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Apex Waterloo Place Hotel
Ranked #34 of 151 Hotels in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 4 June 2011

Location: excellent situation directly on Princes Street, 2 blocks from train station, 2-6 blocks from tons of chic New Town restaurants and clubs, 6-10 blocks from Old Town sites, shops, pubs and clubs.
Accomodations: first class decor & accoutrements (large valuables safe, refrigerator, iron, hair dryer, coffee/tea setup, big flat TV, LOTS of fluffy pillows, big deep bathtub as well as marble shower, FREE INTERNET THAT WORKS!) Room temperature control was easy and effective.
Facilities: indoor pool was warm and clean, convenient locker room; dry sauna small but cozy; (sadly steam room was out of order); exercise room full of top quality cardio equipment. Business center was disappointment - nice big meeting spaces but the computers had been disassembled, could not figure out how to reassemble them in order to print files; but front desk was very helpful in printing documents I needed off a flash drive at no charge.
Room service available 24 hours, nice selection, not outrageous prices. Did not try restaurant but bar/lounge was very friendly, good service, good drinks, snacks till 11:30pm, welcoming place to sit solo but also chic enough to host a client.
Front desk quite slow on check in/check out but extremely helpful with any and all questions and needs.
Summary: top notch hotel for either tourist or business activities, at a very competitive rate for 5 star quality.

  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 2 June 2011

From arrival to departure the atmosphere and treatment in the Apex is superb. Nothing is a problem to the staff, who do it with a smile and make your stay the experience you really 'want' it to be.
Rooms are modern, with all the facilities you would expect and plenty more that you wouldn't. Leisure facilities are immaculately clean and well kept. Bar and restaurant areas are light and pleasant with a great atmosphere.
Add to this the fact that the location is only 100 yards from Princes Street and you have the perfect base for a city break or business trip.
We'll definitely be back!!

  • Stayed: June 2011
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Reviewed 1 June 2011

Fantastic location, good bar with botteled micro brewery Steward Brewery on offer. Best bathroom I've ever had in a hotel. Nice big flat screen TV. And free Internet access !
Couldn't be better. Highly recomended.

  • Stayed: April 2011, travelled with family
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Thank TSkogheim
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Reviewed 1 June 2011

OK so you are thinking 'hidden' in this location ?
Let me explain - the main shopping street ends where Waterloo Place begins and the traffic just seems to go somewhere else ! This is a great location and is walking distance for many attractions.
The hotel itself is very well run with reception, breakfast and bar staff very professional yet friendly. Unusually, they take a real interest in their visitors.
Car parking is off-site but secure.
Beware the local Traffic Wardens - none of them have married parents and will gleefully slap a ticket while you unload.

  • Stayed: February 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 31 May 2011

Stayed here for our wedding anniversary. Great excellent location. Our upgraded room was spacious and very comfortable with a great bathroom.
We received a anniversary card from the hotel with a free drink voucher for two whch was a nice touch.
The breakfast choice and quality was excellent.
Staff are friendly and helpful

  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Thank poorjohnny
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Reviewed 28 May 2011

Being a solo traveller, I booked this hotel based on the comments I read from others on this site. I must say, I was slightly disappointed..so lets begin.

From the Airport: Buy a AIRLINK round trip ticket, it's inexpensive and will drop you off at Waverly Station (Waverly Bridge). From there, walk towards Princes Street, turn right and soon you'll see the APEX (maroon) Flags flying outside. If you get turned around, just ask where the St. James Shopping Center is -- the Apex is on that side of the street

Location: Is near two shopping malls, Waverly Station, and just across the North bridge, you enter into Old Town onto the upper end of the Royal Mile. If you take a stroll down Market Street into Princes Street Gardens, you can actually see Edinburgh Castle. If you turn left outside the hotel door, you're just steps from Calton Hill where some of the best scenic pictures can be taken.

The Hotel: There are so many choices to eat in the city, I saw no need to eat in at the hotel restaurant; drinks at the bar were a bit pricey but it was nice all the same. They seem to have a fine choice of amenities which I did not expereince.

The Room: When you arrive, the front desk is on the 5th floor, my room was on the 2nd and, as you can see from the photos, it was as if I checked into a basement apartment. The windows were small and I could never get the room temperature higher than 21 celsius. There is a nice soaking tub for those of us who like to relax after a long day of walking. However the water in the shower ran hot and cold. I also heard the clanging of empty bottles being thrown out from time to time.

Overall I had a great time and would recommend Ediinburgh without hesitation. One final thought, if you ever get 'lost', the best way to get your bearings in this ciity is to look for landmarks - Edinburgh has LOTS. Cheers!

  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled solo
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Reviewed 28 May 2011

Brilliant hotel. Location, food, rooms, spa, staff, bar... All excellent, will be returning.

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Additional Information about Apex Waterloo Place Hotel

Address: 23-27 Waterloo Place, Edinburgh EH1 3BG, Scotland
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Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Edinburgh > Broughton & Calton
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Spa Hotel in Edinburgh
#5 Family Hotel in Edinburgh
#7 Business Hotel in Edinburgh
#13 Romantic Hotel in Edinburgh
#23 Luxury Hotel in Edinburgh
Price Range: £83 - £279 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Apex Waterloo Place Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 184
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in one of Edinburgh’s best spots at the east end of Princes Street, Apex Waterloo Place Hotel is within walking distance of the famous Edinburgh Castle and is just a few minutes’ walk from Calton Hill. George Street and The Royal Mile are also close by in this compact city centre. The classic Georgian architecture complemented by contemporary interiors make this hotel unique. Each bedroom is spacious and includes a 42” TV, complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi, bath and/or walk-in shower and Elemis toiletries. As a guest, you’ll also get complimentary use of the leisure facilities. An indoor swimming pool, sauna, steam room and Technogym make the perfect place to relax or escape from the stresses of everyday life. Time for more? Pamper yourself with an Elemis treatment at PURE Spa & Beauty. You can choose from a wide selection of restaurants and bars throughout the city during your stay, many of which are close by in the George Street area. If you’re looking for a traditional Scottish dish and a cosy bar away from the bustle of the town, look no further than Elliot’s Restaurant & Bar. ... more   less 
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