From a polo resort in the desert to a traditional converted Emirati home, book a stay at one of Dubai’s best boutique hotels.
There’s a reason why Dubai is known as the ‘City of Gold’. The city’s extravagant, award-winning five-star hotels are world-renowned, so smaller boutique stays may not be the first thing to come to mind when you think of accommodation in the Emirate. To get an intimate feel for the city though, try one of Dubai’s best boutique hotels for your next visit.
Located in the heart of downtown Dubai, this quirky hotel is within walking distance of the Burj Khalifa, Dubai Mall and endless dining options. The boutique hotel has become a welcome destination for freelancers who are looking for good food and working space, with a section in the lobby offering plug ports and seating designed for working. Decor is modern and sleek, with a selection of artwork hung on the walls that blends traditional flair with contemporary touches. Rooms are spacious and comfortable and ideal for those wanting to be close to all of Dubai’s main attractions. The hotel also features a private in-house cinema, a perfect way to relax after a day of sightseeing.
Roda Beach Resort is a hidden gem, away from the hustle and bustle of Dubai’s city centre. This boutique hotel is next to one of the smaller, quieter malls in Dubai, aptly named Sunset Mall. Located on a stretch of beach favoured by serious kitesurfers, and away from the hubbub of skyscrapers and traffic, it’s close enough that a short taxi ride will get you straight to the centre of the city. Rooms are designed like apartments and include kitchenettes and washing machines, making this ideal for families or for those looking for a longer stay. Dubai’s famous beach is right on the hotel’s doorstep, so it’s perfect for those looking to spend some time in the sea.
Located in Deira, near Dubai’s old gold souks and the dhows gently rocking on the creek, Hues Boutique Hotel stands out. The four-star award-winning hotel is not only bold and colourful, but also affordable. Walking into the hotel, it feels as if you are entering an ’80s nightclub, with bright neon lights lighting up the foyer. Rooms at the boutique hotel are brightly coloured with modern touches and large windows overlooking the city.
This former Emirati home is completely under the radar. Tucked in a quiet street steps away from the public beach facing Burj Al Arab, this boutique hotel was once the home of an Emirati family. Designed as a white stucco building with blue door frames and a central courtyard filled with trees and magenta bougainvillea, it is tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Dubai’s city centre. Sokoun Villa is ideal for seasoned travellers looking for a laid-back, authentic beach vacation.
Located in the centre of Dubai’s Media City – home to advertising agencies and a grassy area around the lake that hosts major concerts – it’s no surprise that Media One Hotel Dubai has a hip vibe all of its own. 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, comfortable beds.
Nestled in the desert, Melia Desert Palm Dubai is located on a lush polo resort close to the Dubai Safari Park. This four-star hotel is perfect for those looking for solitude, away from Dubai’s hectic city centre. Set on gorgeous green grounds, this oasis has a 65-hectare (160-acre) polo estate, with a choice between double rooms and secluded villas complete with private pools. There are 45 horses, and sporty guests can attend the polo and riding school on the premises. After a long day, dine at RARE, the hotel’s signature restaurant famous for its oak wood fire grill that serves up chargrilled meat and fresh seafood dishes.
In the heart of The Greens, a grassy residential community next to the Palm Jumeriah, Zabeel House is the newest offering by the world-famous The Jumeirah Group. Devised by the same team as the Burj Al Arab, this affordable four-star hotel is beautifully designed. Decor is chic and modern, with bedrooms featuring balconies with views over the city. Inside the boutique hotel, while away an evening at the vegan, Asian-infused Lah-Lah restaurant.