Stayed at the Judges Lodging over the weekend of 27/30th June to celebrate our 34th wedding anniversary.
Was totally unaware building was reopening after renovation on our arrival day, until we received a charming email from Thwaites advising us of the situation.
Building is a old doctors house, Judges lodging, on three floors which has undergone extensive modernisation, redecoration and outdoor extension. The owners Thwaites (Lancashire Brewers, well we won't go into that) have spent a lot of money on the property and spent it well. Wife made an off the cuff comment straight from the film Titanic, " you could smell the paint and the sheets had not been slept in".
The building just reeks character and charm, big stone staircases, high ceilings and thick walls. If you want Holiday Inn style chain accommodation don't even bother.
The property is approached from a lovely courtyard up steep bifurcated steps. This could be a problem if you are disabled or infirm, and the hotel does advise that it has limited disabled access. Also there is no lift, but the property does not lend itself to having one fitted.
Met by a lovely girl on reception, prompt check-in, and quickly shown to our room on first floor. (room No1, Judges Room). Whilst wife was unpacking, went for a wander and was promptly given a impromtu guided tour by one of the waiting staff.
Room I is at the front of the property, large with high ceilings, and beautifully decorated. Bathroom has a shower, (very good, but possibly an increase in water pressure would make it great) toilet, wash basin and jacuzzi bath. Bath has high sides which could be a problem if you are infirm.
Room has flat screen TV and DVD player, Wi Fi access and a well stocked tea tray. A lovely little touch, a tea pot with a cosy shaped like a judges wig!!! now how cute is that.
Bed was very comfortable (french bed size I believe) with lovely crisp linen. Wardrobe space was good,with plenty of drawer space as well. One point to fellow travellers, no A.C. in any of the rooms., but our room did have stowed in the wardrobe two large fans. Also no mini bar, but then with reasonable bar prices who needs it.
Stayed for dinner on the Friday night as there was an offer on food as it was a a trial run to see how service ran.
Dinner is served very much al fresco on two floors. To be ruthlessly honest they may have to look at the seating layout to maximise space for both diners and waiting staff. Menu is upmarket pub grub with a twist (think Tom Kerridge), service for us was excellent, however it was noticable that there were a few glitches, but on opening night with staff feeling their way in this was to be expected. Food was excellent and wine is reasonably priced. Excellent bar with a good range of real ales and ciders, plus the usual keg fizz. Overall dinner was lovely and would definately come again.
Breakfast is served in the cellar bar, good range of cereals, fruit juice, fresh fruit and pastries. Hotel might like to look at serving toast to table. Tea and coffee were both excellent. Hot dishes for breakfast were very good, beware " the full monty" portions are enormous. Go hungry and enjoy.
Any negatives, only one, but that is not of the Hotels making, and that is location. Lendal is one of the main routes into York city centre, and although pedestrianised, with a pub across the road, there is a certain amount of noise from the plentiful hoardes of students, hen and stag parties. Noise is not really obtrusive with the windows shut, but with no double glazing may be an issue for some. Would suggest if this a problem try and book a back room.
Check out was smooth and efficient, again hotel might look at installing two screens to avoid delays when they are busy.
Overall it was an excellent weekend break, staff were attentive without being intrusive, OK there were a few glitches, But and it is a big But, get these ironed out, this Hotel will be excellent.
To revert to my old school report format as a final comment " Doing really well, minor attention to detail will turn excellent into superb"
Allow them a couple of weeks to bed in, then give it a try, try it now it is good, this hotel comes highly recommended, and I don't think you will be disappointed.
Other Hotels in York take notice. you have been warned.
Stay and enjoy, York is just great, England at its very best, as long as it is not raining. And they even do that well.
- 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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