We stayed at Brook's Guesthouse during the last weekend in November to visit the Christmas Market and explore Bath. As we visited when the market was on this was classed as peak season (as with all accomodation in Bath) so we paid £140 per night for a king size double room. Our room was small, cramped, basic and plain and did not even slightly resemble the pictures on Brooks website. This would not have been a problem if we had paid a reflective price, but £140 for basic accomodation with barely enough room to walk around the bed is too much.
The main problem however was not the room, but the shower, it took +15 minutes to run warm. This was not a one off, it happended on both days to both our and our friends room and both in the morning and the evenning (we tried both). After 15 minutes it turned luke warm and then scorching hot and took another 5 minutes to reach a manageable temperature, all in all 20 minutes waiting and a vast amount of wasted water. The second day we timed how long it took to run warm, it was exactly the same, 15 minutes. If only we could have called reception for assistance, but there was no phone in the room! There was no bath, so no alternative. This was annoying, time consuming and disappointing for an award winning 4 start guesthouse.
When picking where to stay in Bath, the breakfast reviews for Brooks was our deciding factor, so we were excited when breakfast time arrived. The menu wasn't huge but was varied, and the dining room was nice. Breakfast however was just very basic and plain. I ordered boiled egg and soldiers and got exactly that, no wow factor. I got 2 boiled eggs (one in an egg cup, the other just rolling around on the plate) and 4 small, cold soldiers. To add to that both eggs were hard boiled. My partner ordered mushroom omelette and got a plain omelette with a pile of tined mushrooms on top (not cooked with the omelette and certainly not fresh mushrooms). Breakfast was disappointing and most certainly not worthy of the awards.
There were positive points to the guesthouse; they were very accommodating for our late check in and both arrival and departure were smooth and easy. The communal lounge is comfortable and charming and has internet access and board games for all to use. The location is perfect and there is a lovely pub just along from Brooks, The Hop Pole which we recommend. Bath is glorious, so very pretty, quaint, friendly and charming! The guesthouse on the other hand, although comfortable and accommodating, was expensive and disappointing. Overall we had a fantastic time in Bath and will certainly be returning, unfortunately not to Brooks Guesthouse.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Boutique guesthouse in Bath city centre, featuring 22 unique & individually styled en-suite rooms. Situated 2 mins from the Royal Crescent and a flat 7 min walk to town. Serving award winning breakfasts. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Brooks Guesthouse Hotel Bath