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Jurys Inn Derby opens with Rachel Strange at the Helm
Jurys Inns will open its fifth new hotel this year in Derby with Rachel Strange, General Manager, at the helm. Rachel originally from Carrickfergus, County Antrim, joined the group in 2000 as a receptionist at Jurys Ballsbridge Hotel where she also went on to hold various positions including Assistant Towers Manager and Assistant Rooms Division Manager before moving to The Westbury Hotel (now part of the Doyle Collection) as Front of House Manager.
In 2003 Rachel took up her first Deputy General Manager role at Jurys Inn Cork. She then went on to Jurys Inn Custom House hotel as Deputy General Manager before moving back to her home town in 2006 to take up her first General Manager post at Jurys Inn Belfast, where she has been prior to being appointed to Jurys Inn Derby. Rachel gained a BA in Hotel Services Management at Napier University Edinburgh.
Rachels Deputy General Manager Andrew McLoughlin, originally from Dublin, joined the group in 2001. Andrews career with Jurys Inns has encompassed several roles from receptionist and Conference Operations Manager at Jurys Clifton Ford Hotel to his present position as Deputy General Manager at the new Jurys Inns hotel in Derby.
Andrew is no stranger to new hotel openings, having joined the opening team at Jurys Inn Chelsea in 2004 as Assistant F&B Manager. From there Andrew went on to Jurys Kensington Hotel as Guest Relations Manager and was later promoted to F&B Manager before returning to Jurys Inn Chelsea in 2007 to take up his first Deputy General Manger post. Prior to his appointment to Jurys Inns Derby hotel, Andrew was Deputy General Manger at Jurys Inns Croydon hotel. Andrew gained an Honours Diploma and Degree in Hotel & Catering Management at GMIT, Galway.
Nneka Hare takes up the position of Sales Manager. Originally from Birmingham Nneka started working for Jurys Inn Birmingham hotel in 2004 in Operations as a Housekeeping Assistant. She quickly rose to the position of Housekeeping Supervisor after winning the MARCHE (Midlands, Association for Restaurant Caterers Hoteliers and Entertainers) award for Housekeeper of the year in 2005. Nneka then joined the Birmingham Sales Department in 2006 as the Sales Coordinator and was promoted to Sales Executive the following year. In 2007 she went on to achieve another MARCHE award for Manager of Tomorrow.
Beth Reaney joins the Jurys Inns Derby hotel team as HR Manager and has played a key role in managing the recruitment process for the hotel. Beth achieved a Bachelor Degree in History from Leicester University before joining a leading London publishing house in 2005 on its HR Graduate Training Programme. In 2008 she moved back to Derbyshire to take up the post of HR Manager for an established manufacturing company whilst also studying for her HR Chartership. Originally from Sheffield, Beth joined Jurys Inn Derby hotel in March 2009.
The 12-storey, 213-bedroom hotel will be located in the heart of the vibrant Cathedral Quarter on King Street and opens to its first guests on the 19 June 2009. With five dedicated conference rooms, Jurys Inn Derby hotel aims to become an important partner to local businesses, as well as working closely with the local community.
Just a five-minute cab journey from Derby train station and a two-minute walk from the popular tourist attraction Derby Cathedral, Jurys Inns hotel in Derby offers something for hotel guests and local residents alike. With a wide variety of culinary options, the modern and impressive restaurant will offer breakfast and dinner, both set menu and a la carte. The bar is the perfect place to meet friends for drinks, or enjoy lunch, as food is served throughout the day. Or grab a hot drink to go at the II Barista coffee bar. There will also be a private dining area, available for events or parties catering for up to 80 guests. And with opening offer weekend rates from £55, Jurys Inn Derby will offer fantastic value for money.