Convenience and luxury in the centre of the city
Although there’s no “city centre” as such in Dubai, Dubai Mall is as close as you’ll get to a central point in Dubai. It makes perfect sense, especially if you’ll only be on a short city stopover, to base yourself around Dubai Mall and the immediate Downtown Dubai area.
Whilst the area is super convenient for commuting to Dubai International Airport DXB, accommodation in Downtown Dubai – generally speaking – does not come cheap. Those hotels with immediate access to the Dubai Mall undoubtedly carry a much heftier price tag for convenience.
However, if you look even one block away from Dubai Mall or the opposite side of Burj Lake you can still bag yourself a bargain stay, and even the extra convenience of a hotel apartment.
You may also want to to check out:
- Our guide to the best hotel & aparthotels around Dubai Marina
- Where to stay for the best views back to the Burj Khalifa
- Seeking out the best pubs, bars and lounges around Downtown Dubai
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Address Dubai Mall
The Address Dubai Mall is the closest hotel to Dubai Mall – in fact, you’re sitting right on top of it! Set in a modern tower, it is accessible from the air bridge that crosses from the Mall to the Metro station.
Featuring a unique edutainment centre for kids, a business lounge for corporate executives and a private limousine service, this 5-star luxury hotel is one of the best and most convenient hotels in Downtown Dubai.
Each room has a balcony with a dazzling view of the city. Their suites feature an extra living area, dining room and whirlpool baths. If you’re looking to get an apartment near Dubai Mall, expect to have a kitchen to yourself and an extra maid’s bedroom.
After indulging in irresistible delicacies at the refined Arabic eatery and any of the three bars and two restaurants, feel free to pamper yourself at the spa which includes a steam room and cool off in the breathtaking infinity pool. Luxury and convenience, Address Dubai Mall has it all!
Hotel Palace Downtown
Right next to Burj Lake, this palatial, 5-star hotel has 242 rooms, each with their own balcony, minibar, internet access, and a private bathroom with a separate bathtub.
With contemporary Arabian styling throughout, Palace Downtown is the perfect luxury destination for lovers, families and businessmen. Palace Downtown has a full-service spa, health club, a beautiful outdoor pool (with amazing Burj views) and a sauna. Guests can also enjoy some self-care at the hotel’s hair salon and do some light shopping at the gift shop.
Address Downtown Hotel
Directly overlooking the Dubai Mall, this 63-storey 5-star luxury hotel is rated one of the best hotels in Dubai Downtown near the Dubai Mall. A landmark of luxury, each of the Address Downtown’s 220 rooms and suites is fully equipped with an entertainment interface, a marble bathroom, bathtub, rain shower and Hollywood style dressing areas.
With nine different restaurants serving a variety of Asian, Latino, Middle Eastern and other international dishes, guests are assured of experiencing fine dining in an exquisite luxury atmosphere. Mingle with the chic Dubai Downtown crowd at Neos Bar on the 63rd floor (one of our favourites for sky-high drinks in Dubai) and get pampered at the state-of-the-art gym centre and spa.
Corporate guests also have free access to the meeting rooms while children get to enjoy immersive entertainment and educative activities at the Qix club.
You are within 2 minutes walk either direction to Dubai Mall and Souk al Bahar making it the height of inner-city convenience.
Address Boulevard Hotel
Not to be confused with many of the Address hotels we’ve already mentioned, Address Boulevard sits immediately adjacent to the Dubai Mall and offers indoor airbridge access to the Mall in just 5 minutes, but it does not immediately sit overlooking Burj Lake like many other hotels.
A 5-star offering, it is still an extremely convenient and luxurious offering for all types of travellers. With rooms and suites decorated with calm, neutral tones and featuring spacious living areas, elegant architecture and top-notch technology, it comes as no surprise that it is particularly loved by couples. Each room comes with a flat-screen TV, furnished balcony, free Wi-Fi and a tea/coffee station with 24-hour room service.
Offering three different pools specifically suited for families, couples and singles (including a stunning infinity pool with Burj Khalifa views), a fitness centre and a Qix club for the kids’ entertainment, the Address Boulevard is a top pick for families too.
The restaurant is set in a homely style with a lounge, library and art section, giving guests that exquisite ‘feel at home’ experience. There is also a 24-hour bistro and lounge.
Armani Hotel Dubai
Occupying 11 floors of the iconic Burj Khalifa, Armani Hotel is immediately adjacent to Dubai Mall. Envisioned by world-class designer, Giorgio Armani, there’s no surprise that this is an epitome of elegance and sophisticated comfort, a unique attribute for any of the hotels in Dubai Downtown.
Each room is equipped with a flat-screen TV, free Wi-Fi and iPod docking station. With curved lines, luxury fabrics and Japanese tatami décor, every room gives off an understated elegance vibe. Of course, you would not expect less from a Giorgio Armani hotel.
While rooms do not come cheap, each of its seven restaurants offers sophisticated dining options. The onsite luxury ballroom is great for wedding receptions and marriage celebrations, making this the perfect hotel for honeymooners and romantic celebrations.
Sofitel Dubai Downtown
Linked to the Dubai Mall through a 10-minute air-conditioned skywalk, Sofitel is a family-friendly, 5-star luxury French hotel in Downtown Dubai. Each of the 350 rooms come fully furnished with private spa tubs, rainfall showerheads, flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, safes and work desks.
With a full-service spa, hair salon, sauna, two outdoor swimming pools, a fitness centre and a business/meeting area for corporate guests, you are bound to enjoy every moment of your stay here. And don’t worry about keeping the kids busy while you catch up with work and indulge in self-care as they offer paid daycare and babysitting services (Yes, absolutely family-friendly.)
Enjoy daily buffet breakfast offers from any of the six onsite restaurants. Guests also get to enjoy a variety of handmade drinks and cocktails from the poolside bar and any of the other two bars/lounges.
A 4-star hotel within a 10-minute walking distance of the Dubai Mall, Ramada Downtown is among the luxury yet affordable hotels near Dubai Mall.
With a great view of Burj Khalifa and Burj Park, its 181 luxury suites are vibrantly decorated and equipped with free Wi-Fi, a flat-screen TV, fully equipped kitchen and laundry facilities, giving guests that absolute home-like convenience. Smoking and non-smoking apartment options are available.
A temperature-controlled outdoor swimming pool, kids’ pool, indoor and outdoor play areas for kids and badminton court, puts Ramada among the best hotels in Downtown Dubai for families.
Be sure to enjoy international cuisine as well as Mediterranean meals and a wide variety of drinks at the Kenza restaurant.
Vida Downtown & Vida Residences
Black-out curtains, wide flat-screen TV, luxury beddings… A perfect traveller’s haven to relax and unwind. Only 3 minutes away from Dubai Mall, Vida Downtown is a 4-star family-friendly luxury Downtown Dubai hotel equipped with a state-of-the-art fitness centre, outdoor adult and kiddie’s pool, business centre, free Wi-Fi, conference centre and a meeting room.
Each of the 156 rooms has iPod docking stations, huge LED TVs, private bathrooms with separate bathtubs, rainfall showerheads, safes and work desks.
Guests can either indulge in exquisite dining in any of the hotel’s four restaurants or stay in and enjoy 24-hour room service. The bar/lounge offers a robust range of drinks, great music and some of the finest Downtown Dubai crowd.
Sitting in the south-western corner of Downtown Dubai, rooms at the Reinassance Downtown enjoy Burj Khalifa views to one side and a waterfront setting over Dubai Water Canal and Business Bay to the other. Souk al Bahar and the Burj Lake are less than 10 minutes walk away and Dubai Mall less than 15 minutes away by foot.
With a Six Senses Spa, hammam suite, sauna, indoor/outdoor swimming pools, fitness centre and vitamin bar, guests are assured of an all-round wellness experience at Renaissance Downtown. The rooms themselves feature a walk-in closet, safe, mini bar, flat-screen TV, touch panels for lighting, a spacious bathroom and a freestanding tub and shower.
Enjoy a variety of fine dining from any of the onsite luxury restaurants including acclaimed Bleu Blanc and fabulous sundowner views from Mami Umami on the 23rd floor. On the ground floor, we highly recommend the freshly ground coffee from Grounded. To enjoy included lounge access, opt for one of the King rooms.
Adjacent to the Dubai Mall across the busy Financial Centre Road, Rove Downtown is arguably the best value offering near Dubai Mall.
The fun and funky 3-star hotel features an outdoor swimming pool, sundeck, 24-hour gym with spacious sound-proofed rooms, laptop safes, free Wi-Fi, tea/coffee stations, a flat-screen TV and other luxury modern amenities. Make sure to get a room on the higher floors for an exquisite view of Burj Khalifa.
Apart from the super affordable rooms, guests also get to enjoy classy, open-air dining on the terrace with delicious contemporary meals and exotic drinks at the hip international bar and restaurant.
If you’re looking for apartments near Dubai Mall, Rove also offers very affordable deals on their apartments and co-working spaces. Rove Hotels offer fun and affordable accommodation across Dubai for all types of travellers, they are well worth seeking out if you are visiting Dubai on a budget.
DAMAC Maison, Dubai Mall
Set across the road from the Cinema entrance to Dubail, DAMAC Maison offers an absolute luxury experience with one, two and three-bedroom suite options. With posh, modern accommodations, temperature-controlled outdoor pool, gym, Jacuzzi, sauna, steam room, all-round Wi-Fi access and a vibrant edutainment kids’ club, guests have all they need to fully enjoy and experience the vibrant Downtown Dubai culture of fun, shopping and relaxation.
Relish mouthwatering culinary delicacies at the Mediterranean-themed Maison Restaurant. Comfortable gourmet experience in a cosy, homey setting? Yes, please! This is one of our favourites for a longer-term stay in Dubai.
Swissotel Al Murooj Dubai
With 392 brightly furnished, apartment rooms, the Swissotel Al Murooj is less than a 10-minute walk across Financial Centre Road from the Dubai Mall. The luxury 4-star hotel offers numerous recreational amenities such as a business centre, health club, outdoor pool, a top-notch spa, free internet access all round, concierge services and paid babysitting and childcare services.
Guests have a variety of dining options to pick from with the hotel’s three gourmet restaurants and two cafes, poolside bar and another two bars/lounges – including popular sports bar Double Decker. This is the closest resort-style hotel you will find to Dubai Mall and all of its conveniences.
Want more Dubai hotel & resort ideas, or still not sure of which area will be best to stay in? Check out our complete guide on where to stay in Dubai
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