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Apex City of Edinburgh Hotel
Ranked #42 of 151 Hotels in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 15 December 2012

Stayed here while attending a birthday party in the area, room ok, but one chair had a huge tear in it. Chipped furniture. Reception, bar and restaurant areas are nice. Had breakfast, my only complaint was the way the potato scones were cooked. I'm a bit of a potato scone connoisseur and get unhappy if they are not cooked in butter, Think theses ones were semi toasted. Good selection on offer for breakfast.

Good location, for visiting historic parts of town and fringe festival. however bit tricky to find walking from Waverley station. Once you know the short cuts it's ok. Lots of roads works in area, which is not great for car use. Hotel offers car parking, but it's first come first served. So you might end up parking elsewhere as we did. We hired a car for one day to take in sights. Getting out of Edinburgh was dreadful, due to traffic diversions etc. Grassmarket area not really served well by public transport. You need to walk to Bridges or George St for that. At the time Princes St was closed due to tram works.

Staff friendly and helpful and there is a little duck waiting for you to adopt it.

Room Tip: Ask for Castle view
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  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled with family
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Lindsay S, General Manager at Apex City of Edinburgh Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 28 December 2012

Dear Guest

Thank you for your review. I am sorry that the chair in your room had a tear in it and will instruct my Head Housekeeper to check all the bedroom chairs and replace any that are damaged or marked.

I do appreciate your complimentary comments regarding the friendliness of my staff and am glad the Apex Duck in your room has found a new home for Christmas.

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Reviewed 11 December 2012

I stayed here for one night in November on my first visit to Edinburgh. The hotel was not easy to find walking from the station so more detailed instructions on the website would be helpful.
The hotel itself is in a great postion in the Grassmarket area with lots of pubs, restaurants and shops close by. There is even a convenience store accross the road where most things could be picked up.
The room was comfortable and we were allocated a room at the back of the hotel so did not hear the noise from the street at the front which can apparently be noisy.

The lamps could do with replacing and the shower as already mentioned is not powerful at all and the bath is not full length but overall a nice hotel.

We ate in the restaurant which was very good and very reasonable 2 courses for £14.99 and the staff were very nice especially the Spanish lady (sorry I don;t remember your name)

Great location near the castle and an easy walk to the shops on Princess Street.

Overall an excellent value hotel in a great location would stay again.

  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Lindsay S, General Manager at Apex City of Edinburgh Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 28 December 2012

Dear Guest

Thank you for your review; I’m glad you had an enjoyable stay and found my staff and the location excellent. I appreciate your comments and feedback and will make a point of passing on your praise to Alba ("the Spanish girl" in the restaurant.

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Lindsay Sturrock
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Reviewed 10 December 2012

Stayed here 1st of December for one night for a shopping trip with the girls. Good size room with a view of the castle. Comfy bed, large TV, but have to say the shower was a major let down, more of a sprinkle than a shower. Great location in the grassmarket made for a lovely stroll to and from Princess street and gardens, however there was some noise from outside on Saturday night. We had our evening meal in the restaurant which was average, but breakfast the next morning more than made up for it. All the staff at the hotel were great, polite happy and more than willing to help. Overall a great stay at a great price.

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  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled with friends
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Lindsay S, General Manager at Apex City of Edinburgh Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 28 December 2012

Dear Guest

Thank you for your review. I'm glad you found the hotel to be great value and appreciate you taking the time to appraise the hotel. I'm sorry your shower water pressure was disappointing and would appreciate it if you could possibly drop me an e-mail informing me of your room number so that I can arrange for my Maintenance Manager to have it repaired. My e-mail address is lindsay.sturrock@apexhotels.co.uk

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Reviewed 8 December 2012

I've stayed here twice on business. The hotel is located in the Grassmarket in Edinburgh and so very centrally located. From the outside the hotel does not look promising at all - but don't be deceived at inside it's modern and tastefully decorated. The room was very reasonably priced but is very clean, comfortable and modern, and reasonably spacious. Decent sized bathroom with walk in shower and a bath, and excellent elemis toiletries. There's also free wifi.

I'd say the quality is several levels about equivalently priced Holiday Inn properties or others in this range. The rooms at the front are probably likely to be a bit noiser - particularly during the summer, as they face out on to a busy street, but there are rooms at the back facing in to the car park which will be quieter.

The Agua bar in the hotel is also excellent, well stocked and stylishly decorated.

I'm not sure you could really ask for more from a central Edinburgh hotel in this price range to be honest.

Note that there are two Apex hotels on the Grassmarket - the Apex International is next door. It's a larger property but I think the City is probably the better of the two .

Highly recommended.

Room Tip: Rooms at the front probably noisy.
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  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled on business
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zzxxyy, General Manager at Apex City of Edinburgh Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 10 December 2012

Dear Guest

Thank you for taking the time to write a review for the Apex City following your recent stay. It is good to hear that this was your second time with us on business and you again enjoyed your stay. I appreciate your detailed feedback and hope you will continue to stay with us when in Edinburgh.

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Reviewed 7 December 2012

Edinburgh's Apex City Hotel offers good rooms and a pleasant environment. Location is great (if you don't mind the steep roads to and from Grassmarket. The room was clean and well furnished, and the complimentary biscuits were much better than the norm!

Only downside was the lateness of the housekeeping - returned after a day of sightseeing at about 4pm, and the room hadn't been cleaned - but an hour later it was all done.

Overall, thoroughly recommended.

  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled as a couple
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zzxxyy, General Manager at Apex City of Edinburgh Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 10 December 2012

Dear Guest

Thank you for your review. I am glad that you enjoyed your stay and are happy to recommend us to others.

My apologies that your room was not serviced until quite late. Our room attendants try to service departures first so that we can offer rooms to new guests as early as possible. This does mean that occasionally, on very busy days, that guests staying over may have their room serviced a little later. The next time you stay with us please let reception know if you would prefer to have your room serviced by a particular time and we will ensure your request is carried out.

Thank you again for your feedback and I hope you will find the opportunity to stay again soon.

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Reviewed 7 December 2012

We stayed in a superior room for one night at the start of December.
We arrived to a warm welcome and speedy check in. The room was lovely with a view of the castle and had everything we needed for our stay. The location is excellent, right in the centre of the city but there were no issues with noise on an evening.
Check out was equally efficient and the hotel offer a left luggage facility which was a great help the next day.
We would definately recommend this hotel and stop here again.

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled as a couple
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zzxxyy, General Manager at Apex City of Edinburgh Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 10 December 2012

Dear Guest

Thank you for taking the time to leave valuable feedback following your recent stay at the Apex City hotel. As always it was good to read that you enjoyed your stay with us and would be happy to recommend the hotel to others.

I do hope that you will be able to stay with us again in the future and look forward to welcoming you back.

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Reviewed 7 December 2012

Stayed here 2 nights on a business trip. The hotel is just behind Edinburgh Castle and it is only a short walk to the Royal Mile. Princess St is only 0.5 miles away albeit an up and down route. There is limited parking but we managed to get a space and it is only £10/ day.

The bedroom I stayed in was extremely quiet - looks like most of the rooms overlook the sides of the building rather than the front so most should be OK. The room was very spacious with a separate sitting area and the bathroom had a separate shower and bath. It was extremely well equipped for this class of hotel - 48 inch TV, DVD player, good range of electrics and a safe and minibar (didn't use it so I can't say how pricey it was). My only complaint was the tiny size of the wash basin which made shaving difficult and filling the kettle impossible (a colleague suggested using the bath tap - why didn't I think of that?!).

The breakfasts were superb. Everything was freshly cooked to order and there was a very good choice from full Scottish to eggs benedict or haddock with poached eggs.

The staff were friendly, attentive and knowledgable. I would definitely use the hotel again either for business or a weekend break.

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled on business
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zzxxyy, General Manager at Apex City of Edinburgh Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 10 December 2012

Dear Guest

Thank you for taking the time to review the Apex City hotel. It was pleasing to read that you enjoyed your stay and "would definitely use the hotel again".

With regard to the kettle being too large for the wash basin I must admit that you are quite correct. I can however confirm that we have started replacing some kettles each month for a smaller size as other guests had made the same comment. Hopefully by your next visit we will have changed all the kettles and you should find making your tea a little easier.
Thank you again for your kind feedback.

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Address: 61 Grassmarket, Edinburgh EH1 2HJ, Scotland
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Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Edinburgh > Old Town
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#26 Business Hotel in Edinburgh
#27 Luxury Hotel in Edinburgh
#29 Romantic Hotel in Edinburgh
#30 Family Hotel in Edinburgh
Price Range: £69 - £233 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Apex City of Edinburgh Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 122
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Apex City of Edinburgh Hotel is located in the heart of Edinburgh’s Grassmarket, just minutes away from The Royal Mile and famous Edinburgh Castle. All rooms and suites provide plenty of natural light, comfort, and space. You’ll also find complimentary luxurious Elemis toiletries, a 42” LCD TV and vanity area with hair dryer and mirror in your room. Upgrade to a City Plus Room and you’ll also find air-conditioning, bathrobes and your very own Nespresso coffee machine. Downstairs, you can relax in Agua Restaurant and Bar. This modern space is set back from the bustling Grassmarket and offers a wide selection of dishes through its all day dining menu including burgers, steaks and pastas. Afterwards, retreat to the lounge and choose from an extensive wine list or sip on an expertly prepared cocktail with Castle views. ... more   less 
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