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The Best Hotels in Dubai

Dubai is one of the best destinations in terms of accommodation. The 1,800 hotels, B&B and hostels, and the dozens more that are being constructed at a brisk pace offer countless options for all budgets. The city, which is synonymous with luxury and extravagance, could not offer anything less than impressive, multi-storey hotels. And as for prices, you should not worry, as the average cost to stay in a 3, 4 or 5-star hotel is just 90€ per night, including breakfast. Note: Prefer a hotel in the area of Al Barsha or in the city center (downtown).

Note: Opting for accommodation via Airbnb is not recommended for this city.

CAUTION: Hotel prices do not include the Municipality tax (10%), the Tourist tax (15 AED per night) and the accommodation services charge (10%). So, add all of the above to calculate the end value.

The Best Hotels in Dubai that cover the needs of all travelers.

Taj Dubai

The Taj Dubai hotel is a luxury accessible to the lucky few. It is located downtown, in front of the Burj Khalifa and pretty close to the airport. Its staff is excellently trained and polite, while all areas are perfectly clean. Staying at the Taj Dubai is a true pleasure and offers amazing nights with an Indian essence, as its name reveals.

The interior decoration of the Taj Dubai is modern with distinct influences from India, while its 300 rooms have 13(!) different styles (simple, luxury, suites and more). The scents, flowers and wonderful decoration will instantly put you in the spirit of its luxury and uniqueness. The 5-star hotel has four restaurants, two lounge bars, a fully equipped spa, a large outdoor pool, a conference hall, a night club, health club, a patio and wifi. Finally, it has mini buses for free –local- transports and free parking space with a valet.

The rooms are modern, luxurious and clean, making it really hard to have to leave them. Inside the 45 square meters –the smallest room- you will feel like sheikhs, while the “smart” features, with electronic control of lights and other devices, make your life easier and more comfortable. The rooms also have excellent soundproofing, while among its many benefits we find satellite TV, mini bar, wifi, safe box, air-conditioning, clothes iron, work desk, a sitting area, coffee machine, hairdryer, bathrobe, slippers and a stunning view! Furthermore, the marble bathroom, with the top beauty products and two sinks, adds lavishness to the already luxurious stay.

Important: A few rooms have an unobstructed view of the Burj Khalifa. It is a unique experience, for which it is worth to spend some extra money (small extra cost).

The price per night rounds up to 260€ (end value), with a terrific breakfast that includes a wide variety of flavors (buffet). It should certainly be among the first choices of anybody looking for a luxurious stay. Highly Recommended (H)

Accommodation Score: ★★★★★
Cleanliness: ★★★★★
Staff Kindness-Service: ★★★★★
Room Quality: ★★★★★
Breakfast: ★★★★★
Value for Money: ★★★★★
Location: ★★★★★
Benefits: ★★★★★

Rove Downtown

Rove Downtown is the hotel that combines quality, location and great price, a package that is hard to find in the city. The 3-star hotel is located in the heart of Dubai, next to the Dubai Mall and the Burj Khalifa tower, and has 420 fully equipped rooms. Its interior spaces are clean and have a distinct oriental essence, with modern touches. The staff is very attentive and polite and they are always there with whatever you might need, while, as we mentioned before, the quality to price ratio (VFM) is near perfect.

Inside the hotel you will find a 24/7 open super market, an organized gym, a laundry room, patio, an amazing lobby with Arabic decoration, a large outdoor pool, restaurant, transport service from and to the airport, an entertainment-electronic games area, computers room, wifi and free parking space. Also, many taxis are parked outside the hotel 24 hours a day, to take you to any part of the city.

The rooms of Rove Downtown might not be as spacious as the ones at other hotels (26 square meters), yet they are large enough to welcome two or even three people (they have an extra couch). All rooms offer a marvelous view at the city and the Burj Khalifa, while the fluffy designer beds in combination with the 48-inch TV will keep you inside for many hours. Apart from the wonderful view, in the rooms you will find wifi, mini bar, a sofa-bed, safe box, coffee and tea products and a work desk. The bathroom is modern, spacious and very clean and has a thin rain shower head, hairdryer and beauty products.

The price per night is 90€ and includes access to most services and a great breakfast. Rove Downtown will be our first choice on a future visit to Dubai, as it combines EVERYTHING! Recommended (R)

Accommodation Score: ★★★★
Cleanliness: ★★★★
Staff Kindness-Service: ★★★★
Room Quality: ★★★★
Breakfast: ★★★★
Value for Money: ★★★★★
Location: ★★★★★
Benefits: ★★★★

Atana Hotel

The Atana Hotel is one of the best choices for accommodation in Dubai. The 4-star hotel is located in the heart of the second most popular district of the city, Al Barsha, and it consists of two towers. Cleanliness and staff politeness have the first word, while they offer free transport service to the Mall of the Emirates, the Jumeirah beach and the DIC metro station (low frequency-many people). Also, outside of the hotel a taxi is waiting 24/7, in order to take you to any destination.

The interior spaces of the Atana Hotel are clean and decorated with modern touches. In the hotel you will find a reception hall, conference facilities, spa & massage, an organized gym (with a wonderful view), a piano lounge, a large terrace with hookahs, playground, laundry service, a large outdoor pool and many restaurants-bars. The Atana Hotel is just 10 minutes away from the metro station, while it is also close to the Dubai Marina, the artificial Palm Jumeirah island and the well-known JBR neighborhood (for swimming).

The 4-star hotel houses nine different kinds of rooms. Distinctive features of all rooms are comfort (33-110 square meters), brightness and quality. They are clean, have excellent soundproofing and a stunning view (the rooms of the top floors). A few of the room’s amenities are a safe box, TV, free wifi, autonomous air-conditioning, work desk, coffee/tea machine, hairdryer, beauty products, slippers-bathrobe, sitting area, closet and more.

The average cost per night is 100€ (end value, see above) with half-board, which includes breakfast and lunch/dinner with a variety of options (buffet). It will definitely be one of our first choices on a future visit to the emirate of Dubai. Recommended (R)


  • If you book your room 2+ months in advance, you will find prices reduced up to 30%!
  • Pay with a credit card. Under no circumstances should you exchange money at the hotel.
  • Take your breakfast very early, in order to avoid the long wait at the elevators.

Accommodation Score: ★★★★
Cleanliness: ★★★★★
Staff Kindness-Service: ★★★★★
Room Quality: ★★★★★
Breakfast: ★★★
Value for Money: ★★★★
Location: ★★★
Benefits: ★★★

Scores, opinions and reviews about accommodations are completely subjective, but fully capture everything we saw and experienced without any preconception, affinity or distaste. Also, prices may vary depending on time period and demand.