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119 Eyre Street, Sheffield S1 4QW
0114 291 2222
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The Jury's Out on Jury's Inn (still)
Northampton, United Kingdom
June 10, 2013
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The UK has many budget hotel chains, some of them not too awful, others utterly deplorable. I’m never quite sure whether Jury’s Inn is supposed to be a budget chain or whether I’ve just been lucky getting good rates when I’ve found them on hotel ...
The UK has many budget hotel chains, some of them not too awful, others utterly deplorable. I’m never quite sure whether Jury’s Inn is supposed to be a budget chain or whether I’ve just been lucky getting good rates when I’ve found them on hotel sites. I have mixed feelings about the chain but when I wanted somewhere in central Sheffield for just one night in June, the price of £58 for the two of us (room only) was a bit too good to resist.
I booked through my favourite hotel booking site which and I used a cashback site to give me an even better deal. I did my homework before we set off from home, checking that the hotel has a deal with a nearby car park which means you pay just £4 for up to 24 hours in the Eyre Street Car Park. Take care – this is the multi-storey place on the opposite side of the road from the hotel and not the shabby looking compound directly next door. The way to get your deal on the parking is to take the blue plastic ‘coin’ that’s dispensed at the barrier and keep it with you. Give it to the hotel and they’ll do some magic to it to ensure that when you get back to the car park you’ll only pay the lower rate.
Once we’d left the car we took our bags to the hotel and checked in with the receptionist. First impressions of the ground floor were good in terms of the decor and the layout and not so great in terms of the clientele – a half drunk group of ‘hens’ in brightly coloured net tutus and L-plates were preparing to hit the city’s bars and restaurants. This is something you need to be aware of at this hotel – it’s VERY popular with stag and hen groups. This was the case when we stayed at Jury’s Inn in Gateshead too. I don’t know if just ALL central city hotels have this problem or whether Jury’s Inn is particularly blessed (or blighted) by drunken single-sex groups.
We headed up to our room, taking the lift which is card activated and then went in search of our room. It overlooked the roundabout but we heard no noise at all from the street outside. Sadly we couldn’t say the same for the noisy women in the room next door. Our room had an adjoining door to the next room which probably made it noisier than it would have been without.
So what do you get for £58 a night in the centre of Sheffield? Our room was entirely serviceable and totally fit for purpose. It wasn’t a work of art but it had everything you’d expect and that everything was all in very good condition. We had a double bed and a suspect the two-seater sofa was probably a pull out sofa bed. There was a good sized desk with tea and coffee making goodies (but no biscuits – sadly) as well as bed side tables on each side of the bed and a hanging space with plenty of coat hangers and with spare pillows if we’d needed them.
The bathroom had a shower over the bath, a small vanity unit and a toilet. There were no little bottles of soap or shampoo but the toiletries provided in the wall mounted dispensers were good quality and branded Gilchrist and Soames which is not cheap goop.
The colour scheme in the room was all earthy shades of brown and oatmeal toning with the light wood furniture. The room wasn’t the most inspiring I’ve ever seen but everything was clean and serviceable and everything worked. You can’t really ask for too much more than that. I found the bed comfortable enough but the pillows were a bit thin. If I’d been bothered I could have got the spares from the cupboard.
Avoiding the noisy neighbours turned out to not take too much cunning on our side as their clocks and ours were pretty incompatible. When we got back from the concert at around 11 they were long gone and when they rolled in during the small hours of the morning and woke me up, I rolled over and went back to sleep. Our room was better than many because it was at the end of a long corridor so we didn’t get people running up and down but I did enjoy cranking up the radio a little on Sunday morning when we got up to leave.
If you are a member of a drunken hen or stag group then you’ll probably love Jury’s Inn. They seem to be very accepting of such behaviour. If you stay during the week rather than on a Friday or Saturday you’ll probably have quite a different experience. On the whole I was quite impressed by the place and even the disturbance wouldn’t stop me using this hotel again if I needed a place in central Sheffield. The staff were friendly and helpful, everything was clean and in good condition.
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