No bugs to report in this review – although my room window was left open on flying ants day, I didn’t find any flying ants 🙂
The Jurys Inn is a mid range hotel about ten minutes walk from Watford Junction mainline railway station. I’ve stayed a few times when on business in Watford. More people are staying in Watford now that the Harry Potter Experience has opened nearby – I noticed more families than usual, but it’s also the last week of the Olympics so that had an effect.
Check in is reasonably smooth, although usually one person ahead of you, with a choice of smoking and non-smoking rooms. I had a basic non-smoking room. You need to use your room keycard to call one of the three elevators – so it feels more secure, although I guess the stairs don’t require a key, but I didn’t check.
The hotel corridors are quite long and I always seem to be in a room at the far end of the corridor. I must remember to ask for something closer to the elevator next time.
The rooms are clean and have a desk and small sofa. There is a window that doesn’t fully open, in case you feel suicidal because you’re in Watford I suppose! There is a kettle and tea and coffee – although only regular tea, regular and decaf coffee. The coffee sachets don’t have a tear strip at the top and the only way in to them, without scissors, is to tear at them with your teeth. I noticed several sachets that showed some wear from previous occupants trying to tear them open.
There is wired internet for a charge. I think all hotels should provide free wifi.
The flatscreen TV had all the UK Freeview channels.
There is aircon but it doesn’t seem to maintain the temperature at the setting made on the thermostat. It definitely doesn’t warm the room and when it’s cold outside, the room is cold.
The bathroom was clean and provided tissues and shower gel – even though I hate shower gel and bring soap anyway. The hot water takes ages to become hot – maybe because my room is at the end of the corridor. There isn’t a close up mirror.
I didn’t try the restaurant/bar or Costa coffee.
Fast checkout is available by signing a card and putting it into the box at reception.
Overall this is a comfortable place to stay in Watford, but slightly expensive for what it is. Non-Olympic prices tend to run around £70 per night. Compare this to an advance booking at the Premier Inn and Travelodge (although the Watford Travelodge is not very good) at £30.