Part of the adventure when travelling is landing that perfect hotel pick. And for the luxe wanderlusters, only boutique chic surrounds will suffice. Overrun with Scottish art and trendy interiors, swoon over our guide to Dundee’s most lavish hotels.
A classy Scots Baronial stamp on Dundee’s inviting west end, Taypark House 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 mixed with dapper interiors clad in muted grays and pops of gold. No expenses are spared when it comes to this jute baron mansion, from panoramic Botanical Garden views to claw-footed bath tubs. Brimming with a wealth of bespoke Scottish gins, the dreamy gin bar masters the art of urban serenity by extending its party to the lush outdoors.
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’. And healing you shall find. The ethereal light flooding the contemporary rooms owes credit to the sweeping floor to ceiling windows, while vibrant fixtures add a sense of fun. It’s the little things with Apex.
Wildly romantic and remote as can be, The Hideaway Experience is suited to wanderlusting couples yearning for the dream love shack treatment. Close enough to the city for convenience yet far removed from the hustle and bustle of life to really get off grid, everything about this bespoke hideaway cocoon spells seclusion. Imagine an outdoor bed, personal hot tub, private sauna, hammock for two, a double roll top bath — and not a person in sight. Blending the bucolic surrounds and plush swanky touches, each love nest has its own charming character and appeal. Less of a hotel and more of an otherworldly stay.
Although part of the Hilton empire, the Doubletree Dundee is decked out with contemporary Scottish flair, from the inspired Scots eatery to the subtle touches of tartan embellishing many of the rooms. Housed in a circa-1870 mansion, this four-star pick has mastered the art of laid back luxury with its custom-designed beds, relaxing sauna and inspired gardens. Conveniently tucked away off the A90, the Doubletree is close to The McManus and the Dundee Science Centre.
Malmaison rests in its own super-luxe league. Adding a touch of fabulous to the city’s burgeoning waterfront, this artfully designed institution 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 open to lazy loungings and restorative moments. From bottomless lunches at the swanky brasserie to the magical cocktails adorning the bar, Malmaison ticks all boutique boxes.