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Jury's Edinburgh...Does exactly what it says on the tin
Jury's Inn (Edinburgh)
Member Name: Supermaz
Jury's Inn (Edinburgh)
Advantages: clean, friendly and with an excellent location
Disadvantages: Not the cheapest but not break the bank stuff
As a regular short trip visitor to Edinburgh, I have stayed in a selection of hotels and guest houses. I would definitely conclude that the Jury's Inn is probably the best and most convenient.
Located on Jeffrey Street, it is within a 2 minute walk from Edinburgh's main Waverly Station. When you leave the platforms simply take a right, ascend the nearest staircase and when you leave the station on the left, you are on the same road as the hotel. Simples! Make sure you leave on the side of the Edinburgh Dungeon and you should see the Sports Bar just in front of you.
Just behind the hotel is the Royal Mile, which is accessible by a little lane that runs right beside the main entrance which is perfect and well lit at night. The new town is also around 5 minutes away. You can either leave the main entrance and go through or round the train station, or walk up the Royal mile for a few minutes then cross the North Bridge. Either way, it's a nice walk and not far at all.
The rooms in the Jury's Hotel are basic, simple and clean. Ok, so it is a chain, and lacks some of the charm you would expect in maybe an independent or boutique hotel, but the rooms are a good size and have all the amenities you would expect. I have never had any issues with the room quality with any of the Jury's I have stayed in and all double rooms come with a good sized double bed and a single. Some rooms I believe have a bed settee, however I have never stayed in one and if there are only 2 of you the this really isn't a problem. If there are 3 of you then you may struggle a little for space but if it just somewhere to put your head down at the end of the day then it will do the job.
Tea and coffee making facilities are in the room as are the usual bathroom accompaniments and the local city guides etc. What more do you need?
Once slight warning however with the Edinburgh Jury's, due to its location, some of the front facing rooms directly overlook the railway line at Waverly, so be prepared for a some noise. It isn't excessive but on the lower floors it is noticeable and may disturb the lighter sleepers. Despite this, it is an amazing view of the new town and Calton hill.
*Bar & Restaurant*
The Jury's has a reasonably sized bar on the ground floor which is nicely decorated. The drinks prices are also reasonable for a hotel. Bar food is also available however if you are staying that close to the Royal Mile, there really is no reason to stay in the hotel as there are a huge selection of lovely traditional Scottish bars that serve great food and drink at better prices right on your doorstep.
The Restaurant is also basic but stylish and serves a selection of starters and mains, but for the reason I outlined above, I must admit I have never ate there.
The standard room rate for the Jury's Edinburgh is £59 although I know it differs depending on what city you visit. Some Jury's charge around £69 per night. I, however, always keep and eye out for special offers through agents. www.booking.com and www.hotels.com often offer discounted rates and I usually only pay on average £50 for a double room. Single rooms come in a lot cheaper at around £40 with a discount.
There are guest houses in Edinburgh with much better rates but you would be hard pushed to find one with such a great location and most of them are slightly outwith the city centre.
Word or warning, during the Edinburgh Festival, the prices can go up considerably. I tried to book last year and the room rate had jumped to £120 per night. Availability is also limit during this time (usually early August to mid-November).
*Things to do*
There are far too many things to do in Edinburgh for me to list here and would require a whole new review but my highlights would include:
- The Edinburgh Dungeon is great for the kids;
- Edinburgh Castle is stunning
- Take a walk at dusk round the Old Kirk Graveyard;
- Have cocktails in Harvey Nicolls;
- Take the kids to Our Dynamic Earth for some fun and education;
- Holyrood House is a great insight into the Royal family in Scotland
Summary: Clean, basic and perfect for a short stay