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  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Contactless check-in
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#47 of 166 hotels in Edinburgh
Location
4.8
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4.6
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4.5
Value
4.2
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Just around the corner from Calton Hill, the 4-star Apex Waterloo Place hotel epitomises luxury living in the heart of Edinburgh. With a stylish spa, swimming pool, restaurant, sumptuous rooms, and elegant suites, all with free WiFi, an Apex adventure awaits. Find yourself relaxing in your room with a comfy bed, flat screen TV and spacious en suite with a bath, walk-in shower, and Antipodes organic toiletries to help you stay green whilst you stay clean. The mini fridge and air conditioning will keep things fresh and some rooms have a Nespresso Coffee machine so you can make yourself at home. Cots and highchairs are available on request. With lots to choose from, book in for a relaxing spa treatment and unwind in the fitness and wellness facilities including a swimming pool with contemporary poolside seating, sauna, and steam room. If you’d rather sweat it out another way, head to the fitness suite – great for working up an appetite… Serving traditional Scottish cuisine, take delight in every bite at the award-winning Elliot’s restaurant. With elegant Georgian features and a grand fireplace, the bright, airy bar offers a range of fine wines and quality spirits. Situated in Edinburgh’s Old Town, just off Princes Street, the hotel is 550 yards from the historical Royal Mile. Plus, it’s just a 5minute walk to Edinburgh Waverley Railway Station and 15 minutes on foot from Edinburgh Castle.
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Property amenities
Paid private parking nearby
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Restaurant
Highchairs available
Taxi service
Business Center with Internet Access
Street parking
Indoor pool
Heated pool
Fitness / spa locker rooms
Sauna
Breakfast available
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Kids' meals
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Spa
Massage
Salon
Steam room
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Concierge
Newspaper
Non-smoking hotel
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24-hour front desk
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Blackout curtains
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Housekeeping
Safe
Telephone
Coffee / tea maker
Flatscreen TV
Walk-in shower
Wardrobe / closet
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Clothes rack
Iron
Laptop safe
Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Electric kettle
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
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Matthew B wrote a review Yesterday
Toronto, Canada11 contributions2 helpful votes
Strayed here in July 2022 for a week. Amazing location close to everything. Very nice staff. ONly complaint is that the pillows are not great and appear to be mini duvets rolled up and stuffed into a pillow case.
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jhumbl188030 wrote a review Aug 7
Glasgow, United Kingdom1 contribution
Rude check in staff. Massively overpriced. Didn’t take breakfast option but quoted £17.50 before arrival !! Cheaper breakfast options at place down the road. Room was nice but nothing special for the price. Only good thing about the place was the location. Won’t be back.
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Response from Apex Hotels, Guest Services / Front Office at Apex Waterloo Place Hotel
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Dear Jhumbl188030 Thank you for staying and for your feedback. We do appreciate all our guest feedback and constantly strive to ensure that we offer positive and memorable experiences which our guests will want to share. Your points about the rudeness of staff as shared by you on a different platform are really alarming and go completely against our ethos as a company. I would like to reassure you on a personal level that this will be investigated to the core and will be addressed in-house with all the necessary measures. Our breakfast options are rich and fully reflect it's price for that. You can always enjoy breakfast elsewhere in our lovely Edinburgh. I would hope that you will give us an other chance to welcome you in the future and prove to you that this was truly a sole incident that will not repeat; and provide you with all the positive reasons to remember your stay with us. Warm regards, Georgios Tsikas Front Office Manager
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Marc-Sussex wrote a review Aug 3
38 contributions37 helpful votes
The hotel is very close to Edinburgh Waverley train station and to all of central Edinburgh. Our room would have been perfect except for staff going in and out of the room across from us on the fifth floor from about 5.30am each of the five days. When the doors close they have a fairly loud sound plus the staff talking didn’t help. Room was very comfortable and larger than many we have stayed in. Excellent bed and pillows and decorated quite pleasantly. Breakfast was substantial and of a good quality but food was often delivered not as hot as it should have been (e.g. porridge, eggs).
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Responded 3 days ago
Dear Marc-Sussex, Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback and an overview of your stay here with us, we truly appreciate it. We are so glad to see that you enjoyed the room and the breakfast. We do regret that the breakfast was not as hot as it should have been. This will be passed onto the F&B staff. We do also apologise for the noise, and we will pass this onto the relevant departmental heads. We hope to see you again soon! Kind regards, Phoebe | Reception Apex Waterloo Place
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mwinto542260 wrote a review Aug 3
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Rooms were clean and roomy but felt it needs some work, tiles cracked in lift, lift not working, lift needed a clean,stingy on products in bathroom and coffee facilities, in room, didn't feel it was value for money if you are not using spa.
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Responded 3 days ago
Hello mwinto542260, thank you for your review. Firstly, I'd like to thank you for staying with us at Apex Waterloo Place Hotel! I am so glad you enjoyed your spacious room and the location right in the heart of Edinburgh's New Town, but disappointed to hear about the issues involving the lift. Please rest assured that these have since been addressed during your stay, but I cannot apologise enough that we disappointed you on this occasion. Here at Apex Hotels we are actively trying to become a greener hotel so that we can reduce the amount of wastage and lower our carbon footprint. This means that we only put out two sets of amenities in our rooms for our guests on arrival, but our guests are more than welcome to request more amenities for your room either by scanning the QR code in your room which will open a live chat with Reception, or by phoning down on 0. We hope that your recent experience hasn't tainted your opinion of us. Please rest assured that we will review your feedback, and we would be delighted to have you as a guest once again. Warm Regards Dave | Night Manager Apex Waterloo Place Hotel
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james w wrote a review Jul 2022
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Booked two family rooms, one room was a double room with single bed put in it. we complained about this small double room and it was all sorted out very quickly and we got a family room . That was that only problem we had, great staff, good food and great housekeeping.
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Responded 3 days ago
Hello 468jamesw, thank you for your review! Thank you so much for staying with us at Apex Waterloo Place Hotel! I'm sorry to hear about your original mishap, but I'm glad our staff were able to help you out and that you enjoyed your time with us! We hope to see you again soon! Warm Regards Dave | Night Manager Apex Waterloo Place Hotel
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Maria T wrote a review Jul 2022
Akron, Ohio39 contributions2 helpful votes
Great location, extremely friendly breakfast staff, excellent breakfast, room service, comfortable beds, clean rooms. Everything you could hope for. I would definitely stay here again. Plus, I need to have the porridge again!! I miss it!! If you forgot any essentials or for drinks and snacks, there is a Scotsman Shop if you turn right out of the hotel. There is also a Tesco Express a little further of a walk away. I find it's helpful to know these kinds of places are around when booking a hotel stay.
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Date of stay: July 2022
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Responded 3 days ago
Dear Maria, Thank you so much for taking the time to provide us with a great review of your stay. We truly appreciate it. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your time in Edinburgh and that the Hotel was all that you had hoped for! We look forward to seeing you again! Kind regards, Phoebe | Reception Apex Waterloo Place
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gvqi0drk2y wrote a review Jul 2022
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The location of this hotel was excellent however I suggest you stay at another property in the same area. I had multiple issues with this hotel. Staff seems to be the primary problem however I won’t go into boring detail about the issues I had. Maybe in time they’ll fix things but for right now stay elsewhere
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Responded 3 days ago
Hello gvqi0drk2y, thank you for your review. Thank you so much for staying with us at Apex Hotels! We are so happy you enjoyed the central location that our hotel resides, but I am disappointed to hear you had so many issues during your stay with us. I am very sorry to hear about the issues you've had with the staff and our hotel itself, but please don't feel that your experience you faced are "boring". Making sure our guests have the best experiences and memories they can during their time in Edinburgh is important to us; especially on the leadup to Edinburgh Festival! Can you please get in touch with us directly? We would love to have you as a guest again and would like to hear about more about your stay. Warm Regards Dave | Night Manager Apex Waterloo Place Hotel
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Chuck6694 wrote a review Jul 2022
Dunfermline, United Kingdom1 contribution
Couples break away for the night. Very comfortable, quite and very friendly hotel. Staff very helpful and attentive. Nothing seemed to be too much for the staff. Pillows were a little hard but I'm sure if we'd have brought it up we could have got softer ones but only 1 night!
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Hello Chuck6694, thank you so much for your review! Thank you for your kind words! We are thrilled you had a comfortable and enjoyable time staying with us. I'm disappointed to hear that your pillows were a little too hard, but we want all of our guests to feel welcome, and we have different types of bedding to suit everybody's needs. We hope to see you again! Warm Regards Dave | Night Manager Apex Waterloo Place Hotel
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eborguy wrote a review Jul 2022
York, United Kingdom372 contributions103 helpful votes
Just the one night stay, at the start of a GRJ rail tour of the Islands and Highlands. Less than five minutes walk from Waverley Station, this was the perfect location. The staff were attentive and friendly, the room was comfortable and well appointed, dinner and breakfast menus were extensive !! All within easy walking distance of the city's sights; what's not to like ??
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Hello eborguy, thank you for your review. Thank you so much for staying with us at Apex Waterloo Place Hotel! We're so happy you enjoyed how close our hotel is from Waverley Train Station, your hotel room, your dining experiences and our hospitality! I hope you enjoyed your trip with Great Rail Journeys; the Hebrides and Highlands look spectacular this time of year. We hope to see you again soon! Warm Regards Dave | Night Manager Apex Waterloo Place Hotel
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candy wrote a review Jul 2022
Hong Kong, China7 contributions
Absolutely overrated hotel. Its not worth the value. Reception is always busy. Breakfast is very average. Location is good, walking distance to many tourists points. No on site carpark need to park next street around 5 mins walk from hotel. Room is dated, bathroom is clean and size is hold.
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
Room Tip: Parking with 15% discount for hotel guest
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Responded 3 days ago
Drear Guest, Thank you for your feedback and we are happy to read that you enjoyed our location and appreciated cleanliness. As at this time of the year we are very busy (festival in Edinburgh)please allow us to express our sincerest apologies for the challenges you have encountered and to also reassure you this does not reflect our normal standards of service. Our team have certainly reviewed your comments and actions will be put in place to ensure we do better next time. We do hope that we can welcome you back to Apex Waterloo Place Hotel in the near future. Irene Kowalczyk Duty Manager
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Frequently Asked Questions about Apex Waterloo Place Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to Apex Waterloo Place Hotel?
Nearby attractions include The Chocolatarium (0.2 miles), SANDEMANs NEW Europe - Edinburgh (0.3 miles), and Mackenzie Leather Edinburgh (0.3 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Apex Waterloo Place Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an indoor pool, free wifi, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Apex Waterloo Place Hotel?
Top room amenities include a flat screen TV, blackout curtains, and a desk.
What food & drink options are available at Apex Waterloo Place Hotel?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, breakfast, and complimentary tea during their stay.
Is parking available at Apex Waterloo Place Hotel?
Yes, paid private parking nearby and street parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Apex Waterloo Place Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Howies Waterloo Place, The Haggis Box, and The Piper's Rest Public House.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Apex Waterloo Place Hotel?
Yes, guests have access to an indoor pool, a fitness center, and a sauna during their stay.
Is Apex Waterloo Place Hotel located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.2 miles away from the center of Edinburgh.
Are any cleaning services offered at Apex Waterloo Place Hotel?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does Apex Waterloo Place Hotel offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business center, meeting rooms, and a banquet room.
Are there any historical sites close to Apex Waterloo Place Hotel?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Palace of Holyroodhouse (0.6 miles), The Real Mary King's Close (0.3 miles), and Edinburgh Vaults (0.3 miles).