Business Bay in Dubai is has loads of things to do, and that’s reflected in the amount swish five-star hotels the area boasts. Whether you’re a Dubai resident looking for a city break or a tourist looking to stay in the central Dubai neighbourhood, here are the best hotels in Dubai's Business Bay.
DoubleTree by Hilton Dubai - Business Bay
Located in Business Bay’s Bay Square on the Dubai Water Canal and just ten minutes away from Downtown Dubai and The Dubai Mall, DoubleTree by Hilton Dubai - Business Bay is home to top restaurants too.
There’s popular Belgian bar Le Petit Belge, which offers a huge range of deals, from happy hours to a lively ladies’ night and the first PizzaExpress Live outside of the UK which combines fresh pizzas (and those moreish dough balls) with live performances including music, stand-up comedy and live sport. There’s also a sports bar, Bay Club, and an all-day dining restaurant, My Square. The central hotel also offers a free shuttle to the Downtown Dubai tourist attractions and La Mer and a 24-hour fitness centre complete with sauna and an outdoor pool.
Bay Square, Business Bay, www.hilton.com/en/hotels/dxbbbdi-doubletree-dubai-business-bay/ (04 551 1544).
Grand Millennium Business Bay Hotel
With breathtaking views of Dubai Water Canal and a convenient Business Bay location close to Downtown Dubai and all its attractions, Grand Millennium Business Bay is a newer addition to the Business Bay hotel scene. The hotel has 251 rooms and suites and eight restaurants and bars, including contemporary Mexican restaurant Chingón and Beau Rivage Bistro, which serves up European-inspired dishes.
Business Bay, www.millenniumhotels.com/en/dubai/grand-millennium-business-bay-dubai (04 873 3333).
JW Marriott Marquis Dubai
Comprising two iconic towers, the JW Marriott Marquis Dubai is the world’s second tallest hotel (having been knocked off its perch in 2018 by Gevora Hotel, just down the Sheikh Zayed Road) and it’s packed full of cool places to go. It also has a top location in Business Bay by the Dubai Water Canal and is not too far from The Dubai Mall. There are also loads of restaurants, bars and clubs in this trendy hotel. Whatever cuisine you’re after you’re likely to find – from Japanese at Izakaya, Latin American at Hotel Cartagena (which also boasts 360-degree panoramic views from the 72nd floor of the hotel), Canadian at Weslodge Saloon, pub food at Bridgewater Tavern, Italian at Positano, Thai at Tong Thai, steaks at Prime68 or Indian at Masala Library by the acclaimed Jiggs Kalra. Don’t miss Vault for stunning views across the city, and if you’re looking to throw some shapes visit New York-born nightclub 1OAK or Lebanese bar Seven Sisters. After all that partying (and eating) you might need a break so it’s time to head to the luxurious Saray Spa with a traditional hammam, a Dead Sea floatation pool – complete with underwater speakers so they don’t miss a beat – 17 treatment rooms, a state-of-the-art health club and fitness facilities.
Business Bay, www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/dxbjw-jw-marriott-marquis-hotel-dubai (04 414 0000).
Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Waterfront
The Radisson Blu, Dubai Waterfront in Business Bay has spectacular views of the Burj Khalifa and (somewhat unsurprisingly) the Dubai Water Canal and is a five-minute jaunt away from The Dubai Mall and The Dubai Fountain. It also boasts 342 rooms, ranging from family rooms to suites and when it comes to dining, the options aren’t too shabby either. FireLake Grill House & Cocktail Bar serves up Midwestern-inspired grub and veggie dishes and features a spectacular outdoor terrace. Alternatively, head to The Larder for a Nordic-inspired menu or to Nelson’s for a sports bar experience. Abraj is perfect to pick up a quick sarnie and a coffee, while Makar is a cosy bar offering mixed drinks and cigars. There’s also a fully equipped gym and outdoor pool and the hotel’s branch of Dreamworks Spa offers a wide range of treatments using techniques from around the world.
Business Bay, www.radissonhotels.com/en-us/hotels/radisson-blu-dubai-waterfront (04 249 7800).
Renaissance Downtown Hotel, Dubai
Getting in a quick staycay is always high on the priority list for Dubai residents, and there are many fantastic ways to enjoy the city. This hotel has 298 guest rooms, including 65 suites, so you’re sure to find something to suit, should you choose to stay here. Situated in Business Bay, this hotel lies on the banks of the Dubai Water Canal and offers views out over the water on one side, and towards the iconic Burj Khalifa on the other. The hotel itself offers a number of restaurants and bars, including Morimoto, the first Dubai branch of the internationally renowned Japanese. Set on the 23rd and 24th floor, the restaurant boasts four terraces as well as a teppanyaki table and sushi bar. There's also French restaurant Bleu Blanc, while BASTA! is an Italian restaurant fusing food from Rome, Florence and Naples.
Business Bay, renaissance-hotels.marriott.com/renaissance-downtown-hotel-dubai (04 512 5555).
Steigenberger Hotel Business Bay
Sandwiched between the Burj Khalifa and Business Bay, the Steigenberger offers added sophistication to the ever-changing Downtown Dubai skyline. The first Steigenberger Hotel in the region, this luxury property spans 20 floors with views of the Dubai Water Canal and Sheikh Zayed Road. Designed for business travellers, it has 367 rooms, including 28 suites, all adorned with modern, minimalist interiors. When it comes to restaurants and nightlife spots, inside there’s all-day-dining restaurant Bayside Restaurant & Terrace, coffee lounge and takeaway spot Das Café, traditional German bakery Brothaus, rooftop Swim & Tonic pool bar, and casual bar and restaurant The Backyard.
Business Bay, www.steigenberger.com/en/hotels/all-hotels/dubai/dubai/steigenberger-hotel-business-bay (04 369 0000).
The Burj Khalifa is one of the most recognisable structures in the world and its breath-taking size is enjoyed by millions every year. However, one of the best places in Business Bay to soak in the views is at the luxurious Indian-themed Taj Dubai. The five-star hotel sits in the heart of Business Bay and is in close proximity to other major sights such as The Dubai Mall, The Dubai Fountain and Downtown Dubai area. Restaurant-wise you'll fine British favourites at The Eloquent Elephant – a brilliant English gastropub with a modern flair and screens showing top sport. You’ll also find international cuisine at Tesoro, and Asian street food bites at the funky Miss Tess. Fancy Indian food? Head to Bombay Brasserie, and some hideaway, chilled-out vibes at terrace bar, Treehouse. Meanwhile one of the hotel’s most popular features is the swanky party spot Billionaire Mansion, which boasts top food, live entertainment over dinner and a separate nightclub.
Business Bay, www.tajhotels.com/en-in/taj/taj-dubai (04 438 3100).
The Oberoi, Dubai
The Oberoi, Dubai offers spacious, comfortable rooms, indoor and al fresco dining destinations and more. The newest restaurant to open its doors in the Business Bay hotel is La Mezcaleria – a super cool Mexican restaurant and bar that boasts some top-notch views of Burj Khalifa to enjoy alongside your tacos.
There’s also relaxed and casual Italian eatery MATTO, Indian eatery Ananta and an all-day dining restaurant, Nine7One.
Business Bay, www.oberoihotels.com/hotels-in-dubai (04 444 1444).
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