51% Based on 1559 reviews TripAdvisor Traveller Rating 4.5 out of 5

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Hotel Description

A luxury stay in the heart of York awaits you at The Principal York. Within just a 15-minute stroll, you'll find popular places like York Minster and York National Railway Museum. Highlights at this romantic hotel include a restaurant, an indoor swimming pool, and a health club.

Free WiFi, TVs, and coffee/tea makers are featured in all 167 rooms. Additionally, 24-hour room service, hairdryers, and irons/ironing boards are available.

A day of pampering can include massages, body wraps, and mani/pedis. The restaurant, Refectory, is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Chapter House is the hotel's own bar. Enjoy the spa tub and sauna. Conference space, meeting rooms, and a business centre are among the business amenities offered. Added amenities include free WiFi in public areas and laundry facilities. Each morning buffet breakfast is served between 7 AM and 10 AM. There's also the convenience of self parking.

Attractions within a 15-minute walk of this 5-star York hotel include York Dungeon and Jorvik Viking Centre.

Room, Annex Building (5 minute walk from Reception and the Restaurant​)

Bed Count 1 Full Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max
£95 per night

Classic Double Room

Bed Count 1 Full Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Superior Double Room

Bed Count 1 Full Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Superior Twin Room

Bed Count 2 Twin Beds Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Classic Single Room

Bed Count 1 Twin Bed Maximum Occupancy 1 Max

Exclusive Suite

Bed Count 1 Full Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

51% of guests recommend out of 1559 reviews

Excellent 910
Good 394
Average 168
Poor 60
Terrible 27
Value <span>4.0</span> out of 5
Rooms <span>4.5</span> out of 5
Cleanliness <span>4.5</span> out of 5
Service <span>4.5</span> out of 5

Property Features

As a guest of The 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. WiFi is free in public spaces. Business amenities include A business centre and meeting rooms. The luxury The Principal York also features spa services, a garden, and concierge services. Parking is available for a fee. A complete renovation of The Principal York was completed in September 2015. This 5-star York hotel is smoke free.

  • 1 building
  • 167 guestrooms or units
  • 5 levels
  • 6 conference rooms
  • 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
  • Garden
  • Lift
  • No smoking on site

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Indoor pool
  • Laundry facilities

Internet

Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi

Parking

Self parking (surcharge)

Transport

  • Airport: Leeds (LBA-Leeds Bradford) (48.9 km / 30.4 mi)
  • Train station: York Station (0.2 km / 0.1 mi)
  • Parking: Self parking available for a surcharge

Room Amenities

The Principal York offers 167 forms of accommodation with coffee/tea makers and a hairdryer. York's hotel provides complimentary wireless Internet access. Bathrooms include a shower.

  • In-room dining (24 hours)
  • Television
  • Coffee maker
  • Shower
  • Hairdryer
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Desk
  • Ensuite bathroom
  • Connecting rooms available

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 need to make special requests for accessibility needs, please note them at check-out when booking your stay.

  • Accessible bathroom
  • Roll-in shower

Hotel Policies

Check-in

  • Check-in time starts at 3 PM
  • Check-in time ends at 4 AM

Special check-in instructions:

The credit card used to book the reservation must be presented by the cardholder at check-in. For more details, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.

Check-out

  • Check-out by noon

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Cribs (infant beds) are not available.

Pets

  • No pets allowed

Policies

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

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card or cash deposit are 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.

The name of this property was previously The Royal York.

  • No cribs (infant beds) available

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: GBP15.95 per person (approximately)
  • Self-parking fee: GBP15.00 per day
  • Late check-out fee: GBP25.00
  • On-site credit card charges are subject to a surcharge

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

Hotel Names

  • Royal York Hotel
  • Royal York
  • Royal York Hotel Grand Victorian
  • Royal York Hotel York
  • Principal York Hotel
  • Principal Hotel
  • Principal York
  • The Royal York Hotel

You should know

  • Connecting/adjoining rooms are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property at the number on your booking confirmation.
  • 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.