4.1 out of 5

"Lovely hotel and staff with a wonderful view of the castle. In a great spot close to pubs and clubs, and walking distance from Prince's street " More

By Damien M. on Wed 20 Apr 2016

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Hotel Description

Apex Grassmarket Hotel puts you in the heart of Edinburgh, steps from Scotch Whisky Experience and within a 10-minute stroll of Greyfriars Kirk. Highlights at this hotel include a restaurant, an indoor swimming pool, and a bar/lounge.

Free WiFi, LED TVs, and coffee/tea makers are featured in all 169 rooms. Additionally, 24-hour room service, free local calls, and free bottled water are available.

Enjoy the fitness centre and sauna. 906 square feet (84 square metres) of event facilities include conference rooms, and other business amenities include a business centre. Added amenities include free WiFi in public areas, a 24-hour front desk, and a terrace. Each morning buffet breakfast is served between 7:30 AM and 10 AM. There's also the convenience of self parking.

Attractions within a 10-minute walk of this 4-star Old Town hotel include Edinburgh Castle and St. Giles' Cathedral.

City Double Room

Bed Count 1 Full Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

City Twin Room

Bed Count 2 Queen Beds Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Superior Room

Bed Count 1 Queen Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Family Room, 2 Double Beds, Castle View

Bed Count 2 Full Beds Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

City Double Room Single Use

Bed Count 1 Twin Bed Maximum Occupancy 1 Max

Superior Double Room, 1 King Bed, Castle View

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Apex Grassmarket Hotel ratings based on 90 verified reviews

Review Summary
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Room cleanliness 4.5 out of 5.0
Service & staff 4.5 out of 5.0
Room comfort 4.0 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 3.5 out of 5.0
4 out of 5

Good for a family trip

Pros: The staff were very attentive. The hotel was in a very central location.
Cons: The noise that could be heard from the street could be heard in our first floor room all night. Maybe they shouldn't place families so close to the pub/bar goers.
Location: Edinburgh castle can be seen from most rooms. The zoo is only 15 minute drive away, and the royal mile also has loads of street performances and shops

Posted by , from K on 31 Oct 2016

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5 out of 5

Great trip

Lovely hotel and staff with a wonderful view of the castle. In a great spot close to pubs and clubs, and walking distance from Prince's street

Posted by on 20 Apr 2016

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5 out of 5

Friendly and attentive staff

We stayed for 2 nights here. On arrival we were greeted by the smiling reception staff and had an interesting conversation with the Spanish member of staff concerned. So much better than the usual formulaic corporate-speak. Later we had a personalised service from the bar supervisor who was fully engaged with our requirements - offering helpful additional information. And finally at check out the staff were very helpful too. All in all, a very distinctive service. And the room was warm and comfortable. We will be back.

Posted by on 16 Feb 2016

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4 out of 5

2x Family Rooms

For the price paid I am a bit disappointed with this Hotel, the windows in the room were dirty which is a shame as the surroundings outside the Hotel were lovely. The rooms were otherwise clean, comfy Beds and the Pool was just OK, a bit tacky with the metal floor and the fact people from the Street could see in through the Windows! Breakfast was tasty but my main gripe was how long it took from ordering it to getting it, over half an hour! I had a Train to catch so felt a bit rushed when it did eventually arrive.

Posted by on 8 Jan 2016

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4 out of 5

Loved the views

Fantastic family hotel, great views, great location. Comfortable spacious family room.

Posted by on 25 Dec 2015

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4 out of 5

Awesome Girls Weekend

Had a fabulous girls weekend in Edinburgh. The Apex Hotel is very central and located on Grassmarket which was ideal for us. This is actually our 2nd stay at this Hotel and we found that they staff were just as friendly as the 1st time. Would definitely stay at the Apex on our 3rd visit, see you in a years time!

Posted by on 19 Nov 2015

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5 out of 5


Fantastic location within a very pretty part of the old town. Friendly staff, nice pool & sauna. Lovely stay.

Posted by on 11 Nov 2015

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3 out of 5

Great location, tired hotel

The location in Grassmarket is fantastic for everything in Edinburgh. The hotel was ok. It is a bit tired and in need of refurbishment. Our room was a bit noisy and one window didn't close properly The staff were always polite and helpful.

Posted by on 3 Sep 2015

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5 out of 5

Very good stay

The staff very excellent and served us well. The rooms were very comfortable and it was nice and quiet. We were helped with car parking and the check in was well done

Posted by on 2 Jul 2015

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3 out of 5

great location

Enjoyed Edinburgh, hotel is in great location. Friendly staff.

Posted by on 15 Mar 2015

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Property Features

Apex Grassmarket Hotel offers its guests an indoor pool, a sauna, and a fitness centre. There's a restaurant on site. You can enjoy a drink at the bar/lounge. Public spaces have free WiFi. A business centre and meeting rooms are available. Event space at this hotel measures 906 square feet (84 square metres) and includes conference rooms. A terrace, tour or ticket assistance, and multilingual staff are also featured at the business-friendly Apex Grassmarket Hotel. Limited parking is available for a fee and is offered on a first-come, first-served basis. This 4-star Edinburgh hotel is smoke free.

  • 1 building
  • 169 guestrooms or units
  • 5 levels
  • 7 conference rooms
  • 906 sq ft of conference space
  • 84 sq. m of conference space
  • Dining venue
  • Bar or lounge
  • Business facilities
  • Conference space
  • Breakfast available (surcharge)
  • Dry cleaning
  • Front desk (24 hours)
  • Express check-in
  • Express check-out
  • Staff members are multilingual
  • Storage area for luggage
  • Front desk safe
  • Tour and ticket information
  • Wedding services available
  • Terrace
  • Television in lobby
  • Lift
  • No smoking on site

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Indoor pool
  • Free cots/infant beds


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi


Self parking (surcharge) , Parking (limited spaces)


  • Airport: Edinburgh (EDI) (12.1 km / 7.5 mi)
  • Train station: Edinburgh Waverley Station (1.1 km / 0.7 mi)
  • Parking: Self parking available for a surcharge

Room Amenities

Apex Grassmarket Hotel offers 169 forms of accommodation with complimentary bottles of water and coffee/tea makers. LED televisions are featured in guestrooms. Bathrooms include complimentary toiletries and a hairdryer. Guests can surf the web using complimentary wireless Internet access. Business-friendly amenities include desks along with free local calls (restrictions may apply). Additionally, rooms include an iron/ironing board and blackout curtains. Housekeeping is offered on a daily basis and hypo-allergenic bedding can be requested.

  • In-room dining (24 hours)
  • LED television
  • Coffee maker
  • Hypo-allergenic bedding
  • Cribs (free)
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Local calls (free)
  • Hairdryer
  • Toiletries (free)
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Desk
  • Blackout drapes

Food & Drink

For a fee, guests can enjoy a buffet breakfast daily from 7:30 AM to 10 AM.

Metro Bar & Brasserie – On-site restaurant.

24-hour room service is available.

Nearby Activities

Recreational amenities at the hotel include an indoor pool, a sauna and a fitness centre. The recreational activities listed below are available either on-site or nearby; fees may apply.

  • Golfing nearby
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby


If you need to make special requests for accessibility needs, please note them at check-out when booking your stay.

  • Roll-in shower
  • In-room accessibility

Hotel Policies


  • Check-in time ends at 2 AM
  • Check-in time starts at 2:30 PM


  • Check-out by noon

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Kids stay free! Up to 2 children 12 years old and younger stay free when using existing bedding.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are not available.
  • Free cribs (infant beds)!


  • No pets allowed


Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.

Please note that cultural norms and guest policies may differ by country and by property. The policies listed are provided by the property.

Additional policies and fees may apply when booking more than 5 rooms. For more details, please contact the Hotel using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.

  • No rollaway/extra beds available



The charges below are included in your overall room price:

  • Resort fee

We've listed all charges provided to us by the property, but they may vary based on length of stay or the room booked.

Optional extras

The fees and deposits listed below will be charged at the time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Breakfast fee: between GBP13.00 and GBP16.00 per person (approximately)
  • Self-parking fee: GBP12 per night (in/out privileges)

This may not be a comprehensive list. Fees and deposits are subject to change and might not include tax.

Hotel Names

  • Apex Grassmarket Hotel Edinburgh
  • Apex Grassmarket Hotel
  • Apex Grassmarket Edinburgh
  • Apex Grassmarket
  • Apex International Edinburgh
  • Apex Grassmarket Hotel Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Hotel Apex International

You should know

  • The total price shown includes a resort fee.
  • Up to 2 children 12 years old and younger stay free in the same room as the parent or guardian when using existing bedding.
  • Certain facilities might have restricted access. For details, you can contact the property at the number on the booking confirmation.


Kids eat free offer:

  • Children up to 12 years old eat free when dining off the kids' menu with an accompanying paying guest staying and dining at the hotel

  • National Rating

    This establishment has received its official star rating from VisitScotland, the National Tourist Board for Scotland.