Here are the top four hotels in Dubai including both luxury hotels as well as cheaper hotels.
1. Burj Al Arab
The Burj Al Arab is a knockout from first glance with an unusual design that is built to look like a giant billowing sail reaching over 1,000 feet into the air. Come sundown, the hotel's exterior is aglow with a light show that moves across the sail-shaped structures.
The hotel's interior is equally impressive with luxurious 2-floor suites. The Royal Suite is the most opulent and features a towering 4-poster canopy bed on a rotating pedestal and a staircase built from marble and gold. Each floor of the hotel has its own reception desk and team of butlers ready to assist you with requests, whether that's a chauffeured Rolls Royce to tour the town or reservations for a seafood feast of Caspian caviar, Tasmanian salmon with foie gras and grilled Atlantic lobster at the on-site restaurant Mahara.
2. Al Maha Resort
Forty five minutes from Dubai, the exclusive Al Maha resort is a desert haven set within a conservation reserve. Each of the Bedouin-style suites, grouped into Emirates, Royal and Bedouin Suites, has its own private swimming pool and activities include falconry, wildlife tours and horse-riding. Guests can dine in the relaxed Al Diwaan restaurant, or on the private decks of the guest suites. With three staff assigned to every guest, the highly personalised service is as fantastic as the facilities.
The Al Maha resort was voted best overseas leisure hotel in Africa and the Middle East in The Readers' Travel Awards 2002 and was on the Gold List 2009.
3. Al Qasr
Al Qasr translates to "the Palace," and its posh, classical architecture and ornate embellishments are designed to invoke the feelings of an upscale Sheikh's summer residence. Al Qasr is part of the larger Madinat Jumeirah resort complex with sprawling facilities and a gorgeous stretch of sand at Jumeirah beach.
There are 292 guest rooms decorated with classic Arabic flair and private patios, many with perfect ocean views. Hotel guests have full reign over the resort facilities including an impressive health club with a 25-meter indoor lap pool, water sports on the beach, a decadent spa and, for the youngest guests, Sinbad's Kids Club and water-park fun at Wild Wadi.
4. Armani Hotel Dubai
Envisioned by style guru Giorgio Armani, this hotel has a private entrance and occupies 11 floors of Dubai’s new iconic skyscraper, the Burj Khalifa. It has a deluxe spa and is a 5-minute walk from Dubai Mall.
Rooms of understated elegance featuring curvy lines are decorated with Japanese tatami and luxury fabrics. Modern appliances include flat-screen TVs with DVD, iPod docking stations and a laptop safe.
Armani Hotel Dubai provides sophisticated dining options in each of its 7 restaurants. Armani Hashi serves Japanese cuisine with a modern twist and renowned Armani Privé hosts resident and touring DJs.
Guests can relax at the extensive Armani Spa, offering personal treatments and sequential bathing, or enjoy a round of haute couture shopping at Armani Galleria, retailing fashion, flowers and Italian pastries.
Directly facing Dubai Fountain, Dubai’s Armani Hotel gives access to Burj Khalifa’s Observation Deck. Dubai International Airport is a 20-minute drive from the property.