If you are looking for a place to stay in Dubai for a few days, this is not going to be a hard thing to do. There are simply so many choices. As a modern city, Dubai has a wide range of hotels and other temporary living accommodations located throughout the city. It depends on you to specify exactly what amenities you want in your hotel apartment.
You may be interested first in knowing that Dubai, like most cities, has a geographical and cultural divide that arose from its being a trading town in the days of old, before oil was discovered in the emirates. Commerce used to be concentrated along the banks of the Dubai Creek that connects to the sea, and that’s where the town grew from. Once the emirate became rich because of oil, ambitious developments created newer patches of commercial and residential areas along the Sheikh Zayed Road, and the place keeps growing day by day.
It’s not that difficult to see this divide when you get to Dubai. North of the creek is mostly old Dubai, and south of that is new development. That gives you an idea as to where you’d like to stay closer to and what things to consider.
The good thing about Dubai hotel apartments is that they’re almost clustered together in specific areas of the city. If you want to stay close to the commercial hub not too far away from the international airport, there are lots of places there to choose from. And if you’re looking to experience being close to where the rich and famous spend their time when in Dubai – like when the Kardashian sisters are visiting – there’s that place close to the Palm Island where you too can find the right accommodation. Well, not as expensive as those places where celebrities stay.
Western-style accommodations can be found in any of the Dubai hotel apartments in any part of the city. They have English-speaking staff, they have good 24-hour room service, and you can always stop by the front desk and ask for some special favors, like getting tips on going around in the city and which places to visit, daytime or night time.
Cable TV is a standard provision, and you can choose from a wide range of programs – English, Arabic, Indian and other languages. Just check with the reservation clerk or send an inquiry by email if you want to be sure about what you want to be able to watch when you get there. Most of the rooms in these hotel apartments will have internet access. You may just have to inquire whether it’s free or paid before you choose your place.
Budget-wise, the best places to look for Dubai hotel apartments would that area near the old town, north of the creek, the place that local residents call Old Deira. Ask around and you’ll find accommodations close by, so that when you have free time you can do a walking tour of the area where the merchants of old traded. Dubai’s chaotic souqs would be in this particular part of the city. The Dubai Municipal Museum, which used to be the town’s municipal building, would be accessible from there. If you’re looking for historical sites, this is the place to be. And it’s not too far from the Dubai International Airport.
Just don’t forget that the tallest building in the world – the Burj Khalifa – is in that part of Dubai where the hotels are a lot more expensive. It may be close to Old Dubai, but it has undergone extensive commercial development during the last ten years that Dubai hotel apartments would not be the cheaper ones there. You might have to avoid getting your accommodations there. Anyway, you can always take a cab from anywhere in the city to that location in downtown Dubai.