The city of Dundee sits on the north bank of the River Tay. It’s only around 35 minutes from Perth by car or 20 minutes by train. If you’re coming from the south, you get the best introduction to the city (and the city centre) via a trip across the Tay Road Bridge.
The heart of the city is inside the A90 and Kingsway road. Further along to the east, you can visit Broughty Castle and Museum. The castle was built at the edge of the river in the 15 century. Further inland, near the A92, you’ll find the 16th-century Claypotts Castle. There is a reason this has earned its reputation as a quirky castle, but a visit to see it for real tells you more.
Meanwhile, just off the harbour, you can visit the charmingly-named HMS Unicorn. It was built at the dockyard in Chatham, Kent and almost two centuries later it is a popular tourist attraction in the city.
If you’re hunting for accommodation Dundee, from 1 room to several for a family trip, you’re in luck. I’m going to share some of my top recommendations for Dundee hotels here. There are lots of hotels in Dundee suitable for all budgets. Dundee hotels only cover half the options on offer too, as you’ll see.
However, if you want a hotel, Dundee has lots to offer. Let’s explore some of the best. Remember to book ahead of arrival to avoid disappointment, especially if you have somewhere specific you’d like to stay.
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Apex City Quay Hotel
This city quay hotel spa Dundee ticks all the boxes. Overlooking the quay, it’s close to the city centre and a popular hotel Dundee option. From City Rooms to a Master Suite, few Dundee hotels have this many options to choose from for a comfortable stay.
The on-site Quayside Bar & Grill is perfect if eating in hotels is your thing. Spacious and inviting, it offers bespoke menus throughout the day. There is a set menu if you’re feeling adventurous too.
Not all hotels Dundee have a spa, but this one does. The hydrotherapy spa pool is the centrepiece of Yu Spa. You can also book various treatments to help you relax and unwind after your journey. When you stay at this hotel, Dundee is on your doorstep.Check Online Availability
Best Western Queens Hotel
There are three Best Western hotels in Dundee. The Best Western Queens Hotel is closest to the Tay Bridge. It’s also one of the only hotels in Dundee that sits on Nethergate via Perth Road, so it’s superb for access.
Hotels in Dundee operated by this brand always have a variety of rooms to book. Single, superior, double, and king-size rooms are available over several floors of the hotel. There are family and twin rooms too.
As for food, the Queens Hotel joins many other hotels in Dundee by offering an on-site restaurant. Try the Q-Bar Eatery, with a mouth-watering mix of starters, mains, and desserts to choose from.Check Online Availability
Malmaison Dundee Hotel
Situated on Whitehall Crescent, this hotel in Dundee gives you a superb central spot to explore from. Spread over six floors, there are 91 rooms and suites available. If you’re arriving by train, the Malmaison is one of the most convenient hotels in Dundee to choose because the railway station is right opposite.
This is one for fans of boutique hotels. There is a larger range of rooms than many hotels offer, too. Standard doubles, cosy doubles, a club twin, and a signature suite – these are just a few of the options at Malmaison.
You can also eat at Chez Mal, a stylish eaterie offering an a la carte menu. From nibbles to grills, many hotels would love to equal the quality of Chez Mal. You can also try the Chez Mal Bar, offering bar food such as burgers and luxurious sandwiches if you prefer.Check Online Availability
The Sleeperz Hotel has a name you won’t soon forget. Sleeperz-branded hotels offer a practical city alternative. Modern rooms and eye-catching furnishings set it apart from other hotels in Dundee.
Few hotels can say they are as close to the railway station as this one. It’s actually right above it. There are 75 double rooms available, with free wifi guaranteed.
You can also head for the on-site eatz&drinkz restaurant when hunger strikes. They also provide a full breakfast buffet to set you up for the day ahead. I’m keen to try the all-day menu though. It’s filled with delights including seasonal soup, a sharing charcuterie board, and Sleeperz burgers.Check Online Availability
Hampton by Hilton
Hilton is known for its chain of hotels spread across the UK and beyond. Hampton is based in the business district, just by the W Port Roundabout. This makes it a good option if you’re looking for hotels that are easy to reach no matter where you are coming from.
Each room booking includes free wifi and a free breakfast. You can book a twin or queen room, while some rooms also have a sofa bed. Certain rooms are accessible for wheelchair users too. The distinctive Hilton colour scheme is seen in each room, with smart, clean lines and a relaxed feel in every case.
There is ample parking at the Hampton, costing £6 per day at the time of writing. Overspill parking is also available at the nearby NCP car park if required.Check Online Availability
Dundee has several caravan parks but not much by way of camping sites. That said, I’ve found a good one that is easy to reach and makes the ideal alternative to a Dundee hotel. I doubt many of the hotels in Dundee have sea views as close as this…
Tayview Caravan Park
This caravan park overlooks the Tay to the east of Broughty Ferry. If arriving by train to stay in a glamping pod, you can alight at Balmossie and be at the park within 30 minutes on foot. Balmossie is the next stop along the line from Broughty Ferry.
The park is set right on the beach, offering superb sunsets to watch of an evening. It certainly ranks near the top of my favourite Dundee accommodation. You’re not far from the city centre either.
They also have hard standing pitches for motorhomes and caravans if you’re travelling to the city that way. They don’t seem to have pitches for tents though. However, for great views, a beachfront setting, easy access to attractions, and local services in the city centre, this park covers it all.
Bed and Breakfast Dundee
Would a B&B Dundee option suit you better? If so, you’ve got several smart Dundee B&B venues to choose from. I’ve selected one of the top options here – somewhere to stay in Dundee that has great reviews from previous occupants. It might also be more affordable than some of the hotels in Dundee.
This Dundee bed and breakfast might have a strange name, but you’ll have fond reasons to remember it once you’ve stayed. Situated in Dundee city centre, there are several 1 room options to choose from. There are king and super-king options, offering relaxed decor and the ideal base for exploring nearby.
You can tuck into a full traditional Scottish breakfast during each day of your stay. The venue also offers evening meals, so if you don’t eat out in Dundee city centre, you can always return to the B&B to enjoy a relaxed supper. One more reason why this bed and breakfast Dundee Scotland fits the bill.Check Online Availability
Holiday cottages don’t come to mind when you think of Dundee city centre. However, you can find some treats there. For privacy and relaxation in between seeing the sights in the area, these options might be perfect as alternatives to a hotel in Dundee.
Located in Murroes, north of the city centre, the cottage is easily reached from the A92. It also gives views over Murroes Burn. The property has four bedrooms, so it’s ideal for larger parties. And yes, there is a thatched roof!
Beautifully decorated with fine features including a stunning fireplace, you can enjoy the space – and the garden – on your holiday to Dundee. The perfect alternative to Dundee hotels if you fancy it. The colour scheme has been kept light and airy, offering a sense of space and appeal throughout.
The large lounge area gives plenty of room for a pool table. You can also enjoy breakfast seated around the chunky wooden kitchen table, which takes pride of place in the large kitchen. All mod cons are provided, guaranteeing you can have the relaxed stay you are looking for.Check Online Availability
North Balkello Cottage
You’ll find bags of character flooding every nook and corner of this Dundee property. If hotels don’t suit you, this Auchterhouse cottage is just north of Dundee city centre and is hard to resist. It’s designed to appeal to families given its size.
You’ll benefit from private parking, your own garden, four bedrooms, and a hot tub outside on the decking if you fancy it. The bright and spacious kitchen is the perfect place to cook the traditional Scottish breakfast before setting out to explore Dundee for the day. Neutral decor throughout makes this the perfect spot to relax any time of the year.Check Online Availability
Forget hotels… how about staying in a lodge? This property is on Camphill Road in Broughty Ferry, offering quick access to the railway station. It also means you’re just outside the city while being close enough to reach all its attractions in no time. Its location also gives you the chance to head to nearby green spaces for walks.
The property dates from 1864, includes private parking, and has two bedrooms. The main bedroom includes an en-suite shower and bathroom. Many original features of the home remain, giving it real character and charm. It’s the perfect place to relax when you’re not out exploring the city. It also comes with its own private garden space… and a tower! It may well be the only holiday property I’ve seen with one of those.Check Online Availability