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 flavor, 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 center and York Shambles are a 5-minute walk from the hotel and York Racecourse is 5 minutes' drive away.

This is our guests' favorite part of York, according to independent reviews.

Couples in particular like the location – they rated it 9.3 for a two-person trip.

Principal York has been welcoming Booking.com guests since Aug 1, 2005

Property Highlights

Located in the best-rated area in York, this hotel has an excellent location score of 9.3

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

Breakfast Info

Full English/Irish, Vegetarian, Buffet

Private parking at the hotel


Availability

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Travel Sustainable property
Travel Sustainable property
This property is part of the Travel Sustainable program, which means it’s taken significant steps to make your stay more sustainable.

4 reasons to choose Principal York

  • Prices you can't beat!
  • Booking is safe
  • Manage your bookings online
  • The staff speaks English
Property questions and answers
Browse questions from guests for anything extra you want to know about the property
The property usually replies within a few days
  • Is use of the spa included
    Unlike some hotels in the city - all our leisure facilities are complimentary for all hotel residents.
    Answered on December 2, 2019
  • How do you pay for the pool
    Unlike some hotels in the city - our leisure facilities are complimentary for all guests to use.
    Answered on December 2, 2019
  • Is the spa included
    Unlike some hotels in the city - all our leisure facilities are complimentary for all hotel residents.
    Answered on December 2, 2019
  • Is there a gym and or indoor pool?
    Yes we have an indoor pool and gym
    Answered on December 2, 2019
  • Are there dressing gowns in the suites?
    Yes - we have lovely fluffy robes in the suites
    Answered on October 21, 2019
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Hotel area info *
Guests loved walking around the neighborhood!
Excellent location – show map
1 Restaurant On Site

    The Refectory

    Food: British

Amenities of Principal York
Outdoors
  • BBQ facilities Additional charge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
Activities
  • Game room
Food & Drink
  • Fruit Additional charge
  • Wine/Champagne Additional charge
  • Kids' meals Additional charge
  • Special diet meals (on request)
  • Snack bar
  • Breakfast in the room
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
Internet
WiFi is available in all areas and is free of charge.
Parking
Private parking is available on site (reservation is not needed) and costs GBP 15 per day.
  • Accessible parking
  • Secure parking
Front Desk Services
  • Concierge
  • Baggage storage
  • Express check-in/out
  • 24-hour front desk
Cleaning Services
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Suit press Additional charge
  • Ironing service Additional charge
  • Dry cleaning Additional charge
  • Laundry Additional charge
Business Facilities
  • Fax/Photocopying Additional charge
  • Business center
  • Meeting/Banquet facilities Additional charge
Safety & security
  • Fire extinguishers
  • CCTV outside property
  • CCTV in common areas
  • Smoke alarms
  • Key card access
  • Safe
General
  • Pet bowls
  • Shared lounge/TV area
  • Designated smoking area
  • Smoke-free property
  • Heating
  • Packed lunches
  • Elevator
  • Family rooms
  • Facilities for disabled guests
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Room service
Accessibility
  • Lowered sink
  • Raised toilet
  • Toilet with grab rails
  • Wheelchair accessible
Indoor swimming pool
Free! All pools are free of charge
  • Open all year
  • All ages welcome
Spa
  • Locker rooms
  • Personal trainer
  • Fitness classes
  • Fitness
  • Steam room
  • Body treatments
  • Pedicure
  • Manicure
  • Facial treatments
  • Beauty services
  • Beach chairs/Loungers
  • Fitness center
  • Sauna
Languages Spoken
  • English

House rules Principal York takes special requests – add in the next step!

Check-in

From 3:00 PM

Check-out

Until 11:00 AM

Cancellation/
prepayment

Cancellation and prepayment policies vary according to accommodations type. Please enter the dates of your stay and check what conditions apply to your preferred room.

Children & Beds

Child policies

Children of all ages are welcome.

Children 17 and above are considered adults at this property.

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

Crib and extra bed policies

0 - 2 years
Crib by request
Free

Additional fees are not calculated automatically in the total cost and will have to be paid for separately during your stay.

This property doesn't offer extra beds.

The maximum number of cribs allowed depends on the room you choose. Double-check the maximum capacity for the room you selected.

All cribs and extra beds are subject to availability.

Age restriction

The minimum age for check-in is 18

Pets

Pets are not allowed.

Groups

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

Mastercard Visa Carte Blanche Discover JCB Diners Club American Express Principal York accepts these cards and reserves the right to temporarily hold an amount prior to arrival.

The fine print

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.

The leisure club must be pre booked as we are operating a booking system due to Covid.

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

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), make sure you're booking this property in accordance with the destination's local government guidelines, including (but not limited to) the purpose of travel and maximum group size.

In accordance with government guidelines to minimize transmission of the coronavirus (COVID-19), this property can only accept bookings from essential workers/permitted travelers on dates where such guidelines exist. Reasonable evidence must be provided on arrival. If it isn't provided, your booking will be canceled on arrival.

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

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

Food and beverage services at this property may be limited or unavailable due to the coronavirus (COVID-19).

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

Spa and gym facilities at this property are unavailable due to the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Due to coronavirus (COVID-19), this property adheres to strict physical distancing measures.

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), wearing a face mask is mandatory in all indoor common areas.

The Refectory: Closed from Fri, Oct 22, 2021 until Sun, Oct 31, 2021

FAQs about Principal York

  • Check-in at Principal York is from 3:00 PM, and check-out is until 11:00 AM.

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

    • Fitness center
    • Sauna
    • Game room
    • Manicure
    • Personal trainer
    • Fitness
    • Beauty services
    • Body treatments
    • Locker rooms
    • Fitness classes
    • Swimming pool
    • Pedicure
    • Facial treatments
    • Steam room

  • Principal York has 1 restaurant:

    • The Refectory

  • Guests staying at Principal York can enjoy a highly-rated breakfast during their stay (guest review score: 7.6).

    Breakfast option(s) include:

    • Full English/Irish
    • Vegetarian
    • Buffet
    • À la carte

  • Room options at Principal York include:

    • Double
    • Suite
    • Single

  • Principal York is 2,300 feet from the center of York.

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

  • The prices at Principal York may vary depending on your stay (e.g. dates, hotel's policy etc.). To see prices, enter your dates.

  • From the nearest airport, you can get to Principal York by:

    • Car 45min