Holidaying in Dubai is not only about seeing the beautiful sights but also enjoying the luxury and opulence it offers. There are plenty of places to see and enjoy in Dubai. The tallest building in the world (Burj Khalifa), the historical neighbourhood (the Bastakiya Quarter), the largest mall (Dubai Mall), the large flower garden (Dubai Miracle Garden), the biggest indoor ski park (Ski Dubai), etc. are few of the places that would interest you in Dubai. While you can plan your tours as per your interests, there is one thing that you have to decide beforehand and that is where to stay in Dubai. As a hotspot for tourism, there is no dearth for hotels to stay in Dubai. From budgetary hostels to a seven star hotel, Dubai has all kinds of accommodation. Here we present few of the best neighbourhoods in Dubai and the hotels in the area, so that you can choose the best place as per your likes, interests, requirements and budget.
Bur Dubai sits on one side of the Dubai Creek and is home to the oldest neighbourhood of the city, the Bastakiya Quarter. If you are not bothered with too much opulence and style and want something cosy and comfortable, this is a great place to be. Staying at one of the hotels in Bur Dubai would give you easy access to the historical monuments and places of the city. You would be able to enjoy visiting the Dubai Museum, ride on an abra on the Dubai Creek, shop at the traditional Dubai souk and also bird watch at the Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary. Apart from this, there are lots of free museums, art galleries and important buildings to see in this area of the city. Here are some of the popular hotels to stay in Bur Dubai.
Arabian Courtyard & Spa: The Arabic-inspired design and style Arabian Courtyard & Spa is a four star hotel, close to the Dubai Creek. Get cozy in its beautifully styled rooms and have fun in its numerous restaurants, pubs, VIP lounge, Moroccan style spas and a fully-equipped gym.
XVA Hotel Dubai: This is one of the unique hotels in Dubai. Located in the Al Fahidi neighbourhood, each of the 13 rooms of the hotel is styled different by different local artists. Moreover, the place also has an art gallery. It is quaint and exudes an old world charm, and is perfect for those who love art and simplicity.
Four Points by Sheraton: If you are looking for luxury on a budget, you cannot go wrong with Four Points by Sheraton. Be it the simple, classic rooms or the luxurious one bedroom suites, this hotel would offer comfortable stay during your Dubai holiday. It is also a haven for food lovers as you can enjoy American, European, Italian and international cuisines at its various restaurants.
Close to the Dubai Creek is the city’s Downtown area, which is also considered the heart of the city. One of the reasons for staying in this Dubai neighbourhood is that you get easy access to two of the most popular tourist spots in the city: the Dubai Mall and the Burj Khalifa. Apart from this, there is also the Souk Madinat which is a modern twist to the traditional souk. Most hotels in this area would give you a great view of the Burj Khalifa and the Dubai Fountain where you can watch numerous fountain shows every evening. While staying at one of the hotels in Downtown Dubai, you can walk to the Dubai Mall easily for shopping or enjoying its numerous attractions (including the aquarium, the ice rink, the entertainment zones and the food court).
Hotel Vida: Vida Downtown is a hotel where traditional culture and heritage meets contemporary style. The interiors are elegant and calming. The restaurants of the hotel offer some interesting cuisines including French, Mediterranean, Chinese and Japanese. Another highlight is the swimming pool which is flanked with snug cabanas where you can relax.
Hotel Armani: If budget is not a concern, you must stay at Hotel Armani. The highlight of this place is that it is located inside the Burj Khalifa. Apart from the thrill of staying inside such an iconic building, you also get access to a personalized butler, luxurious furnishings, beautiful views and much more. The brand conscious people would be happy to know that the rooms have the personalized touch of the only and only Giorgi Armani.
The Palace: If you want to enjoy the beautiful view of the Burj Khalifa and the Dubai Fountain during your stay in the city, opt for The Palace Downtown Dubai. Right from the rooms to the restaurants, everything is designed in a stylish way. Also, make sure to visit the in-house spa, named The Spa, where you can treat yourself with several signature therapies, which combine both western and eastern techniques.
One of the most famous landmarks of Dubai is the Palm Island, also known as Palm Jumeirah. Shaped like a palm, this is also the largest manmade island on earth. While you would have to go on a helicopter tour to actually see the shape of the island, it is home to some of the most luxurious hotels and resorts of the city. The sixteen fronds of the Palm Jumeirah house really beautiful hotels with private beaches, modern amenities, spas and gourmet restaurants. Staying in the neighbourhood would give you the chance to enjoy the hospitality and luxury that the city is known for. You would also have easy access to the numerous attractions including the pretty beaches, the Aquaventure Waterpark, Atlantis-themed aquarium, etc.
One & Only The Palm: This hotel lies in the Eastern tip of the Palm Jumeirah and is known to be one of the classiest hotels on the island. You have the option of staying at the Manor House, the Palm Beach Mansions or Beachfornt Villas. When you are not lounging at the private beach of the hotel, tuck into some gourmet food at one of its restaurants, pamper yourself in the luxurious spa or stroll around the lush gardens.
Atlantis The Palm: Atlantis The Palm is hard to ignore not only due to its location but also for its magnanimity and opulence. The rooms are palatial and tastefully done. Apart from this, the hotel is also home to a water park and an interesting aquarium. There is also a private beach and kids’ club inside the hotel campus. There is also the underwater aquarium suite if you want to make your holiday extra special.
Jumeirah Zabeel Saray: The highlight of this hotel is its Ottoman-inspired architecture. Complete with murals and artistic decor, there is a unique charm to this place. Aside the usual features like pool area, spa and fitness centre, this hotel also has a cinema where you can enjoy movies. If you are on a romantic holiday, do take this opportunity to have a dinner for two on its private beach.
Dubai Marina is a venetian-style, manmade canal city, situated near the Jumeirah Beach. It is one of the most elegant areas of Dubai and has some great residential buildings, hotels, restaurants, nightclubs, etc. It is a treat to stroll along the Dubai Marina as you would be able to see twinkling skyscrapers on one side and luxury yachts on the other. Staying at one of the hotels in Dubai Marina would rewarding views of Dubai’s skyline or of the pretty beaches nearby. If you are looking forward to a luxurious holiday, Dubai Marina would be the perfect place for you.
The Address: The Address is a five star hotel in the Dubai Marina and one of the best things about the place is its location. It overlooks the Dubai Marina and is directly linked to the Marina Mall. The hotel itself is home to eclectic restaurants, night lounges, bars, etc. Get ready for some amazing fun while staying at this hotel.
The Ritz-Carlton: Just five minutes away from the Dubai Marina, the Ritz-Carlton possesses luxurious sea-facing rooms, six swimming pools, amazing spa facilities and beautiful gardens. It also has a private beach, which is located along the JBR Walk area.
The best part of choosing these neighbourhoods to stay in Dubai is that they are well-connected to all major tourist locations in the city. Most of the good hotels are listed on the internet, making it easy to choose one that fits your requirements perfectly, even before you land in Dubai.