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About Apex Hotels

One of the best hotel brands in the UK

Apex Hotels is among the UK's leading operators of contemporary city centre hotels. The company currently operates three hotels in London, four in Edinburgh, one in Glasgow, and one in Dundee. 

Based in Edinburgh, Apex Hotels is a small, family-owned company with roots in Scotland. The company's main goal is to maintain contemporary and comfortable properties in key city centre markets in the UK. The company most recently added a property in Glasgow, and is approaching future expansion plans with a goal of controlled, dynamic growth.

Customer service is at the centre of every Apex Hotels property. The company recently converted space at its City of Edinburgh Hotel from bookable meeting rooms to a personnel training centre, centralising its recruitment and internal training processes to fine-tune the friendly service for which the brand is known. 


Apex Hotels is wholly owned by Norman and Dorothy Springford and their family, with each member of the family contributing their experience and skills to the company.


Apex Hotels was established with the opening of the Apex International Hotel in Edinburgh’s Grassmarket. A ten month conversion of the former Heriot-Watt University Mountbatten Building saw the hotel open with 120 bedrooms.

Due to the success of the initial hotel, Apex Hotels secured a site in the Haymarket area of Edinburgh and converted a derelict office building into the Apex Haymarket Hotel, a 66-room property.

Originally launched as a budget three-star hotel, Apex International Hotel went through a complete refurbishment and transformed into a four-star property. An additional 51 rooms were added.

Apex Hotels acquired a second former office building in the Grassmarket area and opened as the four-star Apex City Hotel. The design, content and service culture of this property has been applied across the entire brand.

The company’s first new-build property and its first hotel outside Edinburgh is the four-star Apex City Quay Hotel & Spa in Dundee. Opened in March 2003, the hotel provides 152 rooms, conference and event facilities for up to 450, a bar, brasserie, restaurant and Yu Spa Dundee, with a pool, hot tubs, sauna, steam room and Technogym™ studio. The Apex City Quay Hotel & Spa is a pivotal development within the ongoing regeneration of the city’s waterfront area.

Apex Hotels expanded its portfolio with the opening of the Apex City of London Hotel, located between Tower Bridge and the Bank of England. The company's first property outside Scotland, the former office building was transformed into a focal point of the area, offering 130 bedrooms of four-star luxury.

An additional 49 bedrooms were added to the Apex City of London Hotel.

The company added its fourth Edinburgh hotel, Apex Waterloo Place Hotel, situated at the east end of Princes Street. Built in 1819, this landmark historic building was the first large-scale hotel in Edinburgh. Following significant investment, Apex Hotels reopened the property in March 2009 with 186 luxury rooms. Later in the year, Apex London Wall opened as the second Apex hotel in London. 

Apex Hotels opened a third hotel in London. The property, purchased in 2008 from the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple, is the first hotel to be built in one of London’s Inns of Court. Apex Temple Court Hotel, situated just off Fleet Street, represented a £50M investment to create a flagship four-star contemporary hotel with 184 bedrooms, on-site dining and an outdoor courtyard space.

Apex Hotels opened its own laundry facility just outside Edinburgh. The laundry now services all of the Scottish properties.

Apex City Hotel received a renovation, increasing its room count to 122. The refurbishment introduced new City Plus rooms with air conditioning, added air conditioning in suites and changed the hotel name to the Apex City of Edinburgh Hotel. Agua Restaurant and Bar was also fully refurbished.

Apex Hotels checked in to Glasgow with the purchase of the former Marks Hotel on Bath Street. Apex City of Glasgow opened in September 2015 with a new Lounge concept offering a casual dining experience and informal meeting space.

Norman Springford stepped down as Chairman, with son Ian Springford stepping into the position.

Apex International changed its name to Apex Grassmarket Hotel in December 2015.