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Apex Grassmarket Hotel
Ranked #85 of 151 Hotels in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 27 February 2014

Stayed for our anniversary in February and the hotel even gave us a card which was a lovely gesture. The hotel is very clean and the staff are very friendly. We didn't eat here as we felt breakfast was to expensive. We were disappointed to find that friends who joined us had a better deal from Expidia than us who booked direct however, the hotel does price match prior to your stay

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Reviewed 27 February 2014

We stayed here in a large hen group last weekend. The location could not have been better everything was in walking distance. Our flight was delayed and we did not arrive till after 1am. The staff could not do enough to help. Reception, bar and especially the staff of the fifth floor restaurant were exceptional. The hotel itself is lovely. The room was nice but the phone didn't work when I phoned zero it just kept playing an automated message and one of the window locks was broken but the porter fixed this right away for us. Our room had a very small and poor shower head and the temperature wasnt very hot. This may have just been our room as we saw another which had a large proper shower head. There were young children in the room next to us and they cried a lot and ran around banging doors at six am. These were only small details as overall the hotel was brilliant and I would def recommend and stay again.

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled with friends
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1  Thank bluegarnetfrog
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Reviewed 25 February 2014

Here are the facts about the Apex:
Very well positioned in the Grassmarket.
Lots of nice little cafes, pubs and restaurants in the immediate vicinity, including one little cafe called 'Oink' that specialised in pulled pork rolls. The full roast pig is in the window and the fresh meat is pulled from it as required. It looked fantastic was was doing a roaring trade.
We had drinks in 'The Smallest Pub in Scotland' which had a great atmosphere and a very mixed clientele.
The previous reviews regarding the noise at night are absolutely correct however we made use of the complimentary soft ear plugs and slept soundly. The views of the castle lit up at night were worth it.
Some tips- If staying on a Saturday night, book at table if you want to eat in one of the nearby restaurants as we struggled to get a table.
If you need some bits from a supermarket, there is a Sainsburys up the road a short distance to your left from the hotel (we stocked up on Prosecco as there is a fridge in the room)
Avoid late afternoon if you want a swim as it was busy with kids. Tropicarium was nice (a cross between a sauna and a steam room)
Breakfast is 7-11 but avoid 10 at the weekend as the dining room was very busy.
Summary -well positioned hotel, reasonably priced, great views and helpful staff and we would stay again

Room Tip: If you want a view get a room at the front. If you want peace, get a room at the back.
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  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled with family
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1  Thank ukrealdeal
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Reviewed 24 February 2014

We stayed here for my husbands 40th birthday with our 2 young daughters. Staff were very helpful and nothing was to much trouble for them. They provided a birthday cake after I sent them an email which my husband loved. Our room was a good size and overlooked the castle, there was a complimentary bottle of wine in our room which was a lovely touch. My daughters loved the swimming pool it wasn't huge but perfect for a splash about. The hotel is located in a perfect area for exploring Edinburgh. The only complaint I had was the noise from outside as we heard lots of screaming and shouting when the pubs shut and in the morning the bin lorries woke us up very early however there are earplugs provided. We have stayed in Apex hotels before but this has been the best one so far.

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Reviewed 24 February 2014

This hotel is nice and close to the centre of Edinburgh. This can also be a disadvantage and we were woken by revellers in the middle of the night. The room was fine, but of note the toiletries were not changed or replenished during the 3 days of our stay = disappointing!

Stayed: February 2014, travelled on business
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Reviewed 24 February 2014

Stayed at this hotel with my husband and 2 kids. Great location and walking distance to most tourist attractions. Family room a little small but fantastic views of the Castle. Breakfast was really good and lots of choice. Would most certainly stay here again if visiting Edinburgh. Lovely little pub across the road "Fiddlers Arms" which served fab pub grub at reasonable prices. Angie & Andy from NI.

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1  Thank Angie m
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Reviewed 23 February 2014

Arrived at the hotel at midnight due to delayed flight. Staff were so helpful & processed our booking quickly. The room
Was well equipped & well furnished with two large double comfy beds. The complimentary toiletries were from the spa brand elemis which was a nice surprise. Free printing & computer use, free wi fi & all for a great price. Edinburgh castle is a 5 min walk up some steep steps. (Ask the hotel for directions! We took the long route!!!) the 100 bus will get you from the airport to the city centre for 3.50 then it's a short walk or taxi from there. (We walked but it's very hilly!)
Thank you for a great stay Apex! When I return I know where I'll be staying! :)

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Additional Information about Apex Grassmarket Hotel

Address: 31-35 Grassmarket, Edinburgh EH1 2HS, Scotland
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Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Edinburgh > Old Town , Grassmarket
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#23 Business Hotel in Edinburgh
#35 Romantic Hotel in Edinburgh
#42 Family Hotel in Edinburgh
#45 Luxury Hotel in Edinburgh
Price Range: £82 - £222 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Apex Grassmarket Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 169
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
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