If you are visiting the city on a budget, you'll find a good range of cheap hotels in Dubai that don’t require a sheik’s bank account. The Eureka Hotel offers affordable accommodation with comfortable rooms from around $40. The impressive facilities include underground parking, a swimming pool, a restaurant, a bar, and a nightclub.
The Al Maha Regency Hotel Suites also offers excellent value for money at about $45 with air-conditioned rooms, a business center, helpful staff, and a good location near Sharjah Central Souk. The Grand Excelsior Hotel Sharjah and the Holiday International Sharjah both offer four-star amenities from $52, and even cheaper if you book them on a special deal.
Luxury hotels are a category where Dubai excels, as the city is home to some of the most opulent luxury hotels in the world. Fortunately, booking a good deal on Hipmunk can make even five-star hotels more affordable. One luxury hotel you might want to consider is the Fairmont Dubai, with its urban chic interiors and central location close to the Dubai Mall. Rooms include a separate sitting area for relaxing and watching the premium TV channels. Little extras such as the turndown service, free bottled water, and the separate bathtub and shower give added value.
For an extra special vacation, the Al Murooj Rotana Dubai is perhaps the ultimate choice. This extensive hotel is arranged around the pool area. The spacious rooms and suites are furnished to the highest standards with tasteful artwork on the walls. You’ll be spoiled for choice with 11 bars and restaurants to choose from. Sightsee in style by booking the hotel's limousine rental service.
Many luxury hotels in Dubai feature a spa offering beauty treatments and massage therapies with professionally trained staff. The Mandara Spa at the H Dubai is one of the most distinguished, with eight spa rooms, a Thai massage room, sauna, steam room, and Jacuzzi. The five star Address Downtown Dubai offers a hair and nail studio, along with a tranquil spa where therapists provide signature treatments, hydrotherapy, and aromatherapy.
Even budget hotels such as the three-star Dream Palace Hotel and the Winchester Grand Hotel Apartments have a hot tub spa. If you want to treat yourself to relaxing spa treatments without the expense of staying in a luxury spa hotel, you can always make an appointment as a day guest.
If you prefer an apartment or a private room, Airbnb offers several suitable places to stay. The homely Apt W11 at Marina Promenade has one bedroom and two bathrooms, and it sleeps three visitors. The sitting room has magnificent views of the Dubai Marina Yacht Club. The apartment has a balcony and shared amenities including a swimming pool, badminton courts, and a fitness room. The well-located Richmond Hotel Apartments are just 10 minutes from Dubai International Airport with prices around $75 per night.
Jumeirah Beach and the shopping district are within walking distance from these mid-priced apartments. For luxurious amenities, it’s hard to beat the Marriott Executive Apartments Dubai Creek. At the lower end of the budget, the one-bed Airbnb Apartment in Heart of Dubai is close to Deira city center and costs about $105. It is conveniently close to the metro station. Alternatively, the Beautiful Studio in Dubai consists of a well-furnished one bedroom, one bathroom studio in Dubai city center. The impressive amenities at this Airbnb include daily housekeeping, Wi-Fi, a health club, and a swimming pool.
Hotels such as the Savoy Crest Hotel Apartments and Le Meridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre offer childcare and a pool. The Moevenpick Hotel Deira and the Arabian Courtyard go one better with children’s activities and family rooms. The Eureka Hotel Dubai allows children up to the age of six to stay free when sharing the existing one double or two single beds. Expect to pay an additional fee for an extra rollaway bed or a crib for infants.
Luxury hotels such as the Radisson Royal Hotel Dubai and the Grand Hyatt Dubai have daily Kids Club activities for guests aged five to 12 years old. Supervised activities include cooking, crafts, storytelling, face painting, music, and other fun activities. A babysitting service is also available. The ultimate family friendly resort has to be the Atlantis The Palm Dubai*, which has an amazing Aquaventure Waterpark, dolphin encounters, and an aquarium where you can scuba dive with fish and rays. The good news for families is that you can opt to stay in a cheaper family friendly hotel and buy a day ticket to the Atlantis Aquaventure Waterpark.
If you want to be right on the beach in Dubai, consider booking a room at the Hilton Dubai Jumeirah Resort. The hotel overlooks the golden sands and turquoise waters of the private beach and nearby marina. It’s a great choice for water sports enthusiasts with sailing, snorkeling, windsurfing, waterskiing, and other activities on offer at the watersports center. The Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach is close to Jumeirah Beach and Park and within easy reach of the iconic Burj Khalifa.
You can also find great deals on beach hotels just north of Dubai in Sharjah. Reasonably priced hotels include the Royal Beach Resort and Spa which is 160 yards from the cushioned sunbeds and shady umbrellas on the sandy beach. The Al Bustan Beach Sharjah is another modern air-conditioned hotel. For just $72 a night you can enjoy a pool and spacious suite accommodations right on the beach.
Surround yourself with typical Arabian architecture at the award-winning Arabian Courtyard Hotel and Spa with rooms priced around $350. Located in the downtown historical district of Al Fahidi, the hotel architecture reflects the surrounding city. Its Eastern-style façade looks stunning when lit up after dark. The hotel spa offers a traditional hammam steam room and scrub experience as part of the spa beauty therapies. This hotel is close to Dubai Creek, where merchants once traded gold, textiles, and spices before the discovery of Dubai’s black gold, otherwise known as oil. The hotel is within easy reach of the Meena Bazaar, the Gold Souk, the Dubai Museum, and the Rulers Court. It’s a great location for those wanting a taste of the Old City of Dubai.
Dubai is divided into several neighborhood districts, each with their own particular appeal. Deira is the oldest and busiest part of the city. Located on the east side of the Creek, this is where you will find the Yacht Club, shops, and city center attractions. Further north, the Corniche runs along the coast. Hotels such as the Hilton Dubai Creek and the Sheraton Dubai Creek Hotel & Towers can be found in the upmarket area of Baniyas Road. On the opposite bank of Dubai Creek is Bur Dubai, another historic district. Visitors can walk along the creek to the Sheikh Saeed House and the Heritage and Diving Village.
Further south is the Bastakiya Historic District and the Dubai Museum. It is one of the best areas for exploring on foot. Jumeirah is an area of extravagant villas and high-rises that epitomize modern Dubai. Leading beach hotels such as the Ramada Jumeirah Hotel and the Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach can be found here, along with the famous manmade Palm Jumeirah Island. The Walk is a pleasant pedestrianized area of shops, restaurants, and cafés. Sheikh Zayed Road is the business district of Dubai. It has glittering shopping centers, art galleries, luxury condos, offices, and high-rise hotels such as the Dusit Thani Dubai and Raffles Dubai.
Dubai is a year-round destination for visitors who plan to go shopping and sightseeing. The city has a tropical desert climate which means that there is very little rainfall. Temperatures can be hot in the summer, reaching 113°F, but there are plenty of air-conditioned attractions, including a ski park at the Mall of the Emirates. Dubai is a great place to escape the cold winter weather. It boasts an average daytime temperature of 75°F from November through January. It can be cool at night, and you may encounter the odd rain shower, so bring a jacket. Those wanting to relax on the beach and work on their sun tan will find spring and fall temperatures are a comfortable 77°F to 90°F during the day and cooler at night.
Most of Dubai’s festivals and sporting events take place in the cooler months. These include the Dubai World Cup, the Dubai Desert Golf Classic, and the Dubai Tennis Championships in the spring. The Rugby Sevens and the Dubai International Film Festival take place in November and December each year. Visitors who want to attend events at Dubai Festival City or the Al Badia Golf Club will find the Intercontinental Dubai Festival City is conveniently located nearby.
Many hotels in Dubai offer an airport shuttle service for a surcharge, but you must book a seat ahead of time. The Fairmont Dubai, Samaya Hotel Deira, Majestic Hotel Tower, Savoy Crest Hotel Apartments, Crowne Plaza Dubai Deira, and some cheap hotels in Dubai offer this convenient, cost-effective service to their guests. Taxis are available at the airport as well. Some companies offer private transfers between the airport and your chosen hotel using private cars, shuttle buses, or limousines. These services must be pre-booked online ahead of time.
Many of the hotels offer a free shuttle service to the shops or the beach. For example, the Murooj Rotana has a shuttle service to the shopping center, and the Shangri-La Hotel Dubai has a free shuttle bus to the Dubai Mall. The metro rail connects most residential areas with the financial business district via both underground and above ground stations. A tramway connects the Dubai Marina with the Mall of the Emirates and intersects with the metro red line. Buses and taxis can also transport you around this relatively compact city.
Shopping is one of Dubai’s biggest tourist attractions, and the emirate has over 70 shopping centers. The world’s largest shopping mall is the Dubai Mall, with more than 1,200 shops, a theme park, ice rink, aquarium, a hotel, cinema, and 120 restaurants. It’s a destination in its own right. For more traditional souvenir and jewelry shopping, visit the souk district and be prepared to barter. For gold, visit the Gold Souk in Deira, which has around 250 gold retailers.
Dubai is part of the United Arab Emirates, an Islamic state. Most locals do not drink alcohol, but visitors will have no problem finding licensed bars and restaurants in Dubai's many hotels. The sale of alcohol is limited elsewhere. Tourists should avoid being drunk in a public place, as there may be severe repercussions. Drunk driving is strictly prohibited.
Visitors should dress respectfully outside their hotel. In particular, places of religious or national significance require women to cover their shoulders and wear clothing that falls below the knee. Holding hands is acceptable, but more intimate behavior should be avoided in public places. Most visitors to Dubai have no problem whatsoever with local laws, but it is wise to be aware of the more sensitive issues when visiting. Splurge on a luxury spa hotel or go with a cheap room and save for sightseeing. From budget to upscale, there's sure to be a Dubai hotel to meet your needs.
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