The Best Hotels to Book in Dubai

Get a flavour of Dubai with a stay at a luxury hotel
Get a flavour of Dubai with a stay at a luxury hotel | Courtesy of Jumeirah Mina A'Salam / Expedia
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2 November 2021
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A holiday in the starry Emirate city of Dubai is a bucket-list tick-box, so make the most of it by staying in one of its best hotels, bookable with Culture Trip.

The skyline of Dubai is punctuated with a seductive horizon of look-at-me landmarks and hotels, each trying to outdo its neighbour. Still, nothing can beat the world’s tallest monument, the Burj Khalifa, which stands head and shoulders above the rest. Catch the dancing fountain show or enjoy some culture at the impressive Dubai Opera House, then retire to your version of paradise in our carefully chosen top hotels in Dubai.

Zabeel House The Greens

Seating in the industrial-style lobby and reception area at Zabeel House The Greens
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Not your typical golf hotel, Gen Z golfers choose to stay at Zabeel House The Greens, thanks to its proximity to award-winning golf courses, but there is plenty to do if you don’t tee off. Suppose you’d prefer to soak up the modern, industrial vibe at the hotel, there is a tropical outdoor pool surrounded by gardens and comfortable loungers, a fully equipped gym and Spa and the Pan Pan-Asian restaurant ‘Lah Lah’, which serves sizzling street food.

Armani Hotel Dubai

People dining along the balcony at Armani Hotel Dubai at night, with the city's skyscrapers behind
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The first hotel designed by fashion mogul Georgio Armani can be found within the towering Burj Khalifa building. Guests are welcomed in the lobby via impressive bronze arches, but most of the interior is surprisingly understated. Gadget lovers will have fun in the bedrooms, which have a high tech spec, as well as floor-to-ceiling views of the bustling city. When you’re ready for a cocktail and some pool time, head to the sunny terrace, where you’ll be well looked after.

FIVE Palm Hotel

Palm trees, sun loungers and umbrellas around the outdoor pool at FIVE Palm Jumeirah Dubai
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The Five Palm Hotel is an Instagrammer’s dream and predictably popular with the local trendsetter crowd who flock here on the weekends for brunch. Laid out like an amphitheatre, the rooms are stacked, so they all overlook the beach, Marina and Bluewaters Island and are decorated with a nod to Art Deco decadence. Expect lots of marble, dark wood, mirrors and bronze accents and enjoy an indulgent bath in the freestanding tub. If you need some more’ me’ time, book into the ReFive Spa, which has a rooftop pool lined with cabanas.

Jumeirah Mina A'Salam

Middle-eastern style bedroom at Jumeirah Mina A'Salam, complete with arches and chandeliers
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Mina A’Salam is a family-friendly, beachfront resort at the heart of the vast Madinat Jumeirah complex. Each of the 292 rooms and suites is decorated with traditional Bedouin-inspired touches – which may sound rustic, but the large beds, marble bathrooms and plush textiles are designed for utmost comfort. If you’re travelling with kids, you’ll get extra brownie points for unlimited access to Wild Wadi Water Park next door, and you can even ride around the resort’s lagoon on an abra!

Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa

Large clay pot decor in the outdoor pool at Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa, with palm trees and desert behind
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Bab Al Shams opened in 2004 as Dubai’s original luxury Arabian-style retreat. Offering luxe accommodation for adventurers, it’s worth getting up early and watching the sunrise from the resort’s infinity pool. Night-time is all about star-spotting in the velvet-black sky. Still, for an experience like no other, the Al Hadheerah restaurant offers an out of this world immersive dining experience complete with traditional singers, dancing drummers and Arabian locals reenacting historical tales.

Burj Al Arab

A woman walking into the indoor pool at Burj Al Arab, with large tiled columns and a view of the city from the floor-to-ceiling windows
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If you thought five-star resorts were hot stuff, try seven. This exclusive Dubai hotel is located on its own private island with a man-made beach. Everything is meticulously designed, from the dramatic sail-shaped exterior to the helicopter landing pad right at the tippy-top. Rooms are like palaces, and private cabanas around the numerous pools come with wide-screen televisions and air-conditioning. Why would you want to leave?

W Dubai - The Palm

An aerial view of the outdoor pool and gardens at the W Dubai - The Palm
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Don’t be surprised to see some big-name celebs at the achingly-cool W Hotel. This five-star property is designed to impress with a reputation for hosting some of Dubai’s most decadent parties. All 350 rooms and suites have a terrace and state of the art sound system along with a fully stocked W MixBar, while the decor varies between disco-luxe to after-hours seduction. Reserve a tipi-cabana at the Wet Deck, and enjoy the swim-up bar (note: this gets especially busy during the weekend brunch).

Atlantis, The Palm

Flames burning around the outdoor pool at Atlantis, The Palm, lit up at night
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Designed as an ode to Disney fairy tales, this hotel’s central arch provides a gateway to the mythical underwater world represented throughout. Kids love the towering red brick exterior, and inside the coral-shaped door handles, shell-framed mirrors and driftwood nicknacks make you feel like you’re constantly on a movie set. It also has a private beach, a vast Aquaventure Waterpark and an aquarium filled with 65,000 marine animals.

Still looking for an affordable place to stay? Check out our guide to the best budget-friendly hotels in Dubai. Alternatively, go for somewhere stylish and cultured by booking one of the best boutique hotels in Dubai with Culture Trip. Or if you’re a party lover, check out our guide to must-visit nightclubs in Dubai.

These recommendations were updated on November 2, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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