- One&Only The Palm Sumptuous resort with Moorish-style design accents, lavish Arabian-style and expansive gardens.
- Rove Downtown Budget-friendly urban base with Burj Khalifa views.
- Palace Downtown Romantic inner-city pad with easy access to top shopping and dreamy views of Burj Khalifa.
- Zabeel Mini A refreshingly new concept hotel with punchy contemporary decor.
- XVA Hotel Connect to the magic of a bygone era in this art-filled heritage den.
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- Rove City Centre Hip yet down-to-earth with amenities more typical of posher players.
- Ibis Mall of the Emirates Predictably basic but comfortable and in a primo location.
- Premier Inn Dubai International Airport Easy in, easy out at this airport-adjacent budget designer hotel.
- Golden Sands Hotel Apartments Offers spacious carpeted rooms with kitchenettes, washing machines, ironing boards and restaurant.
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- Centro Barsha Near Mall of the Emirates, this is an excellent value-for-money pick beloved by urban adventurers.
- Beach Hotel Apartment Rare bargain in Jumeirah with a killer location and easy access to tanning and shopping.
- Pearl Marina Hotel Apartments All the charms of Dubai Marina at your feet without having to rob a bank.
- Media One Hotel High-octane hotspot with mod design, party pedigree and unpretentious attitude.
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- Grosvenor House Art deco–inspired hotel draws local trend-chasers to its hip bars and restaurants.
- Park Hyatt Dubai Class act surrounded by lush landscaping with superb facilities and golf course access.
- Mina A’Salam Hotel A warm beachfront port of call for blue-sky holiday cravers.
- Raffles Dubai Slick, chic decor with water features and top-rated Japanese rooftop restaurant and lounge.
- Renaissance Downtown Hotel Massive rooms, class-act artwork and an ace location.
- Ahmedia Heritage Guest House An easy stroll from the Deira souq scene.
- Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates This alpine-themed city slicker is practically built into the Mall of the Emirates.
- Address Dubai Mall No need to step outside to segue from this urban outpost straight to the Dubai Mall.
- Arabian Courtyard Hotel & Spa Smack dab in bustling Bur Dubai, steps from bargains and the charismatic souqs.
- Desert Palm Resort & Hotel Easy retreat from the urban hubbub makes for a perfect desert staycation.
- One&Only The Palm Cocoon of quiet sophistication with kiss-worthy skyline views.
- Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa Five-star Bedouin hideaway with sensuous spa.
- Jumeirah Zabeel Saray Feel like royalty at this palace-style retreat.
- Jumeirah Beach Hotel Excellent choice for families and active types with kids' club and free access to Wild Wadi Waterpark.
- Al Qasr Hotel Romantic and pure luxury with Middle Eastern flair, a giant swimming pool, mile-long beach and top-notch spa.
- One&Only Royal Mirage Refined and grown-up resort with lush gardens fronting a splendid beach.
- Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina Oldie but goodie with breezy rooms and a gorgeous white-sand beach with popular Barasti beach bar.