The Principal York

York, Yorkshire

Deluxe room



Superior room

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. Located smack bang next door to the city’s railway station (one of the exits leads straight to Platform 1), you’ll be just five minutes from the ancient defensive walls, 10 minutes from the iconic York Minster, and around 15 minutes from the other must-see attractions.

Opened in 2016 (it was built in 1878 and once used as a stopover for Queen Victoria on her way to Balmoral), this four-star property has plenty to please. Expect swoon-worthy guest rooms and suites with lashings of soft greys, whites, and creams, a well-sized leisure space with a gym and indoor pool, and a fabulous bar for wines, craft beers, cocktails, and light bites. Equally worthy of your attention is the conservatory-style dining room for fine Yorkshire grub and the pillared garden room for traditional afternoon teas and stunning views across manicured lawns.

Good to know

The hotel is located right next to York railway station for those travelling by train. If you’re driving, there is a car park for guest use (there is a charge of £15 for 24 hours).


  • 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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