A mecca of both tourism and business travel, Dubai is a burgeoning city with striking architecture, expansive shopping, and a thriving culinary scene. We headed to the fascinating city to check out the top hotels and see how they stacked up against each other — from the beds to the recreation facilities to the on-site dining. If you’re taking a trip to Dubai for work, we’ve picked the properties that are best suited for your stay. Check out our list of best business hotels in Dubai for some inspiration!
Originally built in 2013, the Conrad Dubai is an elegant and modern five-pearl hotel in a prime location near the Dubai International Financial Centre, just opposite the World Trade Centre. The 555 rooms are spacious, with king-size beds and modern conveniences such as iPhone docks and Nespresso machines. This large but beautiful 52-floor hotel includes an expansive pool area, six contemporary dining options, and a full-range spa with eight treatment rooms. Although business travelers are the target market, it’s perfect for anyone looking for a relaxing and refined environment.
Despite its luxury amenities and five-pearl resort experience in the heart of Dubai's commercial city center, the Grand Hyatt Dubai is not as expensive as might be expected. Rooms are large and comfortable, with luxury linens and amenities; the luxury spa offers every imaginable pampering service; and there are large indoor and outdoor pools, a sprawling indoor garden, and 13 restaurants that range from an American-style steak house to an authentic Lebanese eatery. Business travelers and tourists could lose themselves in this expansive oasis that offers nearly every possible experience.
The Park Regis is an upscale business hotel offering good value in central Dubai. Rooms are large and elegant, with floor-to-ceiling windows and solid amenities. There are several bars and restaurants -- including one on the 19th-floor offering panoramic city views -- a great fitness center, and lots of meeting venues. But the highlight here is the rooftop area, complete with a small pool, loungers, and striking views. There is a small wellness area with a whirlpool, a sauna and a steam room -- but the hotel lacks a full spa. Still, only a handful of comparable hotels can offer such competitive rates in central Dubai.
The 252-room luxurious five-pearl Raffles Dubai rises out of lush gardens and grounds in an impressive glass-and-stone pyramid structure. Spacious, light-filled interiors are sumptuous yet understated, tastefully displaying a blend of Middle Eastern and Asian design influences. Huge rooms and suites are cloaked in luxurious fabrics and materials with handcrafted decorative details, modern technology, lavish bathrooms, private terraces, and personal butlers on call 24/7. There's also a business center with 12 meeting rooms and Wi-Fi is free throughout the hotel.
The InterContinental Dubai Festival City is a high-end, luxury chain hotel that's impressive in scale, sophistication, and facilities. The location overlooking Dubai Creek with direct access to Festival City will be ideal for some, but tourists wanting to be near the beach and the main attractions might find it inconvenient. However, Michelin-starred dining, a luxurious spa, and chic, spacious rooms makes this hotel a strong contender for anyone looking for a seriously upscale stay near the airport
Le Meridien is a 579-room luxury hotel located a quick drive from the airport. With 18 solid restaurants and bars; five heated outdoor pools (including one in the rooftop area); a wonderful spa; and a fully equipped fitness center, the property's features are on par with other luxury hotels in town. The Royal Club section features stylish rooms and wonderful amenities. But the main building -- with underwhelming standard rooms, and overall tired facilities -- is in need of an urgent update. Those looking to explore Dubai’s main attractions may find the hotel to be a little out of the way.
This luxurious, 400-room hotel may not be especially convenient to tourist sights, but it's one of the best business hotels in the city. Bright, contemporary rooms are upscale if a bit corporate, though the big bathrooms with separate tubs and walk-in showers are a highlight. Property features include a rooftop pool, 15 restaurants and bars (including renowned fine dining and a chic bar on the 51st floor), and a full-service spa with oxygen bar.
Tourists, business travelers, and families all feel at home at this versatile, luxury chain hotel, which especially caters for long stays thanks to its range of rooms, including full-kitchen apartments. Although there's little within the hotel’s immediate vicinity, it is less than five minutes away from the Internet City metro station, from which all of Dubai’s attractions can be easily reached within a few minutes. With an assortment of good restaurants and bars, a pool and hot tub, and a spa and fitness center, the Millennium provides a high-end home away from home.
The Radisson Royal may not offer quite as many over-the-top amenities as other luxury hotels in Dubai -- but it doesn’t lack much either. Aside from all the features for the business traveler -- including several restaurants and bars; high-tech rooms; a well-equipped fitness center; and extensive meeting space -- the hotel also offers a relaxing spa with couples’ treatments, a kids’ club, and a rooftop pool offering stunning views. The location in central Dubai, within walking distance of two metro stops and the Convention Center, makes it a good pick for all types of travelers.
The Best Western Premier Deira Hotel (formerly Traders Hotel) is an upscale business hotel located in busy Deira district, a short drive from the airport. Although not the most luxurious 4-pearl hotel in town, it does tick all the boxes, especially for the business traveler. Rooms are spacious and quiet, with solid amenities such as flat-screen TVs, minibars, free Wi-Fi, and electric kettles. Hotel highlights include a small indoor pool, a well-equipped fitness center, a shisha lounge, and a buffet restaurant. However, note that the neighborhood is somewhat unattractive, and that unlike other comparable hotels this property lacks a full spa.
Both tourists and business travelers looking to stay in the heart of Deira would do well at the four-pearl Flora Grand Hotel. Just a few metro stops from the airport and from the new upscale center of Dubai, the hotel is a notch above other hotels in the Deira vicinity thanks to a recent renovation. Rooms are modern and clean, with hardwood floors and views of the city, and facilities include a spa, outdoor pool, fitness center, state-of-the-art meeting and presentation rooms, and a restaurant and cafe.
Huge, sophisticated and luxurious, the Shangri-La is one of Dubai’s top hotels. Its 302 rooms -- featuring stylish masculine design, upscale amenities, and panoramic sea or Burj Khalifa views -- are some of the most high-end in town. With eight quality restaurants; a luxurious spa with views; a fabulous fitness center; squash and tennis courts; and an outdoor pool complete with a swim-up bar, there is little guests can’t do on-site. Plus, location in central Dubai, a few blocks from the metro, makes it easy for guests to explore the city.