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“Wonderful little boutique in quiet area of Edinburgh”

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Brooks Hotel Edinburgh
Ranked #88 of 148 Hotels in Edinburgh
Chicago, IL
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“Wonderful little boutique in quiet area of Edinburgh”
Reviewed 18 October 2013

My husband and I decided to stay here since it seemed convenient to get in and out of the center of the city. We were more than pleasantly surprised by the outstanding service, breakfast and location Brooks had to offer. Breakfast was fantastic from the parfaits, homemade muffins, and hot entree items. Staff even helped prepare continental blast before it opened for the day when we had to leave early. The rooms were a good size with a great shower (stayed in the king room.) The bed was your standard european mattress however i was dissapointed there was not a king size mattress topper to combine the 2 twin beds, only a sheet covered the mattreses. When the weather was rainy or cold we took advantage of the bus many of which stopped a block away. Would recommend if you are looking for a quiet, cozy, friendly spot and on somewhat of a budget.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 October 2013

I stayed here for 3 nights when attending a conference at nearby EICC. Ok the bathroom was small, my room had a view of an external staircase or the nearby student drying green but I loved this hotel. The decor was elegant and understated, the staff were universally friendly and helpful, the breakfasts were excellent, and where these days do you find an honesty bar? The wi-if coverage was also excellent, which is really important to me, and it was lovely and quiet. I used three of recommendations from the places to eat/drink and they were all great and exactly as described. I've stayed in 5 hotels in the last 3 weeks and this was definitely my favourite.
Ok it's a good walk into town, but if you're at the EICC and you're fed up with big chains, I would definitely stay here and I would happily come back again.

Room Tip: I had two friend staying on the third floor and they really liked this.
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled on business
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Stamford, Connecticut
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Reviewed 15 October 2013

Brooks was overall a good experience. We arrived there late and they had someone at the reception ready with our room. the elevator was rather tiny, but that is generally expected of European hotels. The room was decent sized. we had a room with 2 beds. Will mention, the bathroom was tiny... even by European standards. was hard to turn around.

The hotel was about a 10 min walk from the castle, and grasslatern square... not a bad walk. Overall it was a good experience.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 15 October 2013

We walked to all the major locations from here - the castle and grassmarket within 20 minutes, but even back from Princes Street and Arthur's seat. We had (a very good) breakfast included but passed Bite Me! and Loudons every day which looked great and would be extremely near. Was easy to get to lots of nearby restaurants and Lyceum theatre, there was always a local place to grab a coffee to start all walks with, although the Fountainbridge end of the street felt the safest/busiest to walk along in the evenings.

Rooms were fine. Absolutely huge soft bed. Free Wi-fi. Anti-mist bathroom mirror worked great. Good size shower with non-slip tray. No view as such. Some road noise, but nothing to wake us up. All reception staff were particularly excellent, efficient and very friendly, greeting us on each entrance and exit.

Minor cons that could easily be addressed would be:
* the breakfast room capacity (needs change of layout to smaller tables to accommodate the larger amount of residents - in the end we had to share a table with 2 grumpy residents who resented the intrusion and spoilt our experience)
* the breakfast times seem to differ between reception, the room guide, and the menu
* the room guide includes 10 suggested eateries, 1 of which we found closed down, and the other we couldn't find as the location was later found to be completely different!
* and of course the main issue: no biscuit top-up - just 1 biscuit to cover three days! ;)

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed 14 October 2013

Close to castle and downtown, room is clean, bathroom is clean and all worked fine, towels were clean and fresh smelling, reception was very kind and accommodating. The servers and chef at the breakfast room were amazing, just 2 servers and all happened without a glitch, well cooked, clean plates, very tasty and prompt, very corteous ....GREAT VALUE! We would stay there anytime and most definitely next time we visit Edinburgh. If you a want quiet with room window open ask for the courtyard facing rooms. Great staff, ...must have a great manager..! Congratulations.

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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Bristol, England, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 October 2013 via mobile

A warm welcome, a spacious room and a comfortable lounge with an honesty bar stocked with malt whiskies. Breakfast is great value for money with cooked to order food and home produce on the buffet. The main attractions of Edinburgh are within walking distance for the reasonably fit and so the hotel is a quality choice, at a good price, if you want relaxed comfortable surroundings, but not the conformity of the large faceless hotel chains.

Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Gloucester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 13 October 2013

Stayed here with my husband for 2 nights. Rooms were clean and beds very comfortable. Bathroom was spotlessly clean and nice fluffy towels! Only complaint would be the noise from outside mainly on a Friday and Saturday night as rooms only had single glazing. Staff were very friendly. Breakfast was excellent and cooked to order. There was also a specials board with porridge, French toast and eggs benedict as well as cereals, toast, fruit and homemade cakes on. It is a 20 minute walk to the centre but there are cafes/restaurants close by. Would definitely stay here again!

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Brooks Hotel Edinburgh
Address: 70 Grove Street, Edinburgh EH3 8AP, Scotland (Formerly Herald House Hotel)
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Edinburgh > West End
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge
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Ranked #88 of 148 Hotels in Edinburgh
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Brooks Hotel Edinburgh 3*
Number of rooms: 45
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Early 20th century Victorian townhouse in Edinburgh city centre; offers convenient budget accommodation for business travellers and tourists. Perfect for groups, 2 minute walk to Edinburgh International Conference Centre & 10 minute walk to Edinburgh Castle. ... more   less 
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