It’s easy to be very concise about Brooks Hotel: it’s the best hotel in Dublin city. In fact, Brooks has been the best hotel in Dublin city for quite a number of years now, a hospitality destination that excels on every score. Other new arrivals come along, but none of them can disrupt Brooks from the pinnacle. The staff are the tops. The management are authoritative. The comfort is sublime. And the cooking, directed by chef Pat McLarnon, is wonderful, a cuisine that has both professional polish, and the authenticity of true, unmediated Irish flavours. Manager Anne McKiernan and her team are just that: a team. You get the sense in Brook’s that every staff member is always minding every other staff member’s back, all the better to deliver an ideal experience for the guest. And that ideal experience is the supremely important one of enjoying the hotelness of the hotel, enjoying the liberation of choosing from the pillow menu; of having a few drinks with friends in the whiskey bar; of having a pitch-perfect big breakfast as a real treat (the breakfasts are amongst the very best). The staff make Brooks feel intimate, which is quite a feat given that the hotel actually has almost 100 rooms. But it feels intimate because the staff are so focused on their customers, and from the moment you cross the door, they make you feel special. And that’s why Brooks is the best hotel in Dublin city.
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