The Principal York

Station Road, York, YO24 1AA, United Kingdom
+44 190 465 3681

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based on 5,430 reviews
The Principal York - York, England, United Kingdom
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Good to know

Distance to city center 0.4 mi
Location rating 9.0
Nearest Airport Leeds/Bradford
Distance to airport 24.0 mi



Superior Rooms


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$233 per night
$328 per night

Double Rooms


Bed Type
$173 per night
$185 per night
$185 per night




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  • Excellent
    Oct 2019

    Beautiful hotel with amazing lounge/communal areas. Great location. Standard room was clean and comfortable but are some walk from the main building. Room was quite snug but fine for a couple of nights. Nice touches like fresh milk in room, snacks such as crisps etc. Good breakfast in the restaurant but can be busy at peak times.

    Parking! Car park was full so I had to park in a public car park which wasn’t that convenient. However, hotel parking would have been £30 a day!!

  • Excellent
    Oct 2019

    Fantastic location, really friendly staff, immaculately clean rooms, brilliant service in bars and restaurant. Would definitely return and recommend to friends/family.

  • Okay
    Oct 2019

    The location, clean but seemed deserted especially at night. York was nice though !

    Booked what looked like a nice hotel, we got a room in the annex with a view of road and railway track, noisy at night from trains and cars and motorbikes racing through the tunnel outside and the room was bland, noisy corridor on the second night too - I would not recommend this hotel especial when paying £323 for 2 nights with no breakfast and another £30 for parking for such mediocrity. Had a real problem trying to contact 'In House reservations' prior to arriving as wanted to change our arrival date, reception stated no problem as room was available but had to be confirmed by 'In house reservations' but no one at In house reservations, 6 phone calls ( well over an hour on hold in total) over 3 days with no response, messages were left on my behalf by reception for a return call but nothing, sent email with no response, finally on 3rd day after another phone call l sent an email raising this to a formal complaint and an hour or so later received a call, a weak apology and then told that room was now not available, 2 hours later they called back to say it was available this being the tuesday afternoon and we were due there wednesday - nightmare service ! I raised the issue of the noisy room when checking out and response was ' well you didn't ask for a quiet room - if you come again ask for a quiet room' Definitely won't be going back there !

  • Good
    Oct 2019

    The property was newly renovated and had a lovely area with comfy sofas in the centre of the hotel. The location was exactly what we wanted. This is right next to the train station and we didn’t hear any noise in or around the hotel. They have managed to make it feel like it is further away than it is.

    The pool is small and dated, it feels like you are at an old swimming baths. The steam room was turned off, and sauna is tiny. You basically have to sit on someone as you try to get out. The staff were fine but for the price I paid I expected a better service. On arrival there was not enough check in staff ( Friday at 6pm) with only one member of staff and was greeted to a queue of 8 other couples waiting to check in. Then everyone who had just checked in was returning to the desk with their room keys not working, this happened 3-4 times whilst in the queue. When checking out, I mentioned the long queues on check in and the member of staff said ‘what do you want me to do about that’. So that was my leaving impression on the property...

  • Excellent
    Oct 2019

    The breakfast was great. Beautiful building, lovely staff, loved our suite

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The Principal York, steps from the train station, is the perfect base from which to discover the historic city of York. Blending the grandeur of late-Victorian architecture with the comforts of modern travel, Principal York offers its guests the warmest welcome this side of the Pennines. Award-winning interior architects Goddard Littlefair have refurbished and restored the hotel’s rooms and public spaces to create 155 elegant, comfortable bedrooms and suites in balanced, neutral tones that offer more than just a place to sleep. Free, superfast Wi-Fi with a maximum bandwidth of 100Mb is available throughout the hotel and if you decide to visit us by car, the hotel provides a car park for guests’ use at a charge of £15 for 24 hours.




Free parking
Free airport shuttle
Free Wi-Fi
Pet friendly

8.4 Excellent

based on 5,430 reviews









Things to Know

  • Nice building
  • Train station is close

Check in

3:00 PM

Check out

11:00 AM


Policies vary by room type and provider.


Fitness center
Free Wi-Fi
Increased accessibility
Business center
Concierge service
Gift shop
Laundry service
Meeting/Banquet facilities
Room service
Game room
Hot tub
Indoor pool
No smoking
Express check out
24hr front desk
Designated smoking area
Storage available
Laundry facilities
Pets not allowed
Parking (surcharge)
Steam room
Wedding services
Currency exchange on-site

FAQs when booking at The Principal York

What time can I have Afternoon Tea at The Principal York hotel?
Afternoon Tea is offered at the Garden Room at The Principal York hotel, and there are two timing options you can choose from, Afternoon Tea which is served from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm, and Twilight Tea which is the evening alternative and is served from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Regardless of the time, you will be presented with premium tea sourced by Rare Tea Company directly from farmers around the world, as well as a selection of sweet and savory hors d’oeuvres to accompany the experience. Afternoon Tea can be complemented with a glass of champagne, while Twilight Tea is served with a cocktail.
What are my options if I want to organize a meeting at The Principal York hotel?
The Principal York hotel has over 10 spaces that can be used to organize business meetings and events. With capacities ranging from 20 to 400 guests, you will surely find a space and a configuration suited for your event. The hotel has in-house audio-visual equipment that can be used and staff to help with its installation and with any issues that you might encounter on the day. If you wish to add catering, it can be arranged from a third-party service provider and you will be able to choose from a set banquet menu.
Where can I go for an evening drink at The Principal York hotel?
If you are looking for a quiet night in, don’t forget to check out the Chapter House Bar at The Principal York hotel, which is open from 11:00 am until late every day. They have drinks that suit all tastes from craft beer to cocktails and wine, as well as a special gin list with over 10 different brands available. A bar menu is also available for those who want to nibble something on the side.
How do I get from the Leeds/Bradford Airport to The Principal York hotel using public transport?
If you wish to use public transport to get from the airport to The Principal York hotel, get on board bus line 757 from the Leeds/Bradford Airport going in the direction of Leeds City Centre. You will reach the City Square bus stop about 40m later, which is where you need to get off and get into the Leeds Station. From there, get on board the Transpennine Express train going in the direction of Scarborough, it will run non-stop to the York Station, and your accommodation will be a 4m walk away. The full trip will take about 1h 20m.
What are the activities available at The Principal York hotel?
If you are looking for something to do on-site while staying at The Principal York hotel, join the Cocktail School at Chapter House for a 60m class where you will work with your own group and you will learn the basics of how to craft cocktails. The cost of this class is £24 (about $30) per person, and the price includes 3 cocktails and nibbles for each participant. (Prices checked 03/07/19).


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Most Popular Landmarks

  • Church of the Holy Trinity 331 yd
  • York National Railway Museum 392 yd
  • York Guildhall 0.3 mi
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