Alternatively, if you're looking for less extravagance, but still wish to stay within walking distance of Dubai's main commercial and business hub, try the Radisson Royal, which sits directly opposite Emirates Towers and offers great views of Sheikh Zayed Road. Rising up 51 stories, and equipped with a stunning rooftop pool, five restaurants, a nightclub, a spa, and generous meeting spaces, the hotel is a complete package. And for $199/night, it's affordable too.
Most of Dubai's beachside hotels are all located in the Marina neighborhood, which is next to the Palm. However, the 292-room Mina A'Salam, which is designed to evoke old Dubai, with sand-colored buildings and traditional Arabic furnishings, feels a little more secluded, and is part of the Jumeirah-owned Madinat Jumeirah, a beautifully landscaped network of canals, bridges and cafes that are perfect for an evening stroll. Rates from around $343/night.
Opened in 2011, Ritz-Carlton DIFC is a popular choice among hotels located in Dubai's Downtown area, also referred to as Dubai Int'l Financial Center, or DIFC. In fact, it's the second Ritz-Carlton in the city, but unlike Ritz-Carlton Dubai (which we showed you last month), Ritz-Carlton DIFC appeals to a more business-oriented crowd, as it's the only hotel directly linked to DIFC's intricate complex of office towers. The 10-story outdoor waterfall is a nice touch, too. Rates from around $342/night.
Located in the Marina neighborhood, Grosvenor House Dubai offers good beach access (though it doesn't actually sit on the water) and can be a great way to burn through any extra SPG points you have lying around, as it's a Luxury Collection hotel. Another highlight of the 749-room hotel? Great nightlife. Soak up amazing views from the top of the hotel at Bar 44, or head down to the European-influenced Buddha Bar. Rates from around $272/night.