6 Interesting Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About Apex Waterloo Place Hotel

The Scottish capital is a real dream destination for history lovers – from its iconic 12th century castle, to the old winding roads of Haymarket and the gothic St Giles Cathedral, there’s so much to see and enjoy.

Architects once aimed to turn Edinburgh into the ‘Athens of the North’, and that ambition was gloriously realised in the Scottish National Gallery on the Mound and the monument on Calton Hill.

Plenty of history of its own

Just yards from the stunning views of Calton Hill lies a hotel in Waterloo Place Edinburgh which, being almost 200 years old, offers plenty of history of its own.

In fact, there are plenty of facts about Apex Waterloo Place Hotel  that you likely won’t know – here are six of the best:

  • Charles Dickens was a famous Waterloo Place Hotel guest who stayed several times during 1861 – at the same time as he was writing Great Expectations and A Tale of Two Cities. In a letter written during his stay he called it “the finest hotel I have yet seen”, offering “a magnificent view of this picturesque city”
  • The Waterloo Hotel opened on Saturday 21st August 1819 to commemorate the visit of Prince Leopold of Saxe-Coburg
  • On its opening, it was the first large-scale hotel in Edinburgh, and unique in being purpose-built where others in the city were normally adapted from existing houses
  • Apex Waterloo Hotel was created under the orders of the Edinburgh Waterloo Tavern Company with a capital of £22,000 in shares of £25
  • Payments made to the project’s architect and engineer were remarkably small. Robert Stevenson worked from the start of 1815 until the spring of 1819 without payment while paying an assistant, and received less than £900, having engineered a bridge and a road valued at over £39,000
  • Charles Grey 2nd Earl, (1764-1845) was given the Freedom of the City of Edinburgh in 1834 at a ceremony that took place at the hotel. He succeeded the Duke of Wellington to take up the position of British Prime Minister from 1830 to 1834. One of Grey’s other legacies is the blend of tea known as Earl Grey. He reputedly received a gift of tea that was flavoured with bergamot oil and asked British tea merchants to recreate it.

Timeless Georgian architecture

For relaxing as Charles Dickens once did, the timeless Georgian architecture of Apex Waterloo Place Hotel is a wonderful backdrop for your stay, offering complimentary gym, pool, and spa facilities, including steam room and sauna, not to mention exceptionally comfortable accommodation.

Being right in the heart of the city in Waterloo Place, Edinburgh, it’s also one of the best located hotels and is a great base for discovering more, whether it’s for young families, couples or solo travellers.