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A Clean, Modern hotel in Brighton offering attractive rates
Jurys Inn (Brighton)
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Jurys Inn (Brighton)
Advantages: Close to station, modern, clean rooms
Disadvantages: A little walk from the shopping areas and beach, groups might put you off
As you approach Brighton by train, you can see the modern 6 story hotel as you pull in to the station. The Jurys Inn hotel forms part of Brighton's "New England Quarter", a brown-field site development that began in 2004 and is now nearing completion.
When we arrived, it typically began to rain but seeing as the hotel was a short dash from the station it didn't matter. It's proximity is also handy for those arriving by train as you have a very short distance to take your luggage, which in my view makes up for it being a 10 minute or so walk from the beach and shopping areas.
The hotel opened in late 2007 so everything still looked very fresh as we entered the lobby. There were quite a few people milling around including some females revving themselves up for a hen bash that evening. Although we didn't eat in the restaurant, the menu looked appetising and reasonably priced. The bar drinks were expensive though, as you'd expect. The staff in reception were friendly and we were given our room card very quickly.
As we exited on the fourth floor, the glamour of the lobby seemed to disappear. The corridors were dimly lit, painted breezeblock affairs that seemed to go on for miles, although we were pleasantly satisfied as we got into our room.
One of my favourite TV shows is "The Hotel Inspector" on Channel 5. Like Alexi Polizi I gave the room a thorough inspection for dirty half-filled kettles and stray body hairs. I am pleased to report that it was spotless. Room facilities included a flat screen tv with the main freeview channels, tea and coffee making facilities, a hair dryer and a range of brochures and tourist information about the area. The only thing missing was an iron and ironing board which were available from reception.
A standard room comes with a double and a single bed, making the stay extra good value if there were 3 of you staying. I imagine this is why it's so popular with groups. The bed was comfortable and I had a very pleasant, undisturbed night's sleep. We booked the hotel fairly last minute and paid £95 for the room for the night, on a Saturday in February. I was aware that rooms could be obtained for much cheaper than this (had we been organised), but I imagine it would be more expensive in the summer months.
The next morning was entertaining. As we left the room for breakfast we were presented with the hen party again who were going for breakfast in their pajamas looking rather worse for wear. At least they felt at home I suppose! Breakfast wasn't included in our room, but for £8 each for a buffet style breakfast including coffee and juices, we thought it was worth getting. The hot food was of good quality, but there seemed to be some kind of bottleneck meaning we had to wait for a while before it appeared. (I wonder if the staff were hungover also?) Overall we were happy.
To conclude, I enjoyed my stay at the Jurys Inn in Brighton. The city is such a happy place and I felt that this was replicated inside the hotel. The hotel was good value, and although a short walk from the key areas, It wouldn't put me off staying again.
Summary: An excellent hotel in Brighton, especially convenient if arriving by train.
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