The Best Boutique Hotels in Dubai

The Anantara boasts a private shoreline and the only floating water villas in the UAE
The Anantara boasts a private shoreline and the only floating water villas in the UAE | Courtesy of Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort
Judy Cogan

There’s a reason why it’s known as the City of Gold. The extravagant, award-winning, new hotels in Dubai are world-renowned, so smaller boutique stays may not be the first thing to come to mind when you think of accommodation in Here’s our pick of where to stay when you’re visiting this Emirate – bookable on Culture Trip.

If you’re looking for a more personalised stay on your next trip to this tourist-drawing pearl, a boutique hotel is a winning option. From a polo resort in the desert to a traditional converted Emirati home, book a stay at one of the best boutique hotels in Dubai.

1. One&Only The Palm

Resort, Chain Hotel

A sunny outside view of the stylish One&Only The Palm, with palm trees, sofas and a pool of water
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Privacy and pampering top the bill at this beautiful Andalusian-style property that sits on the last plot on the West Crescent of Palm Jumeirah, at the end of a gated driveway. The serene centrepiece is an enormous glittering pool, edged by verdant palms and plush recliners. Meanwhile, the stylish rooms also lend themselves to relaxation, with freestanding marble bathtubs, moreish Acqua di Parma amenities and private balconies. To top it off, there’s a private beach, a stunning Guerlain Spa and a nail studio by celebrity pedicurist Bastien Gonzalez, while the Stay by Yannick Alléno restaurant serves up a divine tasting menu.

2. Anantara the Palm Dubai Resort


A birds-eye view of Anantara the Palm Dubai Resort with palm trees, terracotta-coloured roofs, a pool and sea views
Courtesy of Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort /

The Dubai outpost of the luxury Anantara hotel chain boasts a private shoreline and the only floating water villas in the UAE. The luxurious beachfront abodes have private decks and plush Thai-inspired interiors with glass-floored living rooms for spying fish. Look out for the small boats crisscrossing the 10sqkm (3.8sqmi) network of lagoon pools, from which staff hand out fruit, water and scented towels under the hot sun. To feel like a real VIP, head to the state-of-the-art spa, with everything from Thai massages to Ayurveda treatments on offer.

4. La Ville Hotel & Suites CITY WALK, Dubai, Autograph Collection

Hotel, Chain Hotel, Spa Hotel

A modern rooftop seating area at La Ville Hotel & Suites CITY WALK with stylish sofas, tables, illuminated bar and city views
Courtesy of La Ville Hotel & Suites CITY WALK /

This jewel in the crown here is the rooftop infinity pool, which gets a powerful view of the Burj Khalifa. The hotel is integrated into City Walk, a pedestrianised district popular with the local in-crowd. Inside, there’s a small spa with treatments using Anne Semonin and Neom products. There are black-and-white murals of City Walk in each room, while home comforts include super-soft grey robes, yoga mats and toiletries from Dutch brand Moooi.

5. Park Regis Boutique Hotel

Boutique Hotel

A stylish bedroom at Park Regis Boutique Hotel with cushioned beds, bedside lights, armchairs, tables, wall art and windows
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A sophisticated yet hip vibe runs throughout this charming property – slick modern furniture, exposed wood beams, naked light bulbs and contemporary art set the scene perfectly. There are 21 bright and airy rooms in total, and all have amenities catering to the 21st-century traveller, from mini-fridges to flat-screen TVs. Conveniently located on the upscale Jumeirah Road, attractions such as Wild Wadi water park, Souk Madinat Jumeriah and the iconic Burj Al Arab are on the doorstep. Other perks include an on-site bistro and a 24-hour front desk.

6. Al Bandar Rotana

Boutique Hotel

A birds-eye view of Al Bandar Rotana, with a swimming pool, white parasols, sun loungers and stunning sea and city views
Courtesy of Al Bandar Rotana /

A five-star marvel in an underrated pocket of the city, Al Bandar Rotana sits on the north shore of the traditional and thriving waterway: Dubai Creek. This waterside hotel is close to the airport, DIFC, the Dubai Mall and all of the local souks. Rooms range from studios to three-bed apartments; all are decked out in plush furnishings and high-end perks. Book a table on the outside terrace at the Gusto Italian Restaurant. Located on the 18th floor, it’s got unbeatable views of the creek and Dubai’s skyline. The creamy burrata topped with black truffle also promises to satisfy.

7. Rove Downtown

Budget Hotel

A stylish and relaxing seating area at Rove Downtown, Dubai, with cushioned sofas, tables, rugs and a plant
Courtesy Rove Downtown, Dubai

Found in the heart of downtown Dubai, this quirky hotel is within walking distance of the Burj Khalifa, Dubai Mall and endless dining options. It’s become a welcome destination for freelancers who are looking for good food and working space, with a section of the lobby offering plug ports and seating designed for tapping away. The decor is modern and sleek, with a selection of artwork hung on the walls that blend traditional flair with contemporary touches. Rooms are spacious, comfortable and ideal for those wanting to be close to all of the main attractions. The hotel also features a private in-house cinema, a perfect way to relax post-5pm.

8. Roda Beach Resort

Boutique Hotel

A light room at Roda Beach Resort, with a TV, bed, lights, a stylish sofa, coffee table and large windows
Courtesy Roda Beach Resort /

Located on a stretch of beach favoured by kitesurfers, Roda Beach Resort is a hidden gem, away from the hustle and bustle of Dubai’s city centre – although a short taxi ride will easily get you there. This boutique hotel is next to one of the smaller, quieter malls in Dubai, aptly named Sunset Mall. Rooms are designed like apartments and include kitchenettes and washing machines, making this ideal for families, or if you’re looking for longer-term stays.

9. Media One Hotel Dubai

Boutique Hotel, Hotel

An outdoor rooftop swimming pool at Media One Hotel Dubai, with cushioned sofas covered by a shaded shelter
Courtesy Media One Hotel Dubai

Media One Hotel is in the centre of Media City – home to advertising agencies and a grassy area around the lake for concerts – it’s no surprise that it has a uniquely hip vibe. It’s decorated with neon lighting in the lobby, and you’ll find a selection of fantastic bars and restaurants to unwind in after a long day of sightseeing. Rooms are beautifully designed with modern touches, conceptual artwork, and sleek yet comfortable beds.

10. Melia Desert Palm Dubai

Boutique Hotel

A stylish bedroom at Melia Desert Palm Dubai, with a bed, cushioned sofa, TV, armchairs and large windows
Courtesy Melia Desert Palm Dubai

Nestled in the desert, Melia Desert Palm Dubai is on a lush polo resort close to the Dubai Safari Park. This four-star hotel is perfect for those looking for solitude, away from the hectic city centre. This oasis has a 160-acre (65ha) polo estate, with a choice between double rooms and secluded villas complete with private pools. There are 45 horses, letting you sporty guests attend the polo and riding school on the premises. After a long day, dine at RARE, the signature restaurant famous for an oak wood fire grill that serves up chargrilled meat and fresh seafood dishes.

11. Zabeel House by Jumeirah, The Greens

Boutique Hotel

An ensuite bedroom at Zabeel House by Jumeirah, The Greens with two beds, a rug, a table, armchairs, a sofa and large windows
Courtesy Zabeel House by Jumeirah, The Greens

In the heart of the Greens (a grassy residential community next to the Palm Jumeriah), Zabeel House is an outpost of the world-famous Jumeirah Group. Devised by the same team as the Burj Al Arab, this affordable four-star hotel is beautifully designed: the decor is chic and modern, with bedrooms featuring balconies with views over the city. Definitely treat yourself to an evening at the vegan, Asian-infused Lah-Lah restaurant while you’re here.

Sara Hamdan contributed additional reporting to this article.

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