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Apex Grassmarket Hotel
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Reviewed 20 July 2011

Overall this was a very high standard of stay with a great deal of thought going into fitting out the room. The rubber duck in the bathroom was a nice touch - thank you. Very comfortable, very chic and perfect for a business or leisure trip, Because this is not a big hotel then breakfast is to order rather than from a hot buffet. I had Eggs Benedict and they were perfect! Staff were friendly and very helpful. 10 mins walk from here into the Centre on the level. WiIl definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled on business
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Thank RJB29
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Reviewed 17 July 2011

Apex International in Edinburgh is a really nice hotel right in the centre of Edinburgh, Stunning views of the castle, is close to everything i.e, shops,clubs etc.

I stayed with a friend in the hotel, room was lovley and big, television had freeview which has music stations =) ideal for listening to when going on a night out.

There is also a pool,gym and sauna which are fab =).

Staff are ver helpfull!!
Will defo be back !!

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 16 July 2011

We had an overnight at the Apex International & enjoyed our stay. Check in was quick & the staff were very pleasant. Although our room wasn't ready, we enjoyed a relaxing drink the bar while we waited. The reception area & bar are nice & modern. When we went to our room, we noticed the lobby and room were very warm. However thankfully fans were provided in the room otherwise we couldn't have slept that night for the heat. We also upgraded our room to castle view which had a small terrace. The view was amazing! The beds were comfortable and clean. The bathroom had a bath and shower & elemis products. It was pretty clean but the shower had some hair from a previous guest & some slight dirty marks in the corners but the shower head was retricted movement so that may have made it difficult to clean corners! We paid for bed & breakfast and went to the Heights restaurant on 5th floor with castle views for breakfast. The options were continental and full breakfast, toast & tea/coffee. The cutlery & cups/ plates were not spotlessly clean but probably the result of a dishwasher rather than dirty. Staff for breakfast were a bit slow but we weren't in a huge rush but I did notice other guests becoming impatient! The full Scottish breakfast was ok but I think rather than all being cooked fresh it was pre-cooked & warmed up as the potato scone was hard & dry. Overall the food was acceptable but not necessarily worth it. There are pubs across the road on Grassmarket that u could go to & get probably better food! Although overall the hotel was nice & clean. The hotel also gave us a bottle of champagne since we were there for our wedding anniversary which was really nice of them.

  • Stayed: July 2011
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Thank LEHF
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Reviewed 16 July 2011

We booked two rooms for three adults but upon our arrival the receptionist could only "find" one reservation for one person!
For the inconvenience of having to wait in order to get a second room we got an "upgrade" for one room. This room was larger than the usual rooms but hot and stuffy, without air-conditioning. The only possibility to let fresh air in was by means of opening a door onto a kind of balcony that was shared by other hotel guests mainly for smoking which let the smoke waft into our room when the door was open and was facing onto busy Grassmarket with a bottle recycling place beneath our room. The bed was okay but the duvet was fit for a cold winters day not for a hotel that is generally over heated, and room temperatures are around 30°C. The state of the bathroom was plainly disgusting. Mould in the showers the toilet only flushing every other time and the floor in dire need of a good scrubbing.There was no ventilation int the bathroom and as it didn't have a window odours and steam were wafting through the bedroom.
Breakfast was nothing for the faint hearted. At the buffet it was a task to find a clean plate that hadn't still remnants of the previous guests's breakfast clinging onto it. The coffee tasted like cooked peat and the milk jugs were sprinkled (inside and out) with brown.
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The hotel is very proud of it's swimming pool. When my daughter and I got there we had to sign for a locker key that didn't fit to any of the ladies lockers. The changing room was a disgrace. Used towels and kleenex on the floor in huge piles left by previous users because the baskets to collect used towelling and the waste paper basket were overflowing.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 13 July 2011

The Apex is situated in Grassmarket - close to the castle and in Old Town. New Town is a gentle 15 minute walk. It is a lovely area with lots of pubs. The rooms are nicely appointed and the staff is top notch especially Fiona. They are known for their rubber duckies. Their restaurants are great with the Heights giving you a 5th floor view of the castle. This also serves as the breakfast room. This was our 5th visit and we'll be back again next year.

Room Tip: We like the rooms in the front but the lower floors can be noisy after the pubs close.
  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Thank Eileen H
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