The 4-star Principal York, formerly The Royal York Hotel, is set in quiet gardens, with views into the new Garden Room overlooking York Minster. Free WiFi is available through the hotel, and the leisure club includes a sauna, steam room and heated indoor pool. It has stylish and modern rooms featuring a flat-screen Smart TV, tea/coffee making facilities, and a work space area. Guests will find an iron, ironing board and hairdryer in the wardrobe and each bathroom has a rain shower. The Refectory Kitchen and Terrace, and Chapter House bar offer fresh, seasonal food with a local flavour, while traditional afternoon tea is served in the Garden Room. A full English buffet breakfast is available each morning. With a gym and indoor pool the hotel is next door to York Train Station, with fast and frequent connections to London, Scotland and across the north of England. The property offers parking for guests driving to the property. The historic city centre and York Shambles are a 5-minute walk from the hotel and York Racecourse is 5 minutes' drive away.

Couples particularly like the location — they rated it 9.4 for a two-person trip.

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Property highlights

Situated in the best rated area in York, this hotel has an excellent location score of 9.4

Want a great night's sleep? This hotel was highly rated for its very comfy beds.

Breakfast info

Continental, Full English/Irish, Vegetarian, Buffet

Private parking at the hotel


Availability

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Room type
Number of guests
 
2 single beds
1 extra-large double bed
1 extra-large double bed
1 double bed
1 large double bed
1 large double bed
1 double bed
1 single bed
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Travel Sustainable Level 3+

This property has made huge commitments towards sustainability by subscribing to one or more third party sustainability certifications.
Guest reviews

Categories:

Staff
8.6
Facilities
8.2
Cleanliness
8.4
Comfort
8.5
Value for money
7.3
Location
9.4
Free WiFi
8.2
Low score for York
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See what guests loved the most:

  • Maxine
    United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Beautiful hotel , very chic , fabulous room , staff
  • Laura
    United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Well decorated. Large establishment. Good facilities
  • Anthony
    United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Breakfast not to much cold and tasted like it had been sat there to long

Hotel surroundings

Restaurants
1 restaurant on site

  • The Refectory
    • Cuisine
      British
    • Ambiance
      Family friendly • Modern • Romantic
    • Dietary options
      Vegetarian • Vegan • Gluten-free

Facilities of Principal York
Great facilities! Review score, 8.2

Most popular facilities
  • Indoor swimming pool
  • Private parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Family rooms
  • Restaurant
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Facilities for disabled guests
  • Tea/coffee maker in all rooms
  • Bar
Bathroom
  • Toilet paper
  • Towels
  • Towels/sheets (extra fee)
  • Private bathroom
  • Toilet
  • Free toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Shower
Bedroom
  • Linen
  • Wardrobe or closet
Outdoors
  • BBQ facilities
    Additional charge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
Kitchen
  • Electric kettle
Pets
Pets are allowed on request. Charges may be applicable.
Living Area
  • Desk
Media & Technology
  • Cable channels
  • Satellite channels
  • Telephone
  • TV
Food & Drink
  • Fruits
    Additional charge
  • Wine/champagne
    Additional charge
  • Kid meals
    Additional charge
  • Special diet menus (on request)
  • Snack bar
  • Breakfast in the room
  • Bar
  • Tea/Coffee maker
Internet
WiFi is available in all areas and is free of charge.
Parking
Private parking is possible on site (reservation is not needed) and costs £19 per day.
  • Accessible parking
Reception services
  • Invoice provided
  • Concierge service
  • Luggage storage
  • Express check-in/check-out
  • 24-hour front desk
Cleaning services
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Trouser press
    Additional charge
  • Ironing service
    Additional charge
  • Dry cleaning
    Additional charge
  • Laundry
    Additional charge
Business facilities
  • Fax/photocopying
    Additional charge
  • Business centre
  • Meeting/banquet facilities
    Additional charge
Safety & security
  • Fire extinguishers
  • CCTV outside property
  • CCTV in common areas
  • Smoke alarms
  • Key card access
  • Safety deposit box
General
  • Shared lounge/TV area
  • Designated smoking area
  • Non-smoking throughout
  • Heating
  • Packed lunches
  • Carpeted
  • Lift
  • Fan
  • Family rooms
  • Ironing facilities
  • Facilities for disabled guests
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Iron
  • Room service
Accessibility
  • Lower bathroom sink
  • Higher level toilet
  • Toilet with grab rails
  • Wheelchair accessible
Indoor swimming pool
Free!
  • Open all year
  • All ages welcome
Wellness
  • Fitness/spa locker rooms
  • Personal trainer
  • Fitness classes
  • Fitness
  • Steam room
  • Fitness centre
  • Sauna
Languages spoken
  • English

House rules

Principal York takes special requests - add in the next step!

Check-in

From 15:00

Check-out

Until 11:00

 

Cancellation/
prepayment

Cancellation and prepayment policies vary according to accommodation type. Please enter the dates of your stay and check the conditions of your required room.

Children and beds

Child policies

Children of any age are welcome.

Children 13 years and above will be charged as adults at this property.

To see correct prices and occupancy information, please add the number of children in your group and their ages to your search.

Cot and extra bed policies

0 - 2 years
Cot upon request
Free

The number of cots allowed is dependent on the option you choose. Please check your selected option for more information.

There are no extra beds available at this property.

All cots are subject to availability.

Age restriction

The minimum age for check-in is 18

Pets

Pets are allowed on request. Charges may be applicable.

Groups

When booking more than 6 rooms, different policies and additional supplements may apply.

Mastercard Visa Carte Blanche American Express Cash is not accepted Principal York accepts these cards and reserves the right to temporarily hold an amount prior to arrival.

The fine print
Need-to-know information for guests at this property

The breakfast price is for pre-booked breakfasts only. Guests will be charged extra for breakfasts that are not pre-booked.

When booking for 9 rooms or more, different policies and additional supplements will apply. Guest will be required to sign an additional form.

Please note that the credit / debit card used at the time of the booking needs to be presented upon check-in.

In accordance with government guidelines to minimise transmission of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), this property currently isn't accepting guests from certain countries, during dates where such guidelines exist.

In response to Coronavirus (COVID-19), additional safety and sanitation measures are in effect at this property.

Food & beverage services at this property may be limited or unavailable due to Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19), this property is taking steps to help protect the safety of guests and staff. Certain services and amenities may be reduced or unavailable as a result.

FAQs about Principal York

  • Guests staying at Principal York can enjoy a highly-rated breakfast during their stay (guest review score: 7.7).

    Breakfast option(s) include:

    • Continental
    • Full English/Irish
    • Vegetarian
    • Buffet

  • Principal York offers the following activities / services (charges may apply):

    • Fitness centre
    • Sauna
    • Swimming Pool
    • Personal trainer
    • Fitness
    • Fitness/spa locker rooms
    • Steam room
    • Fitness classes

  • The prices at Principal York may vary depending on your stay (e.g. dates you select, hotel's policy etc.). See the prices by entering your dates.

  • Principal York is 750 yards from the centre of York. All distances are measured in straight lines. Actual travel distances may vary.

  • Yes, this hotel has a pool. Find out the details about the pool and other facilities on this page.

  • Principal York has 1 restaurant:

    • The Refectory

  • Room options at Principal York include:

    • Double
    • Suite
    • Single

  • Check-in at Principal York is from 15:00, and check-out is until 11:00.