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Apex Grassmarket Hotel
Apex Grassmarket Hotel
Apex Grassmarket Hotel
Apex Grassmarket Hotel
Apex Grassmarket Hotel
Apex Grassmarket Hotel
Apex Grassmarket Hotel

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8.8

Excellent

159 reviews

159 reviews

View10
Housekeeping3
Shops1
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9.5

Exceptional

Location rating score

Exceptional location - Inside city center
Exceptional for walking
Parking
Available
Walkable places
Grassmarket

30 m

I.J. Mellis Cheesemonger

40 m

Iconic Design & Vintage

60 m

Dance Base

70 m

Johnston Terrace Garden

100 m

Popular landmarks
Camera Obscura and World of Illusions

210 m

Royal Mile Street

230 m

Edinburgh Castle

270 m

National Museum of Scotland

410 m

Edinburgh Old Town

450 m

Closest landmarks
Beehive Inn

60 m

The Knights Vault

170 m

The Scotch Whisky Experience

170 m

George Heriot's School

180 m

Fabhatrix

180 m

Apex Grassmarket Hotel

31-35 Grassmarket, Edinburgh Old Town, Edinburgh, United Kingdom, EH1 2HS - See map

Get your trip off to a great start with a stay at this property, which offers free Wi-Fi in all rooms. Strategically situated in Edinburgh Old Town, allowing you access and proximity to local attractions and sights. Don't leave before paying a visit to the famous Edinburgh Castle. Rated with 4 stars, this high-quality property provides guests with access to restaurant, fitness center and indoor pool on-site.

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Highlights

670 meters to public transportation

Front desk [24-hour]

Excellent view

Inside city center

200 meters to The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

Wellness
Everything you need for a rejuvenating retreat for both body and spirit.
Spa & Beauty
Sauna
Workout and Leisure
Fitness center
Swimming pool [indoor]

Facilities

Front desk [24-hour]

Car park

Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

Check-in/out [express]

Swimming pool [indoor]

Fitness center

Luggage storage

Sauna

Your dates are popular among travelersUsers are booking a place in Edinburgh every 14 minutes on Agoda.com
Value for money8.4
Location rating9.5
Nearest airportEdinburgh Airport (EDI)
Distance to airport10.3 km

Rooms available at Apex Grassmarket Hotel

Excellent
Room comfort & quality

8.3

Castle View Deluxe Room with Balcony
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  • Room size: 28 m²/301 ft²
  • Outdoor view
  • 1 king bed
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Deluxe Double
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  • Room size: 28 m²/301 ft²
  • City view
  • 1 king bed
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City Twin Room
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  • Room size: 24 m²/258 ft²
  • Balcony/terrace
  • 2 double beds
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Superior Double Room
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  • Room size: 24 m²/258 ft²
  • City view
  • 1 double bed and 1 queen be...
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Family Room
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  • Room size: 24 m²/258 ft²
  • City view
  • 2 double beds
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Triple Room
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  • Room size: 24 m²/258 ft²
  • Outdoor view
  • 2 queen beds
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City Double Room
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  • Room size: 21 m²/226 ft²
  • Non-smoking
  • 1 queen bed
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Quadruple Room
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  • Room size: 24 m²/258 ft²
  • Landmark view
  • 2 queen beds
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Castle View Superior Room
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  • Room size: 24 m²/258 ft²
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Castle View Superior Room
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  • Room size: 24 m²/258 ft²
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Frequently asked questions

What time is check-in and check-out at Apex Grassmarket Hotel?

Check-in is from 02:30 PM, and check-out is until 11:00 AM. You may request early check-in or late check-out during booking, subject to availability. Guests checking in or out before or after the designated periods may be charged an additional fee. The hotel offers luggage storage to guests for before check-in and after check-out. The front desk is always open, day or night.

How do I get to Apex Grassmarket Hotel?

For those who wish to drive their own cars, Apex Grassmarket Hotel has a car park right on site for maximum convenience. If you're looking for an easy way to get around Edinburgh with private transportation, the hotel can arrange taxi service.

Is breakfast offered at Apex Grassmarket Hotel?

Start your mornings right, with the continental and buffet breakfast options offered at Apex Grassmarket Hotel.

What are my dining options at Apex Grassmarket Hotel?

Apex Grassmarket Hotel features an on-site restaurant for your dining convenience.

What is the smoking policy at Apex Grassmarket Hotel?

Apex Grassmarket Hotel does not permit smoking in any of its rooms, but allows smoking in designated areas.

What restaurants are nearby Apex Grassmarket Hotel?

Apex Grassmarket Hotel’s neighborhood is Edinburgh Old Town which includes popular restaurants such as The Three Sisters, The Last Drop and Makars Gourmet Mash Bar.

What popular shopping places are close to Apex Grassmarket Hotel?

Located in the Edinburgh Old Town area, Apex Grassmarket Hotel is close to great shopping choices like I.J. Mellis Cheesemonger, Iconic Design & Vintage and Isle of Skye Candle Company.

What are popular attractions near Apex Grassmarket Hotel?

Apex Grassmarket Hotel’s location in the Edinburgh Old Town neighborhood makes it close to famous attractions including Edinburgh Castle, National Museum of Scotland and The Real Mary King's Close.

What popular natural sightseeing spots are close to Apex Grassmarket Hotel?

Apex Grassmarket Hotel is located within Edinburgh Old Town, which makes it conveniently close to natural sights including Royal Mile Street, Johnston Terrace Garden and Castle Rock.

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What people love about Apex Grassmarket Hotel

  • 10

    Exceptional

    "I absolutely loved my stay at Apex Grassmarket Hotel!"

    Angela

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    October 19, 2022

  • 9.6

    Exceptional

    "We had a room with a castle view."

    Rachel

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    August 30, 2022

  • 9.6

    Exceptional

    "2 night stay which was very pleasant indeed."

    Georgina

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    December 6, 2021

Property ranking|Compared to 1,502 Edinburgh properties
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Location score
9.5/10
Room comfort score
8.3/10
Service score
8.9/10
Cleanliness score
8.9/10
Better than
99
%
of Edinburgh properties
Better than
97
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of Edinburgh properties
Better than
96
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of Edinburgh properties
Better than
96
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of Edinburgh properties
Overall rating:

8.8

Excellent
159 reviews
Cleanliness
8.9
Facilities
8.5
Location
9.5
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What travelers say they love:
Love the ducky given by the hotel!
Chong from Singapore
Couple
More about Apex Grassmarket Hotel

More about Apex Grassmarket Hotel

Apex Grassmarket Hotel

See the best of Edinburgh with a stay at Apex Grassmarket Hotel, which puts you right in the city center amidst the many sights and landmarks. With its convenient location, you can easily access to the city's must-see destinations. Sampling the authentic culture of Edinburgh is easy with a stay at Apex Grassmarket Hotel, just 260 m from Edinburgh Castle.
The facilities and services provided by Apex Grassmarket Hotel ensure a pleasant stay for guests. Post your pictures and answer your emails whenever you want, with the hotel's free Wi-Fi internet access. The hotel provides taxi services to help you find what you want in Edinburgh. Parking is always available, provided by the hotel for their driving guests.
While lodging at this wonderful hotel, the helpful staff at the front desk can assist you with multiple services that include concierge service, express check-in or check-out, luggage storage and safety deposit boxes. The hotel's on-site laundry service helps you keep your favorite travel outfits clean so you can pack less. In-room conveniences include 24-hour room service, room service and daily housekeeping, so you can relax and enjoy your stay. The hotel is entirely non-smoking, ensuring a clean air environment.
Smoking is restricted to the designated smoking areas.
Experience high-quality room facilities during your stay at Apex Grassmarket Hotel. The hotel provides linen service in some rooms for the benefit of guests. Some selected rooms have television and cable TV to keep guests entertained. The hotel also provides guests with a refrigerator, a coffee or tea maker, bottled water, instant coffee and instant tea in some rooms.
Knowing that bathroom amenities play an important role in increasing guests' satisfaction, the hotel provides a hair dryer, toiletries and towels in some select rooms.


Dining and things to do

Start your vacation days in the best possible way. Begin every morning of your stay with an in-house breakfast. Never let hunger affect your travel plans! Restaurants on-site provide convenient and tasty dining options. Have fun at night with your travel companions right at the hotel's bar.
To fill your days, be sure to check out the fantastic facilities offered at Apex Grassmarket Hotel. Pamper and indulge yourself with a visit to the sauna. The hotel's on-site pool invites you every day for a cooling dip or a few refreshing laps. For those who hate to miss a workout, a trip to the hotel's fitness facility will keep you fresh and healthy.
Have some relaxing fun with family and friends at the shared lounge and TV area.


Dining and things to do

Start your vacation days in the best possible way. Begin every morning of your stay with an in-house breakfast. Never let hunger affect your travel plans! Restaurants on-site provide convenient and tasty dining options. Have fun at night with your travel companions right at the hotel's bar.
To fill your days, be sure to check out the fantastic facilities offered at Apex Grassmarket Hotel. Pamper and indulge yourself with a visit to the sauna. The hotel's on-site pool invites you every day for a cooling dip or a few refreshing laps. For those who hate to miss a workout, a trip to the hotel's fitness facility will keep you fresh and healthy.
Have some relaxing fun with family and friends at the shared lounge and TV area.


Around the property

Visit the sights and local attractions of Edinburgh during your stay at the hotel. Engage in the city's best art at Royal Yacht Britannia located 4.1 km away, where you can learn about the local art scene and buy original works. The most well-known nearby local attraction is Arthur's Seat which is located just about 2.1 km away.


Reasons to stay here

Rooms here are cheaper than 97% of accommodations in the city.
Past guests rate facilities here higher than 97% of the city's accommodation.
This hotel scores higher than 98% of accommodations in the city for its location.

Amenities and facilities
Excellent
Facilities

8.5

Most talked about facilities

Breakfast

7 mentions

View

4 mentions

Housekeeping

4 mentions

Swimming Pool

2 mentions

Languages spoken

  • English

Accessibility

  • Wheelchair accessible

Internet access

  • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!
  • Internet services
  • Wi-Fi in public areas

Things to do, ways to relax

  • Fitness center
  • On-site entertainment
  • Sauna
  • Swimming pool [indoor]

Cleanliness and safety

  • Anti-viral cleaning products
  • Breakfast in room
  • First aid kit
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Hot water linen and laundry washing
  • Physical distancing of at least 1 meter
  • Protective screens in common areas
  • Room sanitization opt-out available
  • Rooms sanitized between stays
  • Shared stationery removed
  • Staff trained in safety protocol

Dining, drinking, and snacking

  • Alternative meal arrangement
  • Bar
  • Restaurants
  • Room service [24-hour]

Services and conveniences

  • Concierge
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Dry cleaning
  • Elevator
  • Facilities for disabled guests
  • Heating in public area
  • Laundry service
  • Luggage storage
  • Meeting/banquet facilities
  • Safety deposit boxes
  • Smoke-free property
  • Smoking area
  • Terrace

For the kids

  • Family room
  • Kids meal

Access

  • CCTV in common areas
  • CCTV outside property
  • Check-in/out [express]
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Front desk [24-hour]
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Pets allowed
  • Safety/security feature
  • Security [24-hour]
  • Smoke alarms

Getting around

  • Car park [on-site]
  • Taxi service

Available in all rooms

  • Alarm clock
  • Blackout curtains
  • Carpeting
  • Closet
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Complimentary tea
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Desk
  • Free bottled water
  • Free instant coffee
  • Hair dryer
  • Heating
  • In-room safe box
  • Ironing facilities
  • Linens
  • Mirror
  • Non-smoking
  • Private bathroom
  • Refrigerator
  • Satellite/cable channels
  • Telephone
  • Toiletries
  • Towels
  • Wi-Fi [free]
  • Wooden/parqueted flooring
Food and dining
Breakfast options
  • Full English/Irish
Restaurants on site

Metro Bar & Brasserie

  • Cuisine: International, Scottish
  • Menu: Buffet
Location
31-35 Grassmarket, Edinburgh Old Town, Edinburgh, United Kingdom, EH1 2HS
Exceptional
Location

9.5

Airports

  • Edinburgh Airport (EDI)
    10.3 km
  • Perth Airport (PSL)
    55.4 km

Public transportation

  • Edinburgh Train Station
    670 m
  • Haymarket Train Station
    1.4 km

Hospital or clinic

  • Blood Donor Centre
    280 m

Shopping

  • Ocean Terminal
    3.9 km

Convenience store

  • Tesco Express
    610 m

Cash withdrawal

  • ATM
    90 m
What's nearby

Popular landmarks

  • Camera Obscura and World of Illusions
    210 m
  • Royal Mile Street
    230 m
  • Edinburgh Castle
    270 m
  • National Museum of Scotland
    410 m
  • Edinburgh Old Town
    450 m
  • The Real Mary King's Close
    480 m
  • Calton Hill
    1.1 km
  • Palace of Holyroodhouse
    1.6 km
  • Arthur's Seat
    2.2 km
  • Royal Yacht Britannia
    4.1 km

Nearby landmarks

  • Grassmarket
    30 m
  • I.J. Mellis Cheesemonger
    40 m
  • Iconic Design & Vintage
    60 m
  • Beehive Inn
    60 m
  • Dance Base
    70 m
  • Johnston Terrace Garden
    100 m
  • Flodden Wall
    120 m
  • Armstrong's
    140 m
  • Mr Wood's Fossils
    160 m
  • Isle of Skye Candle Company
    160 m
Distances shown are straight-line distances on the map. Actual travel distances may vary.
Property policies
Children and extra beds

Extra beds are dependent on the room you choose. Please check the individual room capacity for more details.

All children are welcome.

Infant 0-1 year(s)
Stay for free if using existing bedding.
Baby cot/crib may be requested directly from the property.
Children 2-3 year(s)
Stay for free if using existing bedding.
If you need an extra bed, it will incur an additional charge.
Guests 4 years and older are considered as adults
Must use an extra bed which will incur an additional charge.
Others
  • When booking more than 5 rooms, different policies and additional supplements may apply.
Some helpful facts

Check-in/Check-out

  • Check-in from14:30
  • Check-out until11:00

Getting around

  • Travel time to airport (minutes)30

The property

  • Number of bars/lounges1
  • Number of floors5
  • Number of restaurants1
  • Number of rooms 169
  • Year property opened1996
  • Most recent renovation2018

Reviews of Apex Grassmarket Hotel from real guests

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8.8
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10
Cleanliness8.9
Facilities8.5
Location9.5
Room comfort and quality8.3
Service9.0
Value for money8.4
High score for Edinburgh
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9+ Exceptional (49)
8-9 Excellent (23)
7-8 Very Good (13)
6-7 Good (13)
<6 Below Expectation (5)
Time of the year
Mar - May (18)
Jun - Aug (37)
Sep - Nov (22)
Dec - Feb (26)
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10.0
Exceptional
Adnan from Bangladesh
Family with young children
Quadruple Room
Stayed 4 nights in May 2019

Excellent Location, Great Service ”

This hotel has the best location for looking around Edinburgh. The view of the castle is marvelous not only from the Room but from the Restaurant at the Top Floor. The Reception Officials are of great help to understand how to go around the area and also to tap various tours. I highly recommend this Hotel for families with Young children and for solo travelers. I would love to come back to this Property always. Thanks & Best Wishes to Team Apex Grassmarket Hotel

Reviewed June 11, 2019

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10.0
Exceptional
Chong from Singapore
Couple
Castle View Deluxe Room with Balcony
Stayed 1 night in October 2019

Exceptional”

Service was awesome, they provided us with comfortable area and drinks to wait for our check. AMAZING VIEW! Love the ducky given by the hotel!

Reviewed March 02, 2020

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10.0
Exceptional
Tracey from United Kingdom
Couple
City Double Room
Stayed 1 night in December 2019

Excellent service”

The staff were excellent. It was my birthday when we arrived , they kindly gave us a free room upgrade and 2 complimentary drinks. The location and view brilliant. It was only a ten minute walk from the train station. Would highly recommend this hotel.

Reviewed December 08, 2019

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9.6
Exceptional
David from Ireland
Family with young children
Family Room Two Double Beds
Stayed 3 nights in June 2022

Great Location - Pool is a bonus”

Location cannot be beaten really if you want to explore the old town. Literally on the Grassmarket so a short walk (admittedly uphill but this is Edinburgh) to the Royal Mile etc. The pool is small-ish so is not really going to suit you if you want to do some serious exercise but if you're like us and just need a pool suitable for kids to enjoy themselves after a day's walking the city then its perfect.

Reviewed July 06, 2022

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9.6
Exceptional
Toh from Singapore
Couple
City Double Room
Stayed 2 nights in July 2019

Convenient location ”

Rooms are clean and comfortable. Staff at front desk and restaurant are very helpful, service are good.

Reviewed July 31, 2019

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8.8
Excellent
Hya from United Kingdom
Family with young children
City Double Room
Stayed 2 nights in July 2021

Great Location and Nice staff, non-airconditioned room. ”

The hotel was situated in a fantastic location. It was clean and the staff were very helpful and nice. We just had trouble accessing the indoor pool because of COVID we need to book before we can use it. And in our 3day stay we only managed to have an available slot once. We totally understand though, we knw its for everyones safety. In the hotel description it says that the room is air conditioned but it was not. They have electric fan instead. When we checked in at around half past one, the room was very hot and since we have a baby, the heat made her fussy. We can’t stay in our hotel rooms to rest during the day because it is summer and the room is warm. But at night we have a sound sleep.

Reviewed August 01, 2021

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9.6
Exceptional
Georgina from United Kingdom
Family with young children
City Twin Room
Stayed 2 nights in December 2021

Great stay”

2 night stay which was very pleasant indeed. Service at breakfast was pretty slow but overall brilliant.

Reviewed December 07, 2021

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9.6
Exceptional
Rhona from United Kingdom
Couple
City Twin Room
Stayed 1 night in July 2021

Stunning Location”

Lovely hotel in Central Grassmarket, Edinburgh. Beautiful view of the castle from our well appointed room.

Reviewed July 08, 2021

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9.2
Exceptional
Rozina from United Kingdom
Family with young children
Deluxe Double
Stayed 1 night in January 2019

Lovely room and great views amazing hotel !”

Loved the extras in the room . Loved the bath and shower separate was a nice touch to the bathroom. The room was tidy and slept well. No noise from outside

Reviewed January 11, 2019

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9.2
Exceptional
Mengjia from China
Group
Triple Room
Stayed 1 night in January 2019

Good”

Nice location, walk to the Castle will be less than 10 mins, and to the train station only need 10 mins as well. The restaurants that around this hotel is quite nice.

Reviewed January 22, 2019

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8.8
Excellent
Louise from United Kingdom
Family with teens
City Twin Room
Stayed 2 nights in October 2021

Clean hotel, excellent staff ”

Great location for Grassmarket & Royal Mile. Only 20 minute walk to Princess Street. Worth paying a bit extra for the Castle View, although the family rooms are a great size & have 2 double beds.

Reviewed October 30, 2021

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9.6
Exceptional
Nadim from Bangladesh
Family with young children
City Twin Room
Stayed 2 nights in August 2019

Exceptional”

Excellent for short stay

Reviewed August 21, 2019

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8.8
Excellent
Mengjia from China
Family with teens
Triple Room
Stayed 1 night in January 2019

nice”

totally it is great, the traffic is convenient and the hotel is around some great restaurants.

Reviewed January 22, 2019

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8.4
Excellent
Debra
Couple
Deluxe Double
Stayed 2 nights in May 2019

Disappointed”

Very uncomfortable beds and no aircon. For the price I don't think it was worth it.

Reviewed June 03, 2019

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8.4
Excellent
Kevin from Thailand
Couple
Superior Double Room
Stayed 2 nights in June 2022

Excellent”

No windows open on the room, small fan given: no good enough

Reviewed June 18, 2022

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10.0
Exceptional
Mathew from United Kingdom
Couple
City Double Room
Stayed 5 nights in December 2014

Everything we wanted!”

Location is perfect in old town in shadow of the castle, staff were extremely polite & helpful. Even basic rooms were nicely decorated with good facilities

We had a great 5 night stay at the Apex International at a really reasonable price. We has walked through the Grassmarket on a previous visit & love the location, with great views of the castle & some lovely pubs & restaurants right on the doorstep. Staff were very polite & friendly, greeting you every time you walked past the reception desk. Rooms were really well presented with good facilities & were always cleaned even if we had left the room quite late in the morning. Small swimming pool & sauna style room designed more for relaxation than exercise. Overall we could not fault the hotel & had a fantastic stay

Reviewed December 12, 2014

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9.2
Exceptional
Humildad from Philippines
Family with teens
City Twin Room
Stayed 2 nights in May 2016

Comfort at its best”

Very comfortable stay, best location. I would definitely want to stay in Apex Grassmarket hotel if I go back to Edinburgh on my nect vacation.

Reviewed June 02, 2016

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8.7
Excellent
Amanda from Malaysia
Couple
Stayed 2 nights in February 2010

Beautiful view & superb location”

View of the castle, superb location, no distance to the Royal Mile and excellent service from the staff.
limited parking space

We booked into Apex for Valentine's weekend. It is our favourite hotel in Edinburgh. The breakfast is wonderful with variety of choices. Staff are always helpful. The cafes across from the hotel are worth trying - love Petite Paris excellent quality food reasonably priced. Although it has limited parking there is a NCP car park round the corner.

Reviewed February 25, 2010

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9.3
Exceptional
Nick from United Kingdom
Couple
Stayed 1 night in September 2011

Fantastic location, ample sized rooms”

Location, car parking, ample sized rooms, professikonal and very hospitable staff

had been recommended to stay at the hotel by a friend and was not disappointed. the location (on the grassmarket overlooked by the castle) is absolutely ideal. car parking at the rear of the hotel was fine with reasonable overnight charges for guests of £8. the staff at the front desk were very friendly yet extremely professional. the twin bedded room contained 2 double beds with ample space to walk round. located on the wall was a large size flat screen tv with full freeview. we did not eat at the hotel but would do if staying again with sufficient time. breakfast was priced at £10 which i'm told is excellent

Reviewed September 29, 2011

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9.7
Exceptional
Patricia from Australia
Couple
City Twin Room
Stayed 3 nights in March 2015

Standout staff”

The afternoon manager, Peter Binnie, the position and the room

The moment we walked in the front door, we knew we were going to love this hotel. We had the great pleasure of being greeted by Peter Binnie, who was the afternoon manager for our entire stay. He was friendly, engaging and made some great suggestions for places to visit. Even more impressive, as my husband and I were wandering down one of the streets that Peter had recommended to us, who should we bump into, but Peter and, rather than rush past and pretend he hadn't noticed us, he stopped for a chat and pointed out a couple of more things that we might enjoy. Our room was spotless, the beds comfy and the breakfast generous, with probably the best view in Edinburgh, and we found all of the staff to be friendly and helpful, but Peter was an absolute standout. We would definitely book here, again, if we return.

Reviewed March 30, 2015

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