The Best Hotels to Book in Dubai

The views of the Persian Gulf are undoubtedly one of the biggest selling points of the Burj Al Arab hotel.
The views of the Persian Gulf are undoubtedly one of the biggest selling points of the Burj Al Arab hotel. | © Kertu Saarits / Alamy Stock Photo
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8 October 2021

Tourists are spoilt for choice when it comes to places to stay in Dubai, with literally thousands of hotels vying for business.As the city gears up to host the World Expo – which was postponed till 2021 because of Covid-19 – the demand is expected to go up with an influx of visitors. And there’s something for everyone – from glamping trailers and budget rooms to over-the-top luxury. Here’s our pick of the best hotels in Dubai, bookable with Culture Trip.

Feel at home at Zabeel House by Jumeirah, the Greens

Boutique Hotel
4.6/5 (138 Reviews)
Price Drop
Now from $201 per night

Not every Dubai hotel will break the bank, so when searching for a cheaper option, you won’t find much better than the new Zabeel House by Jumeirah, the Greens. It’s located in an area called the Greens, close to Dubai’s main highway, Sheikh Zayed Road. That shouldn’t put you off though, as it’s slap-bang in the middle of all the tourist hot spots, including the beach, which is just a five-minute drive. The building is brand new, the rooms are spacious and modern, and the entertainment includes a pub quiz with unlimited chicken wings. There’s also a popular rooftop shisha lounge to relax in. Be quick though, the 210 rooms book up fast.

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Stay in the world’s tallest building at the Armani Hotel

Hotel, Independent Hotel
4.6/5 (602 Reviews)
Price Drop
Now from $620 per night
Any trip to Dubai should include a visit to the world’s tallest building – the Burj Khalifa stands a staggering 828m (2,717ft) high. The Armani Hotel occupies the bottom eight floors, along with levels 38 and 39. As you walk inside, you’ll find marble and Japanese tatami wooden floors, lobbies lined with jewellery displays, with interiors by fashion designer Giorgio Armani himself. The hotel has 160 rooms in 11 different categories. In the more luxurious rooms, you can expect iPad-controlled curtains and lights, rain shower bathrooms and floor-to-ceiling windows displaying Dubai’s downtown area. It houses five restaurants with varying cuisine including Japanese, Indian and Italian. The hotel is located a stone’s throw from the magnificent Dubai fountain show – which is a must if you’re in town.
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Five Palm offers the quintessential Dubai experience

4.3/5 (989 Reviews)
A luxury room at Five the Palm, Dubai, UAE.
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Price Drop
Now from $460 per night

With thousands of luxury hotels on Palm Jumeirah – and new ones continuing to open – the place to be seen in Dubai changes year on year. Currently, Five Palm has a good claim to the crown thanks to its photo-friendly pool and rooftop bar, The Penthouse. It’s certainly a new favourite with celebrities and influencers – and even if you’re not into social media, it’s hard not to stay here and fill your camera roll with snaps. It has 468 rooms and is located at the base of Palm Jumeirah, meaning you avoid any traffic jams when entering and leaving, and it’s perfectly located for pictures of the Dubai marina skyscrapers.

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Go glamping at Sedr Trailers Resort

Glamping, Safari Lodge
4.8/5 (12 Reviews)
A view of a Sedr Trailer from the front porch
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Located in Hatta, an enclave of Dubai about an hour’s drive away from Downtown, Sedr Trailers Resort opened in late 2018 and offers the full glamping experience, with fire pits, outdoor couches and BBQ facilities. It’s surrounded by beautiful mountains and a place to enjoy for those who love the great outdoors with activities like hiking, mountain biking, kayaking and even axe-throwing on offer. The resort closes in the summer months from May until October – and yes, there is wifi.

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Stay in Little Venice at Jumeirah Mina A’Salam

Hotel, Independent Hotel
A room with a view at Little Venice, Dubai, UAE.
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Not everyone wants to come to Dubai and stay in a skyscraper, which is what makes this place so special. Located in the popular Madinat Jumeirah, Jumeirah Mina A’Salam sits in the Venetian-style waterways with impressive views of the Arabian Gulf, close to its sister property the Burj Al Arab. It’s located close to Dubai’s usual hot spots – Palm Jumeirah, Marina and the Mall of Emirates. Jumeirah Mina A’Salam is a throwback to old Dubai with its sand-coloured walls and abras (wooden boats) floating by. You’re spoilt for choice when it comes to bars and restaurants here, too, with Shimmers serving mouthwatering Greek food and Bahri Bar serving up sundowners as the sun sets over the Arabian Gulf.
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Enjoy Dubai’s natural beauty at Bab Al Shams Desert Resort

Hotel, Luxury, Resort
4.5/5 (772 Reviews)
A traditional room at Bab Al Shams Desert Resort and Spa, Dubai, UAE.
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Price Drop
Now from $331 per night

One of Dubai’s best-kept secrets is just a 30-minute drive into the desert. This five-star resort is comprised of traditional-looking one- and two-storey villas (115 rooms in total) that blend in to the surrounding Al-Qudra desert. If you’re lucky, you’ll spot desert gazelle and Arabian oryx basking in the sun. It’s a slow pace of life here filled with deep tissue massages, camel rides, infinity pools and jacuzzis. And, there’s a pair of coconut fibre slippers to greet you as you enter your bedroom – it’s the little things in life. Food-wise, we recommend the authentic North Indian restaurant, which is a favourite with Dubai sheikhs.

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  • Caesars Palace doesn't need any roulette tables to impress

    Casino Hotel, Hotel, Luxury
    4.8/5 (114 Reviews)
    A luxury room with sea views at Caesars Palace, Dubai, UAE.
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    Price Drop
    Now from $487 per night

    Gambling is strictly forbidden in the UAE, but that hasn’t stopped one of the world’s most famous Vegas casinos from opening in Dubai. Caesars Palace opened its doors in 2018 as the big-name signing on the new Bluewaters Island. Guests have the choice of five types of room, the best being those directly facing the pool and sea. Key features in the rooms are the marble bathrooms with double sinks, which ooze luxury. Downstairs you’ll find guests dining at Gordon Ramsay’s Hell’s Kitchen, which although not cheap, is as good as you’d imagine. Those looking to relax can sit by the pool or take part in yoga classes on the private beach. With a location as perfect as this, it doesn’t need any roulette tables to entice guests.

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    Stay in the world's first seven-star hotel, the Burj Al Arab

    4.8/5 (593 Reviews)
    Burj Al Arab is one of the world’s grandest hotels
    Burj Al Arab is one of the world’s grandest hotels | Courtesy of Burj Al Arab /
    Price Drop
    Now from $1664 per night
    Excited to lay your head down to rest in the world’s first seven-star hotel? Well, you’ll have to choose from the 17 different types of pillows on offer first. The Burj Al Arab, situated between Dubai’s main tourist hubs – Marina and Downtown – needs to be seen to be believed, especially inside. The interior is literally lined with gold – 24 carats at that – and the ceiling is covered in 21,000 Swarovski crystals. Oh, and if you’re one for free hotel shower gels, here you’ll be able to grab Hermès toiletries – full bottles of them. Stays here certainly don’t come cheap, but if it’s uber-luxury you’re after, this is the place to be.
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    Immerse yourself in art at the W Dubai

    4.6/5 (185 Reviews)
    A uniquely designed room at the W Dubai, UAE.
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    Price Drop
    Now from $430 per night

    Palm Jumeirah is no stranger to top hotels, and the latest brand to make the man-made island home is the bright and colourful W Dubai. As you walk into the lobby, you’re greeted with a magnificent 30-metre visual sound wave art installation made from 640 pieces of glass. Other light installations wind their way along the long passageways leading out to the pool area. Here you’ll find multiple pools on different levels with private cabanas available. The free-flowing drinks packages on Ladies Day are already a hit with tourists and residents. Upstairs, you’ll find SoBe, a Miami-inspired rooftop bar with stunning views over the Palm. It has almost certainly been built with social media in mind. As for the hotel rooms themselves, there are 350 of them, each with graffiti wall art featuring lyrics and words recalling the region’s cultural history.

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    Experience Dubai’s most iconic landmark, Atlantis, the Palm

    Hotel, Resort, Spa Hotel
    4.4/5 (1235 Reviews)
    A luxury room at Atlantis, the Palm, Dubai, UAE.
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    Price Drop
    Now from $457 per night
    It’s not the tallest and it doesn’t have a seven-star rating, but this is arguably Dubai’s most iconic landmark. It was the first resort to open on Dubai’s man-made Palm Jumeriah. As you walk inside you’re greeted by the Grand Lobby, which is home to a stunning Dale Chihuly sculpture – a hand-placed 30m-high centerpiece. It’s home to Dubai’s Aquavenure Waterpark, Lost Chambers Aquarium and multiple Michelin-star restaurants including Gordon Ramsay’s Bread Street Kitchen and Bar and Nobu Matsuhisa’s Nobu. There are also two stunning underwater suites stretching over three floors with views of the aquarium from the bedrooms. Despite so many hotels opening around it, Atlantis, the Palm still draws the crowds.
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    These recommendations were updated on October 8, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh. This article is an updated version of a story created by Nick Watkins

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