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Independent (SPHC) Principal York

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Our elegant hotel with views of York Minster

Principal York

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, The 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.

CHECK IN: 3pm (Early check in available)
CHECK OUT: 11am (Late check out available)
FRONT DESK : +44-1904-653681

Languages Spoken by Staff

  • English
  • Polish
  • Portuguese
  • Romanian
  • Spanish
  • Currency



    • Guide Dogs Allowed
    • Wheelchair accessible guestrooms are furnished with grab bars in the shower and emergency pull cords at the bedside. The hotel is accessible via the Sidings entrance and entrance from the station, all areas throughout the hotel for wheelchair use including our meeting rooms. For further information, feel free to contact the hotel directly.Our Concierge team are available to assist.
    • Guestroom Accessibility Details
      • Furniture can be rearranged for added space
      • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms & Routes
      • Bathroom Cord/Button Emergency System
      • Bedroom Cord/Button Emergency System
      • Grab Bars/Adequate Maneuvering Space/Tall Toilets
      • Adequate Turning Space
      • Padded Plumbing/Clearance Beneath Vanity
    • Elevator Accessibility Details
      • All Level Elevator Access
      • Wheelchair Accessible Elevator
      • Elevator Near Accessible Rooms
    • Public Area Accessibility Details
      • Public Restroom: Padded Plumbing/Vanity Clearance
      • Public Restroom: Wheelchair Accessible Stalls
      • Wheelchair Accessible Public Restroom
      • Restaurant Wheelchair Seating
      • Public Facilities Accessible
    • Parking Accessibility Details
      • Flat Terrain Between Parking/Entrance
      • Wheelchair Accessible Curb Cuts/Street Parking
      • Accessible Parking Spaces with Posted Signs
      • Disabled/Accessible Parking
      • Wheelchair Accessible Parking/4 Spaces

    Pet Policy

    • Your four legged friend is welcome, in our hotel, your pet is also on vacation. There is an additional charge of 30 GBP per room per night per dog.
    • 30 GBP


      Standard Rooms, Suites, Business Centre, Public Areas and Meeting Convention Space


    • Leeds Bradford International Airport (LBA)
    • Estimated taxi Cost : 45 GBP
    • Estimated time by taxi : 23 Minutes


    • Car parking is available
    • Parking Spaces/90 Spaces
    • Daily self parking fee : 15 GBP
    • The Hotel offers an onsite car park of nearly 90 spaces which are offered on a first come, first served basis. This is charged at £15 per 24 hours or £3 per hour up to a maximum of £15.

    Dine in York


    The Chapter House Bar

    12:00 pm-12:00 am

    Chapter House is an award winning bar and was part of the multi- million-pound investment in The Principal York hotel. The main bar and next-door snug are warm, welcoming and comfortable- whether you are a local looking for something a bit different, travelling to and from York by train, or a guest staying in the hotel. Chapter House serves cocktails and local craft ales, wines and spirits and bar bites, all served by our friendly team of bartenders.

    The Chapter House Bar
    The Chapter House Bar

    Classic Rooms

    Guest room photo
    Classic Rooms


    Suite Photo

    Classic Rooms

    Our Classic bedrooms are cozy and full of character. Ideal for short stays and solo trips, the majority are located in the main house and a small number are located in our sidings annex which is a 5 minute walk from main reception. Each room includes a complimentary tuck box for you to enjoy.
    Each classic bedroom overlooks York City or the Victorian Train station.
    Each room is decorated in balanced, neutral tones that offer more than just a place to sleep.
    King Bed Guest Room Photo


    Junior suites are open-plan and feature a lounge area, while Minster View suites have separate bedrooms and living rooms, with carefully considered finishing touches.
    Suites at The Principal York have listed interior details with magnificent views of the Minster.
    All have separate bedrooms to the living room and are en-suite with rainfall showers, luxury toiletries, free WiFi, flat screen TV, tea and coffee including tuck box, laptop safe and mini fridge.
    Junior Suite Photo
    Classic Rooms
    York is the place to meet
    The jewel of the city in our view
    Green space in the heart of the city
    York is the place to meet
    The Principal York boasts a large events centre accommodating up to 400 delegates, as well as 10 additional meeting and private dining rooms with capacities that range from six people to 100 people.
    The jewel of the city in our view
    Celebrating the history and pedigree of this grande-dame, railway station hotel, bedrooms and suites at Principal York comfortably mix tradition and modernity. The majority of the rooms are in the main house, and the grandest of them look out across the gardens to York Minster in the distance
    Green space in the heart of the city
    With the iconic York Minster and roman walls in the distance, our gardens provide the perfect setting for adding an outdoor element, or even holding the entire event outside. From marquees on the lawn for large-scale events, to team building activities and more intimate parties and BBQs,

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    Fee Based and Staff Assisted Services

    • Doctor on Call
    • Dry Cleaning Pickup or Laundry Valet
    • Same Day Dry Cleaning
    • Storage Space Available
    • Children's Activities Available
    • Housekeeping Daily

    Other Services

    • Business Centre
    • 24-Hour Business Centre
    • Printer
    • Copying Services
    • Email and Internet
    • Facsimile Services
    • PC's available in Business Center


    Weddings & Events

    Adjacent to the York Station, and only 2 hours from London or 2.5 hours from Edinburgh by train, Principal York hotel can accommodates up to 410 attendees and has 11 meeting rooms with flexible configurations with full in-house AV support.