Checking In … The Principal, York, England November, 2018

Situated near the York Train Station, this grand hotel built in 1878, stands as a testament to its royal origins. Tall ceilings and a grand reception hall welcome the weary traveler and invite them to unwind in its luxurious surroundings. A true resort, you can dine in two restaurants, enjoy a drink at the bar, or relax in the spa and spend some time by the pool.

I recently booked a three-night stay in November in one of their sidings rooms. These rooms are in an annex of the hotel, a little walk from the main building. As I was traveling from overseas, I emailed the hotel a few weeks beforehand to request a quiet room so I could get a good nights sleep. The hotel is known for booking corporate events and weddings. A weekend in November also brings several visitors to view York’s Christmas festival so this popular hotel is always booked. I signed up for their rewards program and was able to save 10% off the room rate. When I arrived, the front desk staff were warm and welcoming, happy to answer any questions and give me a layout of the hotel. They also noted my membership in the rewards program and upgraded my room to a double bed within the main hotel. The room was immaculate and beautifully designed giving me the quiet escape I desired. A lovely handwritten note was left on the table to welcome me to the hotel along with a homemade brownie and shortbread. I enjoyed these delicious treats with some tea that was provided in the free tuck box.

The biggest item on my checklist is a comfortable bed and pillows. The only negative to my stay was the very firm bed, which was uncomfortable for me to sleep on. I ended up laying on top of the soft duvet to pad the mattress. If only the bed had been softer, this would have been a 5-star review. The bathroom was modern with a waterfall shower head and heated towel rack. The Elemis toiletries were perfect.

The hotel was magnificent, the staff was amazing, but the bed is a major concern for me and I don’t know if I’d return to this luxury hotel again knowing I won’t get a good nights sleep.


Free upgrade!

Clean and comfortable room

Quiet floor

The hospitality of the staff

Located directly next to the York train station


The mattress was too firm, leading to a restless nights sleep

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