Dubai has grown from a small desert village to a vast city that draws millions of tourists every year. Dubai has hundreds of hotels, with the highest hotel occupancy rates in the world. New hotels are constantly being planned and built in every imaginable style and design.
Many hotels in Dubai are very sophisticated, and their modern and contemporary buildings would be at home anywhere in the world. In general, hotels in Dubai are known for their perfect combination of superb design, unmatched elegance and warm personal services. Dubai’s famous skyline is filled with high towers of steel and glass, and many of these are top-class, contemporary hotels. Bedrooms on the upper floors have spectacular views over the city and the ocean, with gourmet restaurants often located on the top floors.
Dubai Marina – Cayan Tower [ book here ]
Grand Hyatt Dubai [ book here ]
Crowne Plaza Dubai Festival City [ book here ]
JW Marriott Hotel Dubai [ book here ]
While it is now definitely a twenty-first century city, many of Dubai’s hotels echo its desert past and are filled with Arabian tradition. They feature Islamic architecture and décor, with stone and wooden buildings, courtyards and beautiful gardens. Some include wind towers, lakes and even waterways and canals, or indoor souks where guests can shop from local merchants.
Bab Al Shams Hotel [ book here ]
Dar Al Masyaf, Madinat Jumeirah [ book here ]
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If you like your hotels to have bling, then Dubai has the most luxurious and over-the-top hotels you will find in the world. From seven-star icons with their own helipads and a butler in every room, to desert palaces with grounds full of peacocks and fountains, Dubai has a hotel to suit the most expensive tastes.
Burj Al Arab [ book here ]
Atlantis The Palm [ book here ]
Dubai is a city built by the sea and has many links to the ocean, with fishing boats, marinas and offshore islands. Hotels are dotted all along its coastline, and hotel guests can enjoy beautiful private beaches and amenities such as boat hire, wind-surfing instruction and swimming pools. A few hotels are adjoined to waterparks that are filled with waterslides and rides and make the ideal way to cool off in the sizzling climate. Access to these waterparks is often included in the hotel stay.
Jumeirah Beach Hotel [ book here ]
The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina [ book here ]
Whichever style of hotel you choose in Dubai, the interiors are likely to be luxurious and highly decorated, whether in traditional Arabic décor or modern designer chic. Rooms tend to be far more spacious than in European hotels, with large windows to let in the constant light and sunshine. Dubai’s hotels are perfectly designed to bring out local charm and blend it with sophistication.