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31 January 2017

checking in: the principal, york

A beautiful traditional hotel with a modern botanical twist in the heart of one of the U.K.’s most picturesque cities.

It was the weekend after the Christmas holidays had finished. The weekend after normality had resumed, and life had swung back into its grey ways as it tends to do. It was also the weekend of J & I being reunited post-festive-break. Post-spending every moment together. The week between had been hard and so, we felt incredibly lucky to be gifted a stay at the Principal Hotel in York – a chance to catch up, and enjoy a wonderful city.

The Room
The Principal is that building that you’ll know if you’ve ever been to York. Hop off the train, out the station, and just on your left you’ll spy its majestic architecture and gardens. The Chapter House, its bar, is literally right next to a platform! I’ve seen it so many times before, but I'd never really thought about it, figuring perhaps that it'd be fairly archaic inside. Instead, it's the epitome of modernity, sleek and open.

The rooms are really nicely sized, and super cosy.  Oh, and the bed is huge! We walked into ours, and I was immediately enamoured by the views of York Minster, as well as the stylish accessories dotted around the dwelling. We moseyed around, absorbed by all the itsy bitsy ornaments and framed photos.

The City
After obsessing over the room, we dumped our stuff and headed out into the city. We wandered along the cobbled streets, and down Stonegate, stopping in shops to have a quick browse. We popped into The Cross Keys for a bite to eat, a place which serves up good old fashioned pub grub! Careering past York Minster, we then headed back to the hotel to make the most of the facilities. Once we'd finished our dinner, we ventured back into the city again; the gift of this hotel is that the centre of York is essentially on your doorstep! It's a five minute walk beside the beautiful river.

Our first point of call was Sotano, our favourite bar and charcuterie on Little Stonegate. It serves Mediterranean tapas plates and classically-inspired cocktails, and is the perfect place for a date. I'll do a post soon all about the city of York!

The Experience
The Principal is somewhere you'd want to cosy up in over the full weekend. The communal areas are gorgeous, especially the Garden Room. I can imagine sitting there, reading your Sunday paper, sipping tea, and feeling absolutely content. We had dinner, followed by breakfast the next day, in the Refectory Kitchen & Terrace, the stunning contemporary conservatory style restaurant. It was especially beautiful and brightly botanical under the morning Winter sun. I loved the decor, and the extensive menu, as well as the limitless buffet set up. It was the best I've ever encountered in a hotel.

We also made use of the swimming pool and jacuzzi. Such a treat! Everything at the Principal felt like a necessary indulgence, a slice of sleek, accessible luxury. 

I'd highly recommend the Principal! It's a really special hotel, filled with character and class. The perfect stay for Millennials looking for a romantic getaway.

 Check out's at 11am, and check in's at 3pm daily. They also have two other hotels, in Manchester and Edinburgh! 


PS... This postcard partly made the trip! (The toiletries were dreamy)

Photos by Jimi Hunt

*I was gifted a stay at the Principal York, but my views and love for the hotel are very much my own!


  1. Love that postcard! The hotel looks amazing, I'll definitely check the company out, wonderful style x

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