Arabian Park Hotel: Deluxe three-star property may sound like something of a contradiction in terms but the relatively new Arabian Park Hotel is exactly that. Situated near the Business Bay bridge it is positioned between the airport, Sheik Zayed Road and Bur Dubai without necessarily being bothered by the traffic of any one of those areas. Rooms are kept spotlessly clean and are a world apart from many of the other three-star hotels in Dubai. It might be a little bit soulless for extended family holidays but if you’re looking for a convenient stopover without breaking the bank this is an ideal base. Call 04 324 5999 for more information.
Capitol Hotel: By no means a budget option, but in terms of delivering bang for buck the Capitol Hotel has many advantages. Firstly it is, at least during cooler months, walking distance to the beachside neighbourhood of Jumeirah. This means it is posted just a short taxi ride away from the city’s beaches but without the hefty price tag that comes with that privilege. Similarly it is not too far from the creek and heritage areas as well as the entertaining and lively Satwa district. Rooms are large and within the price range of many of Dubai’s regular holidaymakers. Call 4 346 0111 for more information.
Courtyard By Marriott, Green Community: Budget accommodation does not have to mean sticking to the creek. The Courtyard by Marriott is an enclave of affordability near Jebel Ali. This hotel will really start to pay dividends when Dubai’s second airport opens and it is furnishing weary international travellers. Until then it will be happily providing well maintained and impeccably designed budget rooms to visiting relatives in the New Dubai part of town and visitors to Jebel Ali firms. Good meeting rooms and impressive business facilities will put this to the front of many a corporations wish list. Call 04 885 2222 for more information.
Dubai Youth Hostel: Budget accommodation in Dubai is something of a misnomer. While destinations around the world may boast of $5 a night hotel stays, Dubai budget means anything less than $100 a night. Special mention should, however, be made of the Dubai Youth Hostel. A variety of options and packages are available but the fact that a young traveller can find a room for less than Dhs100 a night is remarkable. You might find yourself having to pay out a little bit more on taxis to make up from the out of the way location (close to the Dubai Airport) but the facilities are fantastic for this price range. Anybody who has ever stayed in cramped, flea-ridden hostels in Europe may be surprised to learn that Dubai’s branch has a private swimming pool and leisure facilities. Call 04 298 8161 for more information.
Holiday Inn Express Holiday: Inns around the world are established as budget favourites and the Dubai properties are no different. Standardised and offering near identical rooms anywhere you may visit the distinctive designs have started popping up all over town. A Jumeirah property brings the concept of cheap chic to the area and a Safa Park sister hotel is a well positioned business break. Call 04 800 4642 for more information.
Ibis World Trade Centre: A budget option in a semi-posh location on SZR. The Ibis has got itself a reputation for being a bit of a classy affair for a three-star joint. It doesn’t have any facilities to speak of but who needs them in such a central location, any number of hotels nearby have pools which visitors can pay to use and you’re within easy reach of most of what Dubai has to offer entertainment wise. Delegates at any of Dubai World Trade Centre’s numerous exhibitions and trade shows are advised to book well ahead to avoid disappointment. Call 04 332 4444 for more information.
K-Porte Inn: Hotel Deira is, of course, the king of the budget break in Dubai. Consider carefully if this is the area of town you want to be in (it is a built up area and anybody looking for bright, breezy beach walks is best suited somewhere else) and if it is consider the K-Porte. Similar in price to many other three-star properties in the district it is clean, well-maintained and has ambitions and aspirations to be something better than the price range indicates. Don’t be fooled into thinking this is one of Dubai’s luxury residences but do consider it as one of the better budget options. Call 04 224 3433 for more information.
Meena Plaza Hotel: Some online booking agents consider the Meena Plaza to be Dubai’s cheapest hotel. The facilities and service reflect this but if budget is your primary concern then a look at this 59 room hotel should be on your agenda. Because it is so small a stay here can feel like an intimate affair but it is close enough to Bur Dubai’s centre that you can easily rustle up a bit of bustle. Call for more information.
Novotel World Trade Centre: Dubai Built to house the World Bank and IMF meetings held in Dubai back in 2003, the no nonsense Novotel proves that budget need not be boring or basic. The lobby – all dark wood, open space and ordered sophistication – is suitably stylish, while rooms, although small, aren’t at all cramped. The hotel holds little appeal to sun-seekers, offering only a small pool and gym, but it will score highly with businesspeople and those operating along Sheikh Zayed Road. The central location will probably save you a bundle on taxi fares to boot. Call 04 332 0000 for more information.
Premier Inn: Premier Inn is actually Britain’s largest Hotel chain and the recent openings across the Middle East show the brand’s intention to become a major player in this market. Unlike a chain such as the Ritz, Meridien or Hilton the popularity is based not on luxury but value. At less than Dhs500 a night the quality of the finish in the rooms and the amount of comfort provided makes this among the very best anywhere in the city. The Dubai Investment park location make this an ideal spot for business guests in Jebel Ali or the Media and Internet City zones. Call 04 885 0999 for more information.