Downtown Dubai, one of the most central areas in Dubai, isn’t just home to some of Dubai’s most popular attractions (we’re looking at you Burj Khalifa), it’s also home to some of the most swish hotels in the city.
Whether you’re a tourist or a Dubai resident planning a staycay, we’re rounded up the best hotels in the area.
Address Downtown Dubai
In 2018, Address Downtown reopened after an extensive refurbishment (the hotel shut after a fire on New Year's Eve in December 2015) and now boasts 220 rooms and suites. The Downtown Dubai 302m hotel is set over 63 floors and has front row views of the Burj Khalifa and The Dubai Fountain, too.
All rooms have interactive TVs, high-speed Wi-Fi and range from deluxe rooms to suites including the Tower Suite and Signature Spa Suite Fountain View. Guests can also opt for “twin” rooms that adjoin through a foyer. There’s a Qix Club for the kids’ as well as a 24-hour business lounge and 24-hour room service, too.
The hotel is also home to a second branch of international steakhouse (and popular party spot) STK, as well as a host of other restaurants and bars including Zeta, an absolutely prime spot if you want nothing more than to be mesmerised by the views, and NEOS – if you’re after sundowners while taking in the views of the Burj Khalifa, you won’t get much better than this. There’s also The Galliard, which is well-known in Istanbul, boasting Turkish dishes as well as French and Spanish cuisine.
If you’re looking for some pampering then The Spa offers up a range of treatments. Boasting an impressive infinity pool cascading over five tiers, it sounds like an ideal place to chill this summer. The Spa has nine treatment rooms, a hammam, steam rooms and relaxation areas. For fitness fans there’s a 24-hour gym offering personal training services.
Downtown Dubai, www.addresshotels.com/en/hotels/address-downtown (04 436 8888).
Address Dubai Mall
The Address chain has eight hotels in Dubai and four of the most famous ones are next door to each other in Downtown Dubai. Address Downtown, Palace Downtown, the slightly newer one – Address Sky View, and Address Dubai Mall.
Attached to the world’s largest mall, this Downtown Dubai hotel is the perfect place if you want to be in the heart of the fashion and buzzing nightlife in Dubai. You’re also in the shadow of the world’s tallest building Burj Khalifa, and the world’s highest fountains are on your doorstep.
The hotel itself is split between more than 200 rooms, a presidential suite and permanent residences, but all come with free Wi-Fi and pillow menus and the hotel can be accessed straight from the high-end Fashion Avenue in The Dubai Mall. For those that want to people watch, head to Cabana, a poolside bar and restaurant where you can watch the world glide by.
Downtown Dubai, www.addresshotels.com/en/hotels/address-dubai-mall (04 438 8888).
Address Sky View
Address Sky View opened in Downtown Dubai in January 2020, boasting superb views of Burj Khalifa and The Dubai Fountain.
The hotel is made up of two towers, joined by a sky bridge featuring a massive infinity pool and sky-high views of the Burj Khalifa. As well as 169 rooms and suites throughout the hotel, a spa, fitness centre and kids’ club, there are several restaurants in the hotel, including The Restaurant, Lounge at Address Sky View, Patisserie, Café and the Pool Bar, but the most-talked about one has to be CÉ LA VI. This swanky sky bar, restaurant and lounge come from acclaimed chef Howard Ko and the nightspot offers some super views across Downtown Dubai from its 54th floor vantage point.
Downtown Dubai, www.addresshotels.com/en/hotels/address-sky-view (04 873 8888).
Armani Hotel Dubai
You’d expect nothing less than striking interiors and luxurious furnishings from a hotel carrying the name of Italian fashion designer Giorgio Armani. And at Armani Hotel Dubai in Downtown Dubai, you’ll find them. And you can’t get much more special than a stay in the world’s tallest building. Each room in the Burj Khalifa hotel is elegantly furnished with custom-built pieces and luxurious materials.
Altogether it gives off a serene, relaxing vibe, which is continued into the Armani/Spa, where guests are offered experiences including silk body wraps and 90-minute skin mineral treatments. Like the surroundings, staff are attentive while not overbearing. Guests are promised “warm, Italian-style service”, and each visitor is assigned a “Lifestyle Manager” who can help to secure bookings at top restaurants or arrange a last-minute activity.
Of course, if you’d prefer to stay in there are plenty of options. The hotel boasts a range of top eateries taking guests from Italy at Armani/Ristorante to Japan at Armani/Hashi and India at Armani/Amal, all from the comfort of the Burj Khalifa (with stunning views of The Dubai Fountain to match, naturally). There’s also a nightclub – Armani/Privé – should you wish to party.
After all that you can slink back into one of the hotel’s luxurious custom armchairs in your room, stare out of the enormous windows and admire the cityscape ahead of you.
Downtown Dubai, www.armanihoteldubai.com (04 888 3888).
If you’re visiting Dubai, could a hotel be more ideally positioned for brilliantly encapsulating the city’s top attraction? Palace Downtown in, you guessed it, Downtown Dubai, sits directly opposite the Burj Khalifa and The Dubai Fountain, offering one of the most spectacular locations available in the city. You can even see the fountains from some of the hotel bedrooms.
A sprawling swimming pool spreads out from the main building towards The Dubai Fountain, with palm trees lining the sides and a cool water that’s just asking for you to come in, take a dip and relax. For pampering, the luxurious Spa at Palace Downtown offers an array of facials, massages, body wraps and scrubs.
And if you’re after views of The Dubai Fountain while you eat, look no further. One of the hotel’s top restaurants, Thiptara, actually sits out into the water, and is a frequently found name on Time Out Dubai’s Best Thai Restaurant and most romantic lists, offering up some exceptional Bangkok-inspired seafood, while seakhouse Asado also features a perfectly framed view of the Burj Khalifa, serving up traditional Argentinian cuisine, perfectly cooked steaks and drinks. As the name suggests, this is a luxurious, five-star resort offering up palatial suites for guests, and a truly top-notch experience in the heart of Downtown Dubai.
Downtown Dubai, www.addresshotels.com/en/hotels/palace-downtown (04 428 7888).
Sofitel Dubai Downtown
In the heart of Downtown Dubai comes the Sofitel Dubai Downtown – a luxurious international five-star hotel that is connected to The Dubai Mall via an air-conditioned skywalk, has a rooftop infinity pool overlooking the Burj Khalifa and the Arabian Gulf, and a top-notch spa.
Restaurant-wise there’s Peruvian restaurant and bar Inka, pan-Asian eatery Wakame and a swish rooftop lounge, among others.
Other offerings include Club Millesime, an Executive VIP Lounge with indoor and outdoor dining areas, a living room, a private board room, a relaxation area with massage chairs, and an exclusive floor just for females. In 2019 the kids’ club was upgraded with the hotel aiming to attract more families and become a preferred family destination within Downtown Dubai.
Downtown Dubai, www.sofitel-dubai-downtown.com (04 503 6666).
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