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Apex Waterloo Place Hotel
Ranked #34 of 149 Hotels in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
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“Great Location, Lovely Hotel”
Reviewed 29 May 2012

I would definitely recommend this hotel, it is 5 minutes walk from the Royal Mile and Edinburgh Castle. The hotel very kindly upgraded our room to a suite and it was fantastic. The bathroom was huge with a nice big bath, the room was a good size and the bed was really comfortable. The hotel has been decorated very nice, the swimming pool/spa was small but very relaxing after a long day of walking. Everytime we ate in the hotel the food was very good and the staff were always friendly and helpful. I would stay there again if I was going to Edinburgh.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 May 2012 via mobile

The hotel was clean and functional but very over priced in my opinion

Standard rooms are tiny. I was expecting a much larger room

The swimming pool is more of a hydro therapy pool without the features of one!

Breakfast was awful. We had to leave in the end after waiting 40 minutes. The order was taken wrong in the first place. Then it was corrected and given to the next table and then we had to ask three times where our breakfast was. We gave up in the end as had to leave for work. I complained to reception in check out and they did remove the charge ... But that's not the point

Dinner was ok. No more no less.

There is a lack of atmosphere to the whole ambience. The building itself is great and the location superb.

It isn't luxury high end and as such it is over priced at present.

No car parking facilities so guests have to feed the parking meters.

Stayed May 2012, travelled on business
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 27 May 2012

We booked this based on some reviews and were glad we did. On arrival we found there was a small problem (for us anyway) with our room. The management instantly dealt with it and we got an upgrade.

The rooms were very nice and comfortable. Good bathrooms and an Ipod dock which I always like in a hotel - I can't understand why this is so difficult for so many hotels. Towels were really soft and absorbent and the items in the room were great.

We used the spa (Steam room and sauna) and it was good to have access to them.

The only downside was that this the concierge was not always there and as such we struggled to get some information which was frustrating in a tourist town, hence the reduction in rating

Overall, very good

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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Omaha, Nebraska
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Reviewed 26 May 2012

This hotel was recommended by friends in the United States. We are glad we took their recommendation to book this hotel for our five night stay in Edinburgh. The location allowed us to walk to Old Town, New Town, and all major sights. Outside the hotel door are the old and enchanting Calton Cementery and Calton Park with views to the water. Our eighth floor rooms had views of historic buildings. Rooms and beds were comfortable with top-notch baths. The windows opened for fresh air while sleeping. The staff was friendly and accommodating, the hotel breakfasts good. When we return to Edinburgh, we will again book rooms at the Apex Waterloo Place Hotel. We are back in the States now, and we miss Waterloo Place and the beauty of Edinburgh.

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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with family
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Seattle, Washington
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Reviewed 23 May 2012

We stayed here for two nights in May. The location is very good, close to the Royal Mile and withing walking distance to the Edinburgh Castle. Our room was small but attractive with modern furnishings. The staff was friendly and helpful. The breakfasts were over-priced. I would stay here again.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Celbridge, Ireland
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Reviewed 22 May 2012

All I can say about this hotel is I really, really like it. My wife and I have stayed in this hotel on two occassions and we plan to stay in it again this year. We usually stay during comedy festival which can be busy time of year but we find this is great location to operate from. It is central just off princes St. (which means no taxis, or very few depending on your mood).Hotel is very clean and staff are very helpful and professional. Breakfast is always tasty with load of choice. It is a little on the expensive side but so is Edinburgh. Dearest city for accomodation in UK I believe. I got great package deal on my first occasion there but I couldn't get as good a deal on second visit. Win some lose some. Rooms are great and well maintained.Overall excellent.

Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 May 2012

We have just returned from a weekend in Edinburgh to celebrate two big family milestone birthdays (one 85 and one 90 year old!). The Apex Waterloo Place was great from start to finish, lovely building, beautiful rooms, great food. We ate in the (small and can be noisy) bar on the Friday evening, and had dinner in the restaurant, where the staff arranged a private area for us (as there were 10 in our party) for the Saturday night. Food on both occasions was well prepared and presented beautifully, staff are attentive without being intrusive, and were very kind with our elderly guests.

The rooms were all reasonably sized, well presented and extremely clean and tidy. A late check out was easily arranged for the older members of the party. Some of us used the pool and gym - they are both small but a nice addition to the hotel. There is no quiet sitting areas in the hotel however, with several hen parties present the bar can get noisy.

Breakfast was hot and freshly cooked, with a good selection of cold food. Location is really great - a 5 minute walk to the station and the same to the shops of Princes St. Calton Hill is just a short stroll away and makes a lovely walk in good weather for great views of Edinburgh.

We didn't meet a single member of staff who was not polite and helpful in every way - we wish all hotels were like this! We have stayed in five star hotels which have been much less impressive, and we will return.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with family
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Property: Apex Waterloo Place Hotel
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
#21 Luxury Hotel in Edinburgh
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
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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