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8.7
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9.5
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Exceptional location - Inside city center
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    Apex Grassmarket Hotel

    31-35 Grassmarket, Edinburgh Old Town, Edinburgh, United Kingdom, EH1 2HS - See map
    "Perfect location."
    Jenifer - June 16, 2018
    Exceptional reputation
    Recommended by 93% of guests
    Excellent cleanliness
    8.8 rating for cleanliness
    • 670 meters to public transportation

    • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

    • Sauna

    • Daily housekeeping

    • Room service [24-hour]

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    Location score
    9.5/10
    Room comfort score
    8.3/10
    Review score - United States
    9.4/10
    Value for money score
    8.3/10
    Better than
    99
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    of Edinburgh properties
    Better than
    99
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    Better than
    99
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    Better than
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    of Edinburgh properties
    Value for money8.3
    Location rating9.5
    Nearest airportEdinburgh Airport (EDI)
    Distance to airport10.4 km

    Rooms available at Apex Grassmarket Hotel

    8.3
    Excellent
    Room comfort & quality
    Deluxe Double
    Deluxe Double
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    • Room size: 28 m²/301 ft²
    • City view
    • 1 king bed
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    City Twin Room
    City Twin Room
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    • Room size: 24 m²/258 ft²
    • Non-smoking
    • 2 double beds
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    Superior Double Room
    Superior Double Room
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    • Room size: 24 m²/258 ft²
    • City view
    • 1 double bed and 1 queen be...
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    City Double Room
    City Double Room
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    • Room size: 21 m²/226 ft²
    • Non-smoking
    • 1 queen bed
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    Family Room
    Family Room
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    • Room size: 24 m²/258 ft²
    • City view
    • 2 double beds
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    Twin Standard
    Twin Standard
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      Basic Double/Twin
      Basic Double/Twin
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        Room Two Double Beds
        Room Two Double Beds
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          Double Superior
          Double Superior
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            Superior Single
            Superior Single
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              What people love about Apex Grassmarket Hotel

              • 10.0
                Exceptional
                Spaciousness

                "The rooms are well-equipped and comfortable."

                Julienne

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                April 11, 2017

              • 10.0
                Exceptional
                Location

                "Very lovely hotel in a fantastic location."

                Lykke V.

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                November 29, 2016

              • 8.0
                Very good
                Staff 

                "The staffs are very friendly and helpful."

                Torzin

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                December 6, 2016

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              9.2
              Exceptional

              "Loved the bath and shower separate was a nice touch to the b..."

              Rozina

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              January 11, 2019

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              Most talked about facilities

              Breakfast
              7 mentions
              View
              4 mentions
              Housekeeping
              4 mentions
              Swimming Pool
              2 mentions

              What they offer

              8.4
              Excellent

              "In the middle of Grass market and a nice hotel"

              Jan F.

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              August 11, 2016

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              Nearest essentials

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              Food and dining

              Breakfast options

              Full English/Irish

              Restaurants on site

              Metro Bar & Brasserie
              Cuisine:International, Scottish
              Menu:Buffet

              What's nearby

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              Reviews of Apex Grassmarket Hotel from real guests

              Overall rating
              8.4
              Excellent
              From 5750 reviews
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              Rating via Agoda8.7
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              Cleanliness8.8
              Facilities8.8
              Location9.5
              Room comfort and quality8.3
              Service8.8
              Value for money8.3
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              9+ Exceptional (40)
              8-9 Excellent (19)
              7-8 Very Good (12)
              6-7 Good (12)
              <6 Below Expectation (5)
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              Mar - May (18)
              Jun - Aug (31)
              Sep - Nov (16)
              Dec - Feb (23)
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              10.0
              Exceptional
              Adnan from Bangladesh
              Family with young children
              Family Room
              Stayed 4 nights in May 2019

              Excellent Location, Great Service ”

              This hotel has the best location for looking around Edinburgh. The view of the castle is marvelous not only from the Room but from the Restaurant at the Top Floor. The Reception Officials are of great help to understand how to go around the area and also to tap various tours. I highly recommend this Hotel for families with Young children and for solo travelers. I would love to come back to this Property always. Thanks & Best Wishes to Team Apex Grassmarket Hotel

              Reviewed June 11, 2019
              8.4
              Excellent
              Debra
              Couple
              Deluxe Double
              Stayed 2 nights in May 2019

              Disappointed”

              Very uncomfortable beds and no aircon. For the price I don't think it was worth it.

              Reviewed June 03, 2019
              9.6
              Exceptional
              shun from Hong Kong
              Family with young children
              City Double Room
              Stayed 2 nights in August 2018

              Perfect location Friendly staff and Beautiful view”

              Our room is facing directly the Edinburg castle and needless to say is beautiful and we can watch fireworks over the castle from our room! With child of age 13 we have booked a room with extra bed and setup service was quick and immediate upon our check in. (We waited hours for other hotels). Staffs are very friendly and efficient. Very good attention to our requests. Location is perfect very convenient to the castle just opposite and main shopping and dinning area. Will definitely come again next time !

              Reviewed August 11, 2018
              10.0
              Exceptional
              Duraiswami from China
              Couple
              City Double Room
              Stayed 1 night in July 2018

              Not luxury but completely functional ”

              Tiny but usable gym, pool, sauna... Clean and well set up room, slightly basic but functional and clean bathroom, amazing location. And lovely staff who let me check in many hours early for no premium at all...

              Reviewed July 04, 2018
              10.0
              Exceptional
              Julienne from Philippines
              Group
              City Twin Room
              Stayed 1 night in April 2017

              Perfect Hotel with Amazing Views”

              Modern hotel. Well equipped room with comfortable beds. Get a room facing the castle! We stayed in the Family Room and it was well worth it. Service was good too, beware though there's stairs in the lobby and no ramp for your luggage. If the bellboy is not available then prepare to drag your luggage up the stairs to get to check in counter and then the elevators. breakfast I heard is not so good so I am glad we skipped that. lots of bars across the street which can be lively in the evening. If your windows are open you will hear them clearly. If you shut the window you'll be okay.

              Reviewed June 04, 2017
              10.0
              Exceptional
              Julienne from Philippines
              Family with teens
              Family Room
              Stayed 2 nights in April 2017

              great little hotel”

              Didn't know what to expect at first, just chose the hotel based on all the reviews. was quite happy to find that the reviews got it right. the hotel is perfectly situated. the rooms are well-equipped and comfortable. We booked a family room with castle views. Don't worry, the street noise cannot be heard if the windows are closed. When you open them, it is a different story, the street is very lively, especially on the weekends and evenings where the pub goers are jolly and loud. Not an issue for us at all. I recommend Room 2005.

              Reviewed April 11, 2017
              9.3
              Exceptional
              EZA from Malaysia
              Solo traveler
              City Twin Room
              Stayed 1 night in March 2015

              exciting experience”

              excellent customer service!

              i ve booked the hotel few month prior to my visit....once i got there the staff upgraded my room to castle view which is very nice....the room was huge very neat and super clean...love everything about this hotel....will be staying here for my next visit in edinburgh

              Reviewed March 26, 2015
              8.0
              Excellent
              zihao from Singapore
              Couple
              City Double Room
              Stayed 1 night in November 2012

              Comfortable stay with great accessibility ”

              next to Edinburgh Castle & free wi-fi access in the room

              Comfortable stay and accessibility to place of interest as great. Edinburgh castle was acrosss the street and free wi-fi access in the room was a plus point. We need to pad extra 12 pound for the carpark facilities. Maybe the Hotel management should waive off the car park charges for hotel guest in future. Overall the hotel stay was great

              Reviewed November 18, 2012
              9.2
              Exceptional
              Michele from United Kingdom
              Couple
              City Twin Room
              Stayed 4 nights in December 2018

              Mobility issues ”

              This is a lovely hotel in a perfect location but not wheelchair friendly. There is no sloped entrance to the hotel and There is no disabled toilet. The shower in the room is over the bath there is no hand grip rail to help you in and out the bath is very high and the glass side door ,does not move we found this difficult even though we are able bodied there is also no heating in the bathroom, but the beds everything else was really nice

              Reviewed December 09, 2018
              9.2
              Exceptional
              Mengjia from China
              Group
              Family Room
              Stayed 1 night in January 2019

              Good”

              Nice location, walk to the Castle will be less than 10 mins, and to the train station only need 10 mins as well. The restaurants that around this hotel is quite nice.

              Reviewed January 22, 2019
              8.8
              Excellent
              Mengjia from China
              Family with teens
              Family Room
              Stayed 1 night in January 2019

              nice”

              totally it is great, the traffic is convenient and the hotel is around some great restaurants.

              Reviewed January 22, 2019
              10.0
              Exceptional
              Clara from United States
              Family with teens
              Superior Double Room
              Stayed 1 night in August 2018

              Perfect view!”

              We were given a room that looked up to the castle. It was more than perfect as we were able to lie in our beds and watch the fireworks from the castle esplanade. The location is in a busy street in the Grassmarket so it was noisy with traffic and the booths set up down below but the view more than made up for it. It’s a great clean facility and we thoroughly enjoyed our visit.

              Reviewed August 28, 2018
              9.6
              Exceptional
              Gillian from United Kingdom
              Couple
              City Twin Room
              Stayed 4 nights in May 2018

              Pristine”

              Huge rooms and the most comfortable bed I've ever slept in including my own. Very clean and well appointed. Staff excellent. It's a little expensive to stay very often so unfortunately back to the travelodge until the next special occasion. Food was great but no gluten and dairy free dessert. We had a wonderful stay. Thank you.

              Reviewed May 26, 2018
              8.7
              Excellent
              Elvis from Australia
              Couple
              City Double Room
              Stayed 1 night in August 2015

              Great Location”

              Location, Comfort & Staff

              We drove from the airport in the morning it was easy to find, the staff were very friendly and informative, the location of the hotel could not be any better and the views from our room, well what can i say they were fantastic the castle was right there.

              Reviewed September 03, 2015
              9.7
              Exceptional
              Patricia from Australia
              Couple
              City Twin Room
              Stayed 3 nights in March 2015

              Standout staff”

              The afternoon manager, Peter Binnie, the position and the room

              The moment we walked in the front door, we knew we were going to love this hotel. We had the great pleasure of being greeted by Peter Binnie, who was the afternoon manager for our entire stay. He was friendly, engaging and made some great suggestions for places to visit. Even more impressive, as my husband and I were wandering down one of the streets that Peter had recommended to us, who should we bump into, but Peter and, rather than rush past and pretend he hadn't noticed us, he stopped for a chat and pointed out a couple of more things that we might enjoy. Our room was spotless, the beds comfy and the breakfast generous, with probably the best view in Edinburgh, and we found all of the staff to be friendly and helpful, but Peter was an absolute standout. We would definitely book here, again, if we return.

              Reviewed March 30, 2015
              10.0
              Exceptional
              Mathew from United Kingdom
              Couple
              City Double Room
              Stayed 5 nights in December 2014

              Everything we wanted!”

              Location is perfect in old town in shadow of the castle, staff were extremely polite & helpful. Even basic rooms were nicely decorated with good facilities

              We had a great 5 night stay at the Apex International at a really reasonable price. We has walked through the Grassmarket on a previous visit & love the location, with great views of the castle & some lovely pubs & restaurants right on the doorstep. Staff were very polite & friendly, greeting you every time you walked past the reception desk. Rooms were really well presented with good facilities & were always cleaned even if we had left the room quite late in the morning. Small swimming pool & sauna style room designed more for relaxation than exercise. Overall we could not fault the hotel & had a fantastic stay

              Reviewed December 12, 2014
              6.7
              Good
              David from United Kingdom
              Couple
              Superior Double Room
              Stayed 1 night in July 2014

              Poor service in breakfast restaurant”

              Great Castle views from some rooms and restaurant, very good location for walking around city, clean.

              Our room had a balcony with amazing castle views which was very nice. The breakfast restaurant let the hotel down. It is far too small for the amount of guests in the hotel which led to queues of up to 30 minutes each morning. They need to employ more staff to cover the breakfast period and also replenish food sooner. We waited 40 minutes for breads to be replaced and were given bad attitude by the staff when we asked why it took so long. Not a good start to the day!

              Reviewed September 01, 2014
              9.0
              Exceptional
              Melody from United States
              Family with teens
              City Double Room
              Stayed 2 nights in July 2014

              Perfect for Access to Edinburgh Sights”

              The three best things about the hotel were the cleanliness and quality of the hotel; the easy access to the main sightseeing points; and helpful and attentive staff.

              We were pleasantly surprised that the hotel was situated in the middle of everything, but our room was quiet. The staff was quite helpful and knowledgeable about how to get to the sights we wanted to see, and attentive to our needs. We watched a World Cup match in the bar, after getting tired of watching them in pubs and not hearing anything the announcers said (and could hear the TV!), while enjoying scrumptious appetizers, meals and deserts. All and all, a wonderful experience.

              Reviewed July 12, 2014
              9.0
              Exceptional
              Ben from Australia
              Couple
              City Double Room
              Stayed 3 nights in September 2013

              Perfect location for a short stay”

              Location,view,room size,good facilities,

              Perfect for our short stay. Excellent location. A lovely room with great views. Staff were very friendly and helpful. Dining room had wonderful view of Edinburgh castle. The street had many good eating and drinking places and the walk up, up and up to the castle and shops provided good excercise!

              Reviewed June 15, 2014
              9.0
              Exceptional
              GUTTERIDGE from United Kingdom
              Couple
              City Double Room
              Stayed 1 night in December 2013

              Fantastic location”

              Location, Friendly helpful staff, Comfortable room.

              Pleasant one night stay, on the down side thin walls could hear neighbours in rooms and corridors albeit would book again due to the fab location and helpful friendly staff and the charge for the room being the right price.

              Reviewed December 06, 2013
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