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The Principal

Last updated: 24 December, 2023

York’s station hotel has had a sumptuous makeover, and it’s imposing facade – those Victorians certainly knew about commanding buildings – now houses a plush, calming oasis from the busy city.   

Bedrooms are crisp and chic, furnished in a muted stone-and-cream palette and come with a tuck-box of goodies, including Kitkats (5 million are produced each year at the nearby Nestle factory). 

The Garden Room – with sweeping views across to the minster, is made for settling in with an indulgent afternoon tea, and the buzzy Refectory restaurant means you don’t have to stir outside the door for an excellent dinner.  

Linked to York station by covered walkway, this is an excellent choice for those planning a car-free break. 

Surrounding area

The area around some stations in Britain can be a bit grotty. Not in York. The hotel is located on a busy main road but, once crossed, you’ve got the city’s medieval walls in front of you.  Close by there are gardens, and, a five-minute walk away, the River Ouse and Lendal Bridge which connect you to the centre of the city proper.  

This isn’t the place to stay if you want to be right in the thick of things; but if you want to explore beyond York it’s ideal, with the bus and train stations just next door. And although York is a very walkable city, if you’re venturing further afield, plenty of buses leave next door from the station too. 


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General amenities

Key facilities

Airport transfers: Not available
Beach: None
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
Kids club
: On-site *
Pool (adults only)
Pool (indoor)
Pool (outdoor)
Pool (kids)
Tennis courts
WiFi: Free

Food & drink

All inclusive
Kids menu
Restaurant on-site
Self catering
Additional charge

Room amenities

Room types


Room facilities

Air conditioning
Flat screen TV
Hot tub (private)
Pool (private)
Tea & coffee making facilities

Bedding options

2+ bedrooms
3+ beds
Connecting rooms
Rollaway/sofa bed

Destination guides


Destination guides including or relevant to this experience


  • York, Yorkshire, United Kingdom (UK)

Medieval, turreted gate with car passing underneath

Destination guide

York’s dramatic past – from Roman settlements to Viking invasions – has created one of Britain’s most beautiful historic cities, home to the world-famous York Minster and the most complete medieval walls in the country.