So you’ve decided that on your next Dubai trip you’ll stay in Dubai Marina (good choice!). Now all you have to do is choose a hotel. Easy, right? Well, if you’ve already done some research you’ve probably realised that Marina is actually packed with hotels and there are some pretty fantastic ones among them. Beachfront or Marina Promenade? A new budget place or the renowned luxury hotel? Picking the right fit for your needs and budget might be a challenge… But don’t panic, this guide is here to help you choose the perfect hotel in Dubai Marina!
The Budget Option:
Prices from $180 (for a 4 person apartment)
Booking.com - 8.2 rating (over 2,000 reviews)
TripAdvisor: 4/5 (600 reviews)
Pros: If you’re on a tight budget, Tamani Marina Hotel & Apartments might be just what you need. Not only are the apartments affordable, but they also come with a complete kitchen so you can cut down on the costs of eating out in Dubai (which can cost a fortune!). Despite the lower price, you’re not compromising on the amenities: you’ll find here indoor and outdoor pools, a huge gym and a sun terrace. All apartments come with a view: you can pick Marina, Palm Jumeirah or the Dubai skyline. Win win?
Cons: Tamani Hotel is located at the very edge of Dubai Marina so it will be a bit further away from some bars and restaurants in the neighbourhood. This is not necessarily a problem during winter when the weather is pleasant but in summer even a brief stroll feels exhausting. The closest beach to you is sadly a private beach so you need to buy a day pass at one of the hotels to use it or head to Barasti Beach Bar. When it comes to the hotel itself, the design of the apartments is comfortable but rather dated. If you’re an enthusiast of contemporary style, this one will probably not win you over.
Looking for an even cheaper option than Tamani Hotel? A hostel has opened up in Dubai Marina and it offers unbeatable prices starting from only $18! It’s probably not the luxurious Dubai accommodation you had in mind, but the views from the 66th floor are pretty amazing and you’d be saving a lot of money to enjoy the city with!
Top Dubai Hostel has some pretty impressive features.
New Kid On The Block:
Prices from $72
Booking.com - 9.0 rating (1,400 reviews)
TripAdvisor: 4.5/5 (over 250 reviews)
Pros: Opened in April 2018, Rove Dubai Marina is the newest hotel in Marina but it has taken the neighbourhood by storm! With big graphics on the walls and pop culture references, this place takes the edge off the hyper luxurious Dubai aesthetic. All rooms feature floor to ceiling windows and for a little extra you can secure a breath-taking Dubai Marina view (worth it!).
Cons: The laid-back vibe comes with compromises! You won’t find here any of the classic hotel goodies like bathrobes, slippers or spa range toiletries so you’ll need to worry about this stuff yourself. The pool is on the smaller side and probably won’t blow you away. While it’s perfectly acceptable for a refreshing dip, it certainly is no match to some of the most impressive Marina pools. You can always head to the JBR beach instead but it’s a bit of a walk.
Iconic 5-Star Luxury:
Prices from $250
Booking.com - 9.2 rating (1,700 reviews)
TripAdvisor: 5/5 (over 3,600 reviews)
Pros: If you’re looking for something unapologetically luxurious, Address Dubai Marina is an old and tested choice here! With four restaurants, a gym staffed with personal trainers and one of the best spas in town, this hotel checks all the boxes on indulgence. Located right in the heart of Dubai Marina, the Address is never more than a few steps away from the best food and entertainment that the neighbourhood has to offer. And those pools views speak for themselves!
Cons: This hotel probably won’t wow you with unique design and unexpected detail. While everything is in good taste and of high quality, the Address hardly sets itself apart from other luxury hotels when it comes to interiors. A timeless classic or a time-for-an-update case? I’ll leave that up to your own taste.
Right On The Beach:
Prices from $270
Booking.com - 8.6 rating (over 3,000 reviews)
TripAdvisor: 4.5/5 (over 600 reviews)
Pros: Let’s start with the main one - the beach! While you’re never too far from the beach in Dubai, there is no denying that nothing beats a beachfront hotel. Rixos Premium Dubai is located directly on the lovely white sand JBR Beach and comes fully equipped in sunbeds and umbrellas. The hotel itself has a modern feel to it and makes a great attempt at combining luxury with unpretentious design. If you enjoy fine dining you will not be disappointed, but there’s also a funky underground bar or a pub-style burger place to mix it up. It’s not all uptight in those 5-star hotels after all!
Cons: The pool and beach area at Rixos are extremely appealing… and not just to the hotel guests. On Mondays and Tuesdays, the hotel hosts ladies days with free pool access for visitors so the place gets extremely busy. You might have to get up really early to reserve the sunbeds which is pretty annoying when you’re paying a couple hundreds dollars per night to stay here!
Showstopper Balcony View:
Prices from $270
Booking.com - 8.7 rating (1,300 reviews)
TripAdvisor: 4.5/5 (850 reviews)
Pros: With its location right on the Marina Promenade, Intercontinental Dubai Marina has got you covered for spectacular views. Book a room with a balcony for the full experience and enjoy watching the endless hustle and bustle of the neighbourhood from a safe distance. If you are equally committed to the beachtime and nightlife, this is a very convenient location for both: 10 minute walk away from the JBR beach and close to the best bars in the Marina.
Cons: The outdoor pool at the Intercontinental is pretty small and unimpressive (especially for a 5-star hotel!) and the sunbeds are in the shade most of the day. Not great for a place you visit to get your sun fix, right?
The Best Spa:
Prices from $177
Booking.com - 9.0 rating (3,400 reviews)
TripAdvisor: 4.5/5 (7000 reviews)
Pros: If you don’t want to ruin your post-treatment blissful feeling by dealing with Dubai traffic, opt for a hotel that has the best spa right in the house. Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa features a Roman-themed Caracalla Spa with complimentary use of five thermal pools, saunas and steam room. For an extra charge you can also indulge in one of the many treatments that the spa has to offer: from facials to full body massages. Traveling with kids? This hotel is one of the most family friendly options with a highly rated kids’ club and a safe kids’ pool.
Cons: Le Royal Meridien is located right on the JBR beach which sounds great but comes with a drawback. It can be pretty loud at night with music from the surrounding beach bars so consider yourself warned! Note that the outdoor beach areas are closed in summer so this is only an issue in the high season.
Prime Sunset Watching Location:
Prices from $177
Booking.com - 8.1 rating (over 4,500 reviews)
TripAdvisor: 4.5/5 (5,500 reviews)
Pros: If you asked me how to best enjoy Dubai, I’d say with a drink in one hand and a stunning view in front of you. At Hilton Dubai Jumeirah you can do that every night by heading to the Pure Sky Lounge, one of the best rooftop bars in Dubai Marina. The sunset view from there is truly unmatched! Other perks of the hotel include a sandy stretch of a private beach on Jumeirah beach and a large pool area with two pools (see cons, though). If you’re worried about navigating the huge distances in Dubai, the good news is that Hilton offers free shuttle transport to several malls in the city so you can get around in style.
Cons: The fitted carpets and striped curtains at the Hilton sadly belong to a different era. For its reputation (and the price), the hotel has made a poor effort at matching some of the great design you can find elsewhere in Dubai. Guests complain also that the pool and the beach are too crowded. If you’re not an early riser, you might have issues securing a sunbed in the high season.