“This is a useful middle-of-road B&B/Hotel (46 rooms) to know about in Edinburgh. It is not in the swanky part of town, but it is very handy for Haymarket Station (mainline) and you can in fact walk to Lothian Road or the West End of Prince’s Street in minutes. It has slightly crazy ‘eclectic’ decor – think swirls, leather, tweed, crystal, antlers - which is not entirely easy on the eye, but it has a certain sort of unique charm. Enjoy lolling on one of the over-sized sofas in the warm and spacious sitting room with a glass or two from the honesty bar. The bedrooms are perfectly adequate – comfy beds, nice enough sheets, good lighting, small but modern bathrooms, tea, coffee, telly, free WiFi and iPod dock. The key selling point for Brooks is that it is really not expensive - especially as a hearty breakfast is included. It is quite busy with a fairly young clientele and plenty of smiley staff. You can also arrange dinner in your room. ”
Written by Caroline Townsend
“Why do people love staying in your hotel?
Guests love staying because they get boutique style at budget prices close to the city centre with staff who care.
What is there to do in the area?
In our area you can Get active & go running on the canal behind the hotel like the locals , check out an art house movie at the Picture house on the Lothian Road ,go bowling at Fountain Park or see the sights the castle is only 0.6km walk away , Murray field is a 15 min walk if you are a Rugby fan & the Pandas are a short bus ride away.
What kind of breakfast do you offer?
Breakfast is local and includes Full Scottish including haggis , brunch favourites Eggs Benedict , Eggs Florentine , French Toast and Smoked Salmon & Scrambled eggs during winter Our porridge with whisky marmalade crème fraiche and cinnamon goes down well as does homemade muesli , homemade granola and Fruit shots for those a little more healthy.
Do you offer other meals? And can you recommend good places to eat out locally?
We serve afternoon tea if booked in advance. Our room service menu includes Beef Bourguignon, Coq Au Vin, Vegetarian Curries & Haddock Risotto.
Local Restaurants include Phoo Vietnamese, Atelier on Morrison Street, the Fountain Gastro pub & Loudins Cafe for Lazy afternoons hanging with the yummy mummy’s.
Which are your most popular room types, and why?
King Doubles are the most popular as romance never goes out of fashion
What message would you like to give Hotel Guru readers?
If you seek an independent stylish hotel that does not cost the earth & if you love your food then Brooks is the place for you.”