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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.

Best Places to Stay in Dubai

For a city break

  • The XVA Hotel is a fabulous alternative to Dubai's grandiose palatial hotels - an Arty, Arabian style property decorated with art, antiques and understated furnishings. In the oldest part of Dubai Creek, near the Dubai Museum.
  • If you're looking for a smaller hotel, one of the best places to stay in Dubai is the Orient Guest House, which has 12 rooms in the Bastakiya Heritage Area near Dubai Creek. Traditional and romantic, this is a quiet spot within walking distance from many of Dubai's main attractions.
  • The Armani Hotel is by 'that' Armani, so offers a flavour of Milano in the Burj Khalifa. Sumptuous, but muted, compared to many of the hotels around it, the Armani has clean modern lines and neutral shades, so it's pretty popular with business travellers.

Dubai's Best 'Once in a Lifetime' Hotels

  • Dubai doesn't do things by halves, and there aren't many places this is more obvious than at Atlantis the Palm. On the ocean edge of the man-made Palm Jumeirah, this deep sea themed hotel is… Wow. It's not just a resort - there's a huge water park, an aquarium, a huge spa and shopping. There's a private beach, tennis courts, you can learn to scuba dive, or swim with dolphins. And there's a crazy array of restaurant options.
  • If you want all the glitz and glamour Dubai can muster you need The Address Downtown Dubai, a luxurious skyscraper with seven swimming pools, an immaculate spa, award winning restaurants, private everything and wonderful views of the Burj Khalifa.
  • The Ahmedia Heritage Guest House is a small, romantic hotel with a lovely courtyard and its own art gallery. The decor is traditional and you're right near the souks.

For a family beach break

  • The Jumeirah Beach Hotel is one of those beautiful glass and steel structures rising out of the desert which you see in all the photos of Dubai. It might not look family friendly, but it has its own beach, a number of pools, an excellent spa, a collection of restaurants, kids clubs, you're right by the marina, AND you have free access to the Wild Wadi Water Park.

For Old Dubai

  • The Barjeel Heritage Guest house is a beautiful Persian style guesthouse with nine comfortable, romantic rooms decorated with traditional antiques. There's a lovely waterfront restaurant which serves traditional cuisine. And prices per night start at just £61.
  • The Palace Downtown Dubai is a classic hotel which bridges the gap between the modern glass giants and a sultanate palace.  One of the best places to stay in dubai if you're looking for comfortable and elegant - there's a relaxed, almost colonial air, and not too much flash.
  • Al Qasr at Madinat Jumeirah is a proper sultanate palace with all the flash. Rooms and suites are opulently filled with antique loveliness, there's a vast spa, sea views and private this, that and the other. This is a grand affair, with a pool complex so big that you can use their Venetian style gondolas to get around it and 44 restaurants.

Dubai's Best Desert Escapes

  • Desert Palm is a secret, 24 room desert hideaway, with facilities which could cater for more than double the number of guests. The city is your backdrop, but your immediate view is of the stunning green of the polo fields. For total privacy book your own villa, complete with your own pool.

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.

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  • Barjeel Heritage Guest house

    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.

    9 rooms from $74
    Value chic
    Sights nearby  -  Situated in the heart of Old Dubai, very close to the old Souk
    Views  -  Lovely views over Dubai Creek
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
  • XVA Hotel

    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.

    12 rooms from $158
    Value chic
    Sights nearby  -  Situated in the oldest part of Dubai Creek
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
  • Bab al Shams Desert Resort & Spa


    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.

    113 rooms from $163
    Spa breaks
    Romantic Break
    Swimming Pool  -  Infinity pool overlooking the desert and Outdoor Pools
    Recommended by  -  CN Traveller, Kiwi Collection
  • Movenpick Jumeirah Beach

    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

    294 rooms from $185
    Local markets  -  Find a bargain in one of the souks
    Swimming Pool  -  Large outdoor pool
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
  • Al Qasr at Madinat Jumeirah


    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.

    292 rooms from $195
    Restaurant  -  44 restaurants and bars.
    Spa breaks
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Recommended by  -  Tablet, CN Traveller
  • Orient Guest House

    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.

    12 rooms from $195
    Sights nearby  -  Located in the Bastakiya heritage area. Walking distance from the Dubai Museum, Dubai creek & Meena Bazaar
    Spa  -  Access to a nearby spa with swimming pool
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.
  • Al Manzil

    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.

    197 rooms from $196
    Business meetings
    Sights nearby  -  5 minutes walk from Burj Khalifa
    Swimming Pool  -  Temperature controlled pool
    Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.
  • The Address Montgomerie


    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.

    21 rooms from $197
    Golf  -  The hotel has it's own golf course - designed by Colin Montgomerie
    Active Holiday  -  The championship golf course attracts avid golfers.
    Swimming Pool  -  With great views over the 18th green!
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
  • Desert Palm

    Dubai (UAE)

    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.

    38 rooms from $207
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor Pool
    Birdwatching  -  Good birding near the hotel.
    Cooking classes  -  Check for timings.
  • Jumeirah Beach Hotel


    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.

    617 rooms from $256
    Child friendly  -  Kids club on site including one for teenagers. Plus unlimited access to Wild Wadi Waterpark.
    Swimming Pool  -  Five different pool including one children's pool.
    Views  -  Superb views of the Arabian Gulf
    Recommended by  -  Kiwi Collection
  • Armani Hotel

    Downtown Dubai

    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.

    160 rooms from $277
    City Style
    Sights nearby  -  The hotel is situated in the Burj Khalifa!
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
  • The Palace Downtown Dubai


    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.

    242 rooms from $305
    Designer Shopping  -  5-minute walk from the Dubai Mall and the Souk Al Bahar
    Romantic Break
    City Style
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
  • The Meydan Hotel

    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.

    284 rooms from $305
    Spa  -  Wide range of relaxing treatments
    Swimming Pool  -  Rooftop infinity pool
  • Ahmedia Heritage Guest House


    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.

    15 rooms from $275
    City Style
    Four poster beds  -  Beautiful rooms with antique four poster beds.
    Sights nearby  -  Grand Mosque, Dubai Heritage VIllage.
    Local markets  -  Spice Souk, Gold Souk.
  • The Address Downtown Dubai

    Dubai (Downtown)

    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!

    196 rooms from $322
    Views  -  Great views over Burj Khalifa, the Dubai Fountain and the Old Town
    Spa breaks  -  Immaculate spa and seven pools.
    Foodies  -  Award-winning restaurants.
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Tablet
  • Jumeirah Zabeel Saray


    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.

    405 rooms from $363
    City Style
    5* Luxury  -  Very high service standards.
    Romantic Break
    Beach Life
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
  • Atlantis the Palm

    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.

    999 rooms from $396
    Other Activities  -  Waterpark, Aquarium and swimming with the hotel dolphin.
    Child friendly  -  Dedicated kids clubs for all ages.
    On the beach  -  Private 800m beach
    Beach Life
    Recommended by  -  Kiwi Collection
  • One & Only the Palm

    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.

    69 rooms from $470
    Foodies  -  3 Michelin Star chef.
    Spa breaks
    Beach Life
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, CN Traveller
  • Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach

    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.

    237 rooms from $475
    Opulent  -  Understated, but no less opulent
    Beach Life  -  Private day villas/cabanas
    Total relaxation
    Sights nearby  -  15mins from the world's tallest building, the Burg Khalifa
  • Al Maha Resort

    Dubai (Sharjah)

    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.

    42 rooms from $573
    Tented Camp  -  Luxury tented suites.
    Spa breaks
    Romantic Break
    Recommended by  -  CN Traveller
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