Hotel Review: Apex City Quay Hotel & Spa, Dundee

The modern luxury of the Apex City Quay Hotel & Spa in Dundee makes it an excellent base for visiting one of Scotland’s coolest cities.

HMS Unicorn, a historical ship docked beside a railing in Dundee, Scotland, under a cloudy sky.

I visited the Apex City Quay Hotel as a guest of ScotRail.

Dundee is fast becoming one of the must-see places in Scotland. In fact, the Wall Street Journal chose it as one of the coolest cities to visit in 2018, alongside destinations like Shanghai and Madagascar.

There’s plenty to see and do in Dundee, and I recently visited as part of my Spirit of Scotland trip with ScotRail. While there, I stayed in the Apex City Quay Hotel & Spa, which is an ideal base for exploring the city.

The journey only takes around 20 minutes from Glasgow, making Dundee really easy to get to. I arrived in Dundee on a mid-morning train from Glasgow Queen Street Station and headed straight over to the hotel to drop off my case. The friendly staff were happy to look after it until check-in time.

An overcast sky above the calm River Tay in Dundee, Scotland. The Tay road bridge crosses the water on the right and a small islet is near the centre of the river.

The Apex City Quay is just around the corner from the River Tay and a short walk from HM Frigate Unicorn (see photo at the top of the page). The Discovery Centre, the V&A museum and the city centre are only a 10-minute walk from the hotel.

A Room at the Apex City Quay, Dundee

After spending a few hours looking around Dundee, I went back to the hotel to check in and take a look at my room. I was staying in an Executive Room, which had plenty of space and good facilities. This type of room costs around £83 per night. The hotel has a range of other rooms available, including family rooms and luxurious suites.

A neatly arranged hotel room at the Dundee City Apex Hotel with a double bed covered with a pink bedspread, two white and red patterned pillows, and a light wooden headboard. The room also features a grey armchair, a small table with a lamp, and a framed picture on the wall.

This hotel is quite different from the Grand Central Hotel in Glasgow, where I spent the previous night. The Apex City Quay is a sleek, modern-looking hotel with a luxurious spa on the premises. My Executive room had a fresh and contemporary feel, with a king-sized bed, crisp white linen and soft pillows.

A cosy sitting area in a bedroom at the Dundee City Apex Hotel with two light grey armchairs, a small wooden side table with a few magazines on top, a standing lamp, and floral wallpaper, complemented by a framed black and white picture on the wall.

There was plenty of storage space for my clothes, plus a hospitality tray with tea, coffee and hot chocolate. And there’s a small seating area in the room as well.

To help you enjoy your visit to the fullest, the hotel provides guests with useful information about Dundee and the surrounding area. The staff at the hotel were also very helpful and able to give advice on places to see in Dundee.

A stack of tourist brochures and guides on a table in a bedroom at the Dundee City Apex Hotel, promoting travel to Dundee, Angus, and Perthshire.

The Apex City Quay is a good base if you are visiting Dundee on business. My room had a desk area with plenty of charging points, and the free Wi-Fi in the room and public areas was decent. The hotel’s facilities are good, and it generally has a high-quality feel.

A modern hotel room workspace at the Dundee City Apex Hotel featuring a wooden desk with a black office chair, a desk lamp, a phone, and a mirror on the wall, with framed artwork above. A flat-screen television is mounted on the adjacent wall.

The quality feel carries on into the bathroom, which was immaculately fitted out. It was spotlessly clean, and in addition to the powerful shower, there was also a good-sized bath. I took advantage of that to soak away some of the aches from a long day of sightseeing around Dundee!

A bathroom at the Dundee City Apex Hotel featuring a white pedestal sink to the left and a white bathtub with silver faucets to the right. There is a small orange duck bath toy on the edge of the tub and a white tray with complimentary toiletries on the bath's far side.

The Apex City Quay Hotel provides a selection of complimentary Elemis toiletries in the room. And there’s even a little Apex duck in the bath, which you can take home with you!

Elemis products are also used in the Yu Spa, which offers various treatments. Various packages are available, ranging from two hours of spa relaxation to the ‘Complete Yu’ package, which includes a facial, massage, wrap, and Bento Box lunch.

Access to the steam room, sauna, fitness studio and swimming pool is also free of charge for hotel guests. Unfortunately, my packed schedule meant I couldn’t take advantage of the spa during this visit.

Dining at the Metro Brasserie

After a long day of sightseeing, I was more than ready for dinner. I decided to eat in the hotel’s Metro Bar and Brasserie restaurant, which combines international flavours and traditional Scottish produce. 

The bar area serves a selection of bar food throughout the day, and the restaurant serves food from breakfast through to dinner. They also offer Afternoon Tea, which looked very tempting!

A starter at the Dundee City Apex Hotel. A gourmet hand-raised chicken pie is presented on a vibrant red plate, featuring a carefully plated arrangement that includes a round piece of meat, a puree, and a delicate garnish of sprouts, accompanied by a glass of white wine on a wooden table.

For my starter, I chose the raised chicken pie, served with salted radishes, a salad and a tangy apricot sauce. Unfortunately, I found the pie to be a little underwhelming. The pastry was a little tough, and the filling was fridge-cold, with little flavour. This was disappointing because the salad and sauce were both really fresh and tasty.

But the main course made up for it!

Dinner at the Dundee City Apex Hotel. A plate of food featuring roast lamb and sweetmeats with gravy, sliced potatoes, and asparagus, served on a wooden table.

My main course was grilled local lamb, served with sweetbreads, aubergines, griddled asparagus, and potatoes. Everything was packed full of flavour, and the aubergine’s sweetness went really well with the tender lamb.

It was the first time I’d tried sweetbreads, and I really enjoyed them. I also ordered a portion of the hand-cut chips with garlic to try. These were incredibly good – really crispy on the outside, hot and fluffy on the inside.

Unfortunately, after eating this, I was too full for pudding. And I was definitely ready for a good night’s sleep in that soft and comfortable bed.

Breakfast at the Apex City Quay Hotel

The room and bed were so comfortable that I had an excellent night’s sleep and woke up feeling refreshed the next morning. 

However, I had an early start, as I was heading to the next stop on my trip. So I decided to skip breakfast and have an early lunch in Arbroath. That’s a shame because breakfast at the Apex City Quay sounded really tempting.

You can choose from a wide range of continental breakfast options, as well as cooked classics like Eggs Benedict or American pancakes. Scottish kippers and smoked salmon are on the menu, and of course, there’s a ‘Great British Breakfast’.

There are vegetarian options, and for a bigger appetite, you can combine a continental buffet with one of the Cooked Classics. Drinks include tea, coffee, fruit juice, Bloody Marys and Bucks Fizz!

The Apex City Quay Hotel, Dundee: My Verdict

The Apex City Quay is a good base for your visit to Dundee. The hotel premises and facilities are all high quality, and the staff are very friendly and helpful. There are touches of luxury throughout, and it’s definitely a high-quality, modern hotel that offers excellent value.

I highly recommend this hotel if you visit Dundee to see the many attractions or on a business trip.

The Details

Apex City Quay Hotel & Spa
1 West Victoria Dock Road, Dundee, DD1 3JP

Telephone: 01382 202 404
www.apexhotels.co.uk

24 thoughts on “Hotel Review: Apex City Quay Hotel & Spa, Dundee

  1. Sarah Bailey says:

    What an awesome looking place to stay – I have never been to Dundee but I would love to go one day and I’ll have to keep this in mind if we make it.

  2. Ana De- Jesus says:

    I love that the apex hotel offers something for everyone. It is great that it is good for business but also luxury too. Shame that the pie was underwhelming but glad you enjoyed the main course and chippies!

  3. Rhian Westbury says:

    I’d never really thought about Dundee as a destination to visit but it sounds good, and a lovely looking hotel x

  4. Anosa says:

    I guess there are really some lapses but I am glad you still enjoy your food. The hotel looks simple yet classy. For me having a good night sleep is the most rewarding experience when staying at the hotel.

  5. Linda Hobbis says:

    Never been to Dundee but the apartment looks lovely – spotlessly clean (I always notice these things!). Shame about the chicken pie but that main looked fab.

  6. Emily Leary says:

    The food looks so good! Nice to see them serving something adventurous like sweetbread, which I don’t see on a menu very often!

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