The Edinburgh DogHouse by Brewdog offers its customers an accessible and luxurious glimpse into the world of craft beer – Scotland on Sunday Travel
DogHouse Edinburgh by craft beer giants BrewDog, sitting minutes from Waverley Station and the Royal Mile, has transformed a C-rated red sandstone – a former Victorian-era school building – into a Beer Palace and serenity.
Upon arrival we were immediately greeted at reception – located in the main bar which was buzzing with atmosphere and chatting while pop / rock music played.
Just opened in early December, the dog-friendly hotel is home to a range of sustainable, multi-level apartment-style hotel rooms with fun quirks in all rooms, including a beer fridge in the shower, smart TV, and a guitar that we really appreciated. fun to use. There is also a “dog package”, including a luxury dog bed, snacks and a bowl, on request.
The hotel has two bars, each serving 30 taps of craft beer, and there’s also an additional outdoor terrace bar with fire pits – a nice and cozy bonus during the winter months.
There’s also a spa-smelling Atrium filled with sofas and desks (and a mix of free 24/7 choices) designed for guests to relax in an urban oasis.
Budget or boutique?
This city center retreat offers accommodation that is both fresh and luxurious, with prices typically ranging from £ 145 to £ 220.
The new hotel is ensuring guests are comfortable with restaurant and hotel staff wearing masks, social distancing and following other up-to-date Scottish government Covid restrictions and advice.
Room service was more than pleasant to browse with an extensive menu of snacks, burgers and other traditional pub fare as well as breakfast and 24 hour hot dogs – something to keep in mind if you get hungry at a particular time.
Drink and eat
We enrolled in DogHouse’s Beer School where we sampled four different types of craft beers in the main bar while learning about the origins of beer and how it is made. We were also able to taste all the beers we wanted at the bar.
Phannin, an expert on beer and its history who passed BrewDog’s “beer exams” before she qualified to teach, taught us the different ways to taste and sniff beers – giving the treat that one would normally expect to give wine.
We enjoyed the food from a menu filled with meat, chicken and vegan burgers, created to complement our drinks. There are also “healthy” salad bowl options. Don’t expect fine dining, but know that you will be well fed and satisfied. Desserts, including ‘Fried Oreos’, are also available.
Breakfast offered an American style menu of full breakfasts and savory muffins and a pot of cereal option.
Worth getting out of bed for
A free bicycle rental service is available on request from reception with a QR code that you can scan for routes around town. A great option for those who wish to explore the capital.
The bedrooms were fitted with a record player with vinyl collections featuring favorite Scottish artists, allowing guests like me to sip their beers while listening to well-known hits from artists such as Deacon Blue and the Cocteau Twins . Another plus for people with menstrual needs is that the bar bathroom has free Hey Girls sanitary products.
As an amateur IPA fan, my fear of going to a hotel designed around craft beer was lectured and patronized by pretentious men with updos and beards around their necks. However, all of the staff, mostly female, did a great job ensuring that the overall luxury experience was relaxed, relaxing and most importantly, accessible to all – there was no ‘clubbing’ feel. boys ”.
Rooms start from £ 145- £ 220.