Dubai is home to some of the world's most opulent hotels, but not all of the best places to stay in Dubai are out of the price range of regular folk.
Dubai is a glamorous, sunny destination. Perfect if you're craving the beach in October and you don't want to fly long haul from Europe. Even for families.
The food is varied and facilities are modern and air conditioned. From the boutique shopping, to the polo and the races, to the Gold Souk, and the man-made coastline.
But while it can be hectic, and expensive, it doesn't have to be. Beyond the glitz of the city is the peace of the desert.
There are many ways to treat yourself in Dubai. From relaxing on a beach - many of them have waiting staff, to visiting a spa, to golf, to shopping.
This emirate is a busy place year round, but the best places to stay in Dubai get booked up quickly during our winter months, so if you want to get some winter sun, you'll need to plan ahead.
Still not sure? Browse through our list of all the best places to stay in Dubai, or contact one of our friendly Gurus for advice. Alternatively widen the net and check out our recommendations in Abu Dhabi or Ras al Khaimah.
Dubai (Heritage Village)
A wonderful guesthouse in traditional Persian style with romantic bedrooms. Large rooms have four poster beds, killim rugs, and attractive furnishings. Lovely waterfront restaurant and terrace serves traditional cuisine. An excellent value choice.
Near Al Faheidi Roundabout,Near Dubai Museum
A fabulous alternative to the grandiose palaces of Dubai. An arty Arabian hotel filled with antiques, artwork, and understated furnishings. Chic rooms surround a charming inner courtyard and cafe. A wonderful choice for a more authentic taste of Dubai.
A romantic desert resort and spa just outside Dubai at a slightly more affordable price than most. Luxury canopied suites with private balconies, top of the range spa and therapies, excellent restaurant, and lots of desert activities. Family friendly too.
Dubai (PO Box 282825)
High rise property a stone's throw from Jumeirah Beach. Contemporary rooms and suites offer a good range of accommodation for business or leisure. Large pool with great city views and wide range of dining options. Excellent service & welcoming staff. A quality establishment that won't break the bank
A sultanate palace with unrivalled facilities, views, and opulence. Rooms and suites filled with beautiful furniture, private balconies, and sea views. Restaurants, bars, a mammoth spa, and anything one might desire. Luxury and convenience on a grand scale.
Dubai (Al Fahidi Street)
A fantastic alternative to the expensive hotels. A stylish little guesthouse with a charming courtyard, lovely authentic bedrooms, and access to a nearby spa. Ideal for those looking for something a little less ostentatious.
Dubai (The Old Town)
A comfortable hotel designed mainly for business travellers. Chic contemporary rooms and suites with views of the Burj Khalifa, excellent restaurants, pool and spa facilities.
A classic hotel with a championship golf course surrounded by gardens and lakes. Palatial rooms and suites are elegant in style with all the mod cons and balconies. Excellent restaurants, pools, and a spa. Ideal for golfers.
Dubai’s version of a secret desert hideaway, the Arabian sister of the Huvafen Fushi. With top notch spa, terrace overlooking the polo fields and more facilities than you can imagine.
Family friendly beachside hotel with great views of the mighty Burj and unlimited access to the Wild Wadi Waterpark. Ideal for those who want a bit of city action too with the downtown area and shopping close by.
An Armani hotel that cuts a Milanese dash in the Burj Khalifa. Sumptuous, but muted, luxury with stunning views, excellent restaurants, many pools, and an immaculate spa. A popular choice for tourists and business travellers as much as the city's dwellers.
A classic hotel that bridges the gap between Dubai modernism and old age sultanate. Sophisticated rooms and suites in earthy tones with elegant furnishings. Enormous pool, excellent restaurants, and fabulous spa.
Dubai (Nad Al Sheba)
Luxury hotel overlooking Dubai's racecourse, just a short drive from the business district. Large rooms and suites, most with balconies, are lavishly kitted out. Wide range of restaurants and bars to choose from and so many activities on site, you'll never need to leave.
A lovely boutique hotel in the Al Ras quarter of Dubai. Chic rooms with gorgeous fabrics and antique four poster beds. Lovely breakfast courtyard and an art gallery. A romantic spot with authentic Arabic decoration.
Luxury in a skyscraper like no other. Seven swimming pools, an immaculate spa, award-winning restaurants, suites with private terraces, spas and pools, and views of the Burj Khalifa. Dubai the Dubai way!
Fabulous Five Star luxury on the palm. Palatial rooms and suites, contemporary in style, have private balconies and all the mod cons. Excellent restaurants, tennis courts, private beach, spa, and fantastic sea views.
Dubai (The Palm)
Flamboyant, deep sea themed hotel where nothing is done by halves. Perfect for families, with activities galore and dedicated clubs catering from 3-18 year olds.
Dubai (Palm Jumeirah)
A stunning resort on the Palm with unbeatable facilities and opulently contemporary rooms and suites. Tennis courts, private beach, impeccable spa, Michelin star restaurants, and unbeatable views. Family friendly, romantic, and certainly luxurious.
Dubai (Jumeirah 2)
Luxurious, family-friendly resort hotel with private beach, watersports, tennis, golf and a superb spa. Rooms are super-sized, contemporary classic in style and all have balconies with city skyline or sea views. With faultless service, the Four Seasons is perfect for family fun or chilling out.
A luxury Five Star tented camp in the desert. Utterly romantic canopied suites with teak furnishings, killim rugs, and private pools. Fabulous local cuisine, excellent spa, and desert activities including camel racing. An Arabian Nights adventure for romantics.