3 Ways to Stay in Dubai
I have experienced Dubai in a few different ways: from an all inclusive beach resort holiday to a more self-sufficient city trip. Dubai can be a different experience every time you go, if you want it to be.
First time I went, I stayed at the widely known Atlantis, The Palm, which was amazing. The resort is themed around the lost city of Atlantis and has plenty of facilities to keep you entertained and rested. Guests have access to the Aquaventure Waterpark. There is also a popular viewing window into the Lagoon, which you can see thousands of marine animals. The resort, of course, includes pools, beaches and various other services and facilities. You can find 23 restaurants and lounges at the resort. Ranging from fine dining at Nobu to an all you can eat buffet at Saffron. My stay at Atlantis was definitely a memorable experience. However, because the resort offers all that you would need, it is very easy to get comfortable and centre your holiday around the resort. Which is fine for different groups, especially families. Staying at the resort is a bit pricey depending on the season, coming at around £237 per night in low season and £387 in high season excluding breakfast (cheaper nightly rates may be available online).
When you hear Dubai, you think luxury and when you're immersed in Dubai, you feel it. As we all know, luxury costs. But one way to save some coins during your trip, is to pick a cheaper and more convenient hotel. There's so much to do, taste and feel in Dubai. So why lounge around in your hotel all day. Whilst Dubai offers some of the best hotels and resorts in the World, you can still enjoy a comfortable luxurious stay without the heavy expenses. Don't worry! I've got you guys! Here are two budget-friendly hotels in different but popular parts of Dubai:
1. Rove Downtown
View from Rove Downtown
Location: Rove Downtown is located very conveniently next to the Dubai Mall. A 10-minute walk gets you to the Burj Khalifa (the tallest building in the World).
Nearest Metro station is Burj Khalifa/Dubai Mall
Style: The style and interior at Rove Downtown Dubai celebrates UAE heritage but still holds a modern influence. This hotel is ideal for millennials looking for a contemporary Arabic feel.
Facilities: Rove is perfect for an experienced traveller who is self-sufficient. There is an option of self-check-in, a laundry room, and luggage lockers. Rove Downtown also includes a 24-hour mini-market and Starbucks. At the hotel, you can enjoy views of the Burj Khalifa while you swim and sunbathe.
In terms of food, which is of course very important! Rove Downtown offers a delicious breakfast buffet. There is a reasonably priced cafe-style menu for lunch and dinner. Friday brunch is a big deal in Dubai, so you’ll be happy to know that Rove offers tasty and well priced weekend brunch.
Other facilities include:
- Playstation area
- 24-hour Gym
Rooms: You can request rooms with a perfect view of the Burj Khalifa, but the majority of rooms at Rove Downtown still have decent views. The room includes a comfortable bed, single sofa bed, 48-inch TV, desk, mini-fridge and kettle. There is also a large overhead rain shower and handheld shower-head.
You can get a double room for approx £56 in low season and £93 in high season with breakfast, Wi-Fi and late check out included (prices may vary).
312 Al Sa’ada Street, Zabeel 2, Dubai, UAE
2. Centro Barsha by Rotana
Location: Centro Barsha is around a 15-minute walk to the Mall of the Emirates. The hotel is located close to the Dubai Marina and they also offer a shuttle service to the beach. This hotel is also directly opposite a Mosque, the Adhan, which is the islamic call to prayer happens five times a day, including early mornings. As a Muslim, this was perfect for me. Of course, some non-Muslims may find the call to prayer as beautiful and peaceful as I do. Others may prefer being away from the mosque, when you check in, just simply request a room on the far side of the hotel to avoid any issues.
Nearest Metro station is Sharaf DG and Mall of Emirates
Style: Centro Barsha offers modern bright interior in a contemporary seven-storey building. The rooms offer plenty of light as there is floor to ceiling windows and a glass roof. Generally, the hotel is new, clean and has a great atmosphere. Ideal for adults and independent travellers.
Facilities: Centro Barsha service is very friendly, I arrived at the hotel at around 4 am and the staff at the reception were helpful in providing me with very early check-in. The hotel provides useful services like a rooftop pool for downtime and a 24-hour gym to stay active.
Now for the food! Dubai has loads to offer in terms of food and dining, so I would encourage you to look beyond the hotel. However, it is still important to have options. Centro Barsha offers a good hot and cold breakfast buffet as well as a dinner buffet that varies nightly by theme.
Guests can also opt for a menu-styled dinner if this is what you prefer. To my surprise, the restaurant and bar had a great atmosphere, a lot of locals and expats come to enjoy food and drink as the prices are reasonable for Dubai and the food is great.
Other facilities include:
- Fitness centre
- Laundry services
Rooms: At Centro Barsha, you have a choice of rooms, studios or suites that are well decorated and a good size. The standard double room which I stayed in had elegant and simple decor. A very comfortable and practical room with a useful work desk, chair, 32 - inch TV, ironing board, kettle, hairdryer and a compact sized bathroom.
Centro Barsha is also good value for money! You can get a double room from approx £55 in low season and £89 in high season with breakfast, Wi-Fi included (prices may vary).
329, Al Barsha 1, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
00 971 800 55 10 555
I hope this helped! Of course, there is a lot of option in Dubai in terms of accommodation, from Apartments to Beach Resorts to regular hotels. So definitely do your research depending on your type of trip.