Jurys Inn’s £3m refit to ‘keep ahead of the game’

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SCOTLAND’S largest hotel will complete a £3 million makeover by the end of next month, marking its tenth ­anniversary.

The refurbishment sees Jurys Inn Glasgow redevelop all 321 of its bedrooms, with “executive” suites added for the first time, on the tenth and 11th floors.

The creation of two dedicated levels aimed at the corporate market will act as a blueprint for similar moves across the rest of the Jurys estate.

Among the changes taking place at the Glasgow site are a new conference facility, ­restyled lobby and lounge and the addition of a Costa Coffee bar.

The investment comes as the city’s hospitality sector continues to defy the gloom, with strong occupancy and revenue rates, helped by Asian and eastern European tourists.

Glasgow has also cashed in on music concerts and special events. A report last month by accountancy firm PKF showed the city’s hotels had been helped by recent gigs by the Killers and Muse.

General manager Barry Rowland said the changes at Jurys showed the three-star hotel was “not content with business as usual”. He said: “The demands of the corporate market have changed dramatically since we opened in 2003 and you have to keep ahead of the game.”

Rowland, who worked at Jurys’ Edinburgh hotel for three years prior to taking up his current post two years ago, added: “There has been massive growth in the number of hotel rooms in Glasgow and that puts pressure on any marketplace. But we are benefiting from the new arenas that are opening linked with the Commonwealth Games.”