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 9.4 for a two-person trip.

Principal York has been welcoming guests since Aug 1, 2005

Property Highlights

Located 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

Full English/Irish, Vegetarian

Private parking at the hotel


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Room Type
1 full bed
1 queen bed
1 queen bed
1 twin bed
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Travel Sustainable Level 3+
This property has made significant commitments towards sustainability by subscribing to one or more third-party sustainability certifications.
Guest reviews


Value for money
Free WiFi
Low score for York
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  • Anthony
    United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    The facilities were great, the breakfast was awesome, the staff were very obliging, the decor was wonderful, the location was just right for our first trip to York. Altogether a wonderful couple of days..
  • Louise
    New ZealandNew Zealand
    The staff were amazing to my parents. They fixed issues straight away
  • Lee
    United States of AmericaUnited States of America
    Great location next to train station and easy walking distance to everything; great breakfast included.
  • Carolyn
    United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Brilliant location 😁 Just a few seconds from the train station. Right by the train museum, right by bus stops and a really short walk I to the heart of the City. Brilliant staff, very helpful and friendly. Room was a bit too warm despite two fans...
  • Rebecca
    United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Great location, next to the train station and a short into town.
  • Mark
    United States of AmericaUnited States of America
    The location is a few minute walk to the train station and about a ten minute walk from train museum and downtown. The public spaces are very grand with high ceilings and a huge central foyer evoking the grandeur of the turn of the twentieth...
  • Jennifer
    United States of AmericaUnited States of America
    The staff was wonderful and the room was very quiet.
  • Gail
    United States of AmericaUnited States of America
    Extremely helpful and friendly staff. We especially appreciated Matthew who helped us with check in on April 30 at 6:30. Thanks for a great stay.
  • Michael
    United Arab EmiratesUnited Arab Emirates
    The hotel is in an excellent location for visitors to York, walking distance to various heritage sites. The building itself is very historic, charming and clean, I was upgraded to a junior suite (thank you) which gave a little more space for the 3...
  • Heather
    Beautiful building, comfy beds, lovely products, courteous staff. the location was excellent with easy walking to old York & all the tourist sites
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Property questions and answers
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  • Is the spa included

    Unlike some hotels in the city - all our leisure facilities are complimentary for all hotel residents.
    Answered on 2 December 2019
  • Is use of the spa included

    Unlike some hotels in the city - all our leisure facilities are complimentary for all hotel residents.
    Answered on 2 December 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 2 December 2019
  • So you have onsite parking please and if so is it free?

    Hello yes we have car parking - currently, we charge £15 for 24 hours.
    Answered on 13 December 2019
  • Are there dressing gowns in the suites?

    Yes - we have lovely fluffy robes in the suites
    Answered on 21 October 2019
  • Do you allow dogs

    We welcome well behaved dogs in the hotel as long as we are aware in advance of their stay, and there is a small charge of £30.00 per dog per room.
    Answered on 24 December 2020
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Hotel area info *

1 Restaurant On Site

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

Amenities of Principal York
Great facilities! Review score, 8.2

Most popular amenities
  • Indoor swimming pool
  • Private Parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Family rooms
  • Restaurant
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Facilities for disabled guests
  • Tea/Coffee Maker in All Rooms
  • Bar
  • Toilet paper
  • Towels
  • Towels/Sheets (extra fee)
  • Private Bathroom
  • Toilet
  • Free toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Shower
  • Linens
  • Wardrobe or closet
  • BBQ facilities
    Additional charge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Electric kettle
Pets are allowed on request. Charges may apply.
Living Area
  • Desk
Media & Technology
  • Cable channels
  • Satellite channels
  • Telephone
  • TV
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
  • Tea/Coffee maker
WiFi is available in all areas and is free of charge.
Private parking is available on site (reservation is not needed) and costs £17.50 per day.
  • Accessible parking
Front Desk Services
  • Invoice provided
  • 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
  • Shared lounge/TV area
  • Designated smoking area
  • Smoke-free property
  • Heating
  • Packed lunches
  • Carpeted
  • Elevator
  • Fan
  • Family rooms
  • Ironing facilities
  • Facilities for disabled guests
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Iron
  • Room service
  • Lowered sink
  • Raised toilet
  • Toilet with grab rails
  • Wheelchair accessible
Indoor swimming pool
  • Open all year
  • All ages welcome
  • Locker rooms
  • Personal trainer
  • Fitness classes
  • Fitness
  • Steam room
  • Fitness center
  • Sauna
Languages Spoken
  • English

House rules

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


From 3:00 PM


Until 11:00 AM



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 13 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 upon request

The number of cribs allowed depends on the option you choose. Check your selected option for more info.

There are no extra beds available at this property.

All cribs are subject to availability.

Age restriction

The minimum age for check-in is 18


Pets are allowed on request. Charges may apply.


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

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 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.

Swimming pool #1: Closed from Fri, May 26, 2023 until Tue, May 30, 2023

FAQs about Principal York

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

  • 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.

  • Room options at Principal York include:

    • Double
    • Suite
    • Single

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

    • Fitness center
    • Sauna
    • Swimming pool
    • Personal trainer
    • Fitness
    • Locker rooms
    • Steam room
    • Fitness classes

  • Principal York has 1 restaurant:

    • The Refectory

  • Principal York is 2,300 feet from the center of York. All distances are measured in straight lines. Actual travel distances may vary.

  • Guests staying at Principal York can enjoy a highly-rated breakfast during their stay (guest review score: 7.8).

    Breakfast option(s) include:

    • Full English/Irish
    • Vegetarian