A few weeks ago we were the guests of Jurys Inn Southampton as part of the Paulton’s Park [Peppa Pig World] Summer package. Since we live around 20 minutes from Southampton City centre, it was a perfect getaway from our day to day goings on and a fantastic treat for the boys.
The first hotel Gav and I ever stayed in together was a Jurys Inn in Birmingham, and so we have a special little place in our heart for this particular hotel chain.
It’s the quietest hotel I’ve stayed in whilst simultaneously being situated at probably one of the noisiest locations in Southampton city centre. So here’s just how our visit went…
I called ahead to check our reservations were in place and discovered that there were two S. Joneses staying that evening, and I was muddled with the other lady so things got a bit confusing, but were sorted easily.
We checked in with the same lady that I spoke with on the telephone; she was polite, welcoming and after making our evening meal reservations, informed us that there was a note on our reservation that we needed to meet with the Manager, who met us at the elevators and introduced himself as Dorjee, Manager of Jury’s Inn, Bristol. He welcomed us with a huge smile, chatted about the area and showed us to our room personally. After gifting us some drink vouchers, Dorjee left us to explore and make our way to the bar.
Our room was on the sixth floor and so much larger than we expected. After staying in smaller, much more expensive rooms with the boys, this was a breath of fresh air to actually have space to move and for the boys to entertain themselves without being trodden on by me unpacking or trying to organise things. When you have three little ones in holiday mode, space is worth so much more than champagne or roses.
The bed was possibly the largest I’ve seen and very comfortable. Our family bed at home is a little [King Sized] square of heaven with more pocket springs than I can count, and generally because of the marshmallowy softness of home, I find most other beds to be like planks, but this one was very comfortable indeed.
Very helpfully, a travel cot had already been set up for Baby Hero [although Lyoto decided he would sleep in it, which was a first for him!], along with a single sofa bed and single fold out bed which were also freshly made for us to use should we need them.
Our bathroom was very clean, with a good supply of white towels, Gilchrist and Soames toiletries secured to the shower wall, which I loved because I hate fumbling with shampoo bottles and caps, and always end up dropping them and getting soap in my eyes – and a set of small tumblers. Everything was spotless and in order.
As a parent, I was delighted to find that the kettle is mounted on a shelf with the cord also out of reach of little fingers – cups of tea were made without the worry of the whereabouts of three boisterous boys getting scalded. Whomever decided to do this needs an award.
The restaurant and bar are at opposite ends of the lobby, providing us with fantastic entertainment whilst we ate, as merry guests made their way to the elevators from the hotel bar, wine in hand and singing with their suitcases on their way to a good night’s sleep.
|Looking at the bar from the entrance of the hotel|
|View from the bar towards the entrance of the hotel and restaurant|
Checking out was fast and easy. Our only thought was that as it’s clear that this is a hotel frequented by regular guests who understand that if they haven’t incurred any expenses, they simply need to hand in their room cards to check out, it would be brilliant if there was a deposit box for these cards, which would prevent other hotel guests from being queue jumped constantly by regulars skipping the queue yet trying to alert the concierge’s attention to the depositing of their card on the desk.
Although there is no car parking at the hotel, there are several car parks nearby which are only a few minutes walk. The hotel also has a drop off zone which enables guests to check in with their bags and then drive to park.
The wi-fi is free at the hotel and we had a fantastic signal throughout the property.
Disclosure: We were gifted one night’s stay with evening meal, breakfast and Paulton’s Park tickets in return for an honest review.