Apex International

31-35 Grassmarket Edinburgh EH1 2HS United Kingdom
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Hotel Apex International


Apex International is located in Edinburgh’s vibrant Grassmarket area. Set in the historic Old Town, with cobbled streets and medieval architecture, Grassmarket is a must see for shopping, taverns, music and more. Waverly Station is a ten-minute walk or five-minute cab ride.

Rooms offer complimentary Wi-Fi, 42” LCD satellite TVs, tea/coffee makers and luxury toiletries. Family and deluxe rooms are available with views of Edinburgh Castle.

Enjoy a workout at the fitness centre or relax in the sauna or indoor pool. Six meeting spaces for business or social functions are available, along with onsite parking (for a fee).

Dine on Scottish fare at the rooftop Heights Restaurant with stunning views of the castle (booking required). Grab a meal or cocktail at Metro Bar or splurge on 24-hour room service.

From Apex International, walk to the Grassmarket area, Princes Street, The Royal Mile, Edinburgh Castle and more.

Price range

from ‎$109 to ‎$156


Apex International


31-35 Grassmarket, EH1 2HS, Edinburgh United Kingdom | 0.2 miles from city center | Show on map
Telephone: +44(131)3003456 | Fax:+44(131)2205345 | Official Homepage


  • EC/ Maestro/ Debit card
  • American Express
  • Mastercard
  • Visa

Suitable for

  • Business People
  • Large Groups

Top 9 Features

  • WiFi
  • Parking
  • TV
  • A/C
  • Terrace
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Hotel bar
  • Safe

Room features

  • Bathroom with bathtub,
  • Bathroom with shower,
  • Ironing board,
  • Windows that open,
  • Television,
  • Hairdryer,
  • Central heating,
  • Electric kettle,
  • Satellite TV,
  • Desk,
  • Telephone,
  • Room safe,
  • Internet,
  • WiFi in the rooms,
  • Refrigerator,
  • Cost of wireless internet in rooms,
  • Hypoallergenic bedding ,
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Hotel features

  • Business center,
  • Entrance hall/ lobby,
  • Express check-in / out,
  • Elevator,
  • TV lounge,
  • Gym,
  • Parking lot,
  • Hotel bar,
  • Indoor swimming pool,
  • Hotel safe,
  • Conference rooms,
  • Non-smoking rooms,
  • PC with internet,
  • Restaurant,
  • 24-hour reception,
  • Deck chairs / Sun loungers,
  • Laundry service,
  • WiFi in lobby,
  • Room service,
  • Concierge,
  • Number of restaurants,
  • Number of floors,
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Sports Facilities

  • Boats to Rent,
  • Golf Course,
  • Sailing,
  • Surfing,
  • Hiking trail,
  • Diving

Review Highlights
Positive Reviews
  • Ideal location for sightseeing and dining
    The Apex International is located in the Grasslands area in Edinburgh’s Old Town, with fabulous architecture and history There is much to do, from walking the cobbled shopping ...
  • Friendly staff and great facilities
    The staff is attentive and welcoming; the check-in process is efficient The indoor pool is well maintained and modern, well worth a visit To add to the experience, breakfast is ...
  • Free in-room Wi-Fi and skyline views
    Rooms are large and clean with wonderful views of the Edinburgh Castle and the surrounding area Furthermore, they are cosy and the beds very comfortable Free Wi-Fi comes in handy...
Negative Reviews
  • Noisy rooms
    Depending on where your hotel room is, the noise from the busy street out front may keep you up, especially on weekends Also, the windows aren’t sealed well The noise can ...
  • Disorganized, slow daily breakfast
    Breakfast gets busy and can become messy fast on the weekend Staff can’t clear up or restock fast enough You may need to wait in a queue for a table and the full breakfast can ...
  • Poor overall value
    Apex International rooms and services simply don’t live up expectations Rooms are average and bathrooms need an update Additionally, service at breakfast and the bar is slow ...
Rating Overview
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Test Score

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Excellent Result from 20 Quality Tests
85% recommend this hotel (17 out of 20 testers)
90% say the hotel is suitable for couples
85% say the hotel is suitable for business travellers

Good To Know

  • The area surrounding the hotel is idyllic
  • There are lots of museums and attractions in the area
  • There is good nightlife nearby (bars, clubs)
  • The lobby isn't very cosy

Results in detail (Data is based on the average of all hotels on trivago)

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78/100 Very Good
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77/100 Good
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81/100 Excellent
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Sleep quality
84/100 Excellent
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Food options
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Hotel extras
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83 out of 100 reviews
Edinburgh Festival

Edinburgh Festival

Edinburgh Festival takes place every year in mid August and early September. By definition, Edinburgh Festival does not apply to only one single event. It refers to a lot of events that take place at the same time simultaneously. For instance there is the official International Festival that takes place in operas, theatres and stages all over the city. Every year different plays are shown like Macbeth and other Shakespeare plays and some contemporary plays. It brings together top performers of music and dance. An alternative to the festival are the Fringe and the Free Fringe Festivals--a performing arts festival, taking place mainly on the streets of the city. It usually shows more unusual and not so official performances, sometimes even experimental ones, that might not even be allowed to be performed in official venues. In addition to that, there is also the Military Tattoo that is a is celebration of the Commonwealth and includes displays by the British Armed Forces and some military bands. For book lovers, there are also the Book Festivals.

The Scotch Whisky Heritage Centre

The Scotch Whisky Heritage Centre

The production of whisky in Scotland dates back over 500 years. The Scotch Whisky Heritage Centre is a museum and miniature theme park dedicated to this Scottish tradition. The introductory tour is a guided walk through the different processes involved. There is a model showing how a distillery is laid out and adults are given "a wee dram" to taste. The heritage centre ghost then explains the concepts of "nose", "angel share" and "maturation". The tour finishes with a ride through a historical pageant in a whisky barrel. The Centre has its own shop and restaurant. Open daily except Christmas Day 9:30am to 6:30pm (May Sep) 10:00am to 6pm (Oct Apr) Tickets: Adults: £ 8.95 Seniors, Students, Disabled: £ 6.75 Child: £ 4.75 The centre is wheelchair accessible.

Camera Obscura and World of Illusions

Camera Obscura and World of Illusions

The Outlook Tower on Edinburghs Royal Mile contains a Camera Obscura which has been in operation for over 150 years. The Camera projects a live moving image of the city onto a table in a dimmed room in front of the audience. The Tower also contains an exhibition of photographs of Edinburgh past and present and a collection of 3D holograms. There are views across the city and Edinburgh Castle from the rooftop terrace.