Jury’s Inn on Jeffrey Street, Edinburgh
Most of our itinerary was in Ireland as we stayed in wonderful Irish B&Bs and enjoyed the Irish hospitality and care that Irish B&Bs are famous for, including the full Irish breakfasts to start each morning. Jury’s Inn on Jeffrey Street, Edinburgh actually came to our attention in the Ireland Forum as one or more Destination Experts there said they stay at the Jury’s Inn when they are in Edinburgh. So we paid for the pricey Jury’s Inn for 3 nights thinking that we pay for location and quality.
We selected The Jury’s Inn on Jeffrey Street because of its location, and honestly that is the only reason anyone should stay here. It is just across from Waverly train station, and only a short walk to Princes Street and the Royal Mile. After our stay in Edinburgh, we had planned a train to London which was scheduled to leave Waverly Station at 5:00 am, so the proximity of the Jury’s Inn to the station blinded me from considering criteria other than location and then comparing options.
One of the most important reasons anyone visits Edinburgh is to meet and interact with Scottish people, after all, this is Scotland. Two of the three front desk clerks at the Jury’s Inn with whom we spoke were from Central Europe, not Scotland. The one young man born and raised in Scotland had an altogether friendlier and more helpful manner than the others who were just putting in time instead of providing a service for paying customers.
Travelers should know that this is true not only in the Jury’s Inn, but throughout Edinburgh. Unless you carefully plan, you will not meet as many friendly Scottish people as you anticipate. My observation was that service jobs are often filled with young Central Europeans with brusque, sharp manners and sadly they are the people with whom you as a traveler will interact. Their numbers are so great in the service industry that they set an uncomfortable tone throughout the city, as they did at this Jury’s Inn. Had they been properly trained this may not be as much of an issue, but attitude is a hard thing to change, and in such great numbers, the less than friendly tone dominates Edinburgh for the traveler.
The Jury’s Inn on Jeffrey Street is definitely over-priced. A pricey hotel can be understood if it is more than just basic. This is a very basic hotel. Our room “with a view” overlooked the ugly tops of buildings, and the noise at night made sleeping a challenge. Complaining means interacting with the front desk and by now you’ve given up, so you don’t complain and simply tolerate the noise instead of having another miserable experience with the hotel staff.
After you pay your high price for the room, keep your wallet open! The Jury’s Inn wants more money. The high price does not include breakfast or even Wi-Fi or even printing out your train or plane tickets. You pay extra for everything. For printing, you pay by the page. The Jury’s Inn nickles and dimes you for every single thing until you simply give up and pay, pay, pay.
I have visited Edinburgh twice in the past, and my experiences had been magical, so I know the potential that is here. When it comes down to it, it’s my own fault for choosing the Jury’s Inn and confusing pricey for quality. Live and Learn. Here you pay big for a less than mediocre standard.
If possible, next time I will find a place with a Scottish staff and enjoy Edinburgh. After all, I'm visiting Scotland.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Jurys Inn Edinburgh is located in the heart of Edinburgh's beautiful Old Town next to the famous Royal Mile and a 2 minute walk from Waverly Train Station. Prince's Street and Edinburgh Castle are a pleasant 10-15 minute walk away. Whether visiting for sight-seeing, shopping or business at the International Conference Centre, choosing Jurys Inn Edinburgh guarantees all your destinations are within easy reach. The hotel features an all day Costa Coffee bar and a stylish onsite bar to relax in after an eventful day in the city. Enjoy a great selection of seasonal food and drink in our trendy restaurant which is open from 6:30am to 10:00am for breakfast and 6:00pm to 10:00pm for dinner. If arriving by car, public car parking is available nearby at Waverley Station car park. The hotel has 186 comfortable bedrooms that can accommodate up to 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children. All bedrooms are furnished with large soft beds, spacious bathrooms with complimentary toiletries, a hair dryer, flat screen TV with Freeview and Free WiFi. Guests who book directly with us can enjoy Free Premium WiFi, our best price guarantee and can earn points and get rewards with our loyalty programme Jurys Rewards. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Jurys Inn Edinburgh Hotel Edinburgh
- Jurys Hotel Edinburgh
- Edinburgh Jurys Hotel
- Jurys Inn Edinburgh Scotland