Review: The Principal York Hotel, England

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The Principal York Hotel

Located In The United Kingdom

Situated in a great location for exploring the historic city of York, The Principal is a visually stunning hotel combining Victorian architecture with an elegant, architect designed interior. With its choice of restaurants, gym, heated swimming pool and luxurious bedrooms, this place is without a doubt the perfect base for a visit to York. What’s more, the staff pride themselves on offering guests “the warmest welcome this side of the Pennines.”


York is a very picturesque city, with many great restaurants, shops, museums and historic buildings to explore, including the Jorvik Viking Centre and the beautiful York Minster. The Principal Hotel is ideally located for exploring everything it has to offer, being just five minutes’ walk from the city centre and a stone’s throw from the railway station. With its stunning views of the Minster, you will get a real flavour of the location from the moment you arrive at the hotel.

Style & Character

The Grade II listed Principal York is a very beautiful hotel. Once the Royal York Hotel, it first opened its doors in 1878 and the architecture stands as a testament to one of Britain’s finest Victorian railway hotels. Inside, it has undergone extensive refurbishment and now combines the elegant style of its 19th-century origins with all the modern comforts you would expect from a luxury establishment. In fact, it has recently been presented with the Gold Award for Hospitality Interior Design at the London Design Awards 2016.

Service & Facilities

Staff are warm, welcoming and friendly and will always go the extra mile to ensure you get the best from your stay. The hotel boasts a well-equipped gym, heated swimming pool, sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi, as well as its own immaculately manicured gardens – complete with resident geese! For business customers, there are state of the art facilities to enjoy, while the hotel is also very popular for weddings due to the picturesque backdrop it provides.


All rooms are newly refurbished, comfortable and modern with tasteful décor and luxurious ensuite bathrooms. Guests can enjoy complimentary Wi-Fi, flat screen TV and a tuck box filled with teas, coffees, hot chocolate, biscuits and sweets. Many of the rooms have lovely city views, while suites offer something special, with listed interior details, spacious living areas and beautifully designed finishing touches.

Food & Drink

There are three different eateries available at the Principal York, all of which showcase some outstanding Yorkshire produce. The Refectory Kitchen and Terrace offers traditional British cuisine, with dishes on the menu including Yorkshire ale cottage pie and Bramley apple crumble. If you’re after drinks or a bar meal, the Chapter House Bar and Games Room is the perfect spot, while the stunning Garden Room with its lovely views serves a sumptuous afternoon tea – a highlight of any stay at the Principal.

The Principal York is a beautiful hotel in a historic setting – the perfect backdrop to a stay in this charming city.

The Principal York Hotel

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