Apex Grassmarket Hotel

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

5.1 K reviews
Very good for traveling with friends. Close to Edinburgh Castle. Good for sightseeing and has nearby restaurants and bars.
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  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking
  • Restaurant
  • 24h Service
  • TV
  • Fitness
  • Room
    • Double Bed
    • Central Heating
    • Radio
    • Bathroom
    • Safe
    • Internet Access
    • Hairdryer
    • Direct dial telephone
    • Stereo
    • Tea/coffee maker
    • Lounge
    • Fridge
    • Carpeting
    • Satellite/cable TV
    • Air conditioning (centrally regulated)
  • Facility
    • Elevators
    • Laundry Service
    • Restaurant(s) with non-smoking area
    • Hotel Room Safe
    • WLAN access
    • Bar(s)
    • Room Service
    • Air conditioning
    • Conference Room
    • Public Internet Access
31-35 Grassmarket Edinburgh EH1 2HS


This city hotel is located at the heart of Edinburgh's Old Town with a magnificent view of the castle. Tourist attractions such as the Royal Mile, Holyrood House, Dynamic Earth and Princess Street are close at hand. There are scores of restaurants, bars, club and nightclubs in the surrounding area and public transport departs from a stop directly in front of the hotel.


The hotel was built in 1966. The establishment offers travellers a total of 171 rooms. The upper floors of the accommodation can be accessed by lift. Amenities include a safe. Wireless internet access is available to guests in the public areas. Among the culinary options available at the hotel are a restaurant, a dining area and a bar. Those arriving in their own vehicles can leave them in the car park of the establishment. Additional services include room service and a laundry service.


Each of the rooms is appointed with air conditioning, central heating and a bathroom. The carpeted accommodation units feature a double bed. There is also a safe. A fridge and a tea/coffee station ensure a comfortable stay. Internet access, a telephone, a TV, a radio, a stereo system and WiFi add to the comfort of the holiday. A hairdryer is provided in the bathrooms. Special family rooms are available for families with children.


The accommodation offers attractions including sport and entertainment opportunities. The hotel features a pool and an indoor pool. The establishment offers a gym (for a fee) to travellers.


All major credit cards, including American Express, VISA, Diners Club and MasterCard, are accepted for payment.


  • Location
    "Great location"

    Excellent location for sightseeing. Location is amazing. Amazing view of Edinburgh Castle.

    "Great location." "Central location with great sightseeing, dining out and shopping." "So-so car access and parking." "Parking should be cheaper." "Close to public transport." "Medium distance to train station."

  • Service
    "Fantastic service"

    Excellent hosts. Staff was fantastic. Excellent restaurant recommendations.

    "Professional and friendly staff at reception, but substandard management." "Old, neglected rooms with uncomfortable beds, yet lovely views." "Room service is perfect." "Recreation staff is nice." "Concierge service is average." "Booking process should be better organized." "Hotel security can be an issue."

  • Pool
    "Ordinary pool"

    Pool tiny. Pool area dirty. Pool and sauna were great.

    "Moderately clean pool area."

  • Cleanliness
    "Quite clean"

    Clean floor. Sticky toffee pudding. Chairs grubby.

    "Rooms and pool are acceptably clean." "Moderately clean hotel facilities." "The bathrooms and dining area need some cleaning."

  • Room
    "Room is all right"

    Wardrobe doors falling off. Soiled armchair. Dirty sheets.

    "Rooms are okay size and cleanliness, but old, and the A/C is poor." "Awesome balconies and views, and comfortable beds." "Small rooms and poorly cleaned bathrooms." "Lacking maintenance in rooms and poor TV's, minibars, and furniture." "Shower can be a problem."

  • WiFi
    "Regular internet service"

    Free Wi-Fi. Lost internet. Free WIFI.

    "Average wifi quality." "Free internet."

  • Breakfast
    "Breakfast is average"

    No complimentary breakfast. Had to pay for breakfast. Worst continental breakfast.

    "Breakfast is decent but expensive."

  • Food
    "Food is all right"

    Evening meal not to our taste. Restaurant does not work. Not even a lettuce leaf.

    "Poor dining experience with untidy dining area." "Food prices are okay, but sub-par menu." "Okay dessert, fruits, and snacks." "Side dishes and vegetables are not well rated." "Acceptable poultry dishes."

  • Comfort

    Not much mattress. Dirty bedding. Tiny rooms.

    "Room size and comfort are OK, but beds are great." "Small bathrooms, noisy rooms, and deficient A/C."

  • Vibe
    "Decent vibe"

    Modern facilities. Everything is old. Very old interior.

    "OK vibe and a friendly atmosphere." "Hotel could use some updating." "Stylish hotel." "Entrance area is not particularly attractive." "Luxurious Hotel." "Good for traveling with friends." "Awesome for families." "Good for business people."

  • Value for money
    "Value for money could be better"

    Overpriced budget. Poor value for money. Paying for parking.

    "Value for money could be better." "High priced breakfast." "Normally priced food." "Standard beverage prices." "Free internet."

  • Amenities
    "Amenities are not the best"

    Lifts in poor condition. Messy carpets. Cracked floor tiles.

    "Terrace is not particularly attractive." "Outdated facilities, not accessible for those with handicaps." "Elevator in need of updating." "Decent enough hotel grounds, but unpleasant entrance area." "Beautiful architecture."