Hotels in Dubai
Some of the world's most innovative and luxurious hotels can be found in Dubai. The most extravagant line Jumeireh Beach along the Gulf and those on Sheikh Zayed Road come in close second. Homier accommodations are in the Old Town of Deira and Bur Dubai. There are myriad options, but two standout hotels in Dubai include:
A trip to Dubai isn't complete without a visit to the only seven-star hotel in the world, the Burj Al Arab. This sail-shaped hotel rises 1,053 feet high from a manmade island. All of the 202 suites are bi-level with glass windows and there's butler service on every floor. Those here on business will appreciate the private bars and office spaces. Hotels in Dubai don't get any better than the Burj Al Arab.
The mirrored, wave-shaped Jumeirah Beach Hotel was the first on this strip and is one of the best hotels in Dubai. Just like so the city itself, the hotel is over-the-top with 598 rooms, 20 restaurants and bars, and five pools. There are 19 private beach villas and 70 rooms in the north wing were specifically designed for families. For a drink, head to the resort's moody Uptown Bar.
The 2010-opened hotel occupies the underground level through floor 8 and floors 38 and 39 of the Burj Khalifa, and representing designer Giorgio Armani's debut as a hotelier.
The very contemporary Fairmont Dubai, located within a massive multi-use complex and connected to the Dubai International Convention Center by a dedicated walkway, sits in the heart of the city’s financial district.
Almost a city within itself, the expansive Madinat Jumeirah Resort is composed of three hotels (the Mina A’Salam, the Al Qasr, and the Dar Al Masyaf), the luxury Malakiya Villas, and a total of 44 restaurants and bars.
Compared to Dubai’s flashy skyscraper hotels, the waterfront Park Hyatt Dubai, which opened in 2005, is subtle and diminutive—which is exactly the point.
Situated along Dubai Beach, the Jumeirah Beach Hotel rises 26 stories and is designed to resemble a cresting wave. The property’s unique design affords each of its 598 rooms with a view of the ocean, and some also enjoy vistas of the famous Burj Al-Arab Hotel.
A kind of über-Arabian fantasia built in the style of an ancient palace and fortress, the Royal Mirage occupies prime Dubai real estate.
A bit of traditional amidst the glitz and glamour of Dubai, the Mediterranean-themed Ritz-Carlton has 138 guest rooms and suites overlooking the Arabian Gulf in the Dubai Marina district.
Meaning gateway to the sun, Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa is located in the desert outside of the city. The low-rise hotel is only two stories high and resembles a fortress with imposing walls and large doors.