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4.4 out of 5

"good location good breakfast stunning grounds nice public areas plenty of hand sanitiser around the hotel " More

By a verified traveller on Tue 11 Aug 2020

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Room, 1 Double Bed

Bed Count 1 Double Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max
£92* Per night/room 11 Oct - 12 Oct

Junior Suite, 1 King Bed

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 3 Max

Deluxe Room, 1 King Bed, Non Smoking

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Suite, 1 King Bed, Non Smoking, View (MINSTER VIEW)

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Superior Room, 1 King Bed, Non Smoking

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Standard Room, 1 Double Bed, Non Smoking

Bed Count 1 Double Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Hotel Description

Our customers tell us they can't get enough of Principal York's great location. During your stay, you're just a quick walk from York Minster. You'll find features such as free WiFi in public areas, plus an indoor pool and a restaurant. Built in 1870, this 5-star hotel has 167 rooms over 5 floors. Free WiFi and TVs are available in all rooms.

  • All rooms offer 24-hour room service, TVs and coffee/tea makers
  • Free WiFi
  • Grab something to eat at the restaurant or stop for a drink at the bar/lounge
  • Buffet breakfast served daily for a fee
  • Self-parking available for a fee
  • Take a swim in the indoor pool or soak in the spa tub
  • Services include dry cleaning/laundry, concierge services and luggage storage
  • On-site recreation includes a health club, a steam room and a sauna
  • Guests speak favourably about the clean guestrooms and the helpful staff
  • Within a 10-minute walk of York National Railway Museum and York Minster

Principal York ratings based on 14 verified reviews

Review Summary
4.4 out of 5 4.5 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 4.5 out of 5.0
Service & staff 4.5 out of 5.0
Room comfort 3.5 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 4.5 out of 5.0

Guest reviews for Principal York

Everyone (11) Couples (3)
4 out of 5
good location good breakfast stunning grounds nice public areas plenty of hand sanitiser around the hotel

Posted by on 11 Aug 2020

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3 out of 5

Posted by on 9 Dec 2019

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Comment from Hotel Management

20 Jan 2020 by MS

Thank you for your rating review.

4 out of 5
Great venue in great location Direct access to train station Great garden setting

Posted by on 13 May 2019

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4 out of 5

Posted by on 12 Apr 2019

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5 out of 5
Lovely character and tastefully decorated. Friendly, helpful staff and warm welcome received. Spacious room and bathroom, shower powerful and hot. Wardrobe was a bit cluttered with iron/ironing board, safe, fridge and kettle so not much room to store clothes. Would’ve liked to see more tea/coffee in the room, we stayed for 2 nights and only had 2 teabags so had to ask for more tea and milk. Room was very hot and stuffy.

Posted by on 8 Apr 2019

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5 out of 5

Posted by on 7 Mar 2019

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5 out of 5
Great hotel Great value The room was beautiful - could have stayed there all week Staff so friendly and accomodating

Posted by on 17 Jan 2019

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Comment from Hotel Management

21 Jan 2019 by TH

Thank you for your review and we hope to welcome you again soon.

5 out of 5

Posted by on 10 Sep 2018

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Comment from Hotel Management

11 Sep 2018 by TH

Thank you for your top rating for your Principal experience.

4 out of 5
Very average room for the price expected more space everything seemed squeezed in. Shower wasn't powerful when using the hand held attachment kept getting cold water trickling from the main shower head. Disappointing visit for our anniversary and its suppost to be our future wedding venue.

Posted by on 18 May 2018

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Comment from Hotel Management

23 May 2018 by TH

I am truly sorry that on this occasion your Sidings room did not meet your expectations. I trust that you spoke with our Front of House team at the time to discuss any issues providing us with the opportunity to resolve them.

5 out of 5

Outstanding. I adore this hotel

I have stayed here many times and it never fails to impress me. Every little detail for your stay is thought of and the staff are impeccably professional. I’ve never had any issues during my stay but I’m certain they would sort it out for me if I did. Truly beautiful hotel and fantastic location

Posted by , from Yarm on 24 Dec 2017

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Comment from Hotel Management

9 Jan 2018 by TH

Sounds like you had another great stay with us and thank you for your review. Please visit again soon.

Renovations + Closures

The following facilities are closed seasonally each year. They will be closed from 23 December to 26 December:

  • Dining venue

Property Features

As a guest of Principal York, you'll find an indoor pool, a health club, a spa tub, and a sauna. There's a restaurant on site. You can enjoy a drink at the bar/lounge. Public spaces have free WiFi. There's an onsite business centre. Spa services, a terrace, and a BBQ are also featured at the luxury Principal York. Parking is available for a fee. This 5-star York hotel is smoke free.

  • 1 building
  • 167 guestrooms or units
  • 5 levels
  • Built in 1870
  • Dining venue
  • Bar or lounge
  • Business facilities
  • Conference space
  • Breakfast available (surcharge)
  • Dry cleaning
  • Self-service laundry
  • Front desk (24 hours)
  • Express check-out
  • Storage area for luggage
  • Concierge
  • Wedding services available
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • BBQ grill(s)
  • Newspapers in lobby (free)
  • Lift
  • No smoking on site

Internet

Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi

Parking

Self parking (surcharge)

Transport

  • Airport: Leeds (LBA-Leeds Bradford) (48.8 km / 30.3 mi)
  • Train station: York Station (0.1 km / 0.1 mi)
  • Parking: Self parking available for a surcharge

Room Amenities

Principal York offers 167 forms of accommodation with a safe and coffee/tea makers. Guests can surf the web using complimentary wireless Internet access. Bathrooms include a shower and hairdryers. Cots/infant beds (complimentary) are also available. Housekeeping is provided on a daily basis.

  • In-room dining (24 hours)
  • Television
  • Coffee maker
  • Shower
  • Cots (free)
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Hairdryer
  • Safe
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Desk
  • Ensuite bathroom

Food & Drink

For a fee, guests can enjoy a buffet breakfast daily from 7 AM to 10 AM.

Refectory – This restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Chapter House – On-site bar.

24-hour room service is available.

Nearby Activities

An indoor pool and a spa tub are on site. Other recreational amenities include a health club and a sauna.

The recreational activities listed below are available either on-site or nearby; fees may apply.

  • Bicycle rentals nearby
  • Golfing nearby
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby

Spa Services

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

Accessibility

If you have any requests for specific accessibility needs, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.

  • Wheelchair-accessible path of travel
  • Accessible bathroom
  • Roll-in shower
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking
  • In-room accessibility
  • Assistive listening devices available
  • Braille or raised signage
  • Wheelchair accessible (may have limitations)

Hotel Policies

Check-in

  • Check-in time starts at 3:00 PM
  • Check-in time ends at 11:00 PM

Special check-in instructions:

Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival. For more details, please contact the property using the information on the booking confirmation.

The credit card used to book the reservation must be presented by the cardholder at check-in.

Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival. For more details, please contact the property using the information on the booking confirmation.

Check-out

  • Check-out by noon

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are available for GBP 30.0 per day.
  • Free cots (infant beds)!

Pet Policy

  • No pets allowed, but service animals are welcome

Policies

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed

Please note that cultural norms and guest policies may differ by country and by property; the policies listed are provided by the property

Charges for extra guests may apply and vary according to property policy.

A cash deposit, credit card or debit card for incidental charges and government-issued photo identification may be required upon check-in.

Special requests are subject to availability at the time of check-in. Special requests can't be guaranteed and may incur additional charges. This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F.Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; a shield is in place between staff and guests in main contact areas; guests are provided with hand sanitiser.Contactless check-in and contactless check-out are available.

  • Service animals are allowed
  • Service animals are exempt from fees/restrictions
  • Staff temperature checks are not conducted regularly
  • Temperature checks are not available to guests
  • Bed sheets and towels are washed at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F
  • Commonly touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant
  • Property confirms they are implementing guest safety measures
  • Contactless check-out is available
  • Property is cleaned with disinfectant
  • Staff wear personal protective equipment
  • Shield between guests and staff in main contact areas
  • Guests are provided with free hand sanitiser
  • Staffed front desk
  • Social distancing measures are in place
  • Contactless check-in is available
  • Property confirms they are implementing enhanced cleaning measures
  • Debit cards
  • No gap period between guests' stays

Fees

Optional extras

The fees and deposits listed below will be charged at the time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Fee for buffet breakfast: GBP 15.95 per person (approximately)
  • Self-parking fee: GBP 15.00 per day
  • Late check-out fee: GBP 25.00 (subject to availability)
  • Rollaway bed fee: GBP 30.0 per day

This may not be a comprehensive list. Fees and deposits are subject to change and might not include tax.

Hotel Names

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You should know

  • Certain facilities might have restricted access. For details, you can contact the property at the number on the booking confirmation.

Awards & 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.

  • Green Tourism Programme
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