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“Wonderful rooms and service, great little bar”
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The Judges Lodging
Ranked #12 of 47 Hotels in York
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 4 December 2011

A fantastic standard room, with space, views, a bed, a bathroom and in particularly a jacuzzi bath that all were far from "standard". The hotel staff were great; genuinely proud of their hotel and warmly friendly without a hint of pretence. Everything sparkling clean. The breakfast, delivered to the room at short notice, was delicious.

The cellar bar is a welcome bolt-hole from the packed and popular local alternatives. The staff equally as welcoming, with a great range of drinks and an upbeat, cosy atmosphere. The only let down was absolutely grotty bathrooms - a stark contrast from the amazing hotel upstairs. It was the smallest blemish on an otherwise amazing weekend.

We'll be back. Probably quite a lot!

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 November 2011

We were in Room 5 on the second floor of the main house and had a great view of the nearby Minster over the rooftops. Quite scenic, but even more impressive than the rooms and the views was the service. Seldom have we ever come across a staff so pleasant, professional and accommodating. Kudos to all. And least I forget --- the location was perfect. Part of the "old town" of York, you're in the middle of everthing.

  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 November 2011

We have just got back from a long shopping weekend in york staying in this lovely hotel. Our room (9) was very spacious and comfortable - the only complaint about the room ( a very small complaint at that) is that you advertise that you provide hairdryers and bathrobes neither were present in our room but I can't really say this was a problem because I brought my own hairdryer but you shouldnt really advertise that these items are in the rooms when they are not.
The breakfast was amazing with a wide variety of choice and the staff were very curtious and helpful. We had a small problem with the heating in our room during our stay but this was dealt with very efficiently.
The only down side for us was the cellar bar as we had travelled a long way on our first day we thought this would be an ideal place for a meal on our first night - I ordered a glass of Rose' wine which was warm - and out of six items on the menu there were only three available our meal was then made rather uncomfortable by other members of the public using the bar who thought that telling crude jokes and using bad language for all to hear appropriate behaviour this was still quite early in the evening (well before nine) and I am just pleased that we didnt have our children with us. I do feel the cellar bar let's the hotel down in more ways than one.
Please dont let this put you off staying at the hotel as it is seperate enough to have little effect on your stay. If you need a quick bite to eat after a long journey to York cross the street to ZIzzi's it's good food for a reasonable price in a very nice atmosphere.

Thanks again for a lovely stay - improvements needed in the cellar bar.

  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 October 2011

My wife and I stayed here last weekend. We walked from the station (5 minutes walk) and from the moment we walked in we loved it. The staff were all very friendly and the building itself is (as per a previous posting) atmospheric.

The room we had was great, with all the features you would expect from a hotel of this type, plus the most comfortable hotel bed ever!

The building is perfectly situated for the major sights (the Minster etc) and for the shops.

One thing to bear in mind. Because the building is listed and therefore has single glazed sash windows our room suffered a little from noise (particularly in the morning when the bin men came!) but that was a small price to pay.

Great hotel, fantastic city. Would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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JudgesGeneralManager, Manager at The Judges Lodging, responded to this reviewResponded 13 November 2011

Thank you very much for your lovely review. We are thrilled that you enjoyed your stay with us in York. I am particularly pleased that you appreciated the beauty and historic charm of the building, as well as the staff. We are very proud of our workforce, who always try their best to make guests feel welcome and satisfied with their stay. The hotel is situated right in the center of the city, next to one of the major shopping streets and a stone's throw from the Minster, Museum Gardens and the famous Betty's Tea Rooms. Unfortunately, a side-effect of this, as you say, is that there can be some unavoidable noise from the streets. Thankfully, as the area is pedestrianized most of the time, our guests are not troubled by vehicle engines! I am very glad that you thought this was a small price to pay, and we would love to see you again in the future. Thanks again for the review.

Kind regards,
The Judges Lodgings Hotel

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Reviewed 27 October 2011

I stayed here with my mum in room 10 last weekend, with a living social excellent deal. We loved the location right in the centre of York. While we were there a little boy came iupto the entrancedoor with his dad and said 'wow' when he saw inside. That's how we felt about it too. The gold chandelier, warm fire, flowers and ornate ceilings are amazing. The girls on reception were very friendly and helpful, asking how our day had been and what we had been doing. There was a good selection of food and drinks at breakfast. We loved the big sleigh beds, jacuzzi bath, touches like DVD library and IPOD docking station too. Thank you, we'll be coming back.

Stayed: October 2011, travelled with family
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JudgesGeneralManager, Manager at The Judges Lodging, responded to this reviewResponded 4 November 2011

Thank you so much for taking the time to review your stay with us. It is always lovely to hear that our guests have enjoyed their time here.

We are delighted that both you and the small boy in our entranceway were so enthralled by the many charms of the hotel. The building itself does indeed truly have the 'wow' factor and we are so pleased that you enjoyed exploring the streets of York from our city centre location. We are very fortunate to retain so many of the original features which really add to the unique experience of staying here.

Our DVD library is well worth a rummage through- there are some great films in there! Spending a rainy afternoon curled up in one of our luxurious beds with a cup of Yorkshire tea, occasionally glancing out the window to marvel at the Minster... super.

We look forward to welcoming you both back for your return visit. Thanks again for such a wonderful review.

Kind regards,

Judges Lodgings Hotel

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Reviewed 13 October 2011

Lovely, atmospheric hotel , the staff, especially the lovely lady on reception,( didnt catch her name) were really extremely pleasant and helpful, especially as we had a bit of a blip with our jacuzzi bath not working! However this was dealt with promptly, and we were given a free upgrade to another lovely room, complete with 4 poster bed! Breakfast was delicious, nothing was too much trouble, generally. The only thing i would say is the central heating was a little too high for the mild weather we had, also that the breakfast room would be a lovely place to dine in the evenings, we didnt particularly like the cellar bar, seemed dark and dreary ! We would highly recommend for a great central location, we were made to feel very welcome and will definitely think about staying again on our next visit to York!

Room Tip: !st floor is lovely.
  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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JudgesGeneralManager, Manager at The Judges Lodging, responded to this reviewResponded 4 November 2011

Many thanks for taking the time to complete a review. We are delighted that you had such a lovely stay with us here at the Judges Lodgings Hotel and that you enjoyed relaxing in the luxury of our magnificent 7ft4 poster bed. All our staff here are passionate about providing excellent service and it is always wonderful to hear that our guests have enjoyed the friendly and welcoming atmosphere we strive to create.

Breakfast is, of course, the most important meal of the day (!) and we are pleased that you found ours to be delicious-I will personally pass on your compliments to our chef.

We are sorry to hear that you weren't as impressed by the cellar bar as your accommodation- you will be pleased to hear it is in the process of undergoing improvements in decor. It has in fact recently undergone a 'spooky' transformation for Halloween and is suitably atmospheric, complete with cobwebs and candlelit alcoves. We hope that you will find it more to your liking upon your next visit

Also, it can indeed get pretty cosy with the heating here as well- sorry it was a little warm for you. We very much look forward to seeing you again so that we can ensure every aspect of your stay is spot on and we can 'outdo' ourselves and exceed our 4/5 rating to get full marks.

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Reviewed 12 October 2011

My husband booked a weekend at this hotel for my 40th Birthday. Considering how much they charge for a room per night I was totally unimpressed with the quality. On arrival, the receptionist greeted us in the most laid back, unprofessional way. I don't think she looked at the guest book all day to see who was due etc. The little touches in the room, as you'd expect for that charge, just weren't there. We had no tea spoons, the mirror light in the bathroom didn't work, drooping flowers, no tissues in the container for the whole weekend.... We did complete a survey before leaving but I suspect it was placed in the bin as we never received any communication! Would not stay here again, price way too much for the quality!!

  • Stayed: December 2010, travelled as a couple
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JudgesGeneralManager, Manager at The Judges Lodging, responded to this reviewResponded 20 October 2011

Many thanks for your feedback. We very much appreciate people taking the time to comment on their stay with us here. We are always ready to take on board any constructive criticism so that we can continue to provide our guests with the best possible experience.

Sorry to hear that there was a lack of attention to detail when you stayed with us in December 2010. This is indeed unacceptable. Missing tissues and broken bulbs are a stain on our reputation and are not indicative of the 4* hotel that we pride ourselves to be.

I am pleased to say that, one year on, much has changed. From the warm, welcoming and professional service to the fresh flowers in the foyer, attention to detail here is paramount. This detail is reflected in little touches in each of the rooms, which include the luxury toiletries, the range of complimentary beverages and our nightly 'turn down' service. This prepares each room to ensure a night of restful sleep. We strive to make sure that if guests have any quandaries during their stay, they are seen to straight away. We also pride ourselves on our great service and repeatedly get a positive response in this area.

Again, please accept our apologies that you did not feel your stay was up to standard.

Kind regards,
Judges Lodgings Hotel

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Address: 9 Lendal, York YO1 8AQ, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Yorkshire > North Yorkshire > York
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
#6 Business Hotel in York
#7 Luxury Hotel in York
#9 Romantic Hotel in York
Price Range: £116 - £179 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — The Judges Lodging 5*
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Extensively refurbished in 2014, the Judge's Lodging has 21 individually styled bedrooms, an original vaulted cellar bar,first floor dining and drinking and also 2 fabulous outside areas- quite unique within the centre of York! With a fabulous location in the shadows of the Minster, we offer a warm and friendly Yorkshire welcome to guests from all over the world. *Free Breakfast refers to our Bed and Breakfast rates. ... more   less 
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