower wasn't powerful when using the hand held attachment kept getting cold water trickling from the main shower head. Disappointing visit for our anniversary and its suppost to be our future wedding venue.

Posted by on 18 May 2018

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Comment from Hotel Management

23 May 2018 by TH

I am truly sorry that on this occasion your Sidings room did not meet your expectations. I trust that you spoke with our Front of House team at the time to discuss any issues providing us with the opportunity to resolve them.

5 out of 5

Outstanding. I adore this hotel

I have stayed here many times and it never fails to impress me. Every little detail for your stay is thought of and the staff are impeccably professional. I’ve never had any issues during my stay but I’m certain they would sort it out for me if I did. Truly beautiful hotel and fantastic location

Posted by , from Yarm on 24 Dec 2017

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Comment from Hotel Management

9 Jan 2018 by TH

Sounds like you had another great stay with us and thank you for your review. Please visit again soon.

5 out of 5

Principal Hotel York

Pros: Staff are, without doubt, world class.
Cons: Breakfast queue was a little annoying but very well handled by the staff.
Location: York is a super city with so much of interest for all the family.
A known hotel of quality that did not disappoint. Very good location for visiting the City of York

Posted by , from Surrey on 30 Oct 2017

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Comment from Hotel Management

13 Nov 2017 by TH

Thank you for your comments which I will share with our team. Please visit us again soon.

5 out of 5

Lovely hotel

A weekend away with a group of friends. The rooms were nicely decorated with good facilities, including fresh milk and bottled water in the fridge. The only downside was that my room was directly under the stairs and as such was quite noisy. The other members of the group had better rooms. The staff were friendly and the hotel is great if travelling by train, as it is so close to the station. I would definitely stay here again.

Posted by on 22 Nov 2016

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Renovations + Closures

The following facilities are closed seasonally every year. They will be closed from 23 December until 26 December:

  • Dining venue

Property Features

As a guest of Principal York, you'll find an indoor pool, a health club, a spa tub, and a sauna. There's a restaurant on site. You can enjoy a drink at the bar/lounge. WiFi is free in public spaces. You'll find a business centre on site. Spa services, a terrace, and a BBQ are also featured at the luxury Principal York. Parking is available for a fee. This 5-star York hotel is smoke free.

  • 1 building
  • 167 guestrooms or units
  • 5 levels
  • Built in 1870
  • Dining venue
  • Bar or lounge
  • Business facilities
  • Conference space
  • Breakfast available (surcharge)
  • Dry cleaning
  • Self-service laundry
  • Front desk (24 hours)
  • Express check-out
  • Storage area for luggage
  • Concierge
  • Wedding services available
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • BBQ grill(s)
  • Newspapers in lobby (free)
  • Lift
  • No smoking on site

Internet

Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi

Parking

Self parking (surcharge)

Transport

  • Airport: Leeds (LBA-Leeds Bradford) (48.8 km / 30.3 mi)
  • Train station: York Station (0.1 km / 0.1 mi)
  • Parking: Self parking available for a surcharge

Room Amenities

Principal York offers 167 forms of accommodation with a safe and coffee/tea makers. This York hotel provides complimentary wireless Internet access. Bathrooms include a shower and a hairdryer. Housekeeping is provided on a daily basis.

  • In-room dining (24 hours)
  • Television
  • Coffee maker
  • Shower
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Hairdryer
  • Safe
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Desk
  • Ensuite bathroom
  • Connecting rooms available

Food & Drink

For a fee, guests can enjoy a buffet breakfast daily from 7 AM to 10 AM.

Refectory – This restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Chapter House – On-site bar.

24-hour room service is available.

Nearby Activities

An indoor pool and a spa tub are on site. Other recreational amenities include a health club and a sauna.

The recreational activities listed below are available either on-site or nearby; fees may apply.

  • Bicycle rentals nearby
  • Golfing nearby
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby

Spa Services

  • Manicures and pedicures
  • Body wraps
  • Body treatments
  • Massages

Accessibility

If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please note them at check-out when you book your room.

  • Wheelchair-accessible path of travel
  • Accessible bathroom
  • Roll-in shower
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking
  • Assistive listening devices available
  • Braille or raised signage
  • Wheelchair accessible (may have limitations)

Hotel Policies

Check-in

  • Check-in time starts at 3 PM
  • Check-in time ends at 4 AM

Special check-in instructions:

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.

Check-out

  • Check-out by noon

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are available for GBP 30.0 per day.
  • Cribs (infant beds) are not available.

Pets

  • No pets allowed, but service animals are welcome

Policies

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed. Please note that cultural norms and guest policies may differ by country and by property. The policies listed are provided by the property.

The name of this property was previously The Royal York.

Charges for extra guests may apply and vary according to property policy.

A cash deposit, credit card or debit card for incidental charges and government-issued photo identification are required upon check-in.

Special requests are subject to availability at the time of check-in. Special requests can't be guaranteed and may incur additional charges.

  • No cots (infant beds) available
  • Only service animals are allowed
  • Debit cards

Fees

Optional extras

The fees and deposits listed below will be charged at the time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Fee for buffet breakfast: GBP 15.95 per person (approximately)
  • Self-parking fee: GBP 15.00 per day
  • Late check-out fee: GBP 25.00 (subject to availability)
  • Rollaway bed fee: GBP 30.0 per day

This may not be a comprehensive list. Fees and deposits are subject to change and might not include tax.

Hotel Names

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

You should know

  • Connecting/adjoining rooms are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property at the number on your booking confirmation.
  • Certain facilities might have restricted access. For details, you can contact the property at the number on the booking confirmation.

Awards & Affiliations

Green/Sustainable Property
This property participates in Green Tourism Programme, a programme that measures the property's impact on one or more of the following: The Environment, the community, the cultural heritage and the local economy.

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