The Principal York

York, Yorkshire


Deluxe room


Superior room

A glammed-up Victorian hotel right next to York railway station

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Check-in is at 3pm and check-out at 11am.

The discount:

We advertise this offer at up to 33% off. We calculate this discount percentage based on the rates we offer compared to the hotel's website rate. An example of our top discount is:

On 14/12/2018, two people may book a one-night stay in a Superior room (inclusions as noted above) and will pay £199 per room, per night, compared to the hotel's website rate of £298 per room, per night. Based on this calculation, by booking with Secret Escapes, you will save 33%.

The discounts, price and availability stated above were checked on 12/10/2018

The offer is 100% non-refundable and date changes are not possible once the booking has been made

A stylish stay at a revamped Victorian hotel with pool and gym right next to York railway station - includes full English breakfast and three-course dinner


For those who want to stay on track when visiting the medieval marvel that is York, this wonderfully restored and refurbished Victorian hotel (formally The Royal York Hotel) is a rather sparkling acquisition for Principal - the hoteliers famed for spicing up heritage buildings.

Award-winning interior architects Goddard Littlefair have worked their magic to refurbish and restore the guest rooms and suites - all of which are spacious, stylish, and very spoiling. Both the Superior room and the larger Deluxe room come with lashings of soft hues (greys, whites, creams), luxurious fabrics, and beds so comfy you’ll struggle to get out of them. Bathrooms have a mix of rainfall showers and bathtubs as well as Principal bathrobes and Elemis toiletries.

It's no surprise to find out that The Principal York has a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence.


- Smart TV
- Wi-Fi access
- Elemis toiletries
- Tea and coffee-making facilities
- Fridge with water and fresh milk
- Hairdryer
- Direct-dial telephone
- Table and chairs


It’s all exposed brick, pendant lighting, dark woods, and a trendy vibe at the conservatory-style The Refectory Kitchen & Terrace - the signature restaurant that celebrates the best ingredients from York and the surrounding countryside. Open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, you can expect a huge range of Yorkshire and British classics followed by diet-blowing desserts. Guests may choose to dine either in the light-flooded dining room or on the outdoor terrace if it’s sunny. Equally worthy of your attention is the Chapter House pub for wines, craft beers, cocktails, and the pillared Garden Room for afternoon teas.


Located in the basement, the heated swimming pool, sauna, steam room, and Jacuzzi are open every day for use by hotel guests as well as members. There’s also a well-equipped gym with a good selection of cardiovascular and resistance training equipment (please note that children and teenagers aged 15 or younger may only use the pool if accompanied by an adult).


Within rolling-out-of-bed distance of York station (it’s literally right next door), you’ll be within easy distance of the landmark sights in this grand city whose defensive walls are the longest and best preserved in England. For first-timers, you can’t beat climbing to the top of the Gothic beauty that is York Minster, marvelling at mechanical wonders (including the Japanese Bullet Train) at the National Railway Museum, and spending time at the Jorvik Viking Centre to see some of Britain’s most exciting archaeological discoveries. Further thrills include brushing up on your history at Clifford’s Tower, making your own bar of chocolate at the fantastic York’s Chocolate Story, stopping for a coffee on The Shambles, and having a flutter at the York Races - also known as Ascot of the North. The Principal York is a 50-minute drive from Leeds Bradford Airport.

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Station Road, York YO24 1AA

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We like

  • Making most of the city-central location, just steps from York’s railway station
  • Stylish and serene guest rooms and suites with soothing decor and all mod cons
  • Tucking into delicious Yorkshire-inspired grub at The Refectory Kitchen & Terrace
  • Indulging in posh afternoon teas with finger sandwiches, scones, and all the trimmings

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