The Principal York

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Opened in November the recently completely remodelled Principal Hotel is situated in the heart of beautiful, historic city of York adjacent to York mainline railway station.  Originally The Station Hotel, The Principal York opened on its current site in 1878 and features an impressive Italianate façade of Scarborough brick and Tadcaster stone. The refurbished hotel elegantly combines carefully preserved Victorian architecture alongside more modern touches.

The ground floor public spaces offer sweeping views into gardens and beyond to York Minster. Breakfast lunch and dinner is served in the Refectory kitchen and terrace and drinks are available from 11am till late in the Chapter Housebar and games room. Visit the stunning Garden Room for afternoon tea.

Enjoy a wonderful weekend (or longer) away in this charming, historic city in Yorkshire which can be reached in under two hours from Kings Cross Station.


The Principal's 167 bedrooms are spread over 7 floors of the historic, majestic building.  Guest bedrooms and suites, each decorated in a muted soft cream palette, feature polished marble bathrooms with freestanding sinks, large walk-in showers and Victorian roll-top baths by Villeroy & Boch.  Room amenities include tea and coffee making facilities, a trouser press and hairdryer.
The bathrooms have a range of deluxe toiletries. 
A remote control LCD flat screen TV and pay per view movies - high speed internet access and a work space area. 
The Sidings Guest Room:  19-22sqm - all the design touches and detail that you will find in the original ‘house’, but they are located in a new wing, to the side of the hotel.  
Superior Room:  20-21sqm - Unwind in sophisticated surroundings in the fully refurbished Superior Rooms.  Complementing the hotel’s heritage, the rooms offer comfort and luxury with intuitive technology and modern design values located in the heart of the beautiful historic building.

Duluxe Room:  16sqm - A room with a view, the beautifully refurbished Deluxe Rooms offers custom details with intuitive technology to create a welcomed retreat with a view of the York city gardens.

Suites:  35 sqm 2 Adults 1 Bed Suites at The Principal York have listed interior details with magnificent views of the Minster. Junior suites are open-plan and feature a spacious lounge, while Signature and Principal suites have separate bedrooms and living rooms, with carefully considered finishing touches.

At The Principal York, breakfast lunch and dinner are served in The Refectory Kitchen and Terrace and drinks are available from 11am till late in the Chapter House Bar and games room. 
Visit the stunning Garden Room for afternoon tea after a leisurely day spent sight-seeing in York. The hotel kitchens use some of the finest ingredients Yorkshire has to offer. The cuisine in the Refectory Kitchen & Terrace serves classic British dishes, from Yorkshire ale cottage pie to Bramley apple crumble, while Chapter House Bar & Games Room is the perfect place to try some local craft beers and expertly made cocktails. 
Free use of the leisure club with heated indoor swimming pool - sauna - steam room and fully equipped gymnasium.  (Guests over 18 only allowed.)
Preferred rates at The York Golf Club.

The city has a wealth of attractions with York Minster and the centre of York with its fabulous range of shops, restaraurants, cafes and bars is just a few minutes walk from the hotel

Local attractions:  

  • Jorvik Viking centre . . . . . . . . .. 5 mins walk
  • National Railway museum . . . . 5 mins walk
  • The York Dungeon . . . . . . . .  .  5 mins walk
  • York castle museum . . . . . . . .   1.0 MI -1.6 KM
  • York minster . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  5 mins walk
  • Castle Howard . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15.0 MI -24.1 KM

Free use of the leisure club with heated indoor swimming pool - sauna - steam room and fully equipped gymnasium.  (Guests over 18 only allowed.)

Leeds-Bradford airport is just 29.0miles/46.7 km from the hotel.  Doncaster Robin Hood airport 38.0 MI- 61.2 KM and Humberside 48.0 MI- 77.2 KM

From Leeds-Bradford - take the A59 York into the city centre and follow the signs for the railway station. Take the A1 north. Exit at the A64 to York and follow the signs for the city centre and railway station.

York and the hotel (which has direct access from York Station platform) can be reached in under two hours by train from London Kings Cross Station.