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“New Years Eve stay”
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The Judges Lodging
Ranked #13 of 45 Hotels in York
Certificate of Excellence
Peterborough, United Kingdom
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38 reviews
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“New Years Eve stay”
Reviewed 8 January 2014

Stayed at the Judges Lodgings on the 31st Dec 2013 for New Years Eve. Great central location not far from the train station and friendly welcome from a lady in reception who was happy to keep our bags until our room was ready. When we returned later to check into our room, we were welcomed by a very friendly chap. Our room was a lovely and huge with a comfy bed and views over York and a large bathroom. We paid £200 for the room including dinner bed and breakfast which didn’t seem a too bad deal. Dinner was in the adjoining Cellar Bar and Restaurant and the food was very good. My partner had a fish starter and a beef stew type main and I had the steak and all were nice. I did ask if the steak came with vegetables to which I was told yes and asked for no herb butter on the steak but the steak did not come with vegetables and the herb butter was on the steak. The waitress did offer to get me another steak but I wasn’t that fussed and so didn’t take up the offer. As we were both quite full and had a nights drinking ahead of us but deserts were included in the package and sounded delicious, we asked if we could have small half portions. However, when the sticky toffee pudding and chocolate brownie arrived, they were huge. They were tasty but not the smaller size we had asked for. Our stay was perfect apart from breakfast which we found disappointing. There was no fresh orange juice just the horrible concentrated stuff out of a cartoon. I felt that there was also room for improvement with the breakfast. I got the impression that along with the orange juice, the ingredients were not the best quality. The sausage in particular tasted cheap. For a hotel of this ilk, I was expecting quality and perhaps even local produce. Check out was efficient and once again, very friendly and personal. The hotel is now closed for refurbishment which I understand will improve the reception area and create a link from inside the hotel to the Cellar Bar and Restaurant which I am sure will be great. We had a lovely stay and would stay again if the price was right but strongly suggest that they look at improving the breakfast. Also highly recommend York for New Years Eve.

Room Tip: We had the room in the centre right at the top which was lovely
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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JLNick_James, General Manager at The Judges Lodging, responded to this review, 9 January 2014
Many thanks for your review and thank you for coming to stop with us over New Year- it sounds like you had a good night! The Cellar Bar was full on NYE and I'm delighted you enjoyed your food with us and found the team warm and friendly.
I will certainly take your breakfast comments on board and we are looking to rework our breakfast offer on reopening in the Summer. We always look to source locally where we can and it is a delicate balance between cost and value that we continually look at.
It would be great to see you again when we have finished our refurbishment!
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Bedlington, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 January 2014

We loved our stay here. Its central, characterful and above all friendly and welcoming. I do agree that a refurbishment wouldn't come in wrong, but I hope its not unrecognisable afterwards. I loved the atmosphere and the homeliness created by the lovely staff and came back for a return visit with a friend just before it closed for its makeover. I will certainly be back again; whether for a romantic break or a girlie shopping trip - I loved it.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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JLNick_James, General Manager at The Judges Lodging, responded to this review, 7 January 2014
Thank you for your lovely review- warm and friendly hospitality is what we strive for everyday so I'm delighted that we have hit the mark for you. Whilst we are undergoing a major refurbishment, please be assured that we will not be fundamentally altering the character of the building- we are Grade 1 listed so everything has to be approved by York Council. The Judges is a fabulous building and we are setting it up to be enjoyed by as many people as possible for the next 300 years! Cant wait to hear your thoughts when you next call in!
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Scarborough, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 January 2014

We stayed one night before Christmas for a quick break in York. We chose the Judges Lodgings because of it's position in the centre of York. We loved the look of the building and the history attached to such a building. We had a thoroughly enjoyable stay, our room extremely comfortable and full of character, as is the remainder of the hotel,. All the staff were so friendly and helpful and breakfast was of a very high standard with quality produce. The Cellar Bar is great for just a drink or a meal. We wish the team every success in their refurbishment programme and we shall certainly be returning to stay at the Judges Lodgings again.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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JLNick_James, General Manager at The Judges Lodging, responded to this review, 5 January 2014
What a really kind review about the team and your visit and thank you for your best wishes as we embark on our refurbishment programme. It was a pleasure to look after you and I cant wait to hear your thoughts on our improvements when we reopen in Summer 2014!
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York
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Reviewed 1 January 2014

Just over a year after buying the Judges Lodgings in Lendal out of administration, the new owners are closing the hotel and bar for the major make-over.

Daniel Thwaites plc, which bought the business for £1.5 million in November last year, is planning to add an extra eight rooms, bringing the total to 22, as well as expanding the cellar bar and dining area into the upper first floor of the building, and creating additional outdoor terraces.

Having already spent £500,000 on repairs, the refurbishment will bring total investment in the business close to £4 million. Staff numbers will rise from 15 to between 50 and 60 following the project.

Room Tip: Closed for refurbishment
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Stayed January 2014, travelled solo
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JLNick_James, General Manager at The Judges Lodging, responded to this review, 2 January 2014
Many thanks for sharing the news on our impending refurbishment - you beat me to it! I do however have a tinge of disappointment that you have only rated the article as 3* - the news of such a huge investment to such a wonderful building and the benefits this will bring to the local economy in terms of new jobs, a brand new bar and dining area and extra hotel rooms is 5* all the way for us.
I do hope that you will pay us a visit to see what we have done when we reopen- we cannot wait to show the new look Judges off next Summer!
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Reviewed 29 December 2013 via mobile

Lovely stately old building right in the city centre. Perfect room with plenty of space. Very helpful staff and the duty manager even helped us with our luggage upon arrival. Yes I concur that the building is in need of a little TLC but this does not detract from staying in such a lovely building. Think some comments / reviews on here have been a bit harsh. We have recommended the hotel to many friends and will stay again at Judges Lodgings.

  • Stayed December 2013
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JLNick_James, General Manager at The Judges Lodging, responded to this review, 31 December 2013
Many thanks for your friendly and concise review. A true measure of guest satisfaction is the recommendation to friends so I am delighted that we have exceeded your expectations when you have stayed with us. We hope to see you later next year when we reopen- keep an eye on the website! Have a very Happy New Year!
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 26 December 2013

We really enjoyed our stay here at the begining of December. The hotel is in a brilliant location; The Minster, the railway station and Betty's are all within a few minutes walk.
We loved the bar and restaurant....great service and fantastic food - highly recommended! (Especially the home made fish pie ).
Yes, the hotel needs a bit of restoration and it is clearly in the middle of a programme....but the wonderful staff make up for that.
Would definitely stay here again when we are next in York.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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JLNick_James, General Manager at The Judges Lodging, responded to this review, 27 December 2013
Thank you for writing such a kind review and I'm delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us. I will pass on your kind words to the team and will let the chefs know you gave a big thumbs up to the Fish Pie! We are about to commence our major refurbishment in early January so it would be great if you could come back and see us again next year and let us know what you think of our new look. We hope you had a fantastic Christmas and would like to wish you all the best for the New Year!
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Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 22 December 2013

8 of us stayed here for 2 nights last weekend in 4 rooms. York is a favourite place of ours and on previous occasions we had stayed at the Guy Fawkes and this was better. The beds were comfortable and the rooms clean, however I do agree with previous comments that it was very hot! Having said that our bathroom was quite cool because the towel rail wasn't on at all and in another room they couldn't turn the towel rail off! I hope the refurb next year will improve individual room heating, double glazing (one bedroom we had was at the front of the building and as previously stated there is a lot of late night/early morning noise, particularly if you have the window open because the room is too hot!); and inside access to the bar downstairs. Breakfast was lovely, but on the slow side - an individual toaster which took forever to toast 4 slices of bread didn't help! However the location is fantastic, staff were friendly and we have booked again for next Dec, hoping the refurb will mean 5 stars rather than 4. PS The Xmas floral decorations in the bedrooms were lovely and a nice touch.

Room Tip: Back of the building will be quieter
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with friends
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JudgesL, General Manager at The Judges Lodging, responded to this review, 23 December 2013
Many thanks for coming to stay with us recently- it was lovely to meet you all. I’m pleased that you enjoyed your stay and please rest assured that all of the points you have raised will be picked up during our refurbishment. We look forward to meeting welcoming you all back next year and would like to wish you a Merry Christmas!
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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
#8 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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