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.
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.
Owned and operated by the XVA Gallery, the XVA Hotel is located in the Bastakiya district. The property is housed inside a 100-year-old mansion, complete with historic architectural elements, including wind towers and courtyards.
Overlooking Dubai Marina, the Grosvenor House Dubai is located in the city's Jumeirah district. Composed of two 45-story towers, the property has 744 guest rooms, suites, and apartments.
Opt for the royal seal of approval at HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein’s sprawling property that opened in Spring 2009 with 24 modern rooms on a former polo estate. The property boasts an infinity pool, wellness spa, even a private stable—at prices guaranteed to please.
This iconic, sail-shaped hotel—which soars 1,053 feet over the Persian Gulf, on an artificial island off Jumeirah Beach—literally epitomizes Dubai’s over-the-topness.
The best-kept secret of the Dubai International Airport (it’s not advertised) may be that if you are in need of some brief, uninterrupted sleep in a real room with a real bed, you can rent a room by the hour.
This hotel's Lebanese restaurant has outdoor tables overlooking a waterfront resort. Part of the Madinat Jumeirah resort.
Some of the most exclusive accommodations at the Madinat Jumeirah Resort, Dar Al Masyaf is composed of 29 two-story summer houses containing a total of 283 guest rooms and suites.
The luxury Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa is designed in the style of a Bedouin encampment. Each of the hotel’s 42 spacious suites resemble tents, and they look out over the desert near the Hajar Mountains, about 45 minutes outside of Dubai.