Dubai is one of the world's top destinations when it comes to luxury, which means it's not usually the first place that springs to mind when planning a budget break. However, it is possible to stay in Dubai without breaking the bank and, with the emirate focusing on creating more mid-range hotels, there are only going to be more options for doing so in the future.
Fortunately, there are already some excellent places to stay if you're looking for affordable accommodation with a splash of Dubai style. We've put together a list of the emirate's top ten budget-friendly hotels, which includes some truly tempting options that pair classic Dubai luxury with a more affordable price tag.
Dubai's best budget hotels
DoubleTree Al Barsha
Where: Al Barsha
Located close to the Mall of the Emirates, DoubleTree Al Barsha provides luxury at great value for money. This contemporary hotel is perfectly located for those wanting to stay close to the emirate's top attractions - the nearby Metro, just a ten-minute walk away, can whisk you to Downtown Dubai in a matter of moments, while there is plenty to do in Al Barsha itself, which is packed with shopping, dining and entertainment options.
Each guest room is air-conditioned and offers a mini bar, 42-inch TV and an elegantly designed bathroom. The hotel itself has plenty of excellent amenities, including an outdoor pool perfect for a relaxing dip, a 24-hour fitness centre, and a selection of tempting all-day dining options. Plus, there is a complimentary shuttle service to the beautiful Jumeirah Beach and the Mall of the Emirates.
Ramada Plaza Jumeirah Beach
Where: Jumeirah Beach
This four-star hotel is another option that pairs a little luxury with an affordable price tag. Boasting great views of both Palm Jumeirah and Dubai Marina, the Ramada Plaza Jumeirah Beach benefits from an excellent location that places you at the heart of many of the emirate's famous attractions.
Here, you can choose from spacious studios, apartments and suites. Studios feature a balcony, while the apartments and suites both provide a separate living area and kitchen - ideal if you're looking for a home away from home.
The hotel's facilities include a heated outdoor pool, a sauna, six restaurants serving different cuisines from around the world, and a children's playground, making it great for families and those seeking a little relaxation.
Time Oak Hotel and Suites
Where: Al Barsha
The contemporary Time Oak Hotel is situated in the Barsha Heights area of Al Barsha, meaning it's near to both leisure facilities such as golf courses, the Mall of the Emirates and JBR beach, as well as business districts such as Media City. It's also handily close to the Metro, making it easy to get around.
Housing a mix of 2016 rooms and suites, the latter coming with a fully equipped kitchen and washer/dryer facilities, this hotel is ideal for both long and short stays. Plus, there are several excellent places to eat, as well as 24-hour in-room dining for when you really just want to relax and do as little as possible.
Where: Sheikh Zayed Road
Perched in the centre of Dubai's business district, the Crowne Plaza - Dubai is a great option for both work and play. As well as be conveniently located near the Metro and Dubai World Trade Center, there are also complimentary shuttle services to unmissable attractions like the Dubai Mall and Kite Beach. What's more, there are plenty of ways to relax at the hotel - think soothing massages, indulgent steam baths and delicious meals and drinks at the 13 on-site restaurants and bars.
Holiday Inn Al Barsha
Where: Sheikh Zayed Road
Holiday Inn will be a familiar name to UK holidaymakers, and it's a reliable choice for a trip that doesn't break the bank. Holiday Inn Al Barsha is located on Sheikh Zayed Road, close to the Mall of the Emirates and Jumeirah Beach - a great location for relaxation and shopping. It also has lovely views of the stunning Burj Al Arab, not to mention a host of great facilities - think a terrace pool, a variety of restaurants and even live entertainment.
Marmara Hotel Apartments
Where: Just off Sheikh Zayed Road
Located just off Sheikh Zayed Road, Marmara Hotel Apartments sits in the heart of New Dubai, meaning top attractions such as the Mall of the Emirates and Ski Dubai are just moments away. And yet more attractions still can be reached in mere minutes on public transport or by car, including The Palm, Dubai Mall, Dubai Marina Walk and the iconic Burj Khalifa - the world's tallest building.
Marmara comprises one, two and three-bedroom suites, all of which have a master bedroom with an ensuite bathroom, a fully equipped kitchen and a separate living room. This helps to create a real "home away from home" feel, so it's just as perfect for long stays as short. There are plenty of great extras too, including a rooftop pool, places to eat, a daily buffet breakfast and more.
Where: Sheikh Zayed Road
Combining oriental hospitality with Arabian luxury, Asiana Hotel offers five-star service at an excellent price. This establishment prides itself on offering a tranquil environment in the heart of the city's financial centre, with its decor and ethos influenced by traditions of the Far East.
This is also a great hotel to choose if you're a food lover, as it offers Japanese, Korean and Filipino cuisine. Plus, it's home to a great comedy bar and even a nightclub, meaning that whatever relaxation means to you, you can find it here.
Marina View Hotel Apartments
Where: Al Marsa Street, Sheikh Zayed Road
Home to 224 apartments, Marina View Hotel Apartments provides spacious luxury. Beautifully decorated and with all the amenities you could need for your stay, including kitchenettes, they provide the perfect place to stay if you're looking for a little more space and a few more conveniences than is offered by the average hotel. Apartments come with a view of either the marina, Sheikh Zayed Road, or the swimming pool. Studio apartments cater for up to two people, one-bedroom apartments two to three, and two bedroom apartments four to six.
Where: Dubai Marina
Situated next to Jumeirah Beach, Marina Byblos is four-star hotel is perfect for travellers who want to be in the heart of the action and have a colourful nightlife. Perfectly located for relaxation thanks to its proximity to the beach and its onsite spa, it is also home to a great mix of nightclubs and bars, meaning you don't even need to leave the hotel to have an incredible night out.
Choose from a selection of rooms and suites, all of which give you a great location not only close to the beach, but the vibrant The Walk, tempting restaurants and more. The hotel also has a rooftop swimming pool, health spa, beauty salon and gym.
Ibis Dubai Mall of the Emirates
Where: The Mall of the Emirates
The Ibis is another name likely to be familiar to UK travellers. This one is brilliant located at the Mall of the Emirates, which is the one of Dubai's top tourist attractions and best shopping locations. It's also close to the beautiful Jumeirah Beach, and the hotel offers a complimentary regular shuttle to take guests there. With comfortable rooms all equipped with an LCD flat-screen TV and a great location next to the emirate's top attractions, the Ibis Dubai Mall of the Emirates provides a great place to stay without the high price tag.
Affordable holidays in Dubai
With so many great places to stay, Dubai is a more affordable destination than you might think. So why not treat yourself to a break in one of the world's most dazzling destinations - without breaking the bank?