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About Apex Hotels


Since the first Apex Hotel was opened in Edinburgh’s Grassmarket in 1996, by founder Norman Springford, we’ve provided a warmer welcome for you, our guest. As an independent, family-owned collection of ten contemporary hotels customer service is at the heart of our business so you can expect a more personalised experience than you might get from a global hotel chain.  

Choose to meet, eat, stay or celebrate a special occasion at any of the ten Apex Hotels in London, Bath, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Dundee. 

For a little more info on how our family has grown you can read our awards and company history below.  

Company history 


Apex Grassmarket Hotel undergoes a £2 million bedroom refurbishment – all 169 bedrooms transformed throughout the contemporary hotel to enhance the guest experience. 

Apex City Quay Hotel & Spa, Dundee completes full bedroom refurbishment and spa updates. All 151 bedrooms and suites are transformed, with all furniture replaced being donated to local social enterprise, Transform Community Development. Yu Spa sees the installation of a new hot tub and update to the swimming pool area. 


Apex City of Bath opens becoming the tenth hotel in the group. This hotel is the largest purpose-built hotel in the city both in terms of conference capacity and bedrooms.

Apex City of London Hotel undergoes a ground floor refurbishment of public spaces including reception, restaurant & bar. 

All meeting rooms and break out spaces were also upgraded to create a contemporary meetings offering. The Lampery Restaurant & Bar now provides good, honest cooking for guests, and locals alike through breakfast, lunch, dinner and meetings. A spa was added offering an infra-red sauna, nail bar, relaxation room and treatments by PURE Spa & Beauty. 


Following a successful Tony Singh pop-up restaurant, #SinghsRoadTrip at Apex Grassmarket Hotel in August 2015, Tony Singh returned to the Grassmarket with a menu of fusion food to share.  

Construction began for the tenth hotel in Bath as part of the Apex Hotels family. Apex City of Bath Hotel hosts the city’s largest purpose-built conference space.  


Apex City of Edinburgh Hotel was renovated, with an additional four rooms to count 122 in total. All public areas including Agua Restaurant and Bar were also fully refurbished with an enhanced, contemporary finish. 

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 casual dining and informal meeting space called The Lounge

Norman Springford stepped down as Chairman and his son Ian Springford stepped into the position.

An extension to Apex City of London Hotel was complete in November 2015. 30 additional bedrooms were added bringing the hotel bedroom total to 209. 


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


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


Apex Waterloo Place Hotel opened as Edinburgh’s fourth four-star Apex Hotel, situated at the east end of Princes Street.  Originally built in 1819, this landmark historic building was the first large-scale hotel in Edinburgh.  

Apex London Wall also opened as the second four-star Apex Hotel in London with 89 rooms.  


At Apex City of London Hotel an additional 49 bedrooms were added to provide even more accommodation to an already popular hotel increasing its room numbers to 179. 


The first Apex Hotel outside of Scotland opened in London between Tower Bridge and the Bank of England.  Apex City of London Hotel site was transformed into a 130 room four-star hotel.  


The four-star Apex City Quay Hotel & Spa in Dundee opened in March 2003. The newly-built hotel has 151 rooms, conference and event facilities for up to 450, a bar & brasserie plus Yu Spa Dundee, with a pool, hot tubs, sauna, steam room and Technogym™ studio. The Apex City Quay Hotel & Spa was a pivotal development within the ongoing regeneration of the city’s waterfront area. 


Apex City of Edinburgh Hotel opened as the second four-star Apex Hotel in the Grassmarket, Edinburgh.    


Originally launched as a budget three-star hotel, Apex Grassmarket Hotel went through a complete refurbishment and transformed into a four-star property. An additional 51 rooms were also added providing even more accommodation in Edinburgh’s historic Grassmarket. 


Following the success of Apex Grassmarket Hotel, a site in Edinburgh’s West End at Haymarket was secured and converted into the Apex Haymarket Hotel, a 66-room property. 


Our founder, Norman Springford, opened the Apex Grassmarket Hotel in Edinburgh. The first Apex Hotel opened as a three-star hotel with 120 bedrooms.

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