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“A perfect night! Terrific, friendly staff, contemporary decor & great location (easy walk to train)”

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Apex Waterloo Place Hotel
Ranked #32 of 151 Hotels in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 1 December 2011

I had one night in Edinburgh with two friends and the Apex Waterloo made it such a lovely experience. Finding a hotel for 3 people can be a challenge. We took the train from London and only had a 5 minute walk to the hotel from the train station. It was safe and easy, even with the construction at the train station. At check-in, we were upgraded to a suite which provided a separate bedroom with a king bed and a living area (with a sofa, coffee table, entertainment center including a wall mounted 42" flat screen TV, Bose surround system & DVD player, a small dining table, mini refrigerator, espresso machine, tea kettle & snacks) and a large bathroom with a bath tub worth spending several nights soaking. By the time me made it to the room a rollaway bed (for our third person) was made up in the living room -- still plenty of space to lounge -- and all our luggage was waiting for us.

With one night, we needed to make the most of our time, so we asked the staff for lunch suggestions which were the best of our trip (Guilford Arms -- try the haggis, it was great and the West St Mungo beer). Also, off a side street from the Royal Mile, try The Villager for a great hip pub dinner.

After a long day of sight seeing and eating, we made it back to the room where the staff brought up extra espresso and a DVD for us to watch.

Really, it was such a wonderful hotel and experience. I can not wait for the opportunity to go back and hopefully spend more than one night!

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 28 November 2011

We stayed in a Superior Double room for one midweek night in November. The location of the hotel is great for Princes' St shopping, George St nightlife and Royal Mile sightseeing.
Upon arriving, the decor of the lobby gives an insight into the modern, boutique style of the hotel. The staff were helpful and friendly. Our booking was incorrectly entered as a City Room but this was quickly rectified once we produced our booking confirmation.
The room itself was large, with bed, bedside cabinets, iPod/iPhone dock/alarm clock/charger, 2 seater sofa, LCD TV, minibar and tea/coffee making facilities. The bathroom was also large with deep bath, twin sinks and separate large shower cubicle. It was all extremely clean and both the bedroom and bathroom had big windows facing out onto the side of the hotel, overlooking the back entrance to Waverley Train Station.
We brought our own champagne with us and, after calling room service, a bucket of ice was delivered in under ten minutes! Additionally, we asked the concierge twice to order cabs and both arrived quickly after only ten minutes!
The concierge down stairs was also very good and friendly too. We ordered a cab at night to take us to dinner. She called one and showed interest in our destination for dinner, giving recommendation of what to try. Next morning, when we also asked her to order a cab to the airport she asked how dinner was and wished us a good trip. Nice little touches that cost nothing but make guests feel welcome and at home.
Having stayed in all Apex hotels in Edinburgh and Dundee, I knew what to expect with the chain's reputation - upmarket rooms at great prices. The newer Waterloo Place certainly did not disappoint and we'll definitely stay there again when visiting the capital overnight. Friendly staff, spotless rooms and great location!

  • Stayed: November 2011
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Reviewed 28 November 2011

This is a very nice hotel which is very centrally located between the old and new city in Edinburgh. The breakfast which was included in the price was very tasty and service was excellent. The pool area was pleasant

Room Tip: rooms at the back are quieter
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  • Stayed: February 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 27 November 2011

I was blown away by this hotel. Great city centre location, literally a few minutes walk from Waverly train station, off Princes St.
As we arrived before 12 noon our room wasn't ready but we were able to leave our bags and go off and explore. We were told to come back after 2pm, finally made it back by 6pm. Our room was ready and the bags had already been taken up. We had been upgraded from a standard to a superior room too. Room 707. Amazing bathroom, huge bath and large shower, bathrobes and Elemis toiletries. Large bedroom with twin beds, tea and coffee making facilities, fridge, hair dryer and the largest flat screen tv I have ever seen.
The staff could not do enough for you, offering maps of the city and suggestions of where to go. The hotel has a lovely pool, sauna and steam room and a gym. All lovely and well maintained. I was staying with a girlfriend who is a local and she was very impressed too.
I would recommend ths hotel to anyone.

  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 27 November 2011

Stayed here for 4 nights on honeymoon. Upon check-in, we were upgraded to a deluxe room (we had mentioned that we were on honeymoon when we booked the hotel online). There was also a bottle of wine in the room with a nice note from the hotel. The room was gorgeous with great views of the city. The bed was very comfortable. We had free wifi for the duration of our stay. The staff were excellent and very helpful. Breakfast was great with a very good selection on offer. The location of the hotel is ideal, being a stroll away from the main shopping area of Prince Street. We did not eat in the restaurant but seemed to be busy a lot. They have a lovely hotel bar as well. The spa is very small but offers a good selection of treatments. The pool is adequate but I found the temperature a little cold! I will most definitely stay here again when I am in Edinburgh...excellent place....thoroughly enjoyed our stay.

  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 November 2011

We were a party of 6 enjoying a lon weekend in Edinburgh. The staff are very welcoming. The only negative was that the bathroom was freezing, but that was due to the weather and very large windows in the bathroom.

  • Stayed: November 2011
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Reviewed 25 November 2011

After reading the great reviews I booked to stay here. I wanted a nice hotel in a central location with leisure facilities and the hotel lived up to this. There is a back exit that opens up 50years from an entrance to waverly station (dont think you can enter this way though)

The first room we were put in (327) was cold, echoed and did not have the king size bed advertized on the website. The noise from the outside and corridor bounced round the high ceilinged room. So we called the desk to see another room. Although the hotel was busy the staff at the desk (Kelly) were very helpful and sent someone to help us with our stuff into another room (410). This room was perfect, cozy, king sized bed. We also had to call to get our bedding changed over to feather-free and this was also done swiftly. SPOTLESS ROOMS!

Breakfast was nice, although it comes to your table so quickly that you cannot finish your fruit or cereal from the buffet. Also there were no beans or condiments offered with your breakfast and if you ask for things to be left off your plate they do not compensate by giving you extra items.

The pool is rather small but lovely, the sauna and steamroom were great too.

Very close to the playhouse, omni center, st james centre with loads of lovely restaurants near by

All in all friendly attentive staff, lovely hotel and facilities.

Room Tip: We favoured room 401 in the newer part of the hotel as it was warmer and quieter than 327
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  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled with family
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Address: 23-27 Waterloo Place, Edinburgh EH1 3BH, 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
#6 Family Hotel in Edinburgh
#7 Business Hotel in Edinburgh
#13 Romantic Hotel in Edinburgh
#22 Luxury Hotel in Edinburgh
Price Range: £87 - £228 (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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