Best hotels under Dh200
Dubai isn’t known for its cheap hotel rooms so grabbing a bargain for under Dh200 is difficult but not impossible, as long as you’re prepared to compromise.
Hues Boutique Hotel
It’s not easy to find a four-star hotel in Dubai for under Dh200 but Hues Boutique Hotel ticks the box. It’s located near to Dubai International Airport so could be a good place to stay if you or visiting family have an early morning flight and don’t want to risk traffic from Dubai Marina. It’s also a good location for exploring old Dubai. The clue to the decor is in the title – walls, floors and furniture are in every color of the rainbow. A tip – ask for a room away from the bar and restaurants when you check in if you want a peaceful night’s sleep.
Sun City International Hotel
A single room at the Sun City International Hotel comes in at under Dh160, a bargain by anyone’s standards. It’s located on Al Fahidi Street, one of Dubai’s busiest in the older part of town. If you or your guests plan to spend most of the time exploring and just need somewhere to lay your head at night, it’s not a bad option. The hotel hasn’t had much of a makeover in recent decades – think lime green bathrooms and heart shaped mirrors – but what else can you expect for less than Dh200 a night?
Sharjah Premiere Hotel and Resort
By far the best way to get a decent hotel room for under Dh200 in Dubai is to actually venture just 15 minutes in a cab into Sharjah where your money will go a lot further. The Sharjah Premiere Hotel and Resort is close to Sharjah’s heritage area which has several art galleries and small museums, as well as a traditional old souk where you can get a delicious biryani for about Dh15! It has an outdoor swimming pool and a pretty decent gym. If you want to get back to Dubai just ask the concierge to book you a cab.
Best hotels under Dh300
Adding an extra Dh100 to your budget significantly improves your hotel options. If you’ve got family visiting or are visiting Dubai yourself, consider a hotel apartment or something in the historic part of the city.
Orient Guest House
The Orient Guest House is all about location. It’s a quirky boutique hotel, and one of the best cheap hotels at around Dh300 a night. If you have visitors to the city, this is a lovely way of showing them a different side to Dubai’s hotel market. It’s furnished with some traditional Indian wooden furniture including traditional four-poster beds, so there’s no slumming it! There’s an outdoor terrace where you can enjoy the traditional Arab breakfast but you’ll have to source your other meals from one of the many restaurants in the area. It’s located on the edge of Dubai’s heritage area and easy walking distance to Dubai’s souks (where you should pick up some hand stitched slippers or gold jewelry), the creek and Dubai Museum.
Dunes Hotel Apartments Al Barsha
Hotel apartments are a sensible option if you have family visiting Dubai and don’t have the room to put them up (or if you’re the one visiting Dubai and you don’t want the hassle of eating out every night). The Dunes Hotel Apartments in Al Barsha is just a stone’s throw from Mall of the Emirates and a bargain at under Dh300 a night. Some rooms have fully equipped kitchens, washing machines and views across the city. It’s a short walk to the Dubai Metro so you won’t feel isolated either.
The Holiday Inn Express Internet City
There are no real bells and whistles at this 244-room Holiday Inn, but it’s a very good option for the money. A single room with breakfast costs about Dh315 a night (so not strictly under Dh300, but close enough!) and facilities include a 24-hour business centre, gym, pool and WiFi (you’ll have to pay extra for this). It’s just a few tram rides away from The Palm Jumeirah so it’s about as close as you can get to a stay at The Atlantis, The Palm, for under Dh300.
Best hotels under Dh500
If you up your budget to Dh500, your options for a finding a good hotel room in Dubai are vastly improved. You also get a much greater choice of area that now includes Dubai Marina hotels – handy for visiting friends or family.
Hawthorn Hotel & Suites by Wyndham JBR
This is a relatively new offering in Jumeirah Beach Residence and more affordable than some of the other hotels in the area. It has a gym, free breakfast buffet, a currency exchange and a spa. You can also choose a family room if you need a little more space, or ask for a room with a kitchenette if you don’t want to eat out every night. JBR is one of the city’s most lively and family friendly parts of the city so any visitors would feel fortunate to be put up here. A deluxe room costs from Dh500 a night.
Ramada Plaza Jumeirah Beach
This is another cheap hotel in Dubai Marina, but it still comes with most of the amenities of its five-star neighbors, including beach access. A single room costs around Dh500 but it also has two, three and four bedroom suites with kitchenettes and comfy couches. You (or your visitors) can access the Dubai Metro via a short tram ride and in 15 or 20 minutes you can be in most of the city’s malls and attractions. There’s a 24-hour supermarket nearby but the hotel has five restaurants and bars if you didn’t feel like venturing out.
Radisson Blu, Deira Creek
If you wanted to stay at the creek end of the city but wanted something a little more luxurious than the Dh200-a-night offerings, the Radisson Blu is at least a familiar brand. It’s less than a mile from the historic Bastakiya, the oldest part of the city, and a fantastic place for friends and family to stay if they want to explore more of the city’s soul. It’s in easy walking distance – or a short abra ride across the creek – of the gold souk, spice souk and Dubai Museum, which explains some of the history of this trading city. There’s a gym, spa and pool at the hotel, and all rooms have a balcony. A double room without breakfast costs from around Dh350, or you could choose a Royal Suite for Dh570.
Best hotels under Dh700
Bumping your budget by another Dh200 will give you some nice alternatives from the regular high-rise hotels that adorn the Dubai skyline (it’ll also get you a few more amenities and room perks).
Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa
Situated in the heart of Jumeirah, this hotel is about halfway between Dubai Airport and the marina end of the city. It has its own small private beach and isn’t quite as impersonal as some of the other larger hotels in Dubai. There’s a fantastic swimming pool, two floodlit tennis courts (with an instructor on site) and the Fahrenheit Beachsports centre which rents equipment and holds classes and lessons in various water sports. The restaurants are popular with Dubai residents, especially Sho Cho, where you can enjoy delicious sushi on a deck overlooking the ocean. Rooms start at around Dh700 a night.
JA Jebel Ali Beach Hotel
This hotel on the beach behind Jebel Ali is something of a Dubai hidden gem, and a wonderful place to put guests if you wanted them to have five-star luxury without the five-star prices. A double room costs from around Dh590 and you’ll get access to 800m of white sandy beaches that are much less crowded than the beaches at Jumeirah Beach Residence. The hotel is big on sports and has tennis courts, squash courts, horse riding, a nine-hole golf course, water polo equipment for rent, volleyball net, pool tables and even a mini soccer court. It’s about a 40 minutes from Dubai Airport so speak to the hotel if you need a shuttle. Its location means it’s also a good option if you live in Abu Dhabi and want to stay in Dubai for the weekend.
Best hotels under Dh1,000
If you can’t stretch to Dh30,000 (and the rest) for a royal suite at one of Dubai’s most luxurious hotels, Dh1,000 will still buy you or your visitors a pretty grand experience.
Sofitel Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa
Single rooms at this hotel on The Palm Jumeirah (home of the Atlantis Hotel) start at Dh1,000. Rooms are decorated with polished wood, leather and marble fittings, making you feel like you’re getting plenty of bang for your buck. There are seven restaurants and seven bars and lounges, or you could choose to sip your drink on a lounger on the 500m private beach. It’s walking distance to Aquaventure Water Park so you could stay at the Sofitel and spend the day at the waterpark for a fraction of the cost.
Kempinksi Hotel Mall of the Emirates
If you or your guests are visiting Dubai to shop, book a room at this hotel which is attached to one of the city’s biggest and best malls. You don’t even have to step outside to reach the shops because there’s a secret entrance to the mall direct from the hotel’s lobby. Most rooms have Nespresso machines, in-room iPads, free WiFi and a flatscreen television. You can also choose a room overlooking Ski Dubai but that will set you back a lot more than Dh1,000. A one-bedroom suite at the Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates starts at around Dh900.
Bab Al Shams Desert Resort and Spa
There’s nothing like escaping the city and heading into the desert for some affordable luxury, especially when it’s under Dh1,000 a night. If you need a change of scenery or want somewhere to really impress your guests, book them into this desert retreat surrounded by rolling sand dunes and wild gazelles. It’s built like a traditional fort and has plenty of shaded courtyards and water features which keep it relatively cool, even in the summer months. There’s a huge infinity pool with a swim-up bar, as well as a separate kids’ pool. The rooms have outdoor terraces or balconies, huge bathtubs (with plenty of bath salts to go in!), coffee machines, WiFi and a mini bar. A superior twin room costs from Dh950 a night.
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*Published December 2016. Prices correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change and/or availability.