The Bruntsfield offers boutique and affordable accommodation close to the city centre of Edinburgh. The hotel is a brownstone townhouse located directly opposite the Bruntsfield Links park, just over a mile from Edinburgh castle.
The hotel offers free parking and WiFi, and is home to the Bisque bar and brasserie which offers guests and the public casual, gourmet dining.
The hotel is part of the Best Western Plus family, however it is independently owned and operated, and has certainly created its own personality and has managed to maintain a level of charm found in smaller, boutique hotels.
We checked in at reception where we were greeted by friendly staff and provided with all the information we would need for our stay. We then made our way up to our room on the second floor.
There are a range of rooms available. From standard singles and doubles, to superior suites with four-poster beds, and family rooms with bunks for children.
We stayed in an executive room. It was basic, but comfortably furnished and styled in a red and gold theme with a queen sized bed, two arm chairs and a coffee table, a wall-mounted flat screen TV and writing desk. Off the main bedroom was a walk-in wardrobe and dressing area with safe and tray of teas and coffees, as well as a couple of nice surprises.
The window from our bedroom looked out over leafy trees and further to the city, with glimpses of Edinburgh castle.
What most impressed us about the room was the bathroom; a stand-alone clawed tub took pride of place in the centre of the large bathroom, with a separate shower room to the side. A double vanity was also convenient, with plenty of rooms for two people to use the bathroom simultaneously of an evening and in the morning.
The bed was very comfortable, and there was a choice of feather and down, or hollow fibre pillows, depending on personal comfort preferences. The only fault was that we couldn’t control the temperature in the room, and it was a tad too warm overnight to be comfortable under the luxuriously soft duvet. Nevertheless, we had wonderful night’s sleep, waking fresh-faced for our first full day in Edinburgh.
The Bisque is the Bruntsfield’s own casual bar and brasserie which is open to the public as well as to guests. The two sections are separated, which means you can dine in the brasserie, away from the slightly more casual and noisy bar area. The menu on offer is nice and varied, offering a range of casual bites to more gourmet options. It’s stylishly decorated and set out over two levels, giving an impression of more space and privacy than a lot of smaller hotel restaurants.
For starters I enjoyed the gravadlax of Scottish salmon which was served on a block of salmon and dill mouse with a light lemon creme fraiche. My partner opted for the soup of the day which was a hearty tomato and basil soup served with fresh bread. Both starters were lovely, and generous portion sizes.
My partner tried a local craft beer and I opted for a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc to accompany the salmon.
For mains I was torn between the seared fillet of sea bass, served with farfalle pasta, parmesan, mushrooms and a herb infused olive oil, and one of their decadent-looking burgers. With a nudge from the waiter I opted for the mushroom and cheese burger. This was a classic steak burger topped with a flat top mushroom and melted Jarlsberg cheese, served with a salad garnish and fries. My partner joined me and also enjoyed a burger, opting for the Scottish brie and cranberry burger; also a classic steak burger but topped with Scottish Clava brie and cranberry relish. The burgers were huge, and lived up to the expectations afforded by our waiter.
Only just getting through the burgers, we weren’t left with any room for dessert.
Breakfast is also served in the Bisque brasserie. The buffet offers cereals along with fresh pastries and breads, yoghurts and a range of dried and compote fruits. There’s also a selection of fresh juices and a choice of tea and coffee. For hot breakfasts there are a range of options, including a full Scottish breakfast (served whole or as a pick and mix), or alternatives including salmon and scrambled eggs or porridge.
I opted for the porridge with syrup and berry compote, and my partner put together his own cooked breakfast of bacon, mushrooms, “tattie” (potato) scone, tomatoes and vegetarian sausages.
The porridge was cooked really well, and I was told the cooked breakfast was nice also.
The Bruntsfield does very well to create its own sense of boutique character and individuality. The rooms are comfortable, and the service is very warm and welcoming. The Bruntsfield isn’t in Edinburgh city centre, which means it’s a lot more affordable than more central hotels, whilst still being walking distance away. There are also some lovely coffee shops, bars and restaurants on the walk between the hotel and the Old Town.
With free parking on offer, it’s a great option for those staying in Edinburgh for a while and who want the feel of a boutique hotel, with affordable prices and easy access to the city centre.