If you’ve ever spent any time in Dubai, you’ll know it’s not the kind of place you can get away with a cheap holiday. Expect the prices to be as high as the buildings, regardless of what time of year you visit. Of course, there’s a way to do everything on a shoestring if you try hard enough, but even so, don’t expect your money to stretch to anything other than the bare necessities if you’re not traveling with at least a couple of credit cards at your disposal. If you do have money to burn, you’ll find Dubai the ideal place to burn it. With no end of high-end accommodation options, you’ll find plenty of hotels willing to offer you (a very luxurious) bed for the night if you’ve got the readies. Here, we take a look at the five most expensive hotels in Dubai.
5. The Address Downtown – $4628 per night
Situated in the 22nd tallest building in Dubai is The Address Downtown, a hotel that offers easy access to some of Dubai’s best attractions (including The Dubai Fountain and the Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo). Its modern design is complemented by a full host of home comforts and conveniences, guaranteed to make a visitor feel right at home (if their home is a five-star hotel in one of the world’s most expensive destinations, that is). Depending on their budget, guests can choose between several room options, including Deluxe, Premier, Fountain View, and Club Rooms, each offering luxurious accommodation with sweeping views across Dubai. Or they could have. In December 2015, the hotel was burnt to a crisp when a fire broke out on its 20th floor. Fortunately, work is well underway to restore the hotel to its former glory, offering guests the renewed chance to stay at Dubai’s fifth most expensive hotel.
4. The Palace Downtown – Up to $4900 a night
If you want some of the most beautiful views in town, consider a stay at The Palace Downtown, a traditional palatial residence that offers a spectacular outlook over the Dubai Fountain and the lake surrounding Burj Khalifa. The interior of the hotel is just as stunning as its surrounds: guests are treated to a décor that’s inspired by Middle Eastern themes, along with an Arabian inspired spa (offering every type of facial and body treatment you could want) and gym (which obviously comes complete with a personal trainer for those days when you need a little more by way of motivation). Rooms come complete with an interactive TV system, DVD player and complimentary WIFI, while the onsite dining options range from Argentinian meat-fests to Thai curries, Mediterranean cuisine to Middle Eastern banquets. If you really want to splash out, treat yourself to a stay at the Imperial Suite, aptly described by the hotel’s website as “500 square meters of decadence”. Spread across two floors and featuring 4 spacious bedrooms, four living rooms, a jacuzzi, and even its own pantry, the real draw of the suite is its 2 stunning terraces offering some of the most majestic views in Dubai.
3. Raffles – $5806 per night
Situated in the very heart of the city is Raffles, a hotel that offers guests the opportunity to enjoy easy proximity to the best of Dubai’s varied attractions while serving as the perfect place to relax, unwind and chill in some seriously luxurious surrounds. The hotel is a homage to Arabic culture, bearing signs of its influence in everything from the Arabian pendant lights hanging in every room to the hieroglyphs etched into the pillars of the lobby. If you can tear your eyes away from the stunning décor, you’ll find 7 world class restaurants to choose between, a spa with everything you need to relax and rejuvenate, and an outdoor pool offering some truly majestic views.
2. The Burj Al Arab – up to $11,000 per night
If you thought a 5-star hotel is about as luxurious as it gets, think again. The Burj Al Arab is commonly known as the only 7-star hotel in the world (although in official terms, it just has five deluxe stars)- and it has a price tag to match. If you want to stay overnight in one of its super-luxe rooms, expect to pay up to $11,000 per night. While it may seem a steep price to pay (to put it mildly), the hotel does have the kind of features and amenities you simply won’t find elsewhere. First of all, it’s situated on its very own island (which may be artificial, but still…). It also has the world’s largest chauffeur-driven fleet of Roll-Royce’s at its guest’s disposal (or the option to avail of its dedicated helicopter service if they’d rather), a full-service spa, 2 swimming pools, and 32 luxurious cabanas. Each room is equipped with cutting-edge technology (including a 21-inch iMac, a widespread interactive HD TV, and a Bose iPhone docking station) and floor to ceiling windows offering stunning views across the Arabian Gulf.
1. Atlantis The Palm – up to $19,650 per night
As Who.com notes, if you want to live like a star, you’ll need to stay where they do. Atlantis The Palm is a favorite of celebs such as Kim Kardashian, Charlize Theron, Justin Timberlake, Naomi Campbell, and Jennifer Lopez, all of whom have enjoyed the hotel’s luxurious ambiance and first-class service at one point or another. From the moment you arrive until the moment you leave, you’ll be treated like royalty. On arrival, you’ll be escorted to your own private suite, which offers a private guarded entrance along with panoramic views over The Palm, Dubai’s first manmade island. In addition to the luxurious comforts and state-of-the-art technologies in your room, you’ll have at your disposal a team of personal butlers and chefs 24/7, along with the opportunity to arrange a private dining experience at nearby restaurants such as Nobu and Ronda Locatelli.