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Best hotels in Dubai 2023: Where to stay for a luxurious break

From budget to high luxury, here are the 10 best hotels in Dubai

Penelope Wright
Friday 17 February 2023 15:08 GMT
Dubai's Burj Al Arab Hotel is visible from almost every point in the city
Dubai's Burj Al Arab Hotel is visible from almost every point in the city (istock)

Whether it’s luxury shopping, a desert adventure or checking out the latest in architecture and innovation, Dubai is definitely the United Arab Emirates city with the biggest personality and reputation.

You’ll also discover it’s a foodie’s mecca, with thousands of restaurants to choose from. And if you’re thinking of heading out there for a late spring break, you may be in time for the Dubai Food Festival, which is an extravaganza of pop-up food trucks, street artists and mystery dining tours.

Dubai may be a newbie on the block (it’s still to reach its second-century birthday) but it’s already developed its fair share of must-sees, from Dubai Mall, Burj Khalifa and the Opera District. You can catch a hop-on-hop-off double-decker Dubai Trolley, or rent a bike from one of the stations.

Host city of the 2022 World Expo, interest in the emirate is growing, and with that comes one glitzy new hotel after another at a rapid pace. Having lived in the Emirates, and stayed in many of the establishments on this shortlist, this is my pick of the places that will make your Dubai stay comfortable and, most importantly, memorable.

Best for shopping: Address Downtown

Neighbourhood: Downtown Dubai

The cool, clean lobby of Address Downtown (Address Downtown)

With the world’s largest shopping mall a short stroll from the lobby, shopaholics will be in their element at this 220-room, five-star hotel. Not only is The Dubai Mall on the doorstep, but the hotel offers some of the best views of the Burj Khalifa – the world’s tallest tower – and Dubai’s spectacular dancing fountain. The hotel is also just a 15-minute walk from the Dubai Opera.

The recently refurbished property is chic and luxurious, and has a dedicated spa and wellness floor, along with an extensive range of dining options, including Turkish restaurant the Galliard.

Best for opulence: Burj Al Arab Jumeirah

Neighbourhood: Jumeirah Beach

No goggles required: the sky view bar at Burj Al Arab Jumeirah (Burj Al Arab Jumeirah)

Those with a penchant for luxury will be in their element here. Visible from just about every corner of Dubai, the 321m-tall, sail-shaped property is as stunning inside as it is breath taking from the outside. From the cascade waterfall at the entrance to the vibrant colour palette and extensive use of gold throughout, the Burj Al Arab makes for a truly palatial experience.

There are 202 luxury duplexes in the hotel, and each of the 28 floors has a check-in counter, reception desk and 24-hour private butler service. Guests can indulge in a dining experience like no other at Nathan Outlaw’s Al Mahara restaurant, where guests can go “under the sea” and sit among the classy establishment’s floor-to-ceiling aquarium. Nearby, the Wild Wadi Waterpark and Kite Beach are around the corner and the Madinat Jumeirah souk is just a short abra ride away.

Best for the budget-conscious: Rove Downtown

Neighbourhood: Downtown Dubai

The Rove Downtown offers some exceptional views of the Burj Khalifa (Rove Downtown)

Funky yet affordable, Rove Downtown has a trendy, high-end backpackers vibe. A 20-minute drive from Dubai International Airport and across the road from The Dubai Mall, the 356-room hotel’s modern interior is a big part of its appeal. The lobby sets the tone for what’s to come, with its “cabinet of curiosities” feature wall, which includes a bicycle hanging beside photographs amid colourful interiors.

Rooms are compact yet fully equipped, some offering views of the Burj Khalifa, and there’s a rooftop pool and a café/restaurant. Cinema fans will be impressed by Rove Cinema, the first hotel cinema in the Emirates.

Best for that desert vibe: Bab Al Shams Desert Resort

Neighbourhood: Endurance City

Cool off from the desert heat in the Bab Al Shams infinity pool (Bab Al Shams Desert Resort)

For a true Arabian experience, Bab Al Shams will provide you desert memories to treasure. A 45-minute drive from Dubai International Airport, this tranquil resort has gazelles, birds and an abundance of other wildlife. There are desert adventures such as camel rides, falconry exhibitions and nature walks to enjoy, along with plenty of traditional Arabic dining options.

Each of the rooms reflects the Middle East in its design, and provides guests with desert or courtyard views to enjoy 24/7.

Best hotel for families who can afford to splurge: Atlantis, The Palm

Neighbourhood: The Palm Jumeirah

Kids will be in their element at the hotel’s giant indoor aquarium (Atlantis, The Palm)

Families who don’t mind forking out will be in their element at Atlantis, The Palm. The giant indoor aquarium and Aquaventure water park alone will be enough to impress the kids, while The Avenues shopping arm and restaurants, such as Gordon Ramsay’s Bread Kitchen & Bar and Nobu, will appeal to the grown-ups.

One of the most recognisable and renowned properties in the UAE since its 2008 opening, almost all of the 1,539 rooms on the property are interconnecting and all have Arabian Gulf, the Palm or city skyline views.

Best for Marina views: Grosvenor House

Neighbourhood: Dubai Marina

Admire the city lights from Grosvenor House (Grosvenor House)

This sophisticated twin-tower hotel exudes elegance and is well-positioned within the Dubai Marina precinct, a 10-minute walk from the popular mile-long JBR promenade.

Plush carpets, impressive furniture and marble flooring elevate the interiors, while the 750 rooms are spacious, modern and comfortable. There’s an outdoor pool, gym and spa in each tower, 10 food establishments, and guests can access the private beach at Le Meridien Beach Resort and Spa, the hotel’s sister property.

Best to impress: Palazzo Versace Dubai

Neighbourhood: Culture Village

Fashionistas will find plenty to love at the opulent Palazzo Versace Dubai (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Every inch of this 215-room five-star hotel was designed and tailored exclusively by Versace. Impressive? You bet. Located on Dubai Creek, the hotel was fashioned on a 16th-century Italian palace and combines neoclassical style with Arabic architecture. It boasts eight restaurants and bars, three outdoor pools and some of the best views of the Dubai Creek.

Guests are welcomed by a striking pebbled mosaic of the iconic Medusa upon entry, a 3,000kg hand-blown Bohemian glass chandelier, and occasionally will come across a live falcon alongside its Arabic master. Rooms are beautifully designed, with parquet flooring and silk finishes. A stay here is a fashionable, eloquent experience that is nothing short of impressive.

Best for horse lovers: The Meydan Hotel Dubai

Neighbourhood: Meydan Racecourse

Sports fans will be delighted with the views from the Meydan Hotel (The Meydan Hotel)

If you enjoy watching the horse races, this is the hotel for you. The 285-room wave-shaped property overlooks Meydan Racecourse – the home of the Dubai World Cup – providing a unique equestrian experience. Just 15 minutes’ drive from Dubai airport, it’smwell-located, too.

The contemporary hotel also has a world-class golfing range, while for those of you who’d prefer to take things a bit easier or cool off after a busy day’s shopping, there’s an infinity pool with your name on it.

Best for rustic charm: Canopy by Hilton Dubai Al Seef

Neighbourhood: Al Seef

Soak up the sun with a roof top view from the infinity pool at Zabeel House (Zabeel House by Jumeirah)

The second hotel to open in Dubai’s exciting Al Seef development, this 200-room property on the Dubai Creek combines tradition with a modern vibe.

Zabeel House is full of personality, with in-room hammocks and quirky interiors throughout. There are three room categories to choose from, including popular and plush, as well as various suites, and it is all just a 10-minute drive from the city’s gold souk.

Best for unique views: Kempinski Mall of the Emirates

Neighbourhood: Al Barsha

Kempinski offers views of the first indoor ski resort in the Middle East (Kempinski)

Not only is this hotel connected to one of the city’s largest malls, but some of its rooms have views of the first indoor ski resort in the Middle East. While the temperature is rising outside, you can sit back in your “Aspen chalet” and take in the action on the slopes.

Centrally located, the 388-room property – plus 20 unique Aspen Chalets overlooking the slopes of Ski Dubai – is ideally placed off the main road with easy access to public transport and all the shops you can handle (about 700 at last count).

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