The Best Boutique Hotels to Book in Dundee

Explore sights like the V&A while staying at the perfect boutique hotel in Dundee, Scotland
Explore sights like the V&A while staying at the perfect boutique hotel in Dundee, Scotland | © Mark Sunderland Photography / Alamy Stock Photo
Tori Chalmers

From a mansion overlooking the University Botanic Garden to a swanky designer bolthole swathed in dark velvet, here’s our pick of the best boutique hotels in Dundee, bookable with Culture Trip, where you can base yourself while exploring the V&A, Broughty Castle, Camperdown Wildlife Centre and the Scottish city’s other great attractions.

1. The Shaftesbury Hotel, for period features

Boutique Hotel

Cosy bedroom with red and light-brown colour scheme, desk and rose-hued carpeting at the Shaftesbury Hotel in Dundee
Courtesy of the Shaftesbury Hotel / Expedia

Fans of haggis and Indian food will salivate at this Victorian stone residence in Dundee’s West End, where you can start the day with a Scottish breakfast and end it with a tandoori king prawn dinner. Plenty of original features to be admired at this hotel in Dundee range from high ceilings to a white marble fireplace and bay window in the dining room. Single, twin, double and triple rooms have character, some set into the eaves, some with pleasingly arched windows. Don’t miss the waterfront V&A Dundee design museum, the first V&A outside London, a five-minute taxi ride away.

2. Taypark House, for a Scotch on the rocks

Boutique Hotel, Independent Hotel

Family bedroom with king and two single beds, exposed stone wall, wood beam and plush carpet at Taypark House, Dundee
Courtesy of Taypark House / Expedia

Taypark House in Dundee’s West End is one of the city’s most sought-after stays. In a nod to Scotland’s past, minimalist rooms show faint traces of contemporary tartan. No expenses are spared when it comes to this jute baron mansion, from panoramic Botanic Garden views to claw-footed bathtubs. Brimming with a wealth of bespoke Scottish gins, the dreamy bar masters the art of urban serenity by extending the party to the lush outdoors.

3. Apex City Quay Hotel and Spa, for a Japanese-inspired stay

Boutique Hotel, Spa Hotel

Modern room with geometric-pattern carpet, mustard-hued drapes and floor-to-ceiling windows at Apex City Quay Hotel and Spa in Dundee
Courtesy of Apex City Quay Hotel and Spa / Expedia

One of Dundee’s most cosmopolitan stays, the Apex City Quay Hotel & Spa offers that boutique home-away-from-home feel within a larger setting. Peppered with Elemis products and state-of-the-art beauty treatments, the luscious Yu Spa honours the age-old Japanese practice of finding healing through hot water, or Yu. The ethereal light flooding the contemporary rooms can be credited to the sweeping floor-to-ceiling windows, while vibrant fixtures add a sense of fun.

5. Malmaison Dundee, for local flavour

Boutique Hotel

Sultry bedroom in violet hues with plush velvet furnishings, dark striped wallpaper and soft carpet at Malmaison Dundee
Courtesy of Malmaison Dundee / Expedia

Malmaison rests in its own super-luxe league. Adding a touch of fabulous to the city’s burgeoning waterfront, this artfully designed hotel in Dundee is centrally located and fitted with all the trimmings. Plush velvets meet opaque patterned wallpapers and contemporary light fixtures. Grand rooms pay homage to Dundee’s comic heritage with trendy Dennis the Menace pictures, while the dream-inducing beds are ready for lazy lounging and restorative moments. From bottomless lunches at the swanky brasserie to the magical cocktails flowing in the bar, Malmaison ticks all boutique boxes.

Jo Fernandez contributed additional reporting to this article.

landscape with balloons floating in the air

KEEN TO EXPLORE THE WORLD?

Connect with like-minded people on our premium trips curated by local insiders and with care for the world

Since you are here, we would like to share our vision for the future of travel - and the direction Culture Trip is moving in.

Culture Trip launched in 2011 with a simple yet passionate mission: to inspire people to go beyond their boundaries and experience what makes a place, its people and its culture special and meaningful — and this is still in our DNA today. We are proud that, for more than a decade, millions like you have trusted our award-winning recommendations by people who deeply understand what makes certain places and communities so special.

Increasingly we believe the world needs more meaningful, real-life connections between curious travellers keen to explore the world in a more responsible way. That is why we have intensively curated a collection of premium small-group trips as an invitation to meet and connect with new, like-minded people for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in three categories: Culture Trips, Rail Trips and Private Trips. Our Trips are suitable for both solo travelers, couples and friends who want to explore the world together.

Culture Trips are deeply immersive 5 to 16 days itineraries, that combine authentic local experiences, exciting activities and 4-5* accommodation to look forward to at the end of each day. Our Rail Trips are our most planet-friendly itineraries that invite you to take the scenic route, relax whilst getting under the skin of a destination. Our Private Trips are fully tailored itineraries, curated by our Travel Experts specifically for you, your friends or your family.

We know that many of you worry about the environmental impact of travel and are looking for ways of expanding horizons in ways that do minimal harm - and may even bring benefits. We are committed to go as far as possible in curating our trips with care for the planet. That is why all of our trips are flightless in destination, fully carbon offset - and we have ambitious plans to be net zero in the very near future.

Edit article