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Apex City of Edinburgh Hotel

61 Grassmarket, Edinburgh, EH1 2HJ

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The Apex City of Edinburgh Hotel is ideally located in Edinburgh’s Old Town section and directly on the Grassmarket. The Grassmarket was once one of Edinburgh’s main market places, which included the sale of livestock that grazed on grass in the market — hence the name!

Today, the Grassmarket is lined with restaurants, shops and hotels. It is situated below ground level and offers an amazing view of Edinburgh Castle above. Stepping out from the Apex Hotel, you can’t help but gasp at the sight of the castle above. The Apex City of Edinburgh Hotel offers families comfortable and modern rooms with complimentary Wi-Fi. There is an onsite restaurant, an onsite parking lot (rare in Edinburgh) and an indoor pool only a few yards away. Families looking to be centrally located within Edinburgh’s Old Town will love a stay at this modern hotel.

Our Editor Loves

  • Ideal Grassmarket location
  • Pool located next door in sister hotel
  • Parking lot available

Family Interests

  • Hiking
  • Museum/Cultural

Family Amenities

  • Cribs
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry
  • Onsite Dining
  • Refrigerator

Room Information

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The comfortable and modern guestrooms feature one queen or two single beds, a coffeemaker, hair dryer, flat screen television and air conditioning. There is a shower/tub combination or a walk-in shower in the bathroom. Complimentary Wi-Fi and bottled water are also available. Additionally, the Family Rooms feature a queen bed and sleeper sofa, all in one room, and can accommodate two adults and two children.

The spacious suites feature a king bed and a separate living room area with a sofa and dining table. There is a coffeemaker, mini-fridge, flat-screen television, air conditioning and a shower/tub combination or a walk-in shower in the bathroom. Complimentary Wi-Fi and bottled water are also available.


Excellent location

by ddawki269185

Great location opposite the castle. The staff were all very friendly and efficient. The room was a good size and very clean. The only downside we found was that the room was far too warm, we turned the heating off but it was still too hot. Opening the window was too noisy.

Fantastic Hotel! Great attention to detail!

by ElizabethAnnHarding

My husband and I recently stayed at your hotel for our honeymoon. Thanks so much for the upgraded room, chocolates, free drinks and gorgeous swan towels! The hotel was perfectly located for us to be able to walk to most tourist areas and we thoroughly enjoyed our time in Edinburgh. We will be back!

Family Activities

While there is no pool onsite at this hotel, there is one only a few yards away. The sister hotel, called the Apex Grassmarket Hotel, is located on the same street and block as the Apex City Hotel, almost next door. Guests from either hotel are welcome to enjoy the indoor pool at the Apex Grassmarket Hotel.

Kids’ Amenities
Board games and other kids’ activities are available at the front desk, along with baby amenities like bottle warmers and sterilizers. “Bobby” the Rubber Duck can also be found in the bathroom of all of the guestrooms. He is ready to play in the tub and happy to go home with you as well.

Family Dining

Agua Restaurant and Bar
Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, Agua Restaurant welcomes families. There is a continental breakfast offering things like pastries and fruit, as well as a cooked menu of eggs, beans or pancakes. Breakfast is available from 6:30 to 10 a.m. Monday through Friday and from 7:30 to 11 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

The all-day dining menu includes things like soups, salads, sandwiches, burgers, seafood, pasta, steak and plenty of dessert options. The restaurant also offers a children’s menu/activity sheet, which features items like grilled cheese, pasta, fish, burgers and more.

Planning & Tips

All About the Extras

  • Wi-Fi
    Complimentary Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel.
  • Parking
    Parking is available in a small lot for an additional cost.

The Best Time to Visit
Edinburgh is a four-season travel destination and the Apex Hotel is busy throughout the year.

Getting There
The Edinburgh Airport is located less than 30 minutes from the hotel.

Getting Around
This hotel is centrally located in Edinburgh’s Old Town section. A vehicle is not needed if you plan to stay within Edinburgh. Most of the city is walkable and taxis are readily available.

For Parents

  • Bar
    A full-service bar can be found in the Agua Restaurant. There, adults will find a wide bar selection including several Scotch options.