Five-star stays for Dhs500

Summer in Dubai is a cloudless time full of silver linings: cheap hotel deals our favourite. We’ve found you 31 luxury experiences for less Comments

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Did you know that there are 45,398 hotel rooms in Dubai? Meaning that a very transient person could live a long life of 124 years here, spending every night in a different hotel room. If that isn’t mind boggling enough for you, then did you know that there are reportedly 45,785 rooms currently either in the pipeline or under construction? We love to explore our city, yes, but given the chance we’d stick to the five star experiences (wouldn’t you?) and, with 16,731 five star hotel rooms in Dubai, we could spend just over 45 very swanky years room hopping.

It’s clear that lack of choice is not a problem, but with prices sometimes well over the Dhs1,000 mark, budget can be. Not in summer however, when hotels drop their prices by up to half in order to keep the customers coming: especially this year with summer coinciding with Ramadan.

So, hundreds of phone calls later we’ve found 31 five-star hotels full of fine dining options, fantastic city views, beautiful spas and luxurious pools, and, here’s the real bonus, they all have a room rate of Dhs500
or under. Here’s our run-down, starting with the cheapest.

Crowne Plaza Dubai
Why stay? With Sheikh Zayed Road at one side and sea views on the other, this hotel is incredibly centrally located and is perfect for hitting both the beach and the shops.
Must do: Pop into Wagamama for lunch – they’ll be open during the day for Ramadan. Staying after the Holy Month? Then head to Zinc for a night out – it’s quite an experience.
Number crunching: Dhs326 room + Dhs65.20 taxes = Dhs391.20.
(04 331 1111, www.ichotelsgroup.com, crowne.plaza@cpdxb.com).

Radisson Blu Dubai Creek
Why stay? This spot has a gorgeous view overlooking the Dubai Creek
Must do: Visit the hotel’s own dhow that offers dinner cruises. The Fish Market is another stellar dining venue, with a huge display of fresh fish to choose from.
Number crunching: Dhs340 room + Dhs62 taxes = Dhs402. Minimum stay of three nights, until September 30.
(04 222 7171, www.radissonblu.com, info.deiracreek.dubai@radissonblu.com).

Hatta Fort Hotel
Why stay? This mountain retreat boasts breathtaking views of the Hajar Mountains and classic chalet style rooms.
Must do: Try some archery, spend time by the swimming pool with a waterfall and then sit on the sunset terrace.
Number crunching: Dhs350 room + Dhs70 taxes = Dhs420 for two people including breakfast, weekdays only.
(04 809 9333, www.jebelali-international.com, hfh@jaihotels.com).

Renaissance Dubai by Marriott

Why stay? Recently renovated, this hotel brings a touch of five-star luxury to the hustle and bustle downtown Deira and has many appetising dining options.
Must do: Spice Island is buffet madness with six live cooking stations and seven different cuisines.
Number crunching: Dhs350.40 + Dhs70.08 taxes = Dhs420.48. Until end of September.
(04 262 5555, www.marriott.com, rendubai@emirates.net.ae).

The Courtyard by Marriott
Why stay? This hotel from the Marriott’s ‘Courtyard’ brand offers five stars, but off the beaten track in the Green Community.
Must do: Tee off on the world-class courses at Jumeirah Golf Estates just next door, or head to the spa for a relaxing treatment.
Number crunching: Dhs360 room per night + Dhs72 taxes = Dhs432. Minimum stay of two nights, until August 30.
(04 885 2222, www.marriott.com, dubaicy@emirates.net.ae).

Samaya Hotel Deira
Why stay? An indie five star addition to Dubai’s skyline that’s hoping to expand across the UAE, the Samaya offers understated luxury with its minimalist and modern (although small) rooms.
Must do: The rooftop pool offers views of the Burj Khalifa as well as Emirates Towers.
Number crunching: Dhs375 room + Dhs75 taxes = Dhs450. Breakfast included, until September 14.
(04 703 3333, www.samayahoteldeira.com, info@samayahotel.com).

By Andrew Wagstaff and Nyree Barrett
Time Out Dubai,

User reviews:

Posted by: Tee O on 30 Jun ' 11 at 06:08

I've been checking out these offers on-line but the prices are soooo different???? This is booking in advance too??

Posted by: Mr Vrenning on 17 Dec ' 10 at 03:06

Hello
We arrive to Dubai at 6th january 2011. We have not booked a hotelroom yet. The 6 th january is also my wifes birthday. She like music, playing golf and beaches. What is on this day in Dubai that I can celebrate her with?
Best regards
Mr Vrenning

Posted by: rima arab on 18 Oct ' 10 at 16:05

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