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The Principal York

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Reviewed yesterday NEWvia mobile

Visited again and had lunch/afternoon tea in the garden room. Excellent helpful friendly service. Happy to put right any niggles, soup arrived lukewarm, but replaced instantly with apologies and grace. A beautiful setting and well thought out restoration. The food , simple and well executed with white linen and finesse. Feels very much like a London top end hotel. Will...

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Everything about our stay at The Principal York exceeded expectation. We booked the garden room for afternoon tea following our wedding ceremony and we were not disappointed. We had a group of 27 and the service by Chantelle and her team was fantastic. The suite we stayed in for the weekend was huge, with views of the gardens and minster....

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Bury, United Kingdom
Reviewed yesterday NEWvia mobile

Everything was spot on from the staff to the facilities. We got a free upgrade (room 349), without asking to a deluxe room which had a full on view of the Minster and hotel gardens which made the room even better! The room was compact but thoughtfully done and had everything you needed with ironing facilities, fridge, hairdryer, Elemis toiletries...

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Reviewed 2 days ago NEWvia mobile

Lovely stay...good service and food. Polite staff and very helpful. Very clean and welcoming at reception. Would highly recommend and will definitely stay again. Lots to see and do...York is beautiful.

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Reviewed 2 days ago NEWvia mobile

Stayed in room 313 corner room with views over the grounds, York minister and the wall. Used the facilities including pool, sauna and gym. All great with friendly and helpful staff. Would recommend and stay again!

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RichardMansellRYH, General Manager at The Principal York, responded to this review

Dear Wicked Lester C Thank you for taking the time to review your stay with us at The Principal York. Glad you found time to enjoy our leisure club facilities and thank you for your recommendation. Please come and visit us again soon. Warm regards RMansell

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEWvia mobile

Amazing hotel check In was not till 3 we arrived at 12 so I asked if we could park up and go into york and they said we could check in there and then and we got a room upgrade to a suite! Lovely room till top bath and big shower.The staff were lovely and friendly. We stayed on a...

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RichardMansellRYH, General Manager at The Principal York, responded to this review

Dear cootieCleveland We appreciate you taking the time to share your review of The Principal York with the online community. Glad to read your enjoyment of the live music in our Chapter House Bar which we host every Friday. Please come and stay with us again soon. Warm regards RMansell

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEWvia mobile

Just stayed the one night on business. Quite a small room, but had everything I needed, nice walk in shower, fridge ....treats! The hotel seems to be quite an old classic, but recently refurbished. For me that is the best of both worlds! Free wifi, water, little "tuck box", good quality tea and filter coffee. I know these are just...

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Dear RichardBJ Thank you for taking the time to review your business stay with us at The Principal York. I am delighted you enjoyed the "tuck box" in your room and the restoration of this grand building. I hope we have the opportunity to serve you again. Warm regards RMansell

Liverpool, United Kingdom
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Our Arrival at this lovely hotel was welcoming ,our room wasn't quite ready ,we were early ,so we had a light lunch in the bar which was very nice . The room was clean ,and everything we needed ,they had left a little Birthday cake ,along with a tuck box . The meal in the evening was delicious ,and they...

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Dear Arthur075 Thank you for staying with us at The Principal. Sounds like you enjoyed our Chapter House live music session which we host on Friday evenings. Please come and visit again soon Warm Regards RMansell

Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Booked 2 nights at the Principal York for my wife's 40th Birthday and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The staff couldn't have been more helpful and went the extra mile to make sure my wife enjoyed her birthday. When booking the room I mentioned it was my wife's birthday and on arrival there was a cake and card wishing my wife...

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RichardMansellRYH, General Manager at The Principal York, responded to this review

Dear rossco127 Thank you for choosing us to celebrate with and for your recommendation. Sounds like you had an amazing time at the Principal and enjoyed the live music set in the Chapter House Bar which we offer every Friday. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Warm Regards RMansell

Reviewed 4 days ago NEWvia mobile

I took my girlfriend here for her birthday in January and we had a wonderful stay. I had emailed ahead giving the reason for our stay and the hotel could not have been any more helpful. Upon arrival in our suite a cake and card was waiting for my girlfriend which I thought was a lovely touch. The service throughout...

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Dear Matty S Thank you for sharing your review of your stay with us at The Principal York. Delighted to read you had such a fantastic stay and thank you for your recommendation. Please come and visit again soon. Warm regards RMansell

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  • Pool
  • Room Service
  • Restaurant
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Spa
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Wheelchair Access
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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  • Bar/Lounge
  • Spa
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  • Family Rooms
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  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Business Centre with Internet Access
  • Dry Cleaning
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  • Banquet Room
  • Multilingual Staff
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Located in the heart of the beautiful historic city of York The Principal York 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 House Bar and Games Room. Visit the stunning Garden Room for afternoon tea. As a premier luxury wedding venue in York the hotel and gardens provide the perfect backdrop for your wedding pictures. The Victorian Oak Room holds up 110 guests for dinner while the Events Center can seat up to 300. The Principal York also boasts a variety of meeting spaces from small rooms to the Events Center with capacity for 410 delegates theater style. ... more   less 

Additional Information about The Principal York

Address: Station Road, York YO24 1AA, England (Formerly The Royal York Hotel)
Region: United Kingdom > England > Yorkshire > North Yorkshire > York
Price Range: $210 - $484 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — The Principal York 4*
Number of rooms: 165
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Also Known As:
Royal York Hotel Grand Victorian
Royal York Hotel York
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#7 Luxury Hotel in York
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