Dubai is one of the world’s most luxurious travel destinations and a great place to go for those seeking luxury hotel accommodations. From towering skyscrapers to pristine white beaches, there is something for everyone in this stunning city. Many of the top-rated hotels offer unbeatable views, superior service, and amenities such as spas, restaurants, and nightclubs. The city also offers an exciting array of cultural attractions, including world-class museums, historical sites, and gorgeous architecture. These Dubai hotels put you in the heart of all of this, so whether your trip is for business or leisure, you’re right in the thick of things.
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The Burj Al Arab Jumeirah is known amongst the Dubai skyline — an extremely luxurious, sail-shaped building standing tall and coining itself as “Dubai’s most iconic hotel.” It’s located in Jumeirah on the strip and on the beach. Each of the property’s nearly 200 suites comes with a dedicated 24-hour butler staff catering to your every need. Bathrooms are stocked with Hermès toiletries, and jetted bathtubs, and there are upscale perks like “pillow menus.” The hotel’s limo/town car service ensures you’ll have the opportunity to explore beyond the hotel’s walls, but with its two outdoor pools and two indoor pools (featuring special experiences like air-conditioned cabanas, and a swim-up bar), impeccable spa, on-site shopping, eight hotel restaurants, and adjacent white sand beach — there’s almost no need to leave the property (or lift a single finger) while you’re there.
Bursting into the scene (and the skyline) as the middle eastern debut of a celebrated hotel group, the 5-star Mandarin Oriental Jumeirah, Dubai is located on the beach in Jumeirah with gorgeous views of the deep blue sea. This property feels like the epitome of sophistication and culture, boasting awe-inspiring decor immediately upon walking into the lobby where you’ll admire the hundreds of twinkling lights on the trees set apart by the clean white marble floor. Each of the 250-plus rooms are sleek and elegant, adorned with the highest quality decor. This property sits right on the beachfront, making it the perfect place to soak up some sunshine and relax. There are five outdoor pools (including a kids’ pool) to cool off. Visit the upscale on-site spa, and stay active in fitness classes like aerobics and yoga at the gym. The on-site service is pristine — but you’ll also feel an air of relaxation.
This property is known to boast some of the largest “standard” sized rooms in Dubai. It’s located in the Jumeirah neighborhood and is the closest beachfront hotel to Downtown Dubai. Here, you’ll be surrounded by spectacular views of the Arabian Gulf on one side of the hotel with the dazzling Dubai skyline on the other. It’s a 5-star luxury property, so the service is of course, exceptional — but not overbearing. Immediately upon stepping into the bright lobby you’ll encounter classic decor like lush flowers, making the space feel homely without compromising its luxury. Opulent interior design elements include tasteful gold-leaf ceilings and marble floors. Book an appointment at the on-site spa, and enjoy dining at one of the multiple on-site restaurants. There’s a 24-hour health club hosting Pilates and aerobics classes — and those who want to get active outside can go kayaking or play volleyball. Lounge at the poolside bar or rooftop terrace and visit one of the two outdoor pools or the indoor pool. Each of the 237 rooms offers a 24-hour room service menu and extras like furnished balconies and dedicated “pillow menus.”
This 470-room, 5-star luxury resort is located on the Palm Jumeirah and boasts over-the-top amenities like a private beach, six outdoor pools with two poolside bars, and a rooftop terrace. At the spa, you can relax in the sauna, indulge in a facial or a massage, or visit the hair salon. There are three on-site restaurants, a 24-hour gym hosting classes, a collection of on-site coffee shops and cafes, a terrace, and a playground. In the guest rooms, you’ll enjoy access to 24-hour room service, pillow menus, and designer toiletries.
Boasting a visually stunning architectural design, the nearly 800-room, 43-story Atlantis The Royal is located at the end of The Palm, directly facing the Persian Gulf. It stands against the skyline appearing as a collection of stacked, box-like structures, forming an exorbitantly designed, sturdy game of building Jenga. Outside of the property, sit on the hotel’s private beach which hosts an abundance of beach cabanas and sun loungers — as well as four beach bars and a beach club. This hotel also offers free water park access, an on-site spa, more than a dozen on-site restaurants, and a myriad of on-site outdoor activities like beach volleyball, snorkeling, and scuba diving. Even if you’re not a “beach person” you’ll enjoy this hotel’s two outdoor pools with a lazy river, waterslide, and cabanas. You can choose to stay in a variety of accommodations from standard guest rooms (even though there’s nothing “standard” about them), suites, and signature penthouses feeling sleek and modern, and incorporating luxurious amenities like walk-in wardrobes and stand-alone bathtubs.
The 528-room Gevora Hotel is located in the Trade Center neighborhood and is known for being “the world’s tallest hotel” towering at 1,168 feet — which is nearly a quarter of a mile — into the sky, breaking Dubai’s own record previously held by its own neighbor, the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai. Outside, the hotel’s structure boasts an art-deco-era design with nostalgic tones of gold and a beautiful gold lattice spire that shines as bright as a star in the night sky. Inside, its nearly 80 floors offer a variety of luxurious perks including 24-hour room service, multiple on-site restaurants, an upscale spa, a towering rooftop lounge overlooking the Burj Khalifa, and the unique experience of hosting the “tallest hotel pool in the world.” But beware – this is a “dry hotel,” meaning there are no on-site libations allowed.
The approachable but upscale 93-room ME Dubai by Meliá is located in Downtown Dubai. It’s considered “low-rise” compared to its towering skyscraper neighbors but still stands tall in its impeccable design. The curved, futuristic facade of its architecture speaks to the brand’s distinct focus on art — and it is situated in a prime artsy and urban location set amongst landmarks like Dubai Canal’s waterfront promenade. In the guestrooms, you’ll enjoy 24-hour room service, jetted bathtubs, and luxurious bedding. Outside of your room (but still on the property), spend time browsing the hotel’s own art gallery, relax at the spa, or dine at one of the multiple restaurants. And of course, there’s an outdoor pool — with service that feels personal and cordial, without bordering on overbearing.
Hotel Indigo Dubai Downtown, an IHG Hotel is located in Downtown Dubai — offering you a great location alongside the amenities and reputation of a 5-star luxury hotel — while being more adorable in price point. It’s close to Burj Khalifa and the Dubai Mall, and boasts added amenities like a roundtrip airport shuttle and an art gallery, right on-site. Dine poolside at one of the two restaurants, explore the terrace, or lounge by the pool with free cabanas and sun loungers. Each of the 269 rooms offers city views and are individually furnished which adds an element of spirit and character to their design.
Hotel room rates in Dubai can vary depending on where you stay and the type of hotel. Generally, budget hotels can cost as low as $50 USD per night while luxury rooms can go up to $500 USD or more per night. Prices may also be higher during peak season when there is greater demand for accommodation in the city. Ultimately, it is important to research the various hotel options available to find the best deal that suits your needs. The Dubai hotels listed here begin on the high end, with more affordable options toward the bottom.
Can unmarried couples stay in hotels in Dubai?
Generally, Dubai hotels do not allow unmarried couples to stay together in a room. However, it is possible for unmarried couples to get private villas or apartments that are rented out on a daily basis. These are typically located outside the city center and provide more privacy and better security. It is important to note that unmarried couples should also be aware of the laws in Dubai and should take necessary precautions when renting a property or staying at a hotel.