Dawn Geddes doesn’t need to travel far from her home to explore Apex City Quay Hotel and Spa Dundee
It’s always good to get away from the norm. But sometimes it’s good to escape to some place nearby too.
Living in Angus, Dundee is the closest city to me and I venture there often, usually during the day for a shopping trip or to visit the cinema.
Set on a stunning quay-side near the sparkling River Tay, the Apex is a tranquil place to spend an evening
I’m rarely in the city later than tea time so a sleepover, where I could sample all the night-time delights a city has to offer – with my husband in tow – sounded particularly tempting.
Dundee is a city on the up. With the V&A heading there in 2018, the once-tired city is in the midst of a dramatic make-over. With beautiful hotels, bars, restaurants, tourist attractions and luxury green space constantly being added to the already vibrant city, the UNESCO City of Design is soon to be thriving.
My abode for the night was the beautiful four-star Apex City Quay Hotel and Spa Dundee, right in the heart of the city.
Set on a stunning quay-side within a minute’s walk of the sparkling River Tay, the Apex is a tranquil place to spend an evening.
The interior of the hotel is chic and stylish; it was clear from the moment we walked in this was the perfect place for a bit of grown-up R&R.
After checking out the hotel’s gorgeous Metro Bar & Brasserie, we made our way up to our deluxe bedroom overlooking the water. It included everything you could possibly need for a peaceful night in, from a luxurious bed and ample mini bar to gorgeous waffle dressing gowns.
Once we were unpacked and settled in, we made full use of our child-free time. This may be the Apex City Quay Hotel and Spa Dundee, but the fantastic spa is Japanese. We relaxed in the swimming pool and sauna before taking a long soak in an amazing wooden hot tub.
After a quick “bubbly stop”, we ventured out of the hotel and explored Dundee for a few hours, clocking landmarks including the McManus Galleries and the Law.
Our first stop was the city’s Hoff cemetery where we took part in a fantastically grizzly walking tour run by Dark Dundee. Following the company’s excellent guides we were taken back to murderous times in the city with gruesome tales of body snatching, disease and Viking warriors.
Thankfully, all that ghoulishness didn’t dampen our appetites, so we stopped for food at the epic Dundee burger joint Tonic, where I enjoyed a positively divine breakfast burger – suitable for any time of day.
On our way back to our hotel, we walked around the quay, stopping to admire one of Dundee’s top tourist attractions, The HM Frigate Unicorn. The boat is the oldest British-built ship still afloat, and is a rich part of Dundee’s history.
The next morning, after a blissful night’s sleep, we sampled a delicious Apex breakfast: eggs benedict served with luscious smoked salmon.
Admiring the glittering quayside view from the hotel’s Metro Brasserie, I sipped my tea and realised I was seeing Dundee in a brand new light.
My overnight stay in the tranquil surroundings of the Apex City Quay Hotel and Spa Dundee had made me slow down and notice everything that’s great about my nearest city. And there’s plenty to admire.
How to get to Apex City Quay Hotel and Spa Dundee without flying:
The Apex City Quay Hotel and Spa Dundee is a 10-minute walk from Dundee Station.
From the train station, cross over to Dock Street. Continue, right, along Dock Street until you see Dundee’s City Quay across the road on your right. Cross over using the pedestrian crossing and enter the quay through the gates.
The Apex City Quay Hotel is directly in front of you.
Words: Dawn Geddes for Feet on the Ground
Images: Kevin Geddes