Stayed here for all last week whilst on business in Edinburgh with a colleague arriving Sunday and checking out today.
This hotel is in a great location just below the castle in the Grass Market where there are many eating places, boutique shops, pubs and a bustling atmosphere especially when the sun shone and we were lucky as the weather was mainly fair throughout our stay.
The staff were extremely friendly, attentive and welcoming but not at all intrusive. Special mention here of the bar and restaurant staff who welcomed us back each early evening like family members! We were looked after very well. Special mention here of Vinny, behind the bar, who was exceptionally welcoming and looked after us superbly! Thanks Vinny!
One of the advantages of the hotel was the 25% discount for residents, offered off all drinks and meals taken in the restaurant and bar when eating there. This proved excellent value and the set two course menu at £14.95 was more than enough for us each evening, with a good selection of starters, main courses and desserts that were very tasty and well presented. There was also the choice of a three course menu and an a la carte menu too to which the discount also applied.
The breakfast each morning was also great value with a mixture of buffet and table service for the cooked menu all included in our room rate.
There was a great variety to choose from with fresh fruits, including, fresh fruit salad, fresh pink grapefruit, orange and melon, a choice of fruit juices, breakfast cereals and yoghurt, continental meats and cheeses and a variety of bread choices too. I must say I thoroughly enjoyed the eggs Benedict, which got me off to a great start most mornings, I also enjoyed the smoked poached haddock with an egg one morning too along with toast and coffee.
The bedroom was adequate, with enough space to move around and a large flat screen TV on the wall but it did take a while to get used to the very delayed response to switching it on! If you pressed the controls repeatedly the TV went into 'lock down' and had to be retuned! This happened repeatedly to me until I got used to switching it on and then going off to do something else whilst it did what it had to do to switch itself on!!
The bathroom, which included a wet room type shower, was fine. My only criticism was that there were no shower cap provided in the bathroom along with the shower gels and shampoos. I did like the touch of the green plastic duck which I have brought home for the grandchildren! There were towelling face flannels provided which were replaced each day, along with clean towels and bath mat.
The room was well cleaned each day and coffee, tea, and water restocked.
My only criticism of the bedroom itself was the heat! The room was boiling hot and stuffy. Very uncomfortable at times. This was with the heating turned right off the whole time. The window only opened a small distance and therefore did not allow any fresh air to circulate into the room even when left open all night, which was necessary as the nights we stayed were mild and humid. There was no air conditioning and it made an undisturbed sleep nigh on impossible. I found an electric fan in the cupboard, so I assume this must be a frequent problem. I kept the fan on full blast whenever I was in the room and had it directed at the bed all night, even sleeping on top of the duvet but still woke many times because it was still far too hot and stuffy. Surely air conditioning is not too much to ask?
One evening on our way too and from our rooms a few times, there was also a much larger floor fan sat in the middle of the corridor to the rooms, presumably to also try and cool the corridors down, rather unsuccessfully I'm afraid and much like in the bedroom, it only served to stir the hot air around and did not make the place any cooler at all!
The bed, however, was very comfortable with feather pillows. There was a good and powerful hair dryer provided which was slightly annoying as I had specifically rung the hotel the day I flew up to Edinburgh to enquire if the hotel had an unfixed plug - in hair dryer and not one of those fixed ones that are often provided in hotels on which you have to keep your finger pressed down to operate it. Whoever I spoke to went off to find out and told me unfortunately the hairs dryers were of the fixed type and so I had packed my own in my already bursting suitcase! As it turned out unnecessarily as the hair dryer was not of the fixed type after all!
All this being said I enjoyed my stay at this hotel and in fact much preferred into the Apex International a few doors down the street where we had stayed for a week last years on similar business.
I will definitely return to stay here if I need to visit Edinburgh again, both for business or pleasure, especially if it is in the cooler seasons!!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Apex City of Edinburgh Hotel is located in the heart of Edinburgh’s Grassmarket, just minutes away from The Royal Mile and famous Edinburgh Castle. All rooms and suites provide plenty of natural light, comfort, and space. You’ll also find complimentary luxurious Elemis toiletries, a 42” LCD TV and vanity area with hair dryer and mirror in your room. Upgrade to a City Plus Room and you’ll also find air-conditioning, bathrobes and your very own Nespresso coffee machine. Downstairs, you can relax in Agua Restaurant and Bar. This modern space is set back from the bustling Grassmarket and offers a wide selection of dishes through its all day dining menu including burgers, steaks and pastas. Afterwards, retreat to the lounge and choose from an extensive wine list or sip on an expertly prepared cocktail with Castle views. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Apex City Edinburgh
- Hotel Apex City
- Apex City Of Edinburgh Hotel Scotland