We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

“Very nice”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of The Judges Lodging

Best prices for -
Check In mm/dd/yyyy Check Out mm/dd/yyyy
Prices are for 1 room, 2 adults
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
and 7 more sites!
The Judges Lodging
Ranked #13 of 45 Hotels in York
Certificate of Excellence
York, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
80 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Very nice”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2014

This place is lovely in the Summer sun,you can sit out in the beer garden and watch York go by.
Spent a lazy Sunday afternoon here last summer with my missus and we loved it,looking forward to it reopening in May
Nice relaxing times

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
2 Thank chippynorton
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
JLNick_James, General Manager at The Judges Lodging, responded to this review, April 17, 2014
Splendid review of our outside garden- no doubt brought on by the warm spring sunshine! It is a great place to sit and watch the world go by.
We are hoping to be reopen by late June and look forward to seeing you then!
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

986 reviews from our community

Traveler rating
    533
    274
    109
    36
    34
See reviews for
135
578
23
24
Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Traveler tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (229)
Date | Rating
  • Danish first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Oxford, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 25, 2014

We celebrated a 50th birthday at the The Judges in January and it was phenomenal. Words really cannot do the place justice but to attempt The manager personally greeted us and wished us a nice stay - All the staff were so welcoming and genuine which is such a rarity these days! I have never returned to a hotel before but cannot wait to go back Thank you so much to all the wonderful staff and see you soon :-)

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
Thank Mic C
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
JLNick_James, General Manager at The Judges Lodging, responded to this review, February 27, 2014
Many thanks for your delightful review and for choosing to spend such special occasion with us!Its lovely to read you were so well looked after and I very much to see you again to see our fabulous new look when we have reopened in July
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Peterborough, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
38 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 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
See more room tips
  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
2 Thank Travelbear1977
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
JLNick_James, General Manager at The Judges Lodging, responded to this review, January 9, 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!
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Bedlington, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 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, traveled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
1 Thank Sandrat1964
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
JLNick_James, General Manager at The Judges Lodging, responded to this review, January 7, 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!
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Scarborough, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
156 reviews
41 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 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, traveled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
1 Thank Helen L
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
JLNick_James, General Manager at The Judges Lodging, responded to this review, January 5, 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!
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
York
Level Contributor
294 reviews
41 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 340 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 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
See more room tips
Stayed January 2014, traveled solo
Helpful?
1 Thank QXZWS
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
JLNick_James, General Manager at The Judges Lodging, responded to this review, January 2, 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!
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Cambridge
Level Contributor
34 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 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
    • Value
    • Location
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
1 Thank iainpickles1970
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
JLNick_James, General Manager at The Judges Lodging, responded to this review, December 31, 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!
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hotels you might also like...
Travelers also viewed these York hotels
0.1 mi away
Dean Court Hotel, BW Premier Collection
0.2 mi away
The Grand Hotel & Spa
0.5 mi away
Hotel Indigo York
Hotel Indigo York
#4 of 45 in York
4.5 of 5 bubbles 1,090 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
0.3 mi away
The Principal York
The Principal York
#11 of 45 in York
4.5 of 5 bubbles 1,046 reviews
0.6 mi away
Hotel du Vin York
Hotel du Vin York
#17 of 45 in York
4.5 of 5 bubbles 1,441 reviews
0.5 mi away
St Denys Hotel
St Denys Hotel
#1 of 45 in York
5.0 of 5 bubbles 574 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Been to The Judges Lodging? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about The Judges Lodging

Property: The Judges Lodging
Address: 9 Lendal, York YO1 8AQ, England
Location: 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 
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Booking.com, Expedia, Travelocity, Hotels.com, Orbitz, Priceline, Agoda, getaroom.com and HotelQuickly so you can book your The Judges Lodging reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
The Judges Lodgings Hotel York
Judges Lodgings Hotel York
Judges Lodgings York

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing