I have been fortunate to get away this year all over the UK and Europe, and one of my favourite accommodations has been the Staybridge Suites in Dundee. These little self contained apartments feel like a home from home. Large enough that we felt we could stay there for an extended period, small enough to feel cosy.
Staybridge Suites occupy a traditional iconic building in the heart of Dundee City Centre with views over the city towards the River Tay, Docklands and Broughty Ferry Harbour. We took the train from Edinburgh and walked the 1.4 miles to the suites.
There are 85 studio and one bedroom suites and each spaces aims to create a sense of community, comfort and convenience. There’s a fitness centre onsite and you can buy provisions from the pantry located inside the hotel. Our apartment had a small kitchen and I could easily imagine myself enjoying breakfast or a simple dinner there – we loved the extra touch of recipe cards which provided some inspiration
The suites are a 10-minute walk from the waterfront where you can visit the V&A Museum opened in 2018, and following your visit you can either head into Dundee for some dinner, or stay within the hotel and dine at Daisy Tasker as we did.
We started with the Spiced Chicken Wings, it was a portion of five wings that were unjointed (so really like 10) and they were large too – a great portion for just £5.50. Very tasty and something I’d definitely order again, a perfect side to a beer or cocktail. I had the more refined Pork Belly & Langoustine. The langoustines were pretty understated and while the whole dish was enjoyable, I would probably opt for the chicken wings in future because they were SO good.
Erin had her favourite, Fish & Chips. This was served traditionally with mushy peas and tartare sauce, neither of which she ate, kids eh.. The fish was fresh and crispy and went down really well. I had an unusual choice for me, Gnocchi. It was served dry with brocolli, charred corn and almond dressing. On paper it really shouldn’t have worked, however I found it surprisingly satisfying and somehow not dry at all?
We chose well on the desserts, first was an impressive Toffee Apple Souffle which arrived soaring over its container. The toffee sauce was thick and sweet and sticky, our only point of feedback would be that the sorbet would have benefited from being much sharper to cut through all the sweetness. Next up was Chocolate & Cherries, a plateful of assorted ‘bits’, but they were all good bits – in particular the aerated chocolate, the cherry gel, the honeycomb, and the cherry sorbet – ok, all of it!
Back at our apartment at the Staybridge Suites we settled down for the evening to watch Love Island satisfying full.
In the morning we made amends with a healthy selection from the complimentary breakfast. We wandered back through the centre of Dundee and happened to be visiting St Mary’s church where there was a cellist recital happening. It was a nice end to what was a lovely overnight stay in Dundee.