Dubai's hotels come in all shapes and sizes, and there is generally something suitable for most budgets. Yes, most of Dubai's famous landmark hotels are of the luxurious kind, but there are plenty of cheaper alternatives in the areas of Deira, Bur Dubai and Barsha—maybe not right on the beach, but in the hubbub of daily Dubai life.
More and more midrange hotels are moving in on the tourist markets with chains such as Holiday Inn Express and Ibis offering centrally located, safe and comfortable hotels at good rates. Very popular are suite hotels, where short-term service apartments offer you the amenities of a hotel, with linens and cleaning as standard, but also with kitchen facilities and more space, better suited to families.
Availability can be limited during the Dubai Shopping Festival (mid-January to mid-February), the Desert Classic golf tournament (early March), the Dubai World Cup (late March) and the Rugby Sevens (late November), so book your room far in advance if you plan to visit during those times.
Hotel rates vary a great deal but generally are high. The big chains (such as Hyatt, Marriott, Sheraton) do give rates in U.S. dollars; expect to pay high-end American-city rates for these international hotels. Peak season is generally during winter months, November-May, and off peak in summer, June-October. Do book well in advance as Dubai has become a very popular destination in recent years.
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