We stayed for one night at the Apex Waterloo Place Hotel in Edinburgh in September 2011, on a complimentary basis. The building dates from 1819 and was refurbished in 2009. It’s located very close to Waverley rail station and Princes Street.
Exterior of Apex Waterloo Place Hotel
The lobby/bar area is stylish, light and airy.
Lounge area at Apex Waterloo Place Hotel
We were allocated room 827, a superior room at the front of the hotel. Now it was a beautiful sunny afternoon, but the first thing that struck when I entered the room was the sun streaming in through the three large windows. It was the 29th of September (in Scotland), but I had to put on the air conditioning to cool down the room. Although the hotel is very centrally located it’s in a relatively quiet street. As the windows weren’t double glazed there was some traffic noise but not enough to disturb our sleep.
Our room at Apex Waterloo Place Hotel
The Apex Waterloo Place hotel offers free wifi to guests but you need to get a password at reception when you check in. I found the signal to be excellent. I’ve previously had a lot of problems with hotel wifi (free and paid for) quality and when I went to reception they invariably (and erroneously) attributed the blame to my laptop. So it was such a relief to be able to get online at the first attempt and get straight down to some work.
The king size bed was so comfortable with divine pillows and had a sheet which was large enough to stay firmly tucked in and a huge duvet cover. The large walk-in shower was fantastic. I enjoyed my bath in the company of the Apex duck. I couldn’t find a bar of soap in our room, I’m not sure if this was an omission by housekeeping or the norm. I could have phoned reception to ask but as I had some soap in my toiletries bag, I didn’t bother. There was a small container of bath/shower gel but it was awkward to dispense for washing my hands.
I had a quick look at the gym, spa and pool area but didn’t have time (or in the case of the gym, the inclination) to use the facilities.
The pool at Apex Waterloo Place Hotel
In summary, I really enjoyed my stay at the Apex Waterloo Place Hotel in Edinburgh. It’s in a central location close to lots of shops, restaurants, pubs, cafes and transport links. Our room was a perfect mix of modernity and comfort with a great bed, lovely bathroom (apart from the lack of soap) and had excellent free wifi.
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