Our initial impressions of this hotel were quite positive, the spacious check in area and nice bar are welcoming on first arrival. The hotel is also fairly well situated about a 5 minute walk from the royal mile (albeit with a hill/few steps to contend with).
Our positive impressions were short lived when we noticed that the rooms that we had paid a premium for, overlooking the castle, meant that we were subject to the pikey window installation that this hotel has chosen. The front of the hotel overlooks a busy street with lots of pubs and restaurants, a positive you may think. Not so when, at midnight and beyond, all you can hear is something akin to Ibiza on your doorstep. They obviously chose the cheap option when fitting the windows as they seem to amplify the noise as opposed to reducing it.
The supposedly relaxing weekend sounded more like a chav weekend in benidorm than a decent hotel that we had paid to upgrade the room. I hate Travelodge, but I couldn't discern a difference in the room itself. Utterly disappointing, particularly as this was booked as a special occasion for my mother in law.
The hotel also dealt with our complaint inadequately only to compound the ineptitude.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Apex Grassmarket Hotel is located in Edinburgh’s vibrant Grassmarket. Nearby, you’ll find the characteristic Edinburgh Castle, Greyfriars Kirkyard and The Royal Mile, making this hotel the perfect place to stay if you’re looking to explore the city. Your room will be stocked with both essentials and added extras like complimentary Wi-Fi, luxurious Elemis toiletries and a 42” LCD TV. Choose a Deluxe or Family room and you’ll also get an Edinburgh Castle view to make your stay extra special. Kick-start your day with a refreshing swim in the hotel swimming pool or use the Technogym fitness studio, free of charge. Later you can try some unique fusion food to share created by the well-known Edinburgh Chef, Tony Singh in the hotel restaurant. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Apex International Edinburgh
- Hotel Apex International
- Apex Grassmarket Hotel Edinburgh, Scotland