Jurys Inn Islington

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Address: 60 Pentonville Road Islington, , London, N1 9LA, England

Star rating:
3 star hotel

3.7

A large, unpretentious three-star hotel in a good area.

Islington is one of London's most likeable boroughs - and it's my home patch so I'm totally biased. It's very short on hotels, though, and this 229-room, purpose-built property is a good option if you want to be in this part of town. It belongs to the Dublin-based Jurys Inn group, and its rooms are currently receiving a stylish renovation that should be completed by spring 2011. There are also plans to build a 150-room extension, and while there is little about it to make you go 'wow', most guests are only staying here in order to do something elsewhere. In that respect, it's a case of job done well.

Location
4
90%
Eating/drinking
3.6
90%
Leisure facilities
n/a
90%
Service
3.9
90%
Value for money
4
90%
Bedrooms
4
90%
Public areas
4
90%

Location

This is a hotel that is handy for many things - be it a meeting in the City, a show at Sadler's Wells or a lively night in the bars and pubs of Upper Street. You're also near to the Business Design Centre, which stages many trade and consumer exhibitions, and not far from the Emirates Stadium, the home of Arsenal FC. The neighbouring streets are home to the characterful food and clothing stalls of Chapel Market, the antiques showrooms of Camden Passage and the many-flavoured restaurants of Upper Street.

Bedrooms

The hotel has five floors and it is well worth requesting a bedroom at the front on the fourth or fifth level as these have engaging views south to distant landmarks such as St Paul's Cathedral and the London Eye. All the rooms are of the same category and there is the option to book twins (which have a double and a single bed) or family-friendly rooms with a pull-out bed for the kids. Newly decorated, they feature flat-screen TVs, powerful showers, a work-desk and comfortable bed.

Public areas

There is a large, pleasantly furnished lobby. Three lifts whizz up to corridors featuring bland, art-less walls and on-trend striped carpets.

Eating and drinking

On the ground floor there is the mock-Irish Inn Pub with dark wood, rough brick walls, TVs and draught lager. Opposite is the Innfusion restaurant with bare wood tables and waiter service. The menu is the same in both venues, an unexceptional range of burgers, pizzas and traditional dishes - you'll find far more exciting places to dine in nearby Upper Street. There is no room service but it is possible to put your order on a tray and take it upstairs. Breakfast is a Full English buffet served in the restaurant - at peak times you may have to wait for a table, or you can go round the corner to the many cafés and bakeries in Chapel Market.

Service

Reasonably good. At busy times you may have to wait several minutes to check in, or for reception to answer the phone, but after that my requests were dealt with with speed and efficiency.

Who stays there

Mainly British and European travellers, including a significant number of Irish visitors familiar with the brand. The hotel is close enough to the City to attract corporate guests, while at weekends it is a well-priced base for the leisure market.

Price advice

Rates generally include VAT but not breakfast (Full English buffet £9.50) - keep an eye out for sales and promotions.

Amenities

  • High-Speed Internet
  • Restaurant

Recommended for

  • Business travellers
  • Couples
  • Families with younger children
  • Mature travellers
  • Stag / hen parties
  • Great views / scenery
  • Nightlife
  • Sightseeing

Pros & Cons

  • Recently upgraded bedrooms
  • Appealing neighbourhood
  • No room service
  • Charge for WiFi in room
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