We were looking for a stylish base for a city break and are suckers for anything Georgian. As always, trying to find twin rooms proved to be a nightmare, but the Judges Lodgings came up trumps! The twin room was booked so we opted for 2 singles and the family suite. The latter was great as it had dividing double doors and a very comfortable sofa bed. All the rooms were beautifully furnished in crisp linen and dark wood furniture - the sleigh bed in the family suite could have slept 4! Nothing chintzy or OTT, just very good quality. The bathrooms are all of a high quality too, limestone and underfloor heating - mmm...
As for the location, I don't think it could have been topped. It's about 2 minutes walk from St Helen's Square - where Betty's is - which was great to drop off shopping or nip back and change shoes. Because it has a rather grand entrance area, it's surprisingly quiet apart from the 4.45am recycling dumping on Sunday morning. Also you do hear the Minster bells if you're on that side of the hotel, but with gorgeous rooftop views it's a small price to pay.
The staff - mostly Antipodean it would seem - are lovely and couldn't be more helpful in directing us to restaurants, storing luggage and ordering taxis. The only slight irritation was their treating our entire party as gluten and dairy-free, rather than by person. Just because we're friends doesn't mean we have to eat exactly the same too!
- 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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- Also Known As:
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- Judges Lodgings Hotel York
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