I stayed at the Premier Inn Dundee Centre for one night in August 2010, on a complimentary basis. It was the first night of my Summer 2010 Scotland Blog Tour. The hotel is in a great location right on the Tay Estuary, just across from Dundee railway station. This is an ideal hotel for a Dundee short break with Dundee attractions such as Discovery Point and Sensation Science Centre, as well as a selection of shops, bars, cafes and restaurants, within a 5 minute walk from the hotel. Guests can park free of charge, with parking pass available at reception, in the pay and display car park at the front of the hotel.
Premier Inn Dundee Centre by the Tay Estuary
I was fortunate to have a room at the back of the hotel with an estuary view and the Tay road and rail bridges. There’s s walkway along the estuary but I didn’t hear any noise from there after midnight. The rooms at the front of the hotel face the car park and a fairly busy road.
View from my room at the Premier Inn Dundee Centre toward Tay Road Bridge
My room was a good size with a comfy bed. Some of the room fittings were a little bit old fashioned, I didn’t like the plastic wood effect on the sink and toilet casing.
The staff are all very pleasant and helpful. I arrived at the car park just after 11.00am, check in time is from 2pm but I was given a free pass for the car park from the receptionist which I was told would be valid for the whole of the next day too.
Breakfast was mainly an all-you can-eat buffet but the cooked breakfast was freshly cooked to order. I managed to get a table with an estuary view. It was a bit chaotic at the buffet table, due to the number of guests. There was a fresh fruit salad, various cereals, fruit juice, yoghurts, toast from a toasting belt machine (which only seemed to do one side), croissants and muffins. Hot water and coffee were available in flasks but were just about lukewarm. I think that it’s be much better for staff to serve fresh tea and coffee to guests’ tables, so that the hot drinks would actually be hot and the buffet table wouldn’t get so crowded. Breakfast isn’t included in the room rate, most Premier Inns offer a choice of either a continental breakfast for Â£5.25 or a cooked breakfast for Â£7.75.
Wifi access is priced at Â£5 an hour or Â£12 for 24 hours, which I think it too expensive. I used my 02 mobile broadband which costs Â£15 a month for up to 3GB. In my opinion, Premier Inn should offer guests free wifi.
I’d recommend the Premier Inn Dundee Centre for a city break or as a base for various day trips, for example to Fife, Perthshire and Angus. It’s a good Dundee budget hotel option with rooms starting at Â£29 a night, kids under 16 stay free in family rooms. For every adult who orders a cooked breakfast, two under 16s can eat free of charge. I’ve included the Premier Inn Dundee Centre in my top 5 Dundee hotels.
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