£71.88 Avg/night
Rate and special offer based on Check-in 30 Oct 2014 Check-out 31 Oct 2014

Apex International

4 stars
31-35 Grassmarket, Scotland, Edinburgh, EH1 2HS
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
3.9
out of 5
51 reviews
4 Lady pensioners see the Christmas markets

arrived 8am, we were going to leave the cases but our room ready! Staff very friendly, helpful.... See full review

  • MoniN
  • 7 Dec 2013
Excellent stay

Staff was very accommodating. Room was excellent. When I asked for a room facing the castle, they... See full review

  • Rich St
  • 13 May 2013
Deluxe four-star hotel in one of Edinburgh’s trendiest districts
The Apex International Hotel is located in the heart of Edinburgh’s Grassmarket, with 169 stunning luxury rooms, two restaurants (including Heights with two AA rosettes and fantastic views of Edinburgh Castle), private dining, extensive conference and event venues, and luxurious leisure facilities including pool and gym. Free wireless Internet and telephone access are available so guests can stay connected.
Highlights
  • Located in Edinburgh’s historic yet fashionable Grassmarket
  • Luxury rooftop restaurant with spectacular views of Edinburgh Castle
  • Relaxed bar and brasserie
  • Excellent meeting and business facilities
  • Children under 12 stay and eat free when sharing a room with two adults
Rooms
The Apex International has 169 rooms to choose from, all of which are non-smoking. Five different styles of rooms are available, from standard city queen to deluxe king. All rooms come with at least one queen sized bed, a desk and chair, a bath and/or walk-in power shower, and are decorated with limited edition art. 42” LCD screen televisions come as standard with satellite channels. Deluxe rooms also include a balcony with views of the castle, a fridge, and a safe. Room service is available 24 hours a day.
Features
The hotel has two dining venues, Heights Restaurant and Metro Bar & Brasserie. Heights has an outstanding view of the Castle, balcony access, and two AA rosettes. Breakfast is served seven days a week and dinner is served Thursday-Saturday. Metro is open for lunch and dinner, Monday-Sunday. A traditional Sunday roast is served every week. The restaurants can be hired for private dining, or guests can hire one of the six other private dining venues. Yu Time leisure and fitness zone offers a state-of-the-art gym, tropicarium, and stainless steel pool. Yu Time is only available to guests and is open daily. Free, high-speed Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel.
Transportation
  • Edinburgh Rail Station (4 minutes by taxi)
  • Edinburgh Airport (7.6 mi/12.2 km)
  • Transfer bus from airport to city center
Nearby attractions
  • Edinburgh Castle (0.2 mi/0.3 km)
  • Greyfriars Kirkyard (0.4 mi/0.64 km)
  • Edinburgh Old Town (0.4 mi/0.64 km)
  • Princes Street Gardens (0.5 mi/0.8 km)
Business
  • Free, high-speed wireless Internet access
  • Seven meeting venues
  • Dedicated event planning team
  • Free AV equipment
  • Edinburgh International Conference Centre (0.8 mi/1.28 km)

Apex International Rooms

Family Room
Family Room featuring two Queen beds, bath and/or spacious walk in shower, free WiFi, 42 inch LCD TV with DVD/CD and your own Apex duck. Enjoy your stay in our sophisticated Family rooms measuring an average of 24 square metres with two Queen size beds. The spacious bathrooms have separate bath and/or spacious walk in shower with luxurious Elemis toiletries. Your in-room essentials also include a large desk and chair, fridge, safe, iron, ironing board, tea and coffee facilities, a sweet treat and complimentary still and sparkling water each day.
City Twin
City room amenities include 2 queen beds, 42" widescreen LCD TV, shower, bath, large desk, ground coffee and selected teas, specially blended toiletries, choice of pillows, iron and ironing board, limited edition artwork, free wireless internet access and local calls. The use of warm wood tones, cool decor, textured fabrics and crisp white bedding complete the modern, stylish feel.
City Double
City room amenities include 1 queen bed, 42" widescreen LCD TV, shower, bath, large desk, ground coffee and selected teas, specially blended toiletries, choice of pillows, iron and ironing board, limited edition artwork, free wireless internet access and local calls. The use of warm wood tones, cool decor, textured fabrics and crisp white bedding complete the modern, stylish feel.
Superior Double
Superior room includes 1 queen bed, bathrobes and slippers, savoury and sweet snacks, specially enhanced toiletries, together with standard room amenities of 42" widescreen LCD TV, shower, bath, large desk, ground coffee and selected teas, choice of pillows, iron and ironing board, limited edition artwork, free wireless internet access and local calls. The use of warm wood tones, cool decor, luxury fabrics and crisp white bedding complete the modern, stylish feel.
Deluxe Double
Deluxe room includes 1 king bed, balcony with Castle Views, bathrobes and slippers, savoury and sweet snacks, specially enhanced toiletries, together with standard room amenities of 42" widescreen LCD TV, shower, bath, large desk, ground coffee and selected teas, choice of pillows, iron and ironing board, limited edition artwork, free wireless internet access and local calls. The use of warm wood tones, cool decor, luxury fabrics and crisp white bedding complete the modern, stylish feel.

Amenities

  • WiFi
  • Pool
  • No smoking rooms/facilities
General
No smoking rooms/facilities
Concierge
Activities
Pool
Fitness Center
Dining
Restaurant
Room service
Services
Business centre
Conference facilities
Internet
WiFi
Accessibility
Handicapped rooms/facilities

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Hotel Map

55.9472 -3.1965
Area served
Edinburgh, Scotland
Nearby airports
Dundee, (DND), 60.00, MI, S; Newcastle Intl, (NCL), 98.00, MI, NW; Glasgow International, (GLA), 45.00, MI, E; Edinburgh Turnhouse, (EDI), 8.00, MI, E; Glasgow Prestwick, (PIK), 78.00, MI, NE;
Area description
Within the heart of Edinburgh's Old Town in the shadow of Edinburgh Castle sits the Apex International Hotel. With bedrooms that are within what seems touching distance of the castle aswell as a rooftop restaurant with unrestricted views of Edinburgh's show piece attraction there is no better place to stay. With a mix of conferencing facilities aswell as a gym and pool the Apex International is an ideal place to stay on either business or leisure.

Nearby points of interest

  • Grassmarket: 0 mi
  • Scotch Whisky Heritage Centre: 0.1 mi
  • Outlook Tower: 0.1 mi
  • Edinburgh Castle: 0.2 mi
  • Lauriston: 0.2 mi
  • Writer's Museum: 0.2 mi
  • Gladstone's Land: 0.2 mi
  • Parliament House: 0.2 mi
  • National Gallery of Scotland: 0.2 mi
  • Royal Museum: 0.3 mi
  • Scott Monument: 0.3 mi
  • St Giles Cathedral: 0.3 mi
  • Museum of Scotland: 0.3 mi
  • Cowgate: 0.3 mi
  • Princes Street: 0.3 mi
  • Grassmarket: 0 mi
  • Scotch Whisky Heritage Centre: 0.1 mi
  • Outlook Tower: 0.1 mi
  • Edinburgh Castle: 0.2 mi
  • Lauriston: 0.2 mi
  • Writer's Museum: 0.2 mi
  • Gladstone's Land: 0.2 mi
  • Parliament House: 0.2 mi
  • National Gallery of Scotland: 0.2 mi
  • Royal Museum: 0.3 mi
  • Scott Monument: 0.3 mi
  • St Giles Cathedral: 0.3 mi
  • Museum of Scotland: 0.3 mi
  • Cowgate: 0.3 mi
  • Princes Street: 0.3 mi
  • Underground City: 0.4 mi
  • Meadow park: 0.4 mi
  • Princes Mall: 0.4 mi
  • Jim Garrahy's Fudge Kitchen: 0.5 mi
  • Fountainbridge: 0.5 mi
  • Lochrin: 0.6 mi
  • Royal Mile: 0.6 mi
  • National Portrait Gallery: 0.6 mi
  • Georgian House: 0.6 mi
  • Trinity House: 0.6 mi
  • Marchmont: 0.6 mi
  • People's Story: 0.7 mi
  • The Canongate: 0.7 mi
  • Dumbiedykes: 0.7 mi
  • Haymarket: 0.8 mi
  • Sciennes: 0.8 mi
  • Bruntsfield: 0.8 mi
  • Calton Hill: 0.8 mi
  • Dean Village: 0.9 mi
  • Merchiston: 0.9 mi
  • Dalry: 0.9 mi
  • Scottish Parliament: 0.9 mi
  • Newington: 0.9 mi
  • Holyroodhouse Palace: 1 mi
  • Stockbridge: 1 mi
  • Holyrood: 1 mi
  • Greenhill: 1 mi
  • Canonmills: 1.1 mi
  • Burghmuirhead: 1.1 mi
  • Church Hill: 1.1 mi

Dining

Heights and Metro
There are two dining venues to choose from. The award-winning Heights Restaurant serves up fresh, imaginative fine cuisine with the stunning backdrop of Edinburgh Castle. Metro Bar and Brasserie offers laid-back dining in cool, relaxing surroundings.

Meeting facilities

Meeting Info
The Apex International is centrally located in Edinburgh's old town, with easy access from Waverley Station. Car parking is available at the hotel at a cost of 12.00 per day, and additional spaces close by at a multi-storey car park on Castle Terrace. There are six rooms in the conference centre, chic and stylish with light reflective black glass table tops and they all come with an impressive range of facilities; TV and video, projector, flipchart, fax and phone, wi-fi internet access, ice-cold drinks fridge, complimentary fresh fruit platter and snacks. The Apex Suite is our largest events room in Edinburgh with a capacity of 250, superb acoustics and feature lighting - perfect for larger meetings, presentations and product launches. The flexible Sydney, San Francisco and Amsterdam rooms are perfect for medium-sized meetings, and the smaller Rome and Montreal rooms are suitable for up to 10 boardroom.

Hotel Policies

Check-in:
1430
Check-out:
1200

Terms and conditions

Extra charges may apply for children. Incidental charges, such as room service, are not included in the quoted rate.

The amenities and/or facilities may not be located at the hotel, but within a reasonable distance, and additional charges may apply for use.

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Guest Reviews (51)

Ratings and reviews for Apex International

Overall score

3.9 / 5
5.01.0
51 out of 51
Amenities:
3.9
Room cleanliness:
4.4
Hotel staff:
4.2
Room comfort:
4
Location:
4.5
Value:
3.9

90% would recommend to a friend.

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Review of Apex International

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Super partner
Nottingham
24 Sep 2014

Couple weekend break

Great staff, great location, great food and great price.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
4
Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Mussels and steak = great food

Review of Apex International

Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
Crushing couple
Washington, DC, USA
1 Aug 2014

No A/C

No A/C, and windows didn't open very much. Very hot and stuffy in room and lobby! Most nice modern 4 star hotels in the area have it. We had wanted to stay at their Waterloo location, but they didn't have two nights, so we never even checked for a/c at this one since the Waterloo has it. Lesson learned! The room was shabby modern. Terrible pillows, awful bed -very lumpy. Mold in the shower. Very high awkward bath tub/shower combo to step out of, nearly fell. Huge gauges/scratches in the wooden floor that should have been repaired. Would never call this a 4 star!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
2
Location:
4
Value:
2
Dining tip: In Hotel

Breakfast was very good at their upstairs restaurant. Great view of the castle.

Review of Apex International

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Swiss Dude
Zurich
21 Jul 2014

amazing view from restaurant

amazing view to castle from top floor restaurant (breakfast) but you need to go early or be very patient to stand in a long waiting queue. long waiting in the dinner restaurant (lowest floor). friendly staff. good location at grassmarket with lots of pubs. quite expensive hotel.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
3
Sightseeing tip: Short walk from hotel

castle and old town are only a few minutes walk away

Review of Apex International

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Lois Lee
Hastings
9 Apr 2014

Apex International

Very clean, excellent location and extremely friendly and helpful staff.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
4
Sightseeing tip: Long walk from hotel

Dynamic Earth Millenium Project and the Harry Potter Cafe (5 minutes from the hotel)

Review of Apex International

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Loves Scotland
Chicago, IL
9 Jan 2014

Great Location in Old Town

A nice modern hotel in the midst of Old Town Edinburgh. The staff is friendly, rooms are clean and comfy. Our room didn't have a view of the castle but considering it was New Year's Eve and people were out on the street until very late into the night, being in the back of the hotel was a benefit. But the view is great from the front - ask for a castle view room if possible.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
4
Entertainment tip: Short walk from hotel

Within walking distance of Edinburgh's Hogmanay Street Party, Torchlight Procession and Concerts! A fantastic celebration - don't miss it.

Review of Apex International

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Jonthn
Little Rock, Arkansas
28 Dec 2013

Great View and Great Location

We asked to get a view and for a few dollars a night more they moved us from the back to the front with a great view of edinburgh castle. Had dinner upstairs also with view...food and service was great. Would stay there again.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
4
Nightlife tip: Short walk from hotel

Great pubs in plaza across street and royal mile is five minute walk.

Review of Apex International

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Xmas 2013
Geneva
27 Dec 2013

Great Scotish hospitality

This hotel is very well located and if you are lucky enough to get a room that faces the castle, the view is wonderful. The staff is very friendly and helpful, the rooms are very clean and sufficiently large (we were 4 people) and the hotel is family-friendly. The pool was beautiful, but too cold for us. Luckily the sauna was toasty. We can only recommend this hotel and we will definitely return.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
4
Review of Apex International

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
MoniN
South Wales
7 Dec 2013

4 Lady pensioners see the Christmas markets

arrived 8am, we were going to leave the cases but our room ready! Staff very friendly, helpful. Wonderful breakfast. Comfy beds, great towels and toiletries. Very pretty area, lovely individual shops. We would all stay there again.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Review of Apex International

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Askali
London, UK
18 Nov 2013

Great location and value!

I was tipped off to this property by an American I met on a flight from Rome to London. The reviews were all good and the price right so we went with it. Edinburgh is a walkable city already but if you want to stay by the Castle away from the shops and commercialization of Prince Street, this is the perfect spot. We booked the family room which had the two double beds as expected. We did have a view of the Castle! The hotel staff was friendly and held our bags at the beginning and end of our trip pre- and post-check in. Some items to Note: The walls might be somewhat thin. The outside noise (we were street side for the castle view) didn't bother us much (2nd floor only) but the people in the room next to us were quite loud. At 3 am? And 6 am? Also, the wall between the bathroom and bedroom was thin. I called the hotel a few times while out in Edinburgh to be connected to my Mother in the room and on three occasions I sat on hold waiting for a human to pick up for over 4 minutes each. I did appreciate the coffee maker and biscuits in the room. All in all, we would recommend for a trip! Enjoy!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
4
Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Head halfway up Victoria Street (few minutes away) to pink for an incredible fresh pig sandwich. Get the sage and onion stuffing and make sure they add a piece of the crackling! So good.

Review of Apex International

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
crazykate
Leeds, Eng
3 Oct 2013

Excellent city centre Hotel

Staff welcoming and helpful. Rooms very comfortable and kept clean. This hotel also had the added bonus of a swimming pool.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Sightseeing tip: Short walk from hotel

Whiskey tasting experience

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