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Hotel Jurys Inn Hotel 3 star
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Amy Adejokun Section editor

A fairly standard hotel with only one type of room, the Jurys Inn is the kind of chain hotel that meets your basic needs and no more. True, it is comfortable, clean and conveniently located for transport links, but it lacks character and is one of the furthest establishments from the centre of Brighton. It would be a suitable base for business people or couples and families who are pushed for other options but if you book early enough you can find something much more inspiring closer into town.

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    Location 8.23 /10

    The Jurys Inn is one of the furthest hotels outside the main centre of Brighton. It is situated right next to the railway station, convenient for business travellers and for those using Brighton as a base for travel to other parts of the South. There is nothing of huge interest in the immediate vicinity of the hotel, although North Laine is not far away on foot while the rest of the city's main attractions are between a 10 and 20 minute walk from the hotel. Trains from the station serve Gatwick airport (30 mins) and London (50 mins on fast train). The hotel doesn't have its own car parking facilities but there is a secure public car park near to the hotel which charges £11 for 24 hours.

    Accommodation 7.45 /10

    All of the hotel 234 rooms are same, with only the bed set up and view differing between them. Somewhat basic, the rooms are painted white and tan and have soft red carpet on the floor. The beds are dressed in comfortable linen with plaids and pillows to match the curtains. The decoration consists of abstract prints while the amenities include flatscreen television, tea and coffee facilities and internet cable. The furniture consists of rather simple wooden units such as a desk, open hanging space, small round table and a couple of bedside shelves. All rooms have air conditioning although if you need to keep your valuables in a safe place or make use of an iron and ironing board, you'll have to contact reception. The bathrooms are equally no frills and have either shower or bath, hairdryer and (surprisingly) Gilchrist & Soames toiletries. All the rooms we saw were in good condition showing no signs of wear and tear and were clean and tidy.

    Overview 7.95 /10

    The building specially built for Jurys Inn is a modern U-shaped one which blends in with the gentrified area around the station. Upon entering the spacious marble-floored lobby the first thing you'll see is a smile from behind the reception desk in front of you. To the right is a seating area where you can also order drinks and snacks while to the left are the lifts which go to the fifth floor. Just behind the reception is a courtyard, also somewhere you can eat when the weather is good and where smokers are obliged to congregate as the hotel is non-smoking. One quite annoying aspect of the lobby: the background music. The hotel doesn't have its own fitness centre but it does let out an area to Am Spa which offers a comprehensive range of treatments for both men and women, hairdressing services and several packages. The hotel is well laid out and easy to find your way around and access to the rooms as quick and simple. Unlike many chain hotels, they have made a bit of an effort to liven things up in the public areas with jazzy carpets, paintings, flowers etc. Wifi is available throughout the hotel at a charge of £10 for 24hours.

    Food and drink 7.20 /10

    The restaurant, which is located just off the lobby to the left, is a canteen like set up with dark wood wherever you look in the form of chairs, tables and floor fittings. There isn't much to the room and it has no real charm, aside from the corner with the display of mirrors, images and statuettes. Hopefully though more thought and imagination will be put into the renovation which should be carried out this year (2010). Breakfast is served as a buffet and offers a choice of continental or hot food with the usual constituents of an English breakfast. If you don't have time to sit down at a table, then instead you can grab a coffee and a pastry at the all-day Il Barista coffee shop just next to the bar, which itself serves light snacks throughout the day as there is no lunch time sitting at the restaurant. In the evening there is both an à la carte menu and a daily set menu which changes regularly. As you can imagine, the menu contains no surprises and we suspect that some of the dishes are the type to have been brought in from elsewhere and reheated. Starters include soups, bruschettas and charcuterie while salads (Greek, Caesar, chicken) can be ordered as a starter or main. Other options include curries, steaks and pasta, while chocolate features heavily on the desserts menu. There is a small selection of wine with representation from both the old and new worlds.

    To know

    Jurys Inn is a purpose built hotel which opened in 2007. Although there is only one type of room, there are three different views available, of which the one of the language school is probably the best.

    Equipment

    • Car park
    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

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    advantage

    • Location next to railway station
    • Modern building
    • Bright décor

    disadvantages

    • One type of room
    • Distance from tourist attractions
    • Lack of character

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