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Judges Court

5.0 out of 5.0
  • Walking distance to Yor...
  • Free WiFi in rooms and ...
  • 24-hour front desk

Recent guest reviews

Very unique room we stayed in , no where to hang or store our belongings , the stairs really wonky no lift which is expected for such a old listed building , but I think it should be stated when advertised no lift. There is no breakfast but it can be ordered in from a cafe along the road in , there is no bar or restaurant, although there is two seater sofas at reception you can buy bottled alcohol from and relax, forgot to say if you order your breakfast it is not included in your hotel bill. We ate out a whole lot cheaper

Centrally located, nicely decorated but not worth $225/night. The pictures online are deceiving. The entrance to the hotel is actually a service entrance to several other businesses, including a bar. At 11:00 each night, or in our case, 11:30pm, the bar would empty all their glass refuge into their rubbish bin. The windows are kept open as their is no air conditioning so there is lots of noise each night. Because of the hotel’s location, there is no breeze which makes for very warm nights. The oscillating fan in our room did not work.

Stayed in Room 2. Tastefully decorated and had everything we needed for our 2 night stay. Quirky little thoughtful touches like a hot water bottle, not that York in Summer needs it! Comfortable and very clean. The staff at the front desk were chatty and friendly. Easy to find in the heart of York and set back from the street. We enjoyed very much and when back that way will definitely be booking again. We can’t thank you enough for making our little getaway a delight.

This was our second stay here and loved it each time. Stayed in room 15 this time love the history of the place, love how it’s tucked away right off a Main Street. The room was warm but two fans provided, the shower is fantastic and the bed comfortable. Staff friendly and accommodating (thanks for the I phone charger) we will certainly be back.

Room 6 (superior room, 4 poster bed) in Judges Court Hotel is a paeon to the greyness of modern life. The carpet is a dull grey, the sort of grey the North Sea becomes on an overcast day. The walls, cornices and ceiling are grey, the nets on the windows are grey and the long curtains are charcoal grey. Almost everything else in the room is black: the bare 4 poster bed is black, the side stands, the mirror, the wardrobe, with its 2 broken hinges, are all black. On the stand next to the black bed is a black Espresso machine on a black tray, a black kettle and a black radio. The black light switches are invisible against the black wood. One grey wall opposite the bed is 'decorated' with life-size pen-and-ink murals of 2 characters: on the left is a man at a desk looking distracted or possibly in despair (a judge? a previous occupant?) and on the right is Mr Punch. Neither image made us smile. An incongruous cupboard is sited opposite the bed, alarming in its bright, brash apple-green-ness and its black leather handles. The ubiquitous bit of blanket over the bed is a non-matching leaf green. Neither item brightens the gloom. The cupboard itself hides the black fridge and bottles of Minster Ale. A large black TV stands on top. On either side of the cupboard stand two black armchairs with 'distressed' wooden arm ends. Across one corner of the room is a large deep stand-alone bath, luxurious in its proportions and a flash of white - on the inside, that is, the outside has been painted black. The bath stands on black tiles and the taps emerge from the black-tiled fireplace, the surround painted grey, of course. The pair of black handcuffs hanging inside the broken wardrobe add a ghoulish touch. The Georgian hotel's redeeming feature is its centrality. Nothing is more than 10 minutes walk away and away from that room is where you will want to be. I could survive one night in room 6, two would have been an invitation to suicide.

Visited here for two nights for a birthday celebration, great little boutique hotel. Room was lovely, 4 poster bed, great stocked minibar, very nice shower room..reception staff were great, helpful & friendly. Great quirky touches like the cocktails to your room menu. I had been a little worried reading some previous reviews but needn’t have been.. great find & would return in the future.

Hotel is in a good location, and you can feel the history. Rooms are original and beds are really comfortable. Arrived at 1pm, celebrating our wedding anniversary with freinds. After a bit of a struggle to find the sign for the hotel from the main street. I jokingly said to ther girl we met on the desk "Found it!" Response was less than friendly with a dismissive "There is a sign out there" Followed by "Your room is not ready". No smile of warmth which contrasted with other recent hotel visits we have enjoyed. We were invited to leave our bags in the small lobby area. On return at 3pm, we were greeted by a much more friendly lady at the front desk, who gave us a warm welcome, fetched us an ice bucket and showed good humour. I understand that this is a listed building, hence no air conditioning. I also understand it was a warm day. However, the room temperature was too much sadly, and the bathroom temperature was unbearable. Like a Corfu apartment in August! Little plastic fans are not adequate for these rooms and this needs to be looked at. We needed to get out by 8am to get some fresh air. If you open windows, you get the sound of very noisy pigeons, which the hotel can do little about to be fair. All in all, a pleasant enough base but wll not be returning.

Fantastic central location, tucked away of the busy York streets. Tastefully decorated room and a very comfortable bed. Staff very friendly and helpful. No problem finding using Google maps and a 10min walk from the railway station.

While there was nothing to complain about, Judges Court did not endear itself to us. Last year we spent our anniversary in Hiroshima where the hotel upgraded our room and gave us complementary cake and sparkling wine. Judges Court, on the other hand, sent us a price list for having items placed in our room (35 pounds for champagne or 40 with strawberries, 10 for chocolate…). The room was a major disappointment. Although we had asked for a good room for our anniversary, we were placed in a room down one flight of stairs – no lift for our heavy cases – in what I presume was the old cellar. The difference between the room we were given and the majority of rooms shown on the website was extreme. While the brick–dome roof had potential, this had not been exploited – it still felt like a cellar. We had hoped the anniversary would have merited a reasonable room. We could go on about the difficulties of getting to the hotel with cases (we were told it was best to walk from the station) but we have made our point. One thing that can’t be faulted is that this is a perfect location in the heart of York’s tourist centre.

I booked the hotel before reading any reviews on here!! Silly I know!! And after reading the reviews I was so close to cancelling but decided to check it out for myself and make my own opinion. Let’s start with the positives, -The location is amazing, just down an alley of the main shopping centre. -The room was clean with a coffee machine, bath and a walk in shower. -The room was big. The bad points, -The bed was a cheep four poster, that squeaked and made so much noise, it was ridiculous. -The cupboard was banning off its hinges -The shower drain was blocked and overflowed when using the shower -There was work happing at the back of the hotel and we where woken up at 8am by a drill The hotel isn’t all bad, but I think that when your paying £180 a night you expect better. It’s let down by the small details. I don’t want to go into a room, pick up all it’s faults and start complaining! Would I stay here again, no Would I recommend this hotel, no

Judges Court York England

Hotel highlights

  • Walking distance to York Dungeon and Jorvik Viking Centre
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • 24-hour front desk

Judges Court places you within a 5-minute walk of popular attractions such as York Dungeon and Jorvik Viking Centre. The 15 rooms at this 5-star guesthouse include iPod docks, minibars, and espresso makers.


Continental breakfast is offered for a fee each morning from 8 AM to 9:30 AM. Satisfy your hunger from the comfort of your room with room service.


Guests can expect to find free WiFi and 32-inch a flat-screen TV with digital channels. The bathroom offers a rainfall showerhead, hair dryers, and designer toiletries. Other standard amenities include an iPod dock, a minibar, and an espresso maker.

Property features

Guests of Judges Court enjoy free WiFi in public areas, coffee in a common area, and express check-out. The front desk is staffed 24 hours a day to help with luggage storage and securing valuables.

Room options

Luxury King with Rolltop Bath

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Deluxe Twin Room

Twin 2 | Sleeps 2

Luxury Room (Four Poster Bed)

Full 1 | Sleeps 2

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

85.0% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 802 reviews

*Price based on the lowest price found within past 24 hours and based upon one night stay for two adults over the next thirty days. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.