This Stylish Hotel Has Become a Triple Award Winner

by | Jul 31, 2017 | Design

The Principal York—a stylish hotel designed by Goddard Littlefair as one of the launch properties for Principal, a collection of landmark hotels in UK city centers—has won the Gold Award for Hospitality Interior Design at the London Design Awards, marking the third significant accolade it has captured.

This most recent award was presented to the Principal York in March, adding to a collection that already including double honors at the Visit Your Tourism Awards, where the hotel won both the Conference Venue of the Year and the overall Hotel of the Year titles. Add to that the Principal York being shortlisted twice for the refurbishment of its common and public spaces at the European Hotel Design Awards, and it has been a fruitful past 12 months for the property.

The more you learn about the Principal York, the easier it is to see why the property has become so celebrated as of late. It is a magnificent, Grade-II-listed hotel, one that features gorgeous gardens and stunning views over York Minster, which was originally one of Britain’s greatest Victorian railway hotels, housed in a purpose-built building in yellow Scarborough brick by architect William Peachey, first making its debut back in 1878. Once the hotel was later acquired by Starwood Capital, Goddard Littlefair was then commissioned to redesign the public and common spaces, which, of course, included the property’s lobby, reception area, aforementioned Garden Room, entrances and corridor spaces, plus 159 bedrooms and suites.

The full design team for this project also included Michaelis Boyd, who specifically redesigned the bar and restaurant of the hotel. The architects 3D Reid oversaw all structural work related to this project.

Jo Littlefair, Goddard Littefair Director and Co-Founder, recently provide some insights into the award-winning work done at the Principal York, saying, “Our overall ambition was to breathe life back into every artery of the hotel’s interior. Giving a nod to tradition and heritage, but also creating a tremendously warm, light and welcoming contemporary environment for guests. We were briefed to reinstate the hotel’s essential character and to pay respect to its original architecture, whilst at the same time ensuring a feeling of comfort, restfulness, so that The Principal York was once again a true destination hotel.”

To understand how the hotel blossomed into such a stunning example of hospitality, one must first understand what shaped its past. The hotel originally had two entrances, the first of which was on the garden side of the hotel, where guests once arrived by coach or car, as opposed to a separate entrance on the other side that was used by guests who came by rail. A foundational element of Goddard Littlefair’s new plan was to guarantee that both of these entrances were now given equal heft, so that every guest who came through the hotel’s doors received equal importance and a true sense of arrival. Both spaces then joined in one of two main public space circulation axes, dubbed the Promenade or the Colonnade.


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