The prospect of travelling to Dubai is always exciting. The city is filled with really cool architectural marvels, a variety of cuisines as well as interesting cultural and shopping experiences. Right from sightseeing to adventures to shopping, there is a lot to see and do in the city. As the main focus of Dubai is on tourism, the tourism related services are of the best quality. This extends to hotels as well. Dubai is home to some of the best and the most luxurious hotels in the world. In fact, it is also the proud owner of the only seven star hotel in the world, the Burj Al Arab. Here we present 12 of the most cool and unusual hotels that you would find in the Emirate city of Dubai.
Atlantis the Palm
Hotel Atlantis the Palm sits like a crown on the Palm Jumeirah, the largest manmade island in the world. Needless to say, this palatial looking hotel is one of the most luxurious hotels in the world. Moreover, the place also has its own water park (Aquaventure), 20 gourmet restaurants and bars, a beautiful aquarium (The Lost Chamber), a cool private beach and a kids’ club. To add more fun to your stay, book one of the underwater aquarium suite, where you would be able to stay amidst exotic sea life.
XVA Art Hotel
Dubai is a luxurious city and everything beautiful looks expensive. However, this need not be the case every time. If you are looking for something bohemian and arty, there is nothing better than the XVA Hotel. Located in the Al Fahidi historical neighbourhood, this hotel is small but cozy and offers 13 rooms, each one done by a different designer or artist. The hotel may not have the luxuries offered at other hotels but you would definitely enjoy the unique character and ambience of the place. Some other things that you would find here are an art gallery, a vegetarian restaurant, a design shop and three courtyards.
Hotel Vida Downtown
If you are looking for accommodation in Downtown Dubai, to be close to the major Dubai attractions, Hotel Vida would be perfect for you. A 4-star hotel, Vida Downtown has contemporary rooms with an Arabian touch. The suites are spacious with luxurious bathrooms and walk-in wardrobes. There is also an in-house Japanese restaurant, Toko, which is one of the best in the city. Few other attractions of this hotel are a retro food truck and a marvellous swimming pool with comfortable cabanas for relaxing.
Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa
When talking about cool hotels in Dubai, you cannot miss the Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa. A five star resort in the desert is surely the best way of experiencing the Arabic hospitality and service. This traditional and rustic looking hotel has all the luxurious facilities that you would find at any modern hotel including a spa with traditional settings, a health club and swimming pools. As it is located right in the desert, you will get a break from the chaos of the city and enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the desert.
W Dubai Al Habtoor City
Trendy, uber cool and luxurious are some of the words that describe this hotel perfectly. While the view from the hotel rooms is interesting (as you can see the Persian Gulf and the Dubai Creek) it is the interiors of these rooms that attract people to the place. The rooms have a futuristic look, complete with round beds, whirlpool tubs and kitchenettes. Moreover, the hotel boasts of 5 fine dining restaurants, a signature spa, a fitness centre, swimming pool and nightclub. Apart from all this, the high quality service offered at the hotel is surely one of its major highlights.
Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort
Another prominent hotel on the Palm Island is Anantara, which lies on the eastern crescent of the island. It is a Thai inspired hotel and has its own private beach, an Asian restaurant and three lagoon pools. One of the best things about this hotel is its Hammam style spa. You can relax and enjoy the Turkish baths and massages while staying at this hotel. If you could, get yourself upgraded to the resort’s The Over Water Villas, where you can also enjoy your own private infinity pool.
Hotel Zabeel House
If you are looking for something stylish and contemporary, no hotel can match Hotel Zabeel House. Located on the shores of the Dubai Creek, the rooms of this hotel are trendy and at the same time comfortable. Moreover, the hotel has five gourmet restaurants where you can indulge in Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine as well as enjoy delicious handmade cocktails. The hotel is so comfortable and homey that you may want to spend your entire holiday here.
If luxury accommodation is not on your agenda and you want something simple yet funky, the Rove Downtown is the place for you. What makes the hotel stand out is its eclectic design with stencilled walls, unique decor, vibrant colours and funky furnishings. The hotel restaurant is simple in design with bench style seating in the open-air terrace. Although the interiors of the hotel is unique, one of the highlights of the place is that you get a great view of the Burj Khalifa from many of the rooms. Moreover, you get to stay at this funky hotel at an affordable price.
Media One Hotel
Another hotel that can be added to the list of stylish and funky hotels is the Media One Hotel, located close to Dubai Marina as well as the Palm Island. A 4 star hotel, the rooms of the hotel have floor to ceiling windows that offer unparalleled views of the city. Also, you would find state-of-the-art technology including iPod docks, SMART TVs, etc. inside the room. Apart from this, the hotel has a rooftop bar and lounge, a Mediterranean restaurant and its own nightclub. Also, as it is closed to some many of the important places of the city, it is a great place to stay at during your Dubai holiday.
Armani Hotel Dubai
It is difficult to ignore the Burj Khalifa if you are in Dubai. Instead of admiring the building from far, you get the chance to live inside it if you choose to stay at the Armani Hotel. The 160 rooms of Hotel Armani (which is spread around 11 floors of the Burj Khalifa) have been designed by Giorgio Armani himself and are the finest example of class and style. The design and furnishings are simple but ornate and sleek. You also get to enjoy an outdoor and indoor pool, a thermal spa and 8 modern restaurants. Moreover, you get some amazing views of the city as you would be staying in the tallest building in the world.
Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa
Another desert resort that needs a mention in this list is the Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa. Located in the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, this hotel takes you a different world. The rooms are designed in typical Arabic style and you would receive all the comforts and luxuries of the modern world that you can imagine. To make it extra special for you, the hotel offers a personal guest who would take care of your every need during your stay at the place. While the comfort of the hotel is extremely relaxing, take this chance to get a unique massage at the spa, go camel or horse riding in the desert or perhaps go on their signature desert safari.
One & Only The Palm
The last hotel (but certainly not the least) on our list is One & Only The Palm, which is located on the tip of the Pal Jumeirah. Apart from offering you a sprawling private beach, you would also be able to enjoy the views of Dubai Marina and Jumeirah. When it comes to accommodation, you can choose amongst the Palm Beach Mansions, the Manor House and Beachfront Villas. While the rooms themselves are classy, the view of the fountains, lush garden, pavilions and pools are surely one of the highlights of staying here. The hotel also has a restaurant owned by the Michelin star check Yannick Allenno, named stay, where you can enjoy delicious French cuisine. Private pools, a personal butler, a luxury spa, a cool bar, entertainment zones, etc. are some other attractions of the place.
While some of these hotels are extremely expensive, there are some that are budget-friendly too. In short, you can easily find a cool and unique hotel to stay in Dubai, irrespective of your needs, requirement and budget.