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Top 7 budget hotels in Dubai

Mon, August 24, 2020

Book a budget break to remember at one of these remarkable hotels in Dubai, each with its own distinctive vibe.

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Book a budget break to remember at one of these remarkable hotels in Dubai, each with its own distinctive vibe.

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Aloft Palm Jumeirah

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Amid luxurious five-star hotels, Aloft Palm Jumeirah stands out from the crowd as a hip, boutique option on the island's 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 Luchador Cantina serving authentic Mexican cuisine. In the evening, the party spills out to the cantina's outdoor terrace that serves up 360-degree views of the city skyline.
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Zabeel House by Jumeirah, The Greens

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 the Emirates Golf Club, 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 get your caffeine fix at homegrown coffee shops.

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FORM Hotel Dubai

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When is a boutique hotel also a work of art? When it’s a member of the renowned Design Hotels portfolio. This charming hotel in the Jaddaf waterfront offers all kinds of services and experiences for their guests. 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.
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Rove Downtown

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This homegrown hotel in Downtown, near The Dubai Mall, 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 what you really need. Make use of their DIY laundromats, 24-hour supermarket (perfect for late night snacking), self-service check-in stations, seamless Wi-Fi and in-room smart TVs. Don't forget to fuel up at their deli-style restaurant TGI Fridays, which serves up hearty breakfasts and lunches. You’ll find Rove hotels in other central locations such as Dubai Marina.
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Al Seef Heritage Hotel

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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, the Al Seef Heritage Hotel Dubai, Curio Collection by Hilton allows you to immerse yourself in ancient Arabia. Inspired by traditional Emirati homes, the hotel offers views of nearby souk rooftops and courtyards, as well as Dubai Creek's bustling waterways. You’re sure to get a sense of true Arabian hospitality in the guestrooms, which are spread across 22 traditional bayt (homes). You’ll also find local flavours at Saba’a, the hotel’s signature restaurant that celebrates Emirati cuisine.
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Citymax

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Located right by the iconic Mall of the Emirates, the modern and comfortable Citymax Hotel Al Barsha punches well above its weight when it comes to facilities and drawcards. 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 live music venue Maxx. Citymax has another outpost in Bur Dubai for those who prefer to stay closer to the city's museums and bustling souks.
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XVA Art Hotel

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The XVA Art Hotel is hidden away in a 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, with 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 is also home to a popular art gallery and an award-winning cafe. It's the perfect place to stay if you want to soak up Dubai's rich culture as you’ll find plenty of galleries and museums nearby.

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