Dubai’s top 10 budget hotels

Take a wallet-friendly break in Dubai
Think Dubai’s best deals are reserved for the shopping malls? Think again. If you’re heading here for a city break, there’s a whole host of affordable hospitality options that won’t break the bank. Here’s our pick of smart, trendy hotels that offer all the creature comforts you’ll need at great-value price points. Hole up in one of these hot hotels and splash the cash on other fun stuff instead.
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Forget regular

Aloft Palm Jumeirah

Forget regular

Aloft Palm Jumeirah

Celebrate style at Palm Jumeirah

The Palm Island is packed with luxurious five-star hotels, which makes Aloft Palm Jumeirah truly stand out as a hip, boutique four-star option on the East Crescent. The city’s first Aloft property has an eclectic range of room sizes, all featuring ultra-comfy signature beds, walk-in showers and amenities by Bliss Spa. Foodies are also in for a treat with East & Seaboard dishing out international cuisine round the clock and Luchador Cantina & Lounge serving authentic Mexican cuisine with 360-degree views of the city skyline, including the iconic Burj Al Arab hotel.
Contact Details
   East Crescent Road, Palm Jumeirah
   +971 4 247 5555
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Vintage chic

Al Seef Heritage Hotel

Vintage chic

Al Seef Heritage Hotel

Authentic old-world Arabia

Al Seef is the modern heart of Old Dubai, connecting a new generation of travellers with an authentic taste of how the city once looked. Within the bustling district, which is filled with restaurants and attractions, Al Seef Heritage Hotel allows you to immerse yourself in ancient Arabia. Inspired by traditional Emirati homes, the hotel offers views of nearby souk rooftops, courtyards and alleyways, as well as Dubai Creek's bustling waterways. You’re sure to get a sense of true Arabian hospitality in any one of the 190 guest rooms, which are spread across 22 traditional Arabian ‘bayt’ (homes). You’ll also find local flavours at Saba’a, the hotel’s signature restaurant that celebrates Emirati cuisine.
Contact Details
   Dubai Creek, Al Seef Street
   +971 4 707 7077
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Ideal choice

TRYP by Wyndham Dubai

Ideal choice

TRYP by Wyndham Dubai

The perfect pit stop for your city escape

The first TRYP by Wyndham Hotel in Barsha Heights has a dizzying range of 650 rooms. You’re almost certain to find the right space for you to rest and recuperate after a busy day of meetings, sightseeing or poolside lounging. The premium room is the ideal option for business travellers; the fitness rooms are equipped with exercise machines and a complimentary fitness kit to help you stay in shape; and family rooms come complete with sofa beds for kids. If you really need to get things done, the hotel is also home to the NEST, an urban coworking space that fuses creativity, technology and hospitality.
Contact Details
   Al Saef 1 Street, Barsha Heights
   +971 4 247 6666

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The social hub

Zabeel House by Jumeirah the Greens

The social hub

Zabeel House by Jumeirah the Greens

Where cosy combines with cool

It could be classed as a ‘home away from home’ – if your home was worthy of an interior design award. An oasis of calm, located a stone’s throw from Sheikh Zayed Road, Zabeel House by Jumeirah, The Greens is the perfect stay for anyone who is travelling, working, or simply passing through the city. As the name might suggest, the hotel is located in one of Dubai’s leafiest suburbs, The Greens. The central neighbourhood is one to explore if you want to get a taste of local life, stroll around the nearby ponds or simply get your fix at the incredible range of coffee shops, just a stone’s throw from the hotel. A cosy concept with impeccable service, The Greens venue is a sister property of several other Zabeel House hotels located in the Al Seef area.
Contact Details
   The Onyx Tower 3, Sheikh Zayed Road
   +971 4 519 1111

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High design

FORM Hotel Dubai

High design

FORM Hotel Dubai

Form your own stay experience in Dubai

When is a boutique hotel also a work of art? When it’s a member of the renowned Design Hotels portfolio. Ensuring no two stays are the same with its novel ‘weFORM’ concept, guests can weave in all kinds of services and experiences into their stay. Stuck without a babysitter? There’s a childminder available. Keen on a heritage safari experience? The hotel will make arrangements. Need to unwind with a private yoga session? Take a deep breath and enjoy the stretch. Wellbeing is one of the hotel’s top priorities, with only clean eating options and a totally smoke-free environment. The rooftop fitness is also a highlight, as you can admire skyline views or gaze over traditional boatyards while you work out.
Contact Details
   Al Jadaf, Dubai Canal
   +971 4 317 9000

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Quirky charm

Rove Downtown

Quirky charm

Rove Downtown

A home away from home

This homegrown hotel brand is designed with quirky, locally-inspired art and a culturally connected soul. Putting the ‘fun’ into functional, Rove takes the frills out of standard hotel offerings and replaces it with the stuff you really need. Make use of their DIY laundromats; a 24-hour supermarket (perfect for those late night munchies); self-service check-in stations; seamless Wi-Fi and in-room smart TVs. Fuel up for an action-packed Dubai day at their deli-style restaurant TGI Fridays, which serves up a wide range of options to suit every taste. You’ll find other Rove hotels in key central locations across town too.

Contact Details
312 Happiness Street, Zabeel 2
+971 4 561 9000

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7

Find yourself

Signature 1 Barsha Heights

Find yourself

Signature 1 Barsha Heights

A modern, sophisticated newcomer

Everybody has a signature that’s unique to them – and Barsha Heights’ Signature 1 is unique to Dubai. This funky new kid on the block (formerly known as Somewhere Hotel) has taken a dreamy, enigmatic name that matches its cosmopolitan atmosphere. In the heart of New Dubai, Signature 1 Hotel boasts convenient metro access and is within easy reach of all the delights of Dubai Marina and beyond. Oozing a vibrant yet relaxed vibe, this contemporary hotel offers spacious rooms with tech-friendly features and a rooftop pool. It’s also home to the music lounge, The Clavichord, and laid-back Lebanese restaurant Nay.

Contact Details
Al Thanyah 1, Barsha Heights
+971 4 561 0600

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Historic, yet modern

Mövenpick Bur Dubai

Historic, yet modern

Mövenpick Bur Dubai

Get acquainted with a great part of Dubai

An oldie but a goodie, the five-star Mövenpick Hotel & Apartments Bur Dubai is set within a bustling area, located next to Dubai Creek. In addition to the contemporary rooms and suites, there are also one, two and three-bedroom apartments fully equipped with private kitchens, making it ideal for larger groups. And while historic Bur Dubai’s many Indian-inspired shopping and dining attractions are a stone’s throw away, you wouldn’t be wrong to sample the offerings of the hotel’s own British gastro-lounge, Somerset’s; acclaimed North Indian restaurant, Chutney’s; and popular night spot Pulse, where DJs play a range of house, indie, R&B and urban music. Plus, there’s a temperature-controlled rooftop pool.


Contact Details
19th Street, Oud Metha Area
+971 4 336 6000

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A likeable all-rounder

Citymax Al Barsha

A likeable all-rounder

Citymax Al Barsha

Great for active, efficient travellers

A location right by the iconic Mall of the Emirates? Check. Modern, comfortable rooms? Check. Shuttle to the beach? Check. A range of dining options? Check. Citymax Hotel Al Barsha at the Mall punches well above its weight punches well above its weight when it comes to facilities and drawcards. You might come You might come to this three-star hotel for the great-value prices and location, but you may just end up staying for its buzzing sports lounge The Huddle and its live music venue Maxx. Citymax has another outpost in Bur Dubai for those who prefer a different location that's close to the city's museums and bustling souks.

Contact Details
Al Barsha 1, Behind Mall of the Emirates
+971 4 409 8000

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Best-kept secret

XVA Art Hotel

Best-kept secret

XVA Art Hotel

Discover Dubai's artistic heritage

The XVA Art Hotel is hidden away in the maze of streets that make up Dubai’s Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood, one of the oldest areas in the city. This quaint hotel is cosy and full of traditional open-air spaces for you to wander through, making sure to check out art hanging around every corner. There are just 13 rooms in the hotel, adding to its boutique charm, and each one of them has been designed and decorated by a different local artist. The hotel’s also home to an art gallery and an award-winning restaurant, and if you want to soak up Dubai's rich culture, you’ll find plenty of galleries and museums nearby.
Contact Details
    Al Fahidi Street, Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood, Bur Dubai
   +971 4 353 5383

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