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New York, NY 10012
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A choice spot from which to navigate this historic city – with its plum location opposite the train station – The Principal York is a high-end urban hideaway masquerading as an impressive Italianate manse dating from 1878. Within a late-Victorian façade of Scarborough brick and Tadcaster stone, the modernly appointed hotel houses 155 gracious bedrooms designed by award-winning interior architects, Goddard Littlefair, a restaurant and bar and lovely garden room for afternoon tea. Views extend across three acres of manicured lawns into the heart of the city and the York Minster’s gothic towers.

The Principal York is a member of PRINCIPAL, a collection of city-centre hotels, based in landmark buildings in exceptional locations across the United Kingdom. Each of the hotels has a story to tell – of its history, its characters, its architecture and its role in shaping the city.


In soft, well-balanced neutral hues, The Principal York’s 155 guest rooms boast simple details complemented by rich materials such as oak and brass. Not to be overlooked, intuitive technology plays a large part in the guest experience, making for a most pleasant and personalized stay. Junior Suites offer an open-plan space with a spacious lounge; Signature and Principal Suites have separate bedrooms and living rooms with uninterrupted views of York Minster.


With the discerning traveler in mind, The Principal York goes beyond creature comforts. Ultra-fast – and free – WiFi is available throughout the hotel. A gym, heated swimming pool, sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi are open every day to hotel guests and members. Bedrooms feature mini fridges with complimentary water and fresh milk, along with your very own free PRINCIPAL tuckbox. Event planning – including weddings – is also available, complete with a dedicated planner for the day and connections to local professionals.


History buffs adore York for its ample opportunities to delve into the medieval history of the region, and The Principal York is conveniently close to the majority of these sightseeing favorites. Topping the list is the York Minster, within view of many of the hotel’s bedrooms – it’s the largest medieval church in England and boasts the longest circuit of medieval city walls of nearly three miles. The National Railway Museum is a hit with all ages for its impressive collection of locomotives and carriages dating from 1820 to today. Guests seeking the best views in town are directed to York Castle, dating from 1068, between Fishergate and Skeldergate Bridge, and the York Castle Museum with its Kirkgate Victorian street re-creation, complete with shops, and Toy Stories, a history of children’s toys.


The Principal York sources the best ingredients from York and the surrounding countryside at the Refectory Kitchen & Terrace. Diners tuck into short rib mac ‘n cheese, Moorland Tomme-crusted pork fillet, Yorkshire Parkin (a sinfully sticky ginger cake served with Yorkshire beer glaze and custard), Yorkshire cottage pie and Bramley apple crumble. On race day, Friday nights and Saturday afternoons, one can enjoy Yorkshire Terrier hot dogs in the modern, light-flooded dining room or on the outdoor terrace. The Garden Room offers traditional afternoon tea with freshly baked scones and raspberry jam, finger sandwiches and an almost-too-beautiful-to-touch selection of dainty cakes and pastries. And the Chapter House Bar & Games Room is a delightful place to unwind at day’s end with a local craft beer or expertly made cocktail. From Franconian bacon and Gloucester Old Spot sausages, to Severn & Wye smoked salmon and Doreen’s black pudding made from a secret family recipe, this is farm-to-table dining at its best.


Adjacent York Train Station, The Principal York is 30 miles from Leeds Bradford International Airport (45 minutes by taxi). Leeds Bradford Airport is an hour’s flight from London Heathrow Airport. York Train Station services Newcastle, Edinburgh, Manchester, London’s King’s Cross and other destinations across the country, travel from London Kings Cross to York in 1 hour and 50 minutes.