This was the fifth different Apex we’ve stayed in and, although an above average hotel in general, didn’t seem quite as good value as the other Apex hotels.
The hotel is only a few minutes’ walk from the Edinburgh Haymarket train station, and has bus stops right outside for buses into Edinburgh city centre. It’s not too far to walk either – about 15 minutes to Princes Street.
As with all the Apex hotel staff we’ve met, everyone was extremely friendly, helpful and cheerful. Check-in was very quick and easy. We arrived quite early and were able to leave our bags until a room was ready.
Our standard City Room was the smallest we’ve stayed in at an Apex but was still very well equipped, including large flat-screen TV with Freeview and a DVD player (you can hire DVDs from the hotel library), a small safe, bath with shower, nice quality toiletries, etc. Complimentaries included tea, coffee, bottles of still and sparkling water, hot chocolate, and cookies.
The hotel also has free wi-fi throughout, with a PC (plus printer) opposite Reception free for guests to use 24hrs for accessing the internet.
Our room was at the front of the hotel overlooking a main road, but two layers of double glazing mean that it was very quiet …However, the room was also very hot (with no air conditioning). This meant that we didn’t get too good a night’s sleep because we had to chose between being much too hot or opening the windows and suffering traffic noise.
During our stay we got our fifth rubber duck – a red one this time! (Each Apex Hotel has a different coloured duck waiting for you in the bathroom).
Breakfast at the hotel was excellent but relatively pricey.
So all in all, heat/traffic noise issues aside, we enjoyed our stay at the Apex European but will probably pay the extra to stay at one of its 4 star sister hotels next time.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Within easy reach of Edinburgh city centre, Murrayfield Rugby Stadium and Edinburgh Airport, Apex Haymarket Hotel, is the perfect base for both business and leisure stays. All rooms are stylish and modern featuring luxurious Elemis toiletries, an LCD TV and complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi. Traditional British and international dishes are on offer at Metro West End Restaurant, the ideal place to catch up with friends or watch the world go by outside. If you’ve got a late finish or early start, 24-hour room service is available to suit your schedule. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Apex European Edinburgh
- Hotel Apex European
- Apex Haymarket Hotel Edinburgh, Scotland