This luxury 4-star boutique hotel adjacent to Edinburgh Castle is in the heart of the city's historic Grassmarket. Unlike more traditional Scottish hotels, the ambience at Apex is tailored and sophisticated, a refreshing design counterpoint to the layers of history in the Old Town surroundings. Guest rooms are large, with appealing details: art on the walls, surprisingly powerful showers, a writing desk and chair, 42” widescreen LCD televisions and free wireless Internet. A daily newspaper, tea and coffee are also complimentary, and a DVD library is available. The Heights rooftop restaurant has dramatic views of the castle and Edinburgh’s impressive skyline. The Metro Bar & Brasserie offer a more casual setting, with sleek mid-century modern décor. Yu-Time is the hotel’s Japanese-inspired fitness and leisure center, featuring Technogym exercise equipment, a stainless-steel ozone swimming pool, and sauna.