Dubai

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.

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.

Meaning “harbor of peace,” Mina A’Salam is reminiscent of Old Arabia, with its waterfront location and historically inspired wind towers.

The 114-acre Atlantis Dubai is, like the Atlantis Bahamas, an oversize extravaganza: 1,539 rooms, a water playground with rides, a dolphin habitat, and a 6,200-square-foot spa.

Overlooking Dubai Creek in the Bur Dubai district, the Grand Hyatt has 674 guest rooms and suites with city views, as well as luxury apartments.

The twin, triangular-shaped towers of the Jumeirah Emirates Towers are one of the defining architectural elements of Dubai’s skyline. One tower houses office space, while the other includes a 400-room, 51-story hotel.

Inspired by ancient Egyptian architecture, the pyramid-shaped Raffles Dubai houses 248 luxury guest rooms and rises 19 stories above the city.

Set in the heart of so-called New Dubai (about 20 minutes south from downtown), this 393-room hotel looks right onto one of Dubai’s most extravagant new attractions: Ski Dubai—the world’s biggest indoor snow park.