We stayed at a busy time in December, Christmas markets and tourist season in full swing.
Being on the third floor meant we had very few problems with noise, and had three nights of peaceful sleep. If you need WiFi, it works perfectly and is free, something which many hotels should learn from. The room was modern with a comfy double bed, a nice walk-in shower, huge TV (which we didn't use but it's there), and a cosy seating area.
The location is very close to all of the attractions, with the castle a few minutes' walk away and the shopping area / market a little past that. The service and staff were excellent.
If you're interested in the pool / gym, it's a short walk along the road to the sister International hotel. Not a massive inconvenience - but worth noting.
We were there Friday-Monday, three nights, but on both Friday and Saturday nights, there were private Christmas parties going on in the bar/restaurant. They moved the "restaurant" and "bar" up to a conference room on floor one but there's no atmosphere because it's a conference room! As such, our "free" £10 voucher to spend within the hotel went unused. Not much point if you're going to have to use it to sit in a glorified boardroom - especially when the sound of the party one floor below is so loud that it leaves you feeling like a spare part at someone else's party, which, in many ways, is exactly what it was. I felt sorry for the reception staff, standing behind the counter for six hours with loud music blaring barely feet away from them.
Happy Christmas, Apex staff. Here are some earplugs.
The parties continued until one in the morning, meaning that if you were staying on floor one, you'd have been sorely out of luck if you were looking to get to sleep anytime before then. It's also a bit of a turn-off to return to the hotel late at night to find drunken smokers congregating on the front steps, cackling as they try to stay out of the drizzle. You don't really expect to have to make your way through that to get back inside.
It's all a bit ill-thought out but, no doubt, the hotel makes lots of money from hiring the facilities and letting rooms to party guests. What it doesn't do is make OTHER guests aware that this is occurring. We booked with an email address, so why not email to say there's a private party going on and there will be inconvenience?
Aside from that, the hotel is decent. I'd return - but not in party season.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In the heart of Edinburgh's Old Town, this contemporary hotel has 122 stylish rooms. Designed for comfort, rooms include HD widescreen LCD TV, large desk, free Wi-Fi and local calls, ground coffee and selected teas, luxury toiletries, iron and ironing board. Facilities include Agua Bar and Restaurant, event space for up to 80 delegates, use of leisure facilities a few doors away at Apex International including pool and gym. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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