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The Principal York

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Why We Love This Hotel

  • The Principal York is a grand Victorian property in central York
  • York Minster, the Shambles and city walls are all within 15 minutes' walk of the hotel
  • The "sleek" (The Daily Telegraph) décor was designed by award-winning interior design firm Goddard Littlefair
  • The hotel has an indoor swimming pool, a gym and a steam room


The Principal York is a "charming" (The AA) former railway hotel adjacent to York railway station. The grand Victorian building is set in three acres of landscaped gardens and is 10 minutes' walk from York Minster.

The hotel has views of the Minster and many of the city's famous landmarks. The city walls are less than five minutes' walk from the hotel, while the Shambles -- York's most well-known street, lined with independent shops in crooked Tudor buildings – is around 15 minutes' walk away. Inside the city walls there are also plenty of bars and restaurants to try.

The Chapter House bar and The Refectory Kitchen and Terrace restaurant feature exposed brick and industrial lighting, which The Daily Telegraph describes as a "funkier" contrast to the "stylish yet refreshingly calm" design of the rest of the hotel. The hotel was designed by award-winning interior architects Goddard Littlefair, who have won Interior Designer of The Year 2017 at the Build Awards and has designed many other high-end hotels, including The Gleneagles Hotel in Scotland and the Corinthia Hotel Budapest. The Daily Telegraph adds you can expect "traditional, luxury-hotel" service from the second you check in.

The hotel's leisure facilities include an indoor swimming pool, a gym and a steam room. Rooms are "sleek and understated" (The Daily Telegraph), some with marble bathrooms.

Rooms & Rates

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  • Infant cots / cribs
  • Bar
  • Fitness classes
  • Games room
  • Gym / fitness center
  • Hot Tub / Jacuzzi
  • Indoor pool
  • Restaurant
  • Sauna / Steam Room
  • Pet-friendly
  • 100% smoke-free


  • 24-hour front desk
  • 24-hour room service
  • Concierge service
  • Express check-in / checkout
  • Laundry / dry cleaning
  • Safe in reception

Room amenities

  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Fridge
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Safe
  • Flatscreen TV


  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout


  • Hair-dryer
  • Luxury toiletries
  • Bathtub (in some rooms)
  • Bathtub or shower


  • Parking (fees apply)


  • Accessible bathroom in some rooms
  • Accessible meeting room
  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible path of travel
  • Accessible restaurant
  • Facilities for guests with special needs
  • Roll-in shower
  • Wheelchair accessible


Check-in: Standard Time is 3pm.

Minimum age required to check in: 18.

Checkout: Standard Time is 11am.

Children and additional guests: Extra guest charges will apply as follows: £30 per night for children aged 3 to 12. Infant's cot/crib are available, free of charge, for children aged 2 and under.
Extra beds are not available for older children and adults.

Pets: Pets are allowed on request and will be charged at £30 per pet per night.

Small dogs only.

Cancellation: Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.

Additional details: Car parking is subject to availability and charged at £15 per night.

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Customer Service available Mon-Sun, 9am-9pm ET

Winner: People's Choice Stevie Awards for Favorite Customer Service

Rates may vary by date, are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until your purchase is complete.

Please note: Some amenities and services may not be available in all rooms or may incur an additional charge. All prices stated have been verified at the time of publication and may vary at the discretion of the hotel.

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