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Best Dubai Hotel Suggestions

Updated: October 12, 2021
 By Pri

Dubai is known as a tourist destination. So, naturally, it is home to variety of hotels to suit every budget. In addition to the beachfront properties with access to sea and shore and the towering skyscrapers located in the heart of the city; budget hotels located in the older parts of the city are also available. Below, we’ve given a quick rundown of some of our favorite hotels in Dubai.

Budget Hotel List | Best Dubai Hotel

Landmark Grand Deira

This Dubai hotel is great for people who want to explore the city’s historic districts, while staying in a modern hotel. The rooms here are lovely and spacious and come with complimentary WiFi. However, the hotel’s main advantage lies in its location by the glistening waters of the Dubai Creek and the bustling souqs where you can haggle for gold, textiles, perfumes and spices. The hotel is also relatively close to the airport, making it a popular destination for business travellers as well.

City MAX Hotel, Bur Dubai:

The rooms at CityMax hotel are bright and friendly – a welcoming place to lay your head after a long day exploring the city (not to mention, the rooms are even wheel-chair accessible!). This hotel offers great breakfast, perfect for filling you up before you head out to explore for the day. It’s a short trip from this hotel to Dubai’s popular historical district, where you can see ancient houses, wander around the Dubai Museum and catch a ride on the traditional wooden abra boat.

Our Historical Dubai Tour will guide you throughout this area and provide you with interesting facts about the region’s heritage.  

Marco Polo Deira Dubai

The Marco Polo Deira is located within walking distance to two Dubai metro stations. For travellers looking to save money, we recommend looking for a hotel in Dubai with easy access to public transport – the money you save by avoiding cabs quickly adds up. The Marco Polo Deira takes it a step further by offering a free daily shuttle to one of Dubai’s beautiful beaches. This hotel is also close to the souqs and the Dubai Creek, and it offers free High Speed Internet Access to guests.

Our Historical Dubai Tour will guide you throughout the souks and provide you with interesting facts about the region’s heritage.  

Mark Inn Hotel Deira

Mark Inn Hotel Deira a 2 star hotel in the galaxy of Hotels in Dubai but it dwells in light and excels in service above it's greater stars to meet your expectation and value for your money.

It is located in Deira near Baniyas Metro Station and is 15 minutes away from Dubai International Airport -1.

It has 52 rooms elegantly decorated with 24 hour room service and complimentary WIFI.

Ibis al Rigga

This is another hotel located in the historical district, with views of the Dubai Creek and access to the modern and traditional shopping areas of the city. It is only 10 minutes away from Dubai Airport, making it a popular option for business travellers as well and it is just quick walk to Al Rigga metro Station. If you’re looking to while away some time at the hotel, Ibis offers several options, from a fitness center (all the better to burn away the ‘tourist ten’) and a 24 lounge café.

Mid Range Hotel List | Best Dubai Hotel

Hayatt Regency Dubai

This hotel is a bit pricier than others in Deira -  however, you’ll find that thanks to its location, it is cheaper than other 5 star hotels in the city. Therefore, it’s the perfect option for someone looking to experience a luxury stay in a less-expensive location. It’s situated by the Creek’s cornice, providing a beautiful spot for an evening promenade near the city’s cultural locale.

The Oberoi Dubai

The Oberoi is a beautiful luxury hotel situated in Downtown Dubai. Its prime location in Downtown Dubai allows its guests a gorgeous view of Dubai’s most famous landmark, the Burj Khalifa. The hotel is also conveniently located in near the world-famous Dubai Mall, which offers a variety of dining and entertainment options. Within the hotel, guests can bask in luxury furnishings including hand-woven rugs and specially commissioned artwork.

Shangrila Hotel

Shagri-La means paradise and this Dubai hotel is certainly that! It is situated in the bustling Downtown Dubai district, but the hotel itself feels like an oasis of peace. It features a plethora of gourmet dining options, a luxury spa and beautifully appointed rooms.

Le Royal Meridian Beach Resort & Spa

Dubai is home to some beautiful beaches. If you want to ensure that your stay provides you with access to them, you can’t go wrong with Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa, situated by the sparkling blue waters of the Arabian Gulf. Furthermore, the hotel is located right across the luxury beachfront promenade JBR the Walk, which combines beach views with trendy shopping and dining outlets. It’s great for someone looking to experience both the beach and the city.

Roda Al Murooj

This Downtown Dubai hotel has a relaxed vibe, with a temperature controlled outdoor-pool and some of the friendliest staff in the business. It also boasts a great central location in Downtown Dubai. What is more, it’s an easy walk to the metro, allowing guests the freedom to explore beyond the city’s hub.

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Burj Al Arab

The Burj Al Arab is one of the most luxurious hotels in Dubai and in the world. It’s one of the most eye-catching buildings on the Dubai skyline, shaped like a sail rising up from the sea. Inside, it’s even more phenomenal, with gorgeous fountains, a rainbow atrium and the finest in furnishings. The hotel is also home to some of the city’s trendiest bars and most exclusive dining experiences. Your stay at the Burj Al Arab would be the epitome of luxury. Expect amenities such as personal butlers, chauffer-driven Rolls-Royce rides and discreet in-suite check-ins. You need not worry about hordes of wandering tourists looking to take photos. Entrance to the Burj Al Arab is by appointment only.

One & Only Royal Mirage Hotel

Located in the Dubai Marina, the One & Only is aptly named. You are unlikely to find a hotel like it anywhere in the world. The hotel is reminiscent of an opulent palace, with lush gardens and towering architecture. One of the hotel’s major attractions is the variety of restaurants on offer – mouth-watering Mediterranean, elegant European, exotic Moroccan and fresh seafood grill.

Come with us on a culinary adventure onto the streets of Dubai. Our Dubai Food Tour will guide you through the different cuisines in this region from Falafel to Samosas to Camel Milk Icecream!

Jumeirah Dar al Masyaf – Madinat Jumeirah

This Dubai hotel is a particular favourite for families, thanks to its unlimited access to the Wild Wadi water park. The park ensures fun for the families, but it is hardly the hotel’s only amenity. It boasts a private beach and the option of renting luxury ‘summerhouses’ done in the Arabian Majlis style. The hotel is also only steps away from Souk Madinant Jumeirah. This modern Souk offers a shopping experience which combines the atmosphere of a traditional Arabian souk with the amenities of the modern world (like air-conditioning and luxury brands!).


Raffles Dubai is home to some of the largest rooms and suites in Dubai. It is situated near Wafi Mall, which is known for its Egyptian styling (Raffles itself is shaped like a pyramid). The hotel is a short drive to Downtown Dubai. Furthermore, the slight distance from the hub allows for some lovely views of the Dubai skyline.

Address Dubai Marina

This Dubai hotel overlooks the beautiful Dubai Marina, allowing guests to enjoy the glistening waters and the gliding sailboats. Furthermore, the trendy area is home to night lounges, upscale shops and fine dining establishments. What is more, the hotel itself it connected to the lovely Dubai Marina Mall, ensuring that guests always have a place to wander (and shop!)

Atlantis the Palm

As you may have guessed from the name, Atlantis the Palm is located on the world famous “Palm Island”. This island is shaped like the fronds of a palm tree. The entire hotel follows an aquatic theme, with a giant aquarium, world-renowned water park, beach club and dolphin cove as just some of the hotel’s attractions. In addition, the hotel is home to over 21 restaurants. We are particularly fond of the seafood offerings, as the hotel’s location off the coastline ensures that the catch is always fresh.

The various attraction within Atlantis are as follows:

Aquaventure Water Park: From water slides to shark safaris aquaventure has it all. It has received the “World Travel Award” and is considered middle east’s leading Water Park.

Dolphin Bay: The Dolphin Bay allows for a fun encounter with Dolphins. You can click photos as well as  swim and scuba diving with them.

The Lost Chamber: Enjoy Hourly Myth Tours and Aquatheatre Shows and discover the lost world of Atlantis.

Nasimi Beach: Dine by the Beach or Party at night, Nasimi Beach Restaurant is one of Dubai’s Hottest Clubs. Furthermore, enjoy cuisine ranging from Grilled Sea Food to Lamb Koftas to Fresh Sushi.

Adding to the above Atlantis The Palm has over 21 world renowned restaurants like Kaleidoscope, Saffron, Asia Republic, Bread Street, Plato’s etc. These restaurants offer a wide array of cuisine ranging from Fresh Seafood, to mouth watering pastries and funky cocktails.

Atlantis is located at the tip of the Jumeirah Palm Island. In addition to offering an unparalleled view of the Dubai Coastline it offers a mesmerizing view of the Arabian Ocean. It is one of the top holiday Resorts in the Middle East for adults and children alike.

If you are looking for this adventure to add lifelong memories to your Dubai Trip, check out our tour packages page and deals and deals and discounts blog


Whichever hotel you decide to stay in Dubai, you are bound to experience the Arabian hospitality that makes the city such a popular tourist destination. Whether you splurge or save, you’ll never feel more welcomed.

About The Author


Pri is a true believer in the Rule of Three - she lives between Dubai, Bombay and Washington DC, speaks three languages and has 3 kids under 3. She graduated from Connecticut College and has a Masters Degree from New York University. Pri is a licensed Dubai tour guide, travel blogger, art aficionado, foodie and curious to check out all things new in her city. Pri has been part of the Free Tours By Foot team since 2015 and loves to make customized itineraries for her guests.
Updated: October 12th, 2021
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