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Principal York

Star Rating
5 out of 5



4.3 / 5Very Good
685 reviews


  • Pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Spa
  • Restaurant


What's nearby

  • Popular Location
    Micklegate Bar
    5 min walk
  • Popular Location
    National Railway Museum
    8 min walk
  • Popular Location
    Yorkshire Museum Gardens
    8 min walk
  • Airport
    Leeds (LBA-Leeds Bradford)
    42 min drive

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020 3564 4853

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    About this area


    In the city centre and near a train station, Principal York is in a walkable area with good shopping. York National Railway Museum and Jorvik Viking Centre are cultural highlights, and travellers looking to shop may want to visit Shambles and McArthur Glen Designer Outlet. Check out an event or a game at York Racecourse, and consider making time for York Dungeon, a top attraction not to be missed. Our guests appreciate the hotel's central location.

    What's nearby

    • Popular Location
      Micklegate Bar - 5 min walk
    • Popular Location
      York National Railway Museum - 8 min walk
    • Popular Location
      National Railway Museum - 8 min walk
    • Popular Location
      Yorkshire Museum Gardens - 8 min walk
    • Popular Location
      York Theatre Royal - 8 min walk

    Getting around

    • York Station - 1 min walk
    • Leeds (LBA-Leeds Bradford) - 42 min drive


    • Where to eat
    • Refectory – Serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.
    • Chapter House – Bar.

    About this property

    Principal York

    Along with a restaurant, this smoke-free hotel has an indoor pool and a health club. WiFi in public areas is free. Additionally, a bar/lounge, a spa tub and a sauna are on-site. All 167 rooms provide complimentary wireless Internet access, 24-hour room service and TVs. Other amenities available to guests include coffee/tea makers, hairdryers and safes.

    Awards and affiliations

    Green/Sustainable Property
    This property participates in Green Tourism Programme, a programme that measures the property's impact on one or more of the following: The Environment, the community, the cultural heritage and the local economy.

    Renovations and closures

    The following facilities are closed seasonally every year. They will be closed from 23 December until 26 December:
    • Dining venue

    Property amenities


    • Available in all rooms: Free WiFi
    • Available in some public areas: Free WiFi

    Parking and public transport

    • Self parking: GBP 15.00 per day

    Food and drink

    • Buffet breakfast available for a fee daily 7 AM–10 AM: GBP 15.95 per person
    • 1 restaurant
    • 1 bar
    • 24-hour room service

    Things to do

    • Fitness centre
    • Indoor pool
    • Sauna
    • Spa services
    • Hot tub
    • Steam room

    Family friendly

    • Dry-cleaning service
    • Indoor pool
    • Laundry facilities


    • Banquet hall
    • Lift
    • Free newspapers in reception

    Guest services

    • 24-hour front desk
    • Concierge services
    • Daily housekeeping
    • Dry-cleaning service
    • Laundry facilities
    • Luggage storage
    • Wedding services

    Languages spoken

    • English

    Business services

    • Business centre
    • Meeting rooms
    • Conference space


    • BBQ grill(s)
    • Garden
    • Terrace


    • Body treatments
    • Body wraps
    • Manicures and pedicures
    • Massages


    • If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please note them in the special requests field on the booking page after selecting your room.
    • Accessible bathroom
    • Roll-in shower
    • Wheelchair accessible (may have limitations)


    • Smoke-free property

    Room amenities


    • Hairdryer
    • Shower


    • TV

    Food and drink

    • Coffee/tea maker


    • Connecting rooms available
    • Desk
    • Iron/ironing board
    • Safe

    Nearby things to do


    • Bike hire
    • Golf
    • Hiking/biking trails

    Where to eat

    • Refectory – Serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.
    • Chapter House – Bar.

    Very Good

    5 - Excellent
    4 - Good
    3 - Okay
    2 - Mediocre
    1 - Poor
    Service and Staff
    Property condition

    5/5 Excellent

    Friendly staff good facilities great locationn walking distance to the centre of York

    Stayed 2 nights in Oct 2019


    I phoned the hotel the day before my visit to arrange a early check in as we had a wedding to get. I was told that it wouldn’t be a problem. When I arrived I was told that they couldn’t guarantee a early check in and that my room wasn’t ready and that because it wasn’t ready they would waver the car park charge. When I came to checkout on Sunday morning I was then given a £15 car park charge when I challenged this I was told that it wasn’t on the system and there was nothing that could be done other than pay the bill. I think that a room charge of £184 a night would include the car parking Regards c hall

    Stayed 1 night in Oct 2019

    5/5 Excellent

    Well presented, good quality, friendly staff. Would stay again.

    Stayed 1 night in Oct 2019


    The staff in this hotel needs to re-learn what does hospitality means as some of them are inhospitable. We were ignored for 25 minutes in the restaurant wait area before a restaurant staff finally talked to us. Yet she already walked back and forth before us. A couple came after us and queued behind us decided to walk in and waited at the bar. After a few minutes, they got their table. Terrible service.

    Stayed 2 nights in Oct 2019


    Noisy , Next to train station. Receptionist gave us a room under stairs , super noisy

    Stayed 2 nights in Sep 2019

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