51.0% Based on 1720 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. Buffet breakfast is available daily 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
£108 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

51.0% of guests recommend out of 1715 reviews

Excellent 1008
Good 425
Average 185
Poor 67
Terrible 30
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

Renovations + Closures

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

  • Dining venue

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. 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) (48.8 km / 30.3 mi)
  • Train station: York Station (0.1 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.

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

The name of this property was previously The Royal York.

  • No cots (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.