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Apex Hotels operates ten contemporary hotels in city centre locations across the UK. The company currently operates four properties in Edinburgh, three in London, on in Bath, one in Glasgow and one in Dundee.
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A new General Manager is heading up the team at Apex City Quay Hotel & Spa in Dundee
Experienced hotelier, Ronnie MacKay, will lead the team at the four-star hotel in the heart of the city.
Ronnie, who is originally from Glasgow, will oversee operations at the 151-bed hotel, which recently received a multi-million pound refit and boasts the award-winning Yu Spa as well as a swimming pool, fitness suite and dedicated events space.
EXCEPTIONAL HOTELIERS RECOGNISED AT NATIONAL AWARDS CEREMONY
Apex Hotels’ employees across the UK have been celebrating after collecting top gongs at a glitzy black tie awards ceremony in Edinburgh.
The annual company awards night celebrates the best hotels and employees, and recognises long service across its 10-strong UK portfolio.
‘ROLL AND SQUARE’ GETS A SUMMER MAKEOVER WITH LORNE SAUSAGE ICE CREAM
We're celebrating National Ice Cream Day (Sunday 15 July) in style – by serving SQUARE SAUSAGE ice cream.
Apex Hotels has given the traditional roll and Lorne sausage a summer makeover, transforming it into a frozen treat presented on a brioche bun with a drizzle of sauce. Farmhouse dairy Glen Urr joined forces with Apex to bring the concept to life.
APEX DUNDEE HOTEL TO ATTRACT MORE CONFERENCES TO THE CITY
Leading Dundee hotel, Apex City Quay Hotel & Spa, is preparing to bring further events and conferences to the city, by offering a unique pop-up space to the flourishing quayside.
The Apex Marquee, set to be installed this October, will become Dundee’s premier events and conference space, providing a stunning location for large scale business dinners, away days, weddings and festive parties to suit all tastes.
QUEEN’S BIRTHDAY HONOUR FOR TOP HOTELIER
The founder of Apex Hotels has been awarded an OBE for services to the Scottish Tourism Industry in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list 2018.
Norman Springford founded the company in 1996 with the opening of his first hotel in Edinburgh’s Grassmarket.
Since then he has grown the company from a single hotel to a portfolio of ten spanning five cities – Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee, Bath and London.
BRGR+BUBBLES LAUNCHES AT APEX TEMPLE COURT HOTEL
Catch the summer’s biggest events on the big screen at BRGR+BUBBLES – London’s newest outdoor pop-up bar and BBQ.
Turn your summer days in to unforgettable summer nights, you’ll find us in the stylish, secluded courtyard of the Apex Temple Court Hotel just off Fleet Street. Tuck in to all your summer favs including tasty burgers, posh-dogs, beers, bubbles and much, much more. Plus, guests can catch all the football and tennis action live on our big screen.
ENVIRONMENTAL PROMISE FROM APEX HOTELS AHEAD OF WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY
Apex Hotels has today (4 June 18) announced its plans to remove plastic straws from its hotel restaurants and bars in time for World Environment Day.
MULTIMILLION POUND REFURB COMPLETE AT APEX CITY QUAY HOTEL & SPA
A multi-million pound refurbishment of leading Dundee hotel, Apex City Quay Hotel & Spa, has been completed, with guests set to enjoy a warm welcome in luxurious surroundings within the city.
HOTEL GROUP TO PUT HEATWAVE ON ICE WITH FREE FROZEN TREATS
A UK hotel group traditionally known for its warmer welcome policy has pledged to keep customers cool during the upcoming heatwave – with free iced coffee when temperatures tip over 20˚C.
APEX WATERLOO PLACE JOINS BREWGOODER’S FIGHT TO PROVIDE CLEAN WATER TO ONE MILLION PEOPLE
Apex hotels has joined the fight to provide clean water to one million people, whilst providing an excellent craft beer to its guests and visitors in Edinburgh.
APEX HOTELS TO GIVE GUESTS #WARMERWELCOME IN MORE THAN 10 LANGUAGES
Apex Hotels is taking its signature warm welcome to the next level – with a pledge to ensure front of house teams greet hotel visitors in their native tongue.
APEX WELCOMES MSP ON SCOTTISH APPRENTICESHIP WEEK
A team of apprentices got a chance to showcase their skills when Gordon MacDonald MSP dropped by Apex City of Edinburgh Hotel during Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2018.
A UK hotel group is ensuring guests don’t lose out when the clocks change – by giving them the time
A UK hotel group is ensuring guests don’t lose out when the clocks change – by giving them the time back.
Anyone who stays with Apex Hotels on the weekend of March 24 and 25 will be allowed to check out an hour later on the Sunday, to compensate for the clocks going forward.
BATH RUGBY FOUNDATION PARTNERS WITH APEX CITY OF BATH HOTEL
Bath Rugby Foundation and Apex Hotels have formed a partnership which will see hotel guests boost the charity for every night they stay in the city.
The chain, which opened a new hotel in James Street West last year, has agreed to offer guests the chance to add £1 to their bill, which will then be donated to the Foundation.
APEX WELLBEING AMBASSADOR CHAMPIONS #WARMERWELCOME
Family-run hotel chain, Apex Hotels, has introduced a new brand ambassador who is helping to spearhead its new guest wellbeing campaign.
Wellbeing expert, Celynn Morin, is working with the group to roll out its #WarmerWelcome – which launched at Apex City of Bath Hotel this week.
Apex hotels joins forces with mental health social enterprise in Scottish industry first
In a first for the Scottish hotel Industry, Apex Hotels has partnered with MHScot Workplace Wellbeing C.I.C to deliver Scottish Mental Health First Aid courses throughout 2018 for members of the public.
Multimillion pound refurb under way at apex grassmarket hotel
Leading Edinburgh hotel, Apex Grassmarket, has started work on a £2 million bedroom refurbishment.
The investment – which is part of a £12 million package of improvements across the Apex Hotels portfolio over the coming year – will see all 169 bedrooms transformed throughout the contemporary hotel, located in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town.
Multimillion pound refurb under way at apex city quay hotel & spa
Leading Dundee hotel, Apex City Quay Hotel & Spa, has started work on a £2.4 million bedroom refurbishment.
The investment – which is part of a £12 million package of improvements across the Apex Hotels portfolio over the coming year – will see all 151 bedrooms and suites throughout the hotel transformed.
Apex plans multi-million pound hotel refurb programme
Apex Hotels has revealed it is investing £12m in refurbishment works across its four-star portfolio – with work on some properties already under way.
Million pound makeover for london hotel
Work has now been completed on a £1.5 million refurbishment programme at the 209-bed Apex City of London Hotel.
The nine month project, saw the hotel’s public areas and largest meeting room given a makeover.
Apex hotels triumphs at hr network awards
Apex Hotels has collected a top industry accolade at this year’s HR Network Scotland National Awards, scooping HR Team of the Year.
The hotel’s HR team, which oversees around 1,050 employees across 13 locations including Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee, London, and the newly launched Apex City of Bath Hotel, was recognised for its ability to support its workforce within the fast paced, labour intensive industry.
APEX CITY OF BATH SCORES WITH BATH RUGBY PARTNERSHIP
Bath’s newest hotel, The Apex City of Bath Hotel, has marked its arrival in the historic city by announcing a season long partnership with Bath Rugby.
The four-star hotel announced the new partnership at this year’s Bath Rugby shirt sponsor dinner, held within its world class events space on Wednesday 27th September.
ROMAN STATUES BRING BATH LOCALS TO A STANDSTILL
Five real-life Roman statues took to the streets of Bath yesterday, bringing locals to a standstill as they looked on.
The statues spent the day out and about in the city to mark the arrival of Apex City of Bath Hotel, gifting passers-by with special Apex Oliver vouchers – named for the city’s historic local currency.
APEX CITY OF BATH HOTEL LAUNCHES WITH HELP FROM ITS NEIGHBOURS
Apex City of Bath Hotel has marked its arrival in the historic city with the help of two special guests marking a milestone of their own.
Local couple Debbee and Matt Whittaker, who celebrated their first wedding anniversary this month, arrived in true Bath style to help launch the £35 million hotel – by riding up in a Roman chariot.
APEX DUNDEE HOLDS THE QUAY TO YOUR STAY IN THE CITY
Whatever the reason for your trip to Dundee, the Apex City Quay Hotel & Spa will give you a warm welcome.The 151-bed hotel sits just 10 minutes from some of Dundee’s most famous landmarks and exciting activities and looks out over the City Quay.
EXPLORE THE CAPITAL FROM THE LUXURIOUS APEX CITY OF LONDON HOTEL
The 209-bed Apex City of London Hotel can be found in the central location of Seething Lane – just minutes from Tower Hill Underground and Fenchurch Street Station.
Situated next to the medieval St Olave’s Church, the city’s rich cultural heritage is a stone’s throw away.
RELAX IN THE HEART OF THE CAPITAL WITH APEX LONDON WALL HOTEL
The 89-bed boutique Apex London Wall Hotel sits in the heart of the capital, nestled on a quiet street – Copthall Avenue.
Minutes from Liverpool Street Station and Moorgate and Bank Underground stations, it offers easy access to London’s plethora of attractions, shops, restaurants and nightlife.
ENJOY THE BIG CITY FROM THE COMFORT OF APEX TEMPLE COURT HOTEL
No matter the reason for visiting London, the Apex Temple Court Hotel has accommodation covered.
The 184-bed property is just moments from Fleet Street, synonymous with the press and publishing industry, and perfectly situated for visiting Covent Garden, London’s business districts – Soho, Southbank, City of London and Temple – and Theatreland.
NEW APEX HOTEL SPA COULD PROVE JUST THE JOB
As part of its £1.5million refurbishment, Apex City of London Hotel is partnering with PURE Spa & Beauty to bring an oasis of calm to the capital – and are looking for the perfect team to pamper guests.
MILESTONE MOMENT FOR NEW BATH HOTEL
The team at Apex City of Bath Hotel is celebrating yet another milestone as the grand opening of the new £35m property approaches.
Contractors have removed the final piece of scaffolding around the hotel’s façade, revealing the building – constructed using Bath stone – in all its glory.
ENJOY A WARM WELCOME TO A HISTORIC CITY WITH APEX CITY OF BATH HOTEL
No matter the reason for visiting Bath, the brand new Apex City of Bath Hotel has accommodation covered.
The £35million, 177-bed property sits in the heart of the city, on the corner of James Street West – a short walk from Bath Spa Train station and close to plenty of top tourist attractions.
APEX EXPANSION CONTINUES AS NEW £35M BATH HOTEL PREPARES FOR LAUNCH
A new £35m venture for Apex Hotels Limited is set to boost the company’s portfolio this summer as the doors open on its newest hotel, in the city of Bath.
The completion of The Apex City of Bath Hotel project is a significant milestone for the Group marking the first opening in England outside of London and expanding the portfolio to ten hotels across the UK.
APEX BATH WELCOMES FIRST INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE BOOKING
The Apex City of Bath Hotel has signed its first international conference ahead of its opening in the
coming months. The new hotel will welcome Sweden’s leading beauty magazine, Daisy Beauty, for its annual
international conference in September 2017.
FINAL RECRUITMENT DRIVE AS BATH’S LARGEST HOTEL COUNTS DOWN TO LAUNCH
With just over two months to go until its grand opening in August, Apex Hotels has launched a final push to recruit 100 new team members for Bath’s largest hotel, The City of Bath Apex Hotel.
The new £35million 177 bed property, situated on the corner of James Street West, has a range of full and part time hospitality positions on offer, from front of house staff and guest services to housekeeping, supervisor and manager posts across a range of departments.
Bath’s newest hotel is starting to take on a flavour of its own
Award-winner Ben Abercrombie, aged 26, will join the team at the Apex City of Bath Hotel at the end of April and is confident that his creative approach will win over the city’s discerning clientele.
“Hotel kitchens are highly pressured environments but they are also filled with passionate people who have the drive to create wonderful experiences for diners. That will be the team’s ambition for the restaurant at the City of Bath Hotel.”
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Apex Appoints Director of Sales
Apex City of Bath Hotel is thrilled to announce that it’s expanding its senior management team with the appointment of Amanda Jones as Director of Sales.
Results for the 12 months ended 30 April 2016
Another year of strong financial performance for Apex Hotels
Apex Hotels Limited has reported a highly successful financial year with an 11.8 per cent rise in underlying profits before tax, up from £9.2m to £10.3m.
The company said strong trading across its nine-hotel portfolio – which spans London, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Dundee – and new room openings were key contributors.
Apex appoints General Manager for new Bath hotel
Apex Hotels has announced the appointment of Tim O’Sullivan as the general manager of its new 177- bedroom City of Bath Hotel.
Irish-born Tim brings with him more than 20 years’ experience in the hotel industry and will lead the Summer-2017 opening of the four-star premises on the corner of James Street West.
Edinburgh Links Could Benefit Bath
Bath could benefit enormously from greater links with cities like Edinburgh, claims the managing director of the latest addition to the city’s hotel scene.
Yousif Al-Wagga, the managing director of Apex Hotels, said one of the reasons why the Edinburgh-based hotel chain had chosen Bath as the location for its first hotel outside Scotland and London was the synergy between the two UNESCO World Heritage cities.
Apex Hotels go up a gear with new complimentary shuttle service
Apex City Quay Hotel & Spa in Dundee are going the extra mile by launching the city’s first complimentary shuttle bus service for hotel guests.
The service will run on a trial basis for three months. The new offering aims to extend the Apex Hotels ‘warmer welcome’ by providing guests with complimentary transfers to and from Dundee Airport and Dundee Train Station. Many of the hotel’s corporate guests will also benefit from a complimentary drop-off service to their place of work during the trial period.
Tourism skills blueprint targets sector growth
Skills Investment Plan focuses on leadership, digital skills and visitor experience. An action plan to help tourism employers develop the skills they need for further growth has been launched by the industry.
It aims to build on progress achieved since the publication of the original Skills Investment Plan in 2013, with the second edition again facilitated by Skills Development Scotland (SDS) in partnership with industry.
The new plan was welcomed by Robert Allan, HR Director at Apex Hotels and Chair of the Tourism Skills Group.
Yu Spa Scoop Scottish Spa of the Year
Yu Spa at Apex City Quay Hotel & Spa in Dundee are crowned Scottish Spa of the Year at the Professional Beauty Regional Awards. Angela McGarva, Yu Spa Manager, collected the award at a black tie ceremony at The Monastery in Manchester on Sunday 18 September. They beat finalists The Spa at Cameron House and Spa Uniq in Perthshire to claim the coveted title.
Edinburgh Apex Hotel Puts Extra Sparkle into Festival Finale
Staff at the Apex Grassmarket Hotel in Edinburgh are going the extra mile for the Festival Fireworks (Monday 29 August), inviting local children living with cancer to enjoy the display from their exclusive fifth floor viewing gallery, Heights. The children and their families work closely with Edinburgh based charity CCLASP, who provide non-stop help and support to children and teenagers suffering from cancer or leukemia. Guests will arrive at 8.30pm for hot drinks and cakes, ready to enjoy the fireworks display at 9.30pm.
Travellers have spoken: Apex Hotels TripAdvisor Certificates of Excellence
Apex Hotels is celebrating 20 years of a Warmer Welcome and excellent guest satisfaction at each of its nine UK hotels in 2016. As a recognition of this outstanding guest service in each hotel in the Apex Hotels group has received a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award. These awards are carefully selected and given to properties that consistently achieve outstanding traveller reviews on TripAdvisor over the past year.
Apex Hotels is proud to announce these awards having achieved an overall TripAdvisor rating of at least four out of five across each property this year including the Apex City of Glasgow Hotel recently launched in September 2015.
Still smiling after 20 years
On 29th April 1996, Norman Springford opened his first Apex Hotel in Edinburgh’s Grassmarket. The 127 rooms, each selling at a fixed rate of £39.95, were adorned with pictures on the wall bought from IKEA in Newcastle and transported back to Edinburgh in Norman’s wife’s Volkswagen polo.
Norman set out by hiring a core team of experienced people, many of whom are still part of the Apex team today, 20 years on and began seeking staff with the right attitude rather than the right experience. As he points out in the company manifesto, “If a team member has a smile, we can train them to accomplish anything.”
Apex Hotels unveils plans for £35M hotel development in Bath
The site, benefits from detailed planning consent for redevelopment into a new 177 bedroom full service hotel with extensive conference facilities.
“This is a rare and exciting growth opportunity for Apex to add to our portfolio and have presence in a popular UNESCO World Heritage Site” said Norman Springford, Chairman of Apex Hotels.
The site is situated on the corner of Charles Street and James Street West within Bath City Centre and is ideally located within easy reach of tourist destinations with the world famous Roman Baths situated just 200 metres away.
Top students appointed to new Apex Hotels Apprenticeship Programme
Two students from Queen Margaret University (QMU), Edinburgh, have become the first in the capital to be selected for the new Apex Hotels and QMU Scholarship Programme.
Apex Hotels and QMU have teamed up to launch the scheme, which will help bolster career opportunities for hospitality and events students each academic year. The move aims to create a new generation of hospitality leaders who can transform Scotland’s hospitality industry so that it is a key player on the world stage.
Apex Hotels celebrate National Rubber Duck Day in a giant way
Passers-by at the Grassmarket, Edinburgh will be forgiven for thinking they have gone a little quackers on Wednesday 13 January, as a giant duck descended on the Grassmarket to celebrate National Rubber Duck Day.
The giant mascot is a larger than life (16ft tall to be precise) version of the cute Apex Duck that is part of the warmer welcome awaiting guests. Whichever Apex Hotel, there will be a little rubber friend awaiting them in the bathroom and is theirs to take home. The Apex Ducks have become an iconic symbol for the hotel chain and what better way to celebrate! It's not every day people see a 16ft tall giant duck in the middle of the Grassmarket, so naturally we’re sure people will grab their phones to take a selfie!
Apex Hotels win customer service award
We’re pleased to announce Apex Hotels have recently won the Customer Service Excellence Award at The Herald Scottish Family Business Awards 2015. A handful of triumphant companies, both large and small from all over Scotland, made the final cut and were winners at the prestigious awards. The evening celebrations put the spotlight on to Scotland’s greatest family businesses. This Customer Service Excellence Award is a great achievement for Apex Hotels and is testament to the exceptional service we provide guests. For our guests we always try to go above and beyond at all times. Thank you to all our dedicated staff for always putting the customer first, brilliant customer service is what we do best and this accolade confirms it!
Apex City of London celebrates 10 years with stunning new extension
This November, Apex City of London celebrated 10 years of providing guests with amazing stays in the heart of London. To mark the special occasion, the hotel recently underwent an extensive extension, by adding 30 striking rooms through the conversion of a neighbouring Grade II listed office building. The new extension has increased the Apex City of London bedroom count to a total of 209, making it the largest hotel in the Apex Hotels portfolio.
An Edinburgh partnership set to pamper: Apex Hotels to partner with Pure Spa & Beauty
Apex Hotels and successful spa operator Pure Spa are partnering to offer spa and beauty treatments at its Apex Waterloo Place Hotel. Under the new arrangement, Pure Spa will offer a wider range of treatments to further enhance the Apex Hotels’ guest experience; whilst Pure Spa’s active local customer base and strong social media following will also attract a new local audience to the hotel.
Apex Hotels scholarship supports top students
Apex Hotels and Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh (QMU) have joined forces to launch a new scholarship programme to help bolster career opportunities for hospitality and events students. The move aims to create a new generation of hospitality leaders who can transform Scotland’s hospitality industry so that it is a key player on the world stage. The new scholarship programme supports students from hospitality and tourism or event management during their final year of university study, and will provide each with paid work experience with Apex Hotels.
Hitting the height of city sophistication with the new Apex City of Glasgow
Glasgow’s newest hotel, the Apex City of Glasgow, officially opened its doors on Wednesday 14 October 2015. Following on from an extensive fit out, the stunning new four star hotel on Bath Street was Apex Hotel’s first foray into the Glasgow market. Situated in the heart of Glasgow, the new hotel has 104 modern bedrooms including five duplex suites with striking views over the city. It is Apex Hotels’ ninth property, joining its portfolio spanning Edinburgh, Dundee and London.