4 Tips for Choosing the Perfect Dubai Hotel for a Holiday with Friends

Dubai is home to the world's biggest mall, some of the best restaurants in the world, and an undeniably luxurious lifestyle. When added together, it is easy to see why this would be a perfect option for a trip with your good friends.

Whether you are planning a trip to the Emirate, or are just looking for some inspiration for your next travel destination, read on to pick up four helpful tips for choosing the perfect Dubai hotel for spending a holiday with your closest friends.

1. Be clear about what everyone wants.

While traveling with your friends can be an incredible experience, often, the most challenging part is the pre-planning stage. That’s because you want to ensure that everyone involved is satisfied with the decisions. After choosing the destination you will be traveling to, the next crucial decision to make is where you will be staying.

The best way to handle this is to ensure there is clear communication between all members of the travel group about what everyone expects from their accommodation. Ask everyone to provide one or two non-negotiables that they need to have in their hotel, and then work to find a place that has these things.

Frequently, these essentials may overlap, as many people value free, unlimited Wi-Fi, comfy beds, and a secure lobby with room-key activated elevators. However, while in Dubai, you may also want to find a hotel with a pool, Arabian-style furniture, spa services, or a gym.

Whatever it is you are looking for, the first step is to make sure everyone is on the same page.

2. Consider the location.

Before you book your hotel in Dubai, you need to familiarize yourself with the area and pick a hotel that is in the ideal location for you and your itinerary. In Dubai, the most expensive hotels tend to be in the Marina as they offer stunning sea views. If you want to get a taste of the luxurious Dubai lifestyle without having to take out a second mortgage, you may be better staying in a hotel in Deira or Bur Dubai.

However, for those who want the ultimate Dubai experience, a hotel near the Al Fahidi historical area (Bastakiya) is the best option. By staying here, you will be close to the Dubai Museum, Meena Bazaar, the Gold Souk, the Spice Market, and Al Seef Dubai Creek.

3. Review the amenities that are offered.

Not all hotels are the same, and not all offer the same quality of amenities. One of the main things you want to consider is where the best hotel restaurants in Dubai are located, as having access to food in your hotel is always a bonus and can make itinerary planning a lot more straightforward.

By doing thorough research online, you can ascertain whether your hotel room will have an iron and ironing board, a hair dryer, makeup mirror, and bathrobes. This will save you from having to bring them with you in your luggage. Perhaps the group would like to work out at the hotel gym or indulge in relaxing services at the spa — all of these things are possible at the best hotels in Dubai.

That being said, to ensure that you feel satisfied with your stay, ensure that you read through reviews from previous clientele to make sure that you are getting what you envision.

4. Look for package deals.

One of the best things about going on a trip to Dubai with a group of friends is that you can often find excellent package deals. You will be able to take advantage of some incredible hotel packages in Dubai, particularly if you visit during the summer season. During this time, luxury hotels will offer suites at a reduced rate, providing you the opportunity to experience Dubai luxury while still having pocket change for activities.

Furthermore, reduced rates can often be discovered throughout the festive seasons like Ramadan and Eid.

Either before you book your stay, or when you arrive at the hotel, make sure to ask about any extra perks that the hotel can throw in with your accommodation. Often, hotels in Dubai will offer free breakfasts or lunch, in-room coffee, or an airport transfer. While they may seem like small perks, they all add up to more spending money to have with your friends.

Have you ever organized a trip with the gang abroad? How did you decide on your hotel? What would you do differently next time? Let us know about your experiences and any other tips and tricks you may have in the comments below!


Habib Khan is a seasoned Hotelier, currently the CEO of Planet Hospitality and General Manager of Arabian Courtyard Hotel and Spa. Khan has more than 30 years of diversified international experience in the hospitality industry. He is an expert in developing, transforming, and managing hotels, with an ability to analyze and solve problems in a challenging work environment.