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The Principal York

Station Road, York, YO24 1AA, United Kingdom
+44 190 465 3681

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based on 5,282 reviews
The Principal York - York, England, United Kingdom
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Good to know

Distance to city centre 0.7 km
Location rating 8.9
Nearest airport Leeds/Bradford
Distance to airport 38.6 km



Double rooms


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$265 per night
$283 per night
$284 per night

Superior rooms


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$357 per night
$502 per night




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  • Excellent
    Nov 2019

    The lounge

    Initially was in the Annex building before requesting a transfer to main hotel building. Quite a distance from main hotel and didn’t meet the 5-star quality.

  • Excellent
    Nov 2019

    The rooms

    The swimming pool

  • Excellent
    Nov 2019

    Very excellent situation for trains and centrum York

    Not much wrong to say

  • Excellent
    Nov 2019

    Facilities are very good

    Cost of parking

  • Excellent
    Nov 2019

    We arrived quite late and it was already dark, but I could not stop looking at the majestic-looking building of the hotel. Beautiful and spacious modern English decorated room and bathroom, delicious breakfast and great location. At par with its price and standard of the hotel

    The entrance was all stairs, thus making it difficult for luggage/prams to be carried up.

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The Principal York, steps from the train station, is the perfect base from which to discover the historic city of York. Blending the grandeur of late-Victorian architecture with the comforts of modern travel, Principal York offers its guests the warmest welcome this side of the Pennines. Award-winning interior architects Goddard Littlefair have refurbished and restored the hotel’s rooms and public spaces to create 155 elegant, comfortable bedrooms and suites in balanced, neutral tones that offer more than just a place to sleep. Free, superfast Wi-Fi with a maximum bandwidth of 100Mb is available throughout the hotel and if you decide to visit us by car, the hotel provides a car park for guests’ use at a charge of £15 for 24 hours.




Free parking
Free airport shuttle
Free Wi-Fi
Pet friendly

8.3 Excellent

based on 5,282 reviews









Things to know

  • Stylish hotel
  • Friendly service
  • Train station is close

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Fitness centre
Free Wi-Fi
Disabled access
Business centre
Concierge service
Gift shop
Laundry service
Meeting/Banquet facilities
Room service
Game room
Hot tub
Indoor pool
No smoking
Express check out
24-hour front desk
Designated smoking area
Storage available
Laundry facilities
Pets not allowed
Parking (surcharge)
Steam room
Wedding services
Currency exchange on-site

FAQs when booking at The Principal York

What time can I have Afternoon Tea at The Principal York hotel?

Afternoon Tea is offered at the Garden Room at The Principal York hotel, and there are two timing options you can choose from, Afternoon Tea which is served from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm, and Twilight Tea which is the evening alternative and is served from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Regardless of the time, you will be presented with premium tea sourced by Rare Tea Company directly from farmers around the world, as well as a selection of sweet and savory hors d’oeuvres to accompany the experience. Afternoon Tea can be complemented with a glass of champagne, while Twilight Tea is served with a cocktail.

What are my options if I want to organize a meeting at The Principal York hotel?

The Principal York hotel has over 10 spaces that can be used to organize business meetings and events. With capacities ranging from 20 to 400 guests, you will surely find a space and a configuration suited for your event. The hotel has in-house audio-visual equipment that can be used and staff to help with its installation and with any issues that you might encounter on the day. If you wish to add catering, it can be arranged from a third-party service provider and you will be able to choose from a set banquet menu.

Where can I go for an evening drink at The Principal York hotel?

If you are looking for a quiet night in, don’t forget to check out the Chapter House Bar at The Principal York hotel, which is open from 11:00 am until late every day. They have drinks that suit all tastes from craft beer to cocktails and wine, as well as a special gin list with over 10 different brands available. A bar menu is also available for those who want to nibble something on the side.

How do I get from the Leeds/Bradford Airport to The Principal York hotel using public transport?

If you wish to use public transport to get from the airport to The Principal York hotel, get on board bus line 757 from the Leeds/Bradford Airport going in the direction of Leeds City Centre. You will reach the City Square bus stop about 40m later, which is where you need to get off and get into the Leeds Station. From there, get on board the Transpennine Express train going in the direction of Scarborough, it will run non-stop to the York Station, and your accommodation will be a 4m walk away. The full trip will take about 1h 20m.

What are the activities available at The Principal York hotel?

If you are looking for something to do on-site while staying at The Principal York hotel, join the Cocktail School at Chapter House for a 60m class where you will work with your own group and you will learn the basics of how to craft cocktails. The cost of this class is £24 (about $30) per person, and the price includes 3 cocktails and nibbles for each participant. (Prices checked 03/07/19).

Where is The Principal York located?

The Principal York is located at Station Road in Central York, 0.7 km from the centre of York. Church of the Holy Trinity is the closest landmark to The Principal York.

When is check-in time and check-out time at The Principal York?

Check-in time is 15:00 and check-out time is 11:00 at The Principal York.

Does The Principal York offer free Wi-Fi?

Yes, The Principal York offers free Wi-Fi.

Does The Principal York offer free parking?

No, The Principal York does not offer free parking.

Does The Principal York offer free airport shuttle service?

No, The Principal York does not offer free airport shuttle service.

How far is The Principal York from the airport?

The Principal York is 38.6 km from Leeds/Bradford. The Principal York is 53.4 km from Doncaster Sheffield.

Can you bring pets to The Principal York?

No, pets are not allowed at The Principal York.

Does The Principal York have a pool?

Yes, The Principal York has a pool on-site.


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Most popular landmarks

  • Church of the Holy Trinity 302 m
  • York National Railway Museum 358 m
  • York Guildhall 0.4 km
  • Yorkshire Museum 0.5 km
  • Mansion House 0.5 km
  • York Theatre Royal 0.6 km

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York 68 m
York Poppleton 4.2 km

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