Where To Stay In Dubai – Best Hotels In Dubai

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Where To Stay In Dubai – Best Hotels In Dubai
Aerial view of Dubai Marina – (Picture source – Pixabay)

In this post, I will give you some best options for the best area to stay in Dubai for first-timers and select your Dubai accommodation. So let’s read about where to stay in Dubai – Best hotels in Dubai.

Where To Stay In Dubai – Best Hotels In Dubai
Lavish hotels of Dubai
Where To Stay In Dubai – Best Hotels In Dubai
Al Seef Heritage Hotel – (Picture source – Pixabay)

Dubai – the glittering, golden city of the Middle East with full of superlatives. Not only the world’s tallest building exists here but there are many famous attractions like the world’s largest natural flower garden, the world’s most expensive hotel stay, and many such attractions. The strategic location of Dubai which iks between east and west has one of the major factors in the evolution of Dubai to develop into one of the best stop-overs for long haul flights. Therefore Dubai has a well-developed air network throughout the world and offers world-class service in the tourism sector. Being a major hub in the tourism sector, Dubai hosts several hotels offering stays for all kinds of tastes and budgets. There are several luxury stays, the chain of famous hotels, local hotels, mid-range, budget hotels, apartments stay all over in Dubai which caters to your needs while traveling to Dubai.

Where To Stay In Dubai – Best Hotels In Dubai
Aerial view of Dubai – (Picture source – Pixabay)

As you all know, Dubai is one of the fastest-growing cities in the world and that is why it is very huge and widespread too. The total area of this city is 4114 km 2.  The climate is sunny all year round and unlike European countries, this city can’t be covered all by foot or walking tours. You need to hire a taxi, car, tours, or use public transport to commute in Dubai and enjoy the major attractions here. That is why it becomes very important to choose a perfect stay which is close to transport also and also fits in your budget. Dubai is divided into 9 sectors and then subdivided into 130 communities in which some are totally for residential purpose and some are for tourists.  As I live in Dubai, I have been to all places and sharing my tips and guide on where to stay in Dubai – best hotels in Dubai or find your best Dubai accommodation and know about the best area to stay in Dubai when you are visiting Dubai.

Where To Stay In Dubai – Best Hotels In Dubai
Holiday Inn Al Barsha, Dubai
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1 Best Area To Stay In Dubai For Tourists –

Best Area To Stay In Dubai For Tourists –

  • Dubai Marina
  • JBR – Jumeirah Beach Residences
  • Dubai Downtown | Financial District
  • Al Barsha
  • Bur Dubai | Al Fahidi | Al Seef
  • Palm Jumeirah
  • Deira
  • JLT – Jumeirah Lake Towers

*** I am considering the proximity to public transport (Metro, Tram), shopping avenues, eating options, budget as main criteria to present my tips on where to stay in Dubai guide ****

DUBAI MARINA

Where To Stay In Dubai – Best Hotels In Dubai
Aerial view of Dubai Marina – Picture Source – Pixabay

An artificial canal city that is spread across 3 km stretches the Persian Gulf shoreline has wonderful, glittering skyscrapers, bridges, canals, and nightlife.  Post clubs, bars, restaurants, expensive yacht rides, cruising dominates Dubai marina and its name itself suggests all marina adventures. Well connected with public transport though a little bit crowded in the evening and weekend times. 

Where To Stay In Dubai – Best Hotels In Dubai
Posh bars, clubs and eating out at Dubai Marina with a view.

LUXURY STAY OPTIONS AT DUBAI MARINA 

APARTMENT STYLE HOTEL STAY OPTIONS

MID-RANGE STAY OPTIONS IN DUBAI MARINA

Why select stay in Dubai Marina –

  • Nightlife lovers
  • Many luxury and budget eating out options
  • Well connectivity with Public transport
  • Cruising & marina adventure lovers
  • Proximity to Beach
  • Hotel rooms with skyline views

Not good if you are considering –

  • One of the most expensive
  • Old Dubai is far
  • Not much shopping options
  • The main attractions are not walkable except the beach but well connected.

JBR BEACH – Jumeirah Beach Residences

Where To Stay In Dubai – Best Hotels In Dubai
Hotels at JBR, Dubai

 Dubai’s most popular hangout where the city meets the sea.  The Beach, JBR offers white sands with clear turquoise waters, stunning skylines, beach entertainment, adventure, fitness, stylish boutiques, upscale restaurants/pubs, street food, movies, events, etc.  and therefore making it a popular hangout of Dubai. JBR – The Beach is spread over 300,000sq.ft of space.  Let’s immerse in total pleasure and relaxation at JBR Beach Dubai

Where To Stay In Dubai – Best Hotels In Dubai
JBR The Beach & The Walk

LUXURY STAY OPTIONS AT JBR THE WALK / BEACH

APARTMENT STYLE HOTEL STAY OPTIONS AT JBR THE WALK / BEACH

RECOMMENDED BEACH RESORTS AT JBR BEACH 

Why select stay in JBR THE BEACH

  • Nightlife lovers, walking street with European styled outdoor restaurants
  • Many luxury & budget eating out options, Posh sports bar, clubs.
  • Vibrant area with lots of events held in winter/tourist season.
  • Well connectivity with Public transport
  • Beach activities, water sports
  • Resort-style stay
  • Sunset views & perfect for evening activities

Not good if you are considering –

  • One of the most expensive
  • Old Dubai is far
  • Not many shopping options except beach accessories & souvenirs.
  • The main attractions are not walkable except the beach but well connected.

**** Dubai Marina and JBR The Beach are adjacent to each other and can be covered by walking tours in evening or winter season ****

DUBAI DOWNTOWN | FINANCIAL DISTRICT

Where To Stay In Dubai – Best Hotels In Dubai
View from Burj Khalifa top observatory deck, Hotels at Downtown, Dubai – Picture source – Pixabay

An iconic location where the world’s tallest building – Burj Khalifa, is located with one of the world’s largest malls too. Not only this, but here there are many posts, a luxury famous chain of hotels, bars, boulevard shopping, musical fountains, indoor adventures, and many such activities for all age groups and tastes.

Where To Stay In Dubai – Best Hotels In Dubai
Downtown Dubai in evening, Picture sourve – Pixabay

LUXURY STAY OPTIONS AT DOWNTOWN DUBAI

APARTMENT STYLE HOTEL STAY OPTIONS AT DOWNTOWN DUBAI

MID-RANGE HOTEL STAY OPTIONS AT DUBAI DOWNTOWN

Why select stay in Dubai Downtown | Financial District  –

  • Many luxury and budget eating out options
  • Well connectivity with Public transport
  • Iconic location
  • Best luxury bars, clubs
  • Lots of shopping ideas
  • Some Hotel rooms with Burj Khalifa view
  • Close to Old Dubai.
Where To Stay In Dubai – Best Hotels In Dubai
Passing through Financial district, Dubai

Not good if you are considering –

  • Very expensive
  • Far from Beach

Al BARSHA

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burj_Khalifa - Holiday Inn Al Barsha
View from terrace – Holiday Inn Al Barsha, Dubai
Perfect Comfort Stay at Holiday Inn Al Barsha Dubai
Access to Dubai Metro from Holiday Inn Al Barsha

Not a tourist area but a functional neighborhood of Dubai. But its location in between old and new and good connectivity has made it into a favorable hotel stay option. Also, it has Dubai’s second-biggest mall – Mall of Emirates, Metro network, therefore many mid-range hotels have sprung up here.  

LUXURY STAY OPTIONS AT AL BARSHA, DUBAI 

APARTMENT STYLE HOTEL STAY OPTIONS AT AL BARSHA

MID RANGE HOTEL STAY OPTIONS AT AL BARSHA

Why select stay in Al Barsha  –

  • Close to the Mall of Emirates and so many shopping options.
  • Well connectivity with Public transport
  • Much cheaper than Dubai Downtown & Dubai Marina – JBR areas.
  • Many budget-friendly eating out options with terrace top bars offering views of Burj Al Arab and Burj Khalifa.

Not good if you are considering –

  • The neighborhood is residential & for local businesses, so not many tourist activities here.
  • The main attractions are not walkable but well connected. For every attraction, you have to take Metro or Taxi.

BUR DUBAI | AL FAHIDI | AL SEEF

Where To Stay In Dubai – Best Hotels In Dubai

The heart of Dubai which means in ancient times, this neighborhood was Dubai and so you can find all ancient buildings and markets here. Historically Dubai has located nearby Dubai Creek which is in this neighborhood and there was nothing in the above-mentioned neighborhoods.  These neighborhoods of Dubai are considered to be the cultural, historic areas. You can spot lots of local businesses and Asians here, significantly people from the Indian sub-continent.

Hotels at Al Seef Cultural district
Al seef cultural district

LUXURY STAY OPTIONS AT BUR DUBAI, AL FAHIDI, AL SEEF 

APARTMENT STYLE HOTEL STAY OPTIONS AT BUR DUBAI

MID RANGE HOTEL STAY OPTIONS AT BUR DUBAI

Why select stay in Bur Dubai, Al Fahidi, Al Seef –

  • History & culture lovers
  • Very affordable
  • To experience true Middle East life-style
  • Many budget-friendly eating out options – You will find many Indian restaurants here.
  • Lots of ethnic and handicrafts shopping. Buy Middle eastern stuff from this area.
  • Some lanes look like you are in India with lots of shopping stuff from India.
Where To Stay In Dubai – Best Hotels In Dubai
Meena bazaar, Bur Dubai

Not good if you are considering –

  • Luxury club style of restaurants are less
  • Beach is far
  • Far from new monuments.
  • A little bit crowded.

PALM JUMEIRAH

Where To Stay In Dubai – Best Hotels In Dubai
Atlantis, Palm Jumeirah

The man-made archipelago with palm shape is the most famous in all world. The palm-shaped island has 3 miles long trunk with branches and each branch host luxury beachside hotels, or villas. The monorail runs from the base of the trunk and ends at Atlantis – one of the most famous luxury beach resorts in the world.

LUXURY STAY OPTIONS AT PALM JUMEIRAH

APARTMENT STYLE HOTEL STAY OPTIONS AT PALM JUMEIRAH

MID RANGE HOTEL STAY OPTIONS AT PALM JUMEIRAH

Why select stay in Palm Jumeirah –

  • Resort-style hotel stay
  • Beach access with many adventure sports
  • Luxury holidays.
Where To Stay In Dubai – Best Hotels In Dubai
Monorail to Atlantis on The Palm Jumeirah – Picture source – Pixabay

Not good if you are considering –

  • Resorts are widely spread, so walking between them can’t be done. Have to rely on resort activities & eating options.
  • Major attractions are far and you need a taxi, rental car, or book day tours.
  • Shopping is not close by.
  • Expensive

DEIRA

Where To Stay In Dubai – Best Hotels In Dubai - Deira Creek hotels
Deira Creek

Not a tourist area but a great old part of Dubai with many local businesses, souqs, and proximity to the airport and creek.  The famous Gold Souk, the textile souk of Dubai lies in this part. Deira is often mistaken as Bur Dubai as they both look very similar and sometimes I too get confused, though I live here. Dubai Creek bisects Bur Dubai and Deira.

LUXURY STAY OPTIONS AT DEIRA

APARTMENT STYLE HOTEL STAY OPTIONS AT DEIRA

MID RANGE HOTEL STAY OPTIONS AT DEIRA 

Why select stay in Deira –

  • Traditional souks, so a lot of ethnic shopping in the budget.
  • Proximity to Airport
  • Very Affordable
  • Budget-friendly eating out options with many cuisines around the world.
  • Well connected transportation and even public water taxis are also available here.
Where To Stay In Dubai – Best Hotels In Dubai
Old Dubai – Deira & Bur Dubai on the creek – Picture source – Pixabay

Not good if you are considering –

  • The main attractions are far.
  • Beach and water sports activities are also far.
  • Not much of nightlife and luxury bars, cafes, beach shacks.

JLT – JUMEIRAH LAKE TOWERS

Where To Stay In Dubai – Best Hotels In Dubai
JLT with Metro station

One of the largest modern development in Dubai which comprises of 80 towers on 3 artificial lakes and gardens. Mostly this area is dominated by residences, business hotels, cozy restaurants, offices, and many gardens.

LUXURY STAY OPTIONS AT JLT

APARTMENT STYLE HOTEL STAY OPTIONS AT JLT

MID RANGE HOTEL STAY OPTIONS AT JLT

Why select stay in JLT –

  • Peaceful and less crowded.
  • Some towers are well connected with Metro – public transport in Dubai.
  • Business travelers or long-stay travelers as many offices & restaurants are located here.
  • Many budgets friendly eating out options as all 80 towers have their boulevard facing restaurants. Approximately every tower has a supermarket, beauty parlors, and 5 to 6 eating out joints.
  • Affordable accommodations with a view of skyscrapers, lakes, and Sheikh Zayed Road.

Not good if you are considering –

  • The neighborhood is residential & for local businesses, so not many tourist activities here.
  • The main attractions are not walkable but well connected. For every attraction, you have to take Metro or Taxi.
  • No shopping options except grocery items.
Where To Stay In Dubai – Best Hotels In Dubai
Sunset at Jumeirah Beach – JBR

I have listed above the main avenues or neighborhoods for tourists or travelers visiting the first time to Dubai.  Now you must have got a little glimpse of living in Dubai or Dubai accommodation.  So it must be now easier to select where to stay in Dubai – the best hotels in Dubai and sort out some best stays when you visit Dubai next time.  Selecting a perfect stay in a big well-developed city is very confusing and that too if there are so many hotel brands offering eye-catching deals. I would always recommend to sort out your hotel stay in Dubai as per your need, hobby, number of days to stay, the purpose of your visit as all hotels in Dubai offer excellent services without any issues. You will not complain about services offered by hotels in Dubai though you select any location or hotel.  Therefore calculate all other things like budget, proximity, and nearby activities before you select perfect accommodation in Dubai.

Where To Stay In Dubai – Best Hotels In Dubai
Luxury Lobby of Rixos, JBR, Dubai

TIPS FOR SELECTING BEST HOTELS IN DUBAI

  • Hotel Stays in Dubai get expensive on Thursday & Friday night as the weekend in UAE starts from Thursday evening. So check your days before booking and if you want to save money then be a little flexible in choosing days.
  • There are many famous luxury branded and local hotel chains in Dubai and many offer eye-catching deals from time to time. So if you are planning a visit to Dubai, then before selecting a hotel, download hotel apps on your phone or follow their social media accounts, so that you can come across such deals and can crack easily.
  • Hotels of Dubai are expensive in winter – from late October to March-end.
  • If you want to save money, then consider the apartment stays in Dubai as they are also equally luxurious and located in prime locations with superb views of the Dubai skyline. Some apartments also offer a breakfast option, if you don’t want to cook.
  • If you are not booking any pre-booked guided tours for Dubai and self-planning your trip, then choose a hotel with proximity to the Metro station. Metro is very safe and provides a beautiful ride across Dubai.
  • All metro stations are located on the main national highway – Sheikh Zayed Road, so hotels closer to this highway are more nearer to metro or taxi availability.
  • Apart from famous luxury global brands, check some local hotel brands of UAE or the Middle East because they offer world-class services and amenities in their properties. 
  • There are many Hilton’s, Hyatt’s or Holiday Inn specific to neighborhoods and class amenities. So don’t get confused while booking with same brand name, check the neighborhood associated with their name.
  • Jumeirah is the not only the name of hotel chains but there are several area or neighborhoods with Jumeirah as their name. There are many Jumeirah in the city and so don’t get confused with the name Jumeirah. They all are widespread.
  • All areas of Dubai are very very safe and even hotels too. So there is no need to worry on safety issue in Dubai.

Where To Stay In Dubai – Best Hotels In DubaiCamel ride at JBR Beach

I hope you loved reading Where To Stay In Dubai – Best Hotels In Dubai and do let me know which area attracts you more while selecting your stay in Dubai on your next visit.

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40 Comments

  1. Dubai has always fascinated me. While the historic quarter is just a sliver, I’d love to see it with the backdrop of this ultra-modern city. Loved the pros and cons you gave, definitely helps me narrow down where I’ll be staying!

  2. Even the mid-range hotels look lux in Dubai. I think the competition is really high, so they have to keep their rooms squeaky clean and look brand new all the time. I like how you put one of the pros to stay in downtown area: some hotel rooms have The Burj view. 🙂 And it’s good to know that it is very safe in Dubai, whatever district you choose.

  3. Such a wonderful guide! Dubai definitely have some wonderful places to stay at ! The architecture of the city is unbelievable ! When I went there I stayed at JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai and it was so perfect! The view from the pool was so beautiful ! I cant wait to be back there one day

  4. Dubai has always fascinated me. While the historic quarter is just a sliver, I’d love to see it with the backdrop of this ultra-modern city. Loved the pros and cons you gave, definitely helps me narrow down where I’ll be staying!

  5. Oh My! This is such an extensive list!! One is really spoilt for choice in Dubai to say the list. Dubai has always been in my bucket list and I always wanted to stay in Palm Jumeirah. But after reading your post I am so gonna select a place in Financial District and maybe use up my hotel points to stay in a hotel with a good view as well as good walk score! And incase the points are not enough, JLT is now my second favourite choice! 😀

    1. I know Vishakha, Dubai has so many amazing choices, that we are always confused. And mostly all hotels provide amazing services here.

  6. I can totally relate to your blog, having visited Dubai twice for long hauls. I love the JBR residences, for the simple reason that they are so close to the beach in the otherwise sky- high towers in Dubai which are omnipresent. I have stayed at Bur Dubai, but I would love to check out the Al-Seef on my next visit maybe! I liked the area around the Palm Jumeriah too!

  7. Wow. That’s an impressive list. I was hoping to do a long layover in Dubai this time but with Covid all plans were foiled. But now I have your post to refer back to when I plan again. The lavish hotels with the impeccable views of Dubai is just spectacular. Being a culture & history buff, Bur Dubai would be my pick. To experience true Middle East life-style and with Indian restaurants, this is just perfect.

    1. I know you would pick old Dubai as you are culture and history lover. Pick Al fahidi fort area or Al Seef area with olden style of homes and architecture.

  8. What a useful guide for trip planning! I have no idea that Dubai is divided into 9 sectors and then subdivided into 130 communities in which some are totally for residential purposes, and some are for tourists. I would love to stay for a few days in this fabulous city. I would love to stay in Dubai Marina, to feel the nightlife, have a drink at the top of these restaurants with the city view.

  9. Amazing guide for Dubai! It has been over 15 years since my visit and I can just imagine how much it has changed. I definitely need this info about the hotels. At that time there was so many building projects and new hotels were opened every week. I hope to visit soon again and I can use this when choosing where to stay.

  10. This is a great list. I have been to Dubai a couple of times and I had the privilege to stay in some and I agree with you that they are one of the best hotels. 🙂

    We are hoping to stay at JBR in the future. We are considering Hilton or Sofitel for a change as we have been staying in the downtown are in all of our trips.

    Thank you for sharing these recommendations.

  11. Dubai is gorgeous! Great images-I love all the lights at night. Great guide on where to stay while visiting. There are so many options-I don’t know where I would start! I think I would want to go with a luxury resort option for Dubai, it seems fitting for the area. The JBR area sounds like the perfect spot to sit, relax, and watch the sunset. Such a unique city!

  12. I have stayed in Jumeriah and Bur Dubai most of the time. Al Fahidi and Deira always seemed a little crowded for my liking. I would not mind staying near the mall area the next time- seems quite convenient. And Palm beach would be an absolute dream. It always appeared lavish to me!

  13. Dubai is a city on my bucket list. It has fascinating architecture. I want to photograph these buildings at night. Your post is constructive because I always have a problem where to stop for the night. I like hotel recommendations. I can’t afford luxury hotels, but I’d like to have a drink and enjoy the views from their restaurant. It’s an excellent idea for a trip during the week when prices are lower. Thanks for all your tips!

  14. This post reminded me of all the good times I had in Dubai. I was there was six months when my husband was posted for a year. We lived in a hotel apartment in Bur Dubai and my hotel apartment was very close to the metro station. It was a very lively area. I distinctly remember seeing some of the above mentioned areas and of course the Jumeirah and Dubai Downtown are plush areas. Dubai marina also dazzles with sprawling buildings. I so wish to return to Dubai for all the fun and top-notch hospitality.

  15. You had me at sunset views at JBR Beach! All of these neighborhoods sound lovely and I honestly can’t pick where I’d stay. Good to hear they’re all safe and it’s so interesting that their weekend starts from Thursday!

  16. I didn’t know both the tallest and most expensive hotels in the world are in Dubai! The JBR in Beach region definitely sounds my speed! I love that you’re nearby budget eating options and different beach activities, but still have access to lots of post/nightlift options as well.

  17. I’ve not been to Dubai yet, but I admit it can be very overwhelming for me in general to try and choose accommodation. This was a really helpful guide, and you paint a picture of Dubai that has me wanting to book a ticket yesterday! I think I’d like the marina area because as you said it’s so easily connected, and is close to all of the restaurants and nightlife. I like having everything close to me as I’m terrible with directions. I’m lucky I can remember how to get around my own neighborhood!

  18. Oh my god! So much information, what a great resource!

    Personally I would go for the apartment style hotels. But I’m not sure I’d be able to afford them. Also, I think Deira might be the area for me.

  19. Dubai looks so futuristic and modern! I have not been there, so thank you for the comprehensive list. This definitely gives me the resources I need to book my trip (when it is safe to travel, again).

  20. An incredibly detailed post! I haven’t been to Dubai but hopefully next year – so definitely saving this for later! Thanks so much.

  21. Before I visited Dubai I found it overwhelming trying to work out best places to stay and areas to stay. Been twice now and unless you have more than 24 hours then near airport is easy. So hard to choose hotels especially with so many getting built all the time.

    1. Yes many hotels in all neighborhoods becomes very confusing. Also all offer best amenities, so again confusing. Better to select area wise. hotel in Dubai.

  22. I have been to Dubai a number of times & wish I had this guide before I booked! For me staying in the right place is one of the most important aspects of any holiday. This is really useful as Dubai & all the options can be overwhelming.

  23. It looks like it would be so hard to choose where to stay in Dubai, there looks like a lot of great options! I love the city lights and skyscrapers so I think I might want to stay in the Dubai Marina. It would be nice to have a skyline view. Then again I love the beach so the Jumeirah Beach Residences would be nice to be close to the water and all the water sports. This is a great guide and I will definitely save it and reference it on any future visits to Dubai!

  24. Would love to visit Dubai one day, but I would have no idea where to start with places to stay. I know we would have to decide between the marina area and beach. Thank you for all the recommendations!

  25. We struggled with what area to stay in when we were in Dubai – downtown or by the Marina. We ultimately chose to be in the Marina and our loyalty status dictated the perfect choice for us. But great to get a few of options around town. A agree that proximity to public transit should be a key criteria. We would never want to try again to get around by car! Having a better idea of the pros and cons of each area will help when we plan a return visit to Dubai! Pinned for next time.

    1. Thanks Linda for reading and I guess your Marina choice would be great, as personally I too like Marina for a vibrant stay in Dubai.

  26. Wow, so much info! It’s been a few years since I was in Dubai. I love Jumeirah Beach area. I will definitely come back to this article when I can travel again!

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