Last month I got booked in to Jurys Inn on a business trip, while some colleagues were luckier and ended up here instead.. so I made sure I booked my own trip and secured room 503 at the front of the hotel.
There was a slight glitch with check in - down to an IT failure with our booking client.. but the receptionist just got on with sorting the mess out efficiently. Admittedly by the time she had finished there was a bit of a queue, but I guess it was peak check in time.
the public areas are all clean and tidy, and the bar/restaurant is quite stylish. Not sure the dark themed decor would suit all tastes, but ticks the boxes for expectation of "city centre boutique" style.
Judging by the floorplan on the back of my room door, the rooms seem more or less equally sized - not the biggest in the world, but ample enough and nice bathrooms. I previously noted that the bath in Jury's Inn required the dexterity of a performing seal to get wet in it as it was so shallow, this time the bath was great, as was the supply of hot water.
The rooms at the front have an unusual window - internally theres a patio door type arrangement, but externally there are curved windows running horizontally across the hotel.. it gives the effect of having a balcony. the external window has three letterbox style crank operated openers and even on a moderate day I needed them open as the rooms are not air conditioned. I am not sure how I would view that on a hot summers day/night? There was some street noise, though I didn't find it disturbing, and although the 2 adjoining rooms were occupied, I never heard a sound from either.
The decor again is not to everyone's taste, but if you dislike "hotel bland" the rooms offer enough of a nod to trendy, without sacrificing comfort over style. Furnishings were good, beds comfy.. again a double and a single in the room, and the hospitality tray nicely stashed in a deep drawer in the dressing table. The room also had a hairdryer, flat screen Tv, Iron and Ironing board as standard.
Breakfast in the morning was good - nice selection of hot and cold food served in the restaurant.. great coffee, proper juice nice bakery items.. only niggle is that the only egg choice is "scrambled" - I do like a fried egg. Haggis a nice touch in a Scottish hotel, but the Chafing dishes were a mix of lift off and roll top lids.. the lift off ones proving cumbersome and awkward.. though one was on the aforementioned scrambled eggs, so less of a problem! Avoiid the booth seating if offered, the seat back is at 90 degrees - fine for a victorian school teacher but otherwise best avoided!. Tea and Coffee is brought/replenished by staff while you serve yourself at the buffet, and on day 2 the service was less efficient and speedy, though always friendly and unobtrusive.
Locationwise, the hotel is a 10 min amble from Central Station, one street away from Sauchiehall Street and 5 mins from Buchanan Street. A great location for tourists and business folk alike. Our bookings are via a corporate agent, so the £75 charged may be less than publicly available rates, but I did manage to find a rate of £82 on one site.. in terms of value for money it's a pleasant place to be with nice staff, decent breakfast, handy location, peaceful enough, and a nice environment - what's not to like??
The ultimate test is would you book it again, and I have to say I already have for my next Glasgow trip, and I am looking for dates for a city break with my partner too - so yes, I am prepared to hand over my own money for this one!
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August 29, 2011
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Thank you for taking the time to comment on your stay. I was really pleased to read that you consider us worthy of top marks and obviously delighted that you intend to return. We look forward to welcoming you once again.
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