Sweet Dreams…from Dundee
The historic city of Dundee, known for Jute, Jam and Journalism, is having a bit of a moment currently. Between the £1bn waterfront redevelopment, the rise of ace independent businesses and of course, the V&A Dundee. Between all of this AND a flourishing foodie scene I just had to take a trip east to check it out!
But where to stay?? Well the lovely folks at the Hotel Indigo offered to put us up for the night so we could explore this hot topic city. The hotel is a 5/10 minute walk away from the city centre and water front which makes it lovely and quiet but still super convenient.
This 200 year old Jute Mill has been lovingly renovated and transformed into a super stylish hotel which showcases elements of the city it belongs to. All of the 102 rooms contain furniture and artwork created by local designers and artists with subtle nods to Dundees’ most famous exports. Colin particularly enjoyed all the gaming references (Dundee is the birthplace of Grand Theft Auto in case you didn’t know) while I loved the Hilary Grant throws on the beds.
The overall design of this hotel is a perfect blend of home comforts, industrial rawness and cool quirkiness. A seriously cool base for a Scottish city break, thoroughly smashing the mold of bland chain hotels.
Food and Drink
Within the hotel’s restaurant The Daisy Tasker there is plenty of options for dining. They have a fairly traditional restaurant menu offering steaks, burgers etc (I must add there is a nice nod to Scotland with Stovies on there too) but also have a light bites/bar food menu too which was pretty decent. We grabbed a few snacks upon arriving back at the hotel from the Gin Festival we attended which were delicious and reasonably priced. The bar was chock full of premium branded gin and whiskies and I spotted a fair few glam looking cocktails being served too.
The breakfast was probably the highlight for us, with loads of options both hot and cold and a decent cuppa too. Always an essential for me.
Out and About
There is plenty to see and do around this bustling, industrial city and the highlight is the new V&A museum. With a groundbreaking design by Kengo Kuma it is as exciting from the outside as it is within. A must visit for history buffs and design gurus alike.
For animal lovers you can do dolphin tours from the Broughty Ferry pier and chance your luck spotting pods of Bottlenose Dolphins as well as the sleek seals that inhabit the estuary. Shopping til you drop is also an option whether that is hitting the high street or seeking out more fashion forward options in the likes of Oh Hello Vintage or Hayley Scanlan.
I’ll be back
We most definitely didn’t manage to squeeze in all the best of Dundee in this flying visit, mainly due to spending a huge chunk of our 24 hours drinking gin but that is a whole other blog post. The upside of that is that we will need to do a return visit sometime this year and when we do, the Hotel Indigo Dundee will absolutely be our home from home.
If you are looking for a quirky weekend away to explore a Scottish city I highly recommend Dundee and Hotel Indigo.
Our stay with Hotel Indigo Dundee was complimentary in exchange for an honest blog review. All opinions and photographs are my own.