“ Address: 115-117 Lawers Drive / Panmurefield Village / Broughty Ferry / Dundee DD5 3UP / Tel: 0871 527 8322 „
On a recent drive from Newcastle up to Inverness, we decided to break up the journey by stopping off overnight. I didn't want to spend a lot of money and was pleased to find that by booking nearly a month in advance meant that I could book a night at Dundee East Premier Inn for only £29.
I booked a room via the Premier Inn website and secured the booking with my debit card, although no actual payment is taken until you arrive.
Premier Inn Dundee East is located just off a residential area in a small village on the outskirts of Dundee. For shops and local amenities Dundee city centre is only 5 miles away with the lovely Broughty Ferry beach located not too far away either.
I had a rough idea of where the Premier Inn was located, as we have visited Dundee and the surrounding countryside a number of times over the years and had passed a couple of other Premier Inns located on the drive up to Camperdown Park. Looking at the directions told us that it was a case of simply continuing along the same road we had travelled along on previous occasions (the A92) and we would come to the hotel.
If travelling by train, then Dundee station is five miles away from the hotel.
Although the road was busy with traffic we found the hotel with no problems. It was situated away from the busier roads in the village of Panmurefield. As we drove into the car park the hotel appealed instantly from the outside and an equally attractive bar/restaurant: The Bell Tree, sat adjacent to the hotel. There were plenty of free car parking spaces outside the hotel, so we had no trouble parking the car.
Across the road from the hotel a Co-op late shop, Domino's Pizza and a Chinese takeaway are amongst a small handful of shops which I thought was really handy and of course offers an alternative choice to eating in The Bell Tree.
We checked in and were greeted by friendly staff who welcomed us and spent time chatting about where we were from and what brought us to Dundee etc, before being given directions to our room which was up on the first floor and overlooking an attractive garden area at the rear of the hotel.
We used the lift up to the first floor as we had a suitcase, but used the stairs when we left and returned to the hotel later after eating out.
Our room was a spacious double room, decorated much the same as all Premier Inn rooms with their purple theme which I personally like. The room was also spotlessly clean throughout.
The window was small and dormer style which added character to the room with its sloping ceiling. Despite the window being smaller than most hotels I have stayed in, there was adequate light filtering through into the room, so the window size was not a problem.
Four pillows were placed upon the bed, but you can request more from Reception if you wish. The pillows I found extremely comfortable, as was the bed.
A fan was included in the room, which is something most Premier Inns seem to be adding to their rooms now.
A flat screen tv, tea/coffee making facilities, hair dryer, work space and open wardrobe hanging space was also provided as well as a large sofa bed.
The bathroom was also spotless, with bath and overhead shower. Shower gel and soap were provided in wall dispensers and also a couple of fluffy white towels each. The actual shower curtain rail was curved, which meant that there was no chance of the curtain sticking to you whilst taking a shower.
Myself and my partner felt comfortable at all times and had everything we needed and so there were no complaints from either of us as we spent an enjoyable night at this hotel.
It was a lovely, mild sunny evening and we decided to go for a walk before deciding where to eat. We left the hotel and found a small river just a five minute walk away from the hotel.
On returning, we decided to eat at The Bell Tree bar/restaurant next to the hotel. It was quite busy inside, so we sat at a table outside the bar enjoying a drink in the evening sunshine until it emptied a little.
The Bell Tree is a cosy pub/restaurant and offered the usual pub grub but also had a Spanish themed menu as well as specials and themed nights such as curry night or fish night. All meals were reasonably priced and we enjoyed dining here. The service was good and the staff very friendly, so again no complaints from me. Should you book breakfast at the Premier Inn, then this is also where it is served in the morning.
The Bell Tree is a 'Chef & Brewer' pub, of which I have no previous experience, but is certainly a chain I would visit again based upon our visit here.
We didn't book breakfast as we were leaving for Inverness the next morning, but we were informed that if we changed our minds we could simply turn up, so you don't actually have to book breakfast when checking in.
On checking out the next morning we were asked if everything had been ok and wished a safe journey up to Inverness.
Premier Inn Dundee East is definitely a Premier Inn I would return to again. The hotel, staff service and the bar/restaurant next door made it a very enjoyable experience. The shop of course is very handy should you have forgotten something or want to purchase food and drink, as are the takeaways. Being situated in a nice area, I was still surprised how quiet it was, despite there being shops and takeaways opposite. Although our room was at the rear of the hotel away from the car park, even when we sat outside at the front having a drink there were no issues with noise.
The usual room rates for a night at this hotel are around £60, but it is possible to get a cheaper rate by booking early. The £29 I paid for one night was indeed a bargain and I fully intend to take advantage of this offer again.
Premier Inn Dundee East,
115-117 Lawers Drive,
Dundee DD5 3UP
Tel: 0871 527 8322 or visit www.premierinn.com