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1 room, 2 adults

Principal York

5-star5 stars
Station Road, York, England, YO24 1AA, United Kingdom

Luxury hotel with indoor pool, near York National Railway Museum
  • Free WiFi
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Due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, this property can only accept bookings for essential travel or stays. You may be asked to provide evidence of this on arrival.
  • Hotel was beautiful and perfect location. Yasmine who treeted and checked us in was…Mar 16, 2020
  • Hotel is beautiful with a calm and relaxed atmosphere. Reception staff, house keeping…Mar 9, 2020

Principal York

  • Standard Room
  • Deluxe Room, 1 King Bed, Non Smoking
  • Room, 1 Double Bed
  • Standard Room, 1 Double Bed, Non Smoking
  • Superior Room, 1 King Bed, Non Smoking
  • Superior Room, 2 Twin Beds, Non Smoking
  • Room, 1 Double Bed, View
  • Room, 1 Double Bed, Accessible, Non Smoking (Roll-In Shower)
  • Junior Room, 1 King Bed
  • Suite, 1 King Bed, Non Smoking (MINSTER VIEW)

What’s around Principal York


  • Heart of York
  • York Minster - 10 min walk
  • Shambles - 13 min walk
  • York Racecourse - 25 min walk
  • Jorvik Viking Centre - 12 min walk
  • York Castle Museum - 15 min walk
  • York National Railway Museum - 8 min walk
  • York Dungeon - 11 min walk

Getting around

  • Leeds (LBA-Leeds Bradford) - 42 min drive
  • York Station - 1 min walk
  • York Poppleton Station - 7 min drive
  • Hammerton Station - 15 min drive

At a glance

Key facts

Hotel size

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


  • Check-in time 3:00 PM-11:00 PM
  • Check-out time is noon
  • Express check-out
Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival. For more details, please contact the property using the information on the booking confirmation. The credit card used to book the reservation must be presented by the cardholder at check-in.
Due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, this property can only accept bookings for essential travel or stays. You may be asked to provide evidence of this on arrival.

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card, or cash deposit required for incidental charges

  • Government-issued photo ID may be required

Travelling with others


  • Pets not allowed (service animals welcome)


  • Free WiFi in public areas

  • Free WiFi in rooms



  • Self parking *

Payment types at the property

  • Cash

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
  • Barbecue grills
Things to do
  • Indoor pool
  • Fitness facilities
  • Spa services on site
  • Spa tub
  • Bicycle rentals nearby
  • Golfing nearby
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby
  • Health club
  • Steam room
  • Sauna
Working away
  • Business center
  • Conference space
  • Meeting rooms
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Concierge services
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service
  • Laundry facilities
  • Free newspapers in lobby
  • Luggage storage
  • Wedding services
  • Number of buildings/towers - 1
  • Year Built - 1870
  • Elevator
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Braille or raised signage
  • Accessible bathroom
  • In-room accessibility
  • Roll-in shower
  • Wheelchair-accessible path of travel
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking
  • Assistive listening devices available
Languages Spoken
  • English

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
  • Daily housekeeping
  • In-room safe

Special features


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

Chapter House - Onsite bar.


On Site

  • Fitness facilities
  • Health club
  • Sauna
  • Spa tub
  • Steam room


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

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.

Principal York’s small print

Also known as

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


The name of this property was previously The Royal York.

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

Please note that cultural norms and guest policies may differ by country and by property. The policies listed are provided by the property.

Optional extras

Late check-out can be arranged for an extra charge of GBP 25.00 (subject to availability)

Self parking costs GBP 15.00 per day

Rollaway beds are available for GBP 30.0 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 property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the unit you book.

FAQs for Principal York

  • Is there a pool at Principal York?
    Yes, there's an indoor pool.
  • Are pets allowed at Principal York?
    Sorry, pets aren't allowed, but service animals are welcome.
  • Is parking offered at Principal York?
    Yes. Self parking costs GBP 15.00 per day.
  • What are the check-in and check-out times at Principal York?
    You can check in from 3:00 PM to 11:00 PM. Check-out time is noon. Late check-out is available for a charge of GBP 25.00 (subject to availability).
  • What is there to do near Principal York?
    Recommended spots to visit include York National Railway Museum (8-min walk) and York Minster (10-min walk), along with York Dungeon (11-min walk) and Jorvik Viking Centre (12-min walk).
  • Are there restaurants at or near Principal York?
    Yes, there's an onsite restaurant. Nearby restaurants include The York Tap (1-min walk), The Refectory Kitchen & Terrace (1-min walk), and Duke of York (1-min walk).

Recent reviews

Very good 8,4 From 585 reviews

Exceptional 10,0
Best place to stay
Such a beautiful hotel, amazing friendly staff, gorgeous decor and very comfy rooms. Breakfast was really good quality and the pool is also lovely. Sometimes you get what u pay for And this is worth the price. Can’t recommend enough!
Josie, gb1 night trip with friends
Very good 8,0
nice stay at the Principal
first visit to the Principal. Enjoyed the stay. The restaurant food was OK but not great. The hotel room was clean and comfortable.
gb1 night trip
Very good 8,0
Very very nice.
This is a very very nice hotel. Just a couple f minutes walk to the city wall by the river. Was able to park car easy at the hotel and get a reduced rate for 24 hour parking when staying in the hotel.
Stephen, gb2 night trip
Exceptional 10,0
Overnight stay
Had overnight stay at Principle. All the staff are very professional, efficient and polite. Willing to assist to all requirements. Can not fault the magnificent hotel. Offered an upgrade but on seeing our room it would be difficult to see how an upgrade would be better
Mike, gb1 night trip
Good 6,0
The stay was generally good, bedroom was clean until we went into the bathroom and facing straight at you under the corner of the shower screen was filthy with either dirt or rust which had been there for a long time. The bath plug plunger was loose and couldn't empty the bath. Under the plunger was dirt and rust which you couldn't miss. It was reported which in fairness to the staff they did attempt to sort it and did offer a change of room but we were only there one night. It was a surprise to me from my wife and she was really upset about it. The good part, the staff were really helpful and really polite and the breakfast was very good. We were let off the £15 parking fee which was extremely overpriced. It was not worth the £218 we paid for one night. We did take photos and showed the staff that were on duty.
Jane, gb1 night trip
Exceptional 10,0
Excellent. Just excellent
Stunning hotel, great staff, fantastic service, stayed in far more expensive hotels that are no where near as good as the Principal. Thoroughly recommended.
Christopher, gb1 night business trip
Exceptional 10,0
Highly recommended.
Beautiful old Victorian hotel fully modernised inside. Friendly staff and a good location.
Gareth, gb1 night trip
Very good 8,0
Good hotel
Derek, gb1 night trip
Very good 8,0
Pleasant one nighter
Very nice accomodation. Technology let reception down at check in and check out. Otger than that very pleasant stay Very central for York sight seeing
Paul, gb1 night trip
Fair 4,0
We had to be moved due to a plumbing leak above our bed. Stuff happens. Response was quick but despite being told the room we were moved to was on par it was not in the same category as the one we paid for. Carpet did not appear vacuumed and there was mould in the bathroom. We had to ask for an adjustment to our rate. Nothing was offered. For a 5 star hotel I expect better.
David, ca1 night trip

Principal York

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