I won a two night stay for two people including breakfast in any Jurys Inn hotel in the UK in a business card prize draw. I redeemed my prize at the three star Jurys Inn Edinburgh. The hotel’s very centrally located at the side of Waverley railway station. The hotel’s exterior is a bit of an eyesore, but the glass frontage cleverly reflects Calton Hill, which gives the building a bit of character.
Exterior of Jurys Inn Edinburgh
It’s quite strange that you have to exit reception and cross an access road to reach the lifts to get to your room. We were allocated room 517 at the front of the hotel, which had a view over the station, its adjoining car park and over to Calton Hill. Althought the windows were double glazed, we could still hear a lot of exterior noise from passing traffic and trains coming in and out of the railway station.
View from our roon at Jurys Inn Edinburgh
Our room was a triple with a double and a single bed. The room was a pretty good size; often when I sit at the desk in a hotel room there’s very little space to get past me, but that wasn’t an issue at Jurys Inn Edinburgh. There was a fair amount of storage space with a built in luggage rack which could easily accommodate my medium suitcase and some open shelving and hanging space. Jurys Inn are still charging £10 a day for in-room internet access, which is really annoying as I couldn’t get a decent signal with my Three mobile broadband dongle in our room.
Our room at Jurys Inn Edinburgh
The bathroom sink was very small with the mixer tap in the middle of the sink getting into the way when I was washing my face. There were 500ml bottles of soap and shampoo attached to the wall.
Breakfast was served from 6.30am to 10am on weekdays. It was a self service buffet. On our second morning it was busy with guests, resulting in queues and bit of a wait for hot items to be replenished. Thank goodness that the tables were well spaced, or it could have been quite chaotic with all the people going back and forward to the buffet.
Porridge at Jurys Inn Edinburgh
The food selection and quality was good, apart from the bitter fruit yoghurt and the watery fruit juice. I enjoyed the oatmeal porridge, drizzled with maple syprup. The honeydew melon, fresh pineapple and croissant were tasty. If you’re on a room only rate, breakfast costs £10.
Cooked breakfast at Jurys Inn Edinburgh
The reception and restaurant staff were all really friendly, pleasant and hard working.
In summary, I thought that our room at Jurys Inn Edinburgh offered a good standard of accommodation and breakfast for a mid range hotel in a central location, but they really should be including internet connection in the room price. I’d recommend that you ask for a room at the back of the hotel, which should be less noisy.
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