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“A Hotel in York in an excellent location.”
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The Judges Lodging
Ranked #12 of 46 Hotels in York
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Darlington, United Kingdom
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58 reviews
14 hotel reviews
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“A Hotel in York in an excellent location.”
Reviewed 18 December 2013

We stayed here 1 night in December. On arrival you have to climb iron steps to reach reception, which, if you are bad at stairs or disabled, is not on. I must admit I booked on line and , as far as I can see looking back on the booking form, there is no mention that the hotel has no lift.

That was the first shock. The receptionist was very efficient and carried our luggage to Room 1 which is at the top of the first flight of stairs. This room has a dodgy lock and jammed , so we had to get help in order to lock our room. It was explained that the Hotel is due for modernization but i would have thought the attention to the lock was something that should have been done straight away.

The room was clean but OH SO UNBEARABLY HOT and there was no way of adjusting the heat. This meant we opened the window which overlooked a main shopping and bars street . Consequently we slept to the sound of bar customers shouting, bin lorries banging bins and beer bottle being put out.

The bathroom and towels were clean. The breakfast was very good and was well presented.

I mentioned the extreme heat to the Manager and he told me it had to be either ON or OFF and believe me, it was ON. Another guest also complained.

If you are disabled at all or have trouble with stairs be aware that you may have a problem. I was not aware there was a room on the ground floor, but even if I had been , the iron stairs at the front made it difficult for me. Best advice is to check with the hotel before doing any booking.

I wont be going back.

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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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JudgesL, General Manager at The Judges Lodging, responded to this review, 23 December 2013
Many thanks for coming to stop with us and for leaving your review of your stay with us. I’m sorry to read that there were a couple of queries regarding your stay. The access does contain a lot of steps and unfortunately, as we are a Grade 1 listed building, we cannot install a lift. We do get a lot of guests who contact us directly to discuss access arrangements and I’m sure that if you had given us a call we would have been able to arrange a room for you that would have been more suitable for you- we do have rooms that are on ground level with no steps. We are also building new rooms with ground floor access as part of our refurbishment plans.
The heating is being modernised as part of our refurbishment which is going to include individual room thermostats – it is quite difficult to ensure the building is properly heated when the temperature is fluctuating between mild and cold conditions outside and if it has made your stay uncomfortable please accept my apologies. The lock to the bedroom has been replaced so thank you for bringing this to my attention.
I hope that you will consider staying with us again next time you are in York after this reply and I would like to wish you both a Merry Christmas!
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Reviewed 17 December 2013 via mobile

We stopped to break our journey to Scotland. The hotel was 'ok' value for money. The room was good. Bed huge. Tasteful decor. Breakfast as expected.

The bathroom needed a refit and when I mentioned it to staff they said it was planned soon. This let the side down a bit. Also thought the attentiveness of the staff was missing on occasion; perhaps they were short staffed?

Lovely hotel if you want to explore York. All the sights are on your doorstep.

We paid £99 on late rooms deal and would not have wanted to pay more.

Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Inns_0f_Character, Nick James - Manager at The Judges Lodging, responded to this review, 18 December 2013
Many thanks for your review of your stay and i'm pleased you enjoyed your stay with us. We agree that we offer the right value for our location and i'm pleased you enjoyed staying so centrally with York. The bathrooms will all be getting a lift during our impending refurbishment so please be assured that this matter is in hand. I'm so sorry you found that we were a little light on team numbers during your stay - I will be looking into this with the rest of the management team. We would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas.

Kind regards,
Nick James - Manager and all the team at the Judges Lodgings.
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Reviewed 16 December 2013

Lovely town (our favourite) and lovely old building tastefully fitted out. Ten minutes walk from station. Stayed one night: good breakfast. Basement bar 'modern traditional'. We had the (very nice) room overlooking the hotel entrance/ beer garden: could be noisy in summer. The inside window surround was crawling with bugs (six-spot ladybirds?) Fortunately they weren't flying and we weren't squeamish. If we could see them the staff must have but no word was spoken. Unless the key was put into the lock a certain way it would not work: staff knew this and seemed to think us odd for not always being able to open it once shown. Arranged for late check out (GBP10 extra): went for walk in morning and came back to find all our belongings in the lobby office. Presented with bill where the extra charge was clearly shown and asked to pay! No apology but bill amended when charge was pointed out.Too good a location / ambience to let this put us off again so don't let it spoil your visit if it happens to you. York is a lovely town and this place fits in perfectly. (Betty's tea room two minutes away!)

Room Tip: Front room overlooks beer garden: would be noisy in summer with window open for early to bedders.
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Inns_0f_Character, Nick James - Manager at The Judges Lodging, responded to this review, 18 December 2013
Thank you for coming to stop with us and for your review. I must apologise if you feel the team have let you down and for the oversight on the late check out- the room that you stayed in does have quite a quirky lock but please be assured that the team were not being patronising when explaining this to you.

I’m not sure where the window insects have come from but again please be assured that rooms are serviced every day. We are a 300 year old building so there are lots of little nooks and crannies for insects to hide in. We would have rectified this issue immediately if you had let us know. I am however pleased to read that you would come and stay with us again. We wish you a very Merry Christmas!

Kind regards,
Nick James - Manager and all the team at the Judges Lodgings.
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High Wycombe, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 December 2013

A meal in this old hotel to celebrate a landmark birthday.

A separate room for a family meal of 17, with tables put together so everyone could eat and talk together. Two menus, a festive and a main from which to choose. Everyone was very happy with the food served, although the cheese and biscuits were rather disappointing both in quantity and range.

Otherwise the service was excellent and the ambience conducive to a really enjoyable experience.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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Inns_0f_Character, Nick James - Manager at The Judges Lodging, responded to this review, 18 December 2013
Thank you for leaving your kind review and it was a real pleasure to welcome and look after you all for your special occasion! I will pass on your feedback about the cheese and biscuits although we would have happily provided some extra for you if you had let us know. Have a very Merry Christmas!

Kind regards,
Nick James - Manager and all the team at the Judges Lodgings.
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 15 December 2013

Just arrived back from a Christmas weekend in York. Had a two night stay at the wonderful hotel," the judges lodgings"! Have already booked to stay again next christmas! The hotel has a very central location, only two minutes from the famous "Betty's Tearooms" and shops, bars and restaurants etc. Highly recommend the hotel as it is extremely clean, comfortable with gorgeous rooms and wonderful attentive staff. Very exciting news to hear of the new refub happening in the new year, cant wait to see it!! a real nice gem in the centre of york.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Inns_0f_Character, Nick James - Manager at The Judges Lodging, responded to this review, 18 December 2013
Many thanks for coming to stay with us and leaving such a kind review! It was a pleasure to have you stay with us and i'm delighted that you have already booked up again to come and stay next year. We cant wait to show off our new look! Have a very Merry Christmas!

Kind regards,
Nick James - Manager and all the team at the Judges Lodgings.
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Worksop, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 7 December 2013 via mobile

We celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary at the judges logings and it was truly special. The room was beautiful the hotel location is perfect. And York in December is magical. Can't wait to go back after the judges has undergone its refurbishment and hopefully spend another anniversary in this beautiful hotel.

Stayed December 2013
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Inns_0f_Character, Nick James - Manager at The Judges Lodging, responded to this review, 10 December 2013
Thank you for your review and choosing to spend such a special occasion with us! I’m delighted that you had a fabulous time in York and I totally agree with you that York has a special magical atmosphere at Christmas - we hope you have a great Christmas and New Year too!

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Nick James - Manager and all the team at the Judges Lodgings.
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Ashington, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 December 2013

After honeymooning in york 30 years ago--we always promised we would return --some day--and stay here---and we where not disappointed
The room was first class the staff excellent the hotel manager wonderful the breakfast a delight -------this is a place to cherish --well done to all the staff for making our special 2 night stay a stay to remember forever

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Inns_0f_Character, Nick James - Manager at The Judges Lodging, responded to this review, 10 December 2013
It was a pleasure to have you and your wife staying with us and I’m delighted that we helped make your special occasion even more memorable. Thank you for taking the time to leave such a kind review and I will pass on your kind words to the rest of the team! We very much hope to see you again next time you are in York. Have a great Christmas & New Year.

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Nick James - Manager and all the team at the Judges Lodgings.
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Property: The Judges Lodging
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 (Based on Average Rates): ££
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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