I recently visited Dundee to find out what Scotland's fourth largest city has to offer. I was invited to stay at the DoubleTree by Hilton which sits in six acres of beautiful landscaped gardens a few miles outside the centre of Dundee.
The hotel is comprised of a mansion house built in 1870 with a large modern extension which provides a contrast of old and new. As you would expect from an established, quality brand like the Hilton, the decor is warm and comfortable and every little extra has been thought of, even a welcoming warm choc chip cookie on arrival, yum!
There is a lounge bar, restaurant, business facilities and a fitness area with a small pool, sauna and steam room. The restaurant has been awarded an AA Rosette and there is also a choice of food available in the lounge bar if you are looking for a more casual dining option.
I didn't eat dinner at the hotel as I was out and about, however the quality of food and hot and cold choices at breakfast was excellent, only surpassed by the efficient and friendly service.
There is free WiFi throughout the hotel which thankfully worked well and plenty of free parking available.
I stayed in a deluxe room which had added extras including a refrigerator, air conditioning, sofa bed, super king bed, separate bathtub and shower and of course a fluffy bathrobe and slippers for extra pampering! I also enjoyed a nice open view from my window as you can see below.
The hotel is located approx 4 miles from Dundee city centre which means you do have to travel to visit the main attractions; however it does mean that you can enjoy peace and quiet away from the hustle and bustle at the end of the day.
There are plenty of reasons to visit Dundee for a city break and you can read my blog post with just 10 great ideas of things to do in the city to get you started.
I enjoyed the peaceful location after a day of sightseeing and found a stroll through the gardens a lovely way to start the day.
Most of the rooms, including the one I stayed in, are situated within the modern extension, however I did get a sneaky peek inside the characterful mansion house and one of the recently refurbished rooms.
The mansion house still maintains many original features and it is no surprise it is popular for wedding photographs.
Overall I found the hotel to be a relaxing and luxurious escape on my visit to Dundee with lots of nice thoughtful touches to make sure you felt well looked after during your stay. The staff were very friendly and helpful and the breakfast staff in particular were both welcoming and efficient, managing to stay on top of all the orders and regularly visiting each table to see if there was anything else required. It is easy to understand why they often get a special mention in the generally excellent TripAdvisor reviews of the hotel.
The awards on display in reception are well deserved in my opinion as it is often difficult to find hotels with just the right balance of efficiency, friendliness and quality.
To book a stay or to find out more you can visit the hotel website here.
I stayed as a guest of the DoubleTree Hilton Dundee, however all opinions as always are honest and from my own experience.
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