15 Best 4 Star Hotels in Dubai; luxury with less cost

by Danni B

Have you been wondering about the best 4 star hotels in Dubai? I’ve got you covered!

Dubai has earned a global reputation for its luxury hotels, offering the best hospitality for discerning travellers. Four star hotels in Dubai are the perfect blend of luxury and affordability, a lavish experience without the hefty price tag.

As someone who’s stayed or had friends stay at many different four-star hotels in Dubai, I’ll give you all the inside information and the best personal recommendations.

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We’ll explore the best Dubai four-star hotels that the city has to offer, whether you’re a couple, solo traveller or family. After all, there are so many hotels in Dubai to choose from that it’s time-consuming to search through all the options!

The best part about Dubai? Dubai’s four star hotels offer many services that are typical for five star hotels elsewhere in the world. Such as valet parking and a bellboy luggage service.

My Top 3 Picks: Dubai 4 Star Hotels

#1 Top Pick
View of the swimming pool with sun loungers and back of Vida Creek Beach Hotel


Vida Creek Beach

✅ Private Beach

✅ Gym & outdoor swimming pool

✅ Private terrace or balcony

#2 Pick
Rooftop swimming pool with a nice blue sky at Courtyard by Marriott Al Barsha

Courtyard By Marriott Al Barsha

✅ Close to metro

✅Gym & rooftop swimming pool

✅ Room service

#3 Pick
View of Dubai Marina and swimming pool with sun loungers and umbrellas at Voco Dubai The Palm

Voco Dubai The Palm

✅ Gym & outdoor swimming pool

✅ Family rooms

✅ Allows pets

Best 4 Star Hotels in Dubai

1. Vida Creek Beach Hotel

View of the swimming pool with sun loungers and back of Vida Creek Beach Hotel

⭐️ RATING: 9.5/10 Stars | 📍 LOCATION: Dubai Creek | ✅ Book it!

Vida is a luxury boutique hotel chain, you’ll find a great hotel at their many locations across Dubai and not just the Dubai Creek.

This location is nestled in the modern Creek Harbour, offering a picturesque retreat with views of the man-made Crystal Lagoon. This 4-star hotel combines artistry and elegance in its decor while boasting an outdoor swimming pool and gym.

Rooms either have a private balcony terrace, perfect for a morning coffee in the fresh air. The hotel features four restaurants with diverse culinary delights for guests to enjoy. With attentive services and a family-friendly atmosphere, it’s a great choice for both couples and families.

It would likely be classed as a 5-star hotel if it had a spa. The feel of the hotel, decor, rooms, staff and dining options are on the same level as a 5-star hotel.

One drawback as it’s a newer hotel, the rooms are smaller compared to others in Dubai.

“Staff are all very helpful. Lagoon beach is beautiful. Location is a short walk to Creek Harbour which has stunning skyline views.” – Lisa (Read more reviews)

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2. Courtyard by Marriot Al Barsha

Rooftop swimming pool with a nice blue sky at Courtyard by Marriott Al Barsha

⭐️ RATING: 9.1/10 Stars | 📍 LOCATION: Close to Mall of Emirates | ✅ Book it!

Strategically positioned just behind the Mall of the Emirates and Ski Dubai. The hotel is great for solo travellers due to its location and easy access to the metro. The location is centrally located in Dubai, meaning you can easily choose between Dubai Marina on one end or Downtown Dubai on the other.

The hotel features a rooftop outdoor pool, a well-equipped gym, and complimentary private parking. Most hotels in Dubai offer free parking however, in this area some hotels may not and on-street parking can soon add up.

Courtyard By Marriott is a trusted and developed brand that offers a nice stay across their different locations across Dubai.

“Very welcoming and polite staff. Location is very good. It’s 5 mins walk from MOE. Comfortable bed. Room size is reasonable as well.” – Mohammed (Read more reviews)

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3. Voco Dubai The Palm

View of Dubai Marina and swimming pool with sun loungers and umbrellas at Voco Dubai The Palm

⭐️ RATING: 9.0/10 Stars | 📍 LOCATION: Palm Jumeirah | ✅ Book it!

Voco Dubai The Palm offers a lavish boutique-style experience on the beautiful Palm Jumeirah. It’s located on Palm West Beach which offers an array of restaurants along the beach and sea along with a private beach club.

It’s on the Palm but not too far away from the mainland of Dubai, making it a great spot for those wanting a beach-style vacation while still having the ease of access to other areas in Dubai.

The soft bedsheets and in-room coffee machines add an extra level of luxury to this hotel and as you can see from the photo, the view is stunning. Perfect for couples wanting a romantic escape.

“The hotel is great and the staff are absolutely unreal. Every staff member from cleaners, bell boys, reception, pool and leisure plus waitresses and waiters are a credit. The rooms are clean and the food delicious.” – Stuart (Read more reviews)

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If you’re not sure which area is best for you? You can read this full Dubai area guide to help you decide which area matches the type of holiday you want.

Insider tip – Dubai hotels are cheaper in summer due to Dubai’s climate and more expensive during the winter. November & December are the most expensive due to the many events happening during this time. New Years Eve and the lead up are usually the most expensive price per night and can be up to 3 times more.

September to October and Feb to May can offer good value while still avoiding the very hot Dubai summer!

4. Heritage Hotel The Autograph Collection

View of the Burj Khalifa from the room with a double bed, balcony and room seating area at The Heritage Hotel, Autograph Collection

⭐️ RATING: 9.1/10 Stars | 📍 LOCATION: Old Town, Downtown Dubai | ✅ Book it!

Nestled in the heart of Downtown Dubai blending modern design with Arabian hospitality. This upscale boutique hotel offers views of Burj Khalifa and the city skyline.

The hotel has a gym and outdoor swimming pool.

This has long been one of my favourite hotels in Dubai (previously called Manzil Downtown) due to its amazing location, stunning Arabesque interiors and impeccable service.

This hotel is on the pricier side compared to other 4-star options however it is a prime location close to Dubai Mall & Burj Khalifa, so if you’re wanting a more budget-friendly option, this may not be the best option for you.

I wouldn’t recommend this option for families, since its courtyard area is a popular shisha spot. It’s a great option for solo travellers and couples looking for a city break.

“Great location choice, the hotel facility was beautiful, staff kind and room was great. Room amenities were luxury, so enjoyed much.” – Lina (Read more reviews)

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5. Dusit D2 Kenz

Rooftop swimming pool with a view over Central Dubai at Dusit D2 Kenz Hotel

⭐️ RATING: 9.0/10 Stars | 📍 LOCATION: Barsha Heights | ✅ Book it!

Dusit D2 Kenz Dubai is a contemporary hotel strategically located in Barsha Heights, close to Media City, Palm Jumeirah and Dubai Marina. It is also not far from the metro, perfect for solo and business travellers.

They also offer a free shuttle to other locations in Dubai including the beach which is a great perk.

The hotel offers comfortable and chic guest rooms, good dining options, and amenities such as a gym, spa, and rooftop pool.

“The whole neighbourhood is nice. The bed was very comfortable to sleep in, the design of the room is simple but nice. The pool at the top is small, but with a nice view. 2 supermarkets very close. Metro is very close, you don’t need to walk around the whole building, there is a walking exit on your right when you leave the reception. The staff is nice.” – Peter (Read more reviews)

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6. DoubleTree by Hilton Business Bay

Inside a double room at Doubletree by Hilton in Business Bay with a view of the Burj Khalifa

⭐️ RATING: 8.9/10 Stars | 📍 LOCATION: Business Bay | ✅ Book it!

A more affordable option for close to the Burj Khalifa and Dubai Mall. The hotel is located in Bay Square in Business Bay, which is a lovely pedestrian-friendly area with lots of cafes and restaurants.

The rooms are a really good size too. You’ll find beautiful facilities such as a nice-sized outdoor pool and a modern gym.

I recommend booking directly with Hilton.com as they have a rewards program where you can earn free nights. They also give you little gifts like a cookie at check-in for being a member!

“I had an exceptional experience at this hotel! The staff provided excellent service, and our stay was thoroughly enjoyable. The cleanliness was impressive, and the food, especially the breakfast buffet, was delightful. The value for money is outstanding, making it a top choice. I look forward to returning! Thank you to all the staff at DoubleTree Hilton for making it a memorable experience for us.” – A (Read more reviews)

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7. Zabeel House by Jumeirah

The beautiful large swimming pool with a nice mosaic pattern and view over central Dubai at Zabeel House by Jumeirah

⭐️ RATING: 8.9/10 Stars | 📍 LOCATION: The Greens | ✅ Book it!

The hotel offers a modern and boutique-style stay in one of Dubai City’s calmer neighbourhoods called The Greens since it overlooks a golf course. The area features nice trees and plant-lined paths to explore.

New York loft-inspired design, the hotel provides laid-back vibes and award-winning food and beverage concepts. Guests can indulge in locally-sourced cuisine at the relaxed Social Company or experience an authentic Pan-Asian culinary journey at Lah Lah, featuring a stunning rooftop shisha terrace and lounge.

The hotel also boasts a great fitness centre and Dubai’s first all-organic spa plus a spacious outdoor pool. For business visitors, there are various working spaces, including an outdoor terrace.

Conveniently located in central Dubai, the hotel offers easy access to both Dubai Marina and Downtown Dubai. It is an ideal choice for a diverse range of travellers and offers a choice of standard hotel rooms or apartment rooms with a kitchen.

“Location is ideal for visiting everywhere and the hotel has valet parking which is a big help. I’ve stayed a few times now and the service is always exceptional. Facilities are great with 3 restaurants on-site, and we had excellent breakfasts and meals. There is a cool vibe and relaxed feeling about the hotel, which I think sets it apart from the many others I visited in Dubai.” – Peter (Read more reviews)

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8. Grayton Hotel

Modern interiors with a tv and large bed at Grayton Hotel by Blazon

⭐️ RATING: 8.8/10 Stars | 📍 LOCATION: Mankhool | ✅ Book it!

Grayton Hotel by Blazon Hotels, nestled in Al Mankhool which is close to the historical part of Dubai. Perfect for those wanting to visit the gold souqs, spice souqs and Al Fahidi District.

The hotel is great for both business and leisure travellers. The rooms are modern and spacious. Guests can unwind at the rooftop pool, spa, and gym. The hotel-provided bathrobes add an extra touch of indulgence for guests.

You’ll also find two restaurant options in the hotel, one Indian and the other European cuisine. Along with a bar lounge and pool bar with BBQ, giving a lot of choice to guests.

The breakfast has limited variety, mostly for Indian tastes however the modern facilities and good location close to Bur Juman Mall make it a great choice.

“Room size comfortable bed, clean bathroom, excellent location. Lots of eating places near by, Burjaman shopping center on walking distance, I live near by small coffee shop & grocery shop.” – Syeda (Read more reviews)

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9. Edge Creekside

Edge Creekside Hotel's modern grey interiors with a double bed and desk, with a view overlooking Dubai Creek

⭐️ RATING: 8.9/10 Stars | 📍 LOCATION: Dubai Creek | ✅ Book it!

Offering a contemporary stay with a range of amenities, the hotel features an outdoor swimming pool, gym and on-site restaurants. Guests benefit from room service and a 24-hour front desk.

The rooms are well-equipped with modern conveniences and beautiful views across Dubai Creek from selected rooms. You’re not far from the historical parts of Dubai along with Dubai Airport.

” Well, this hotel exceeded our expectations. Their staff were very accommodating specially Marse at the reception. She granted our request for early check-in and upgraded our room without extra charge. The other staff were also great, they were polite and generous (with their smile and assistance). The breakfast was great too. We’re supposed to stay for a day only but we extended for another day because of their great service and the comfy room of course. The only downside is their spa and gym opens at 12noon and up to 9 pm only. Which I’m not sure if that is the regular timing or just for the New Year. It could have been better if it’s open from morning.” – Zsarina (Read more reviews)

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10. Media One

Outdoor swimming pool with seating around the pool and small fountains into the pool at Media One in Media City

⭐️ RATING: 8.6/10 Stars | 📍 LOCATION: Media City | ✅ Book it!

Close to Dubai Marina, this established hotel has been a popular choice for travellers for many years in Dubai. The hotel provides contemporary accommodation, excellent amenities

It’s a great hotel for solo travellers as the many nightspots make it perfect for making new friends. It’s also very close to Barasti and the many options in Dubai Marina North.

I wouldn’t advise this hotel for families as it is a very popular night spot with a nightclub and bar at the top. Late at night, it is common to see people coming in, waiting for taxis and hanging around in the lobby area of the hotel.

“Honestly, we very rarely give out a perfect score. The location, staff and amenities were unparalleled. Even the care taken at check out by the porter as well as reception was amazing. One of the best experiences to be had in Dubai. Breakfast is exceptional, and great value as well.” – Kione (Read more reviews)

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11. The First Collection at Jumeirah Village Circle

Cabanas with towels and a reserved sign close to the swimming pool at The First Collection at Jumeirah Village Circle

⭐️ RATING: 8.6/10 Stars | 📍 LOCATION: Jumeirah Village Circle | ✅ Book it!

Jumeirah Village Circle is a little bit further back from the main parts of Dubai, in a more suburban area. The hotel has a good selection of restaurants, bars and nightclubs in-house. It’s a great option for solo travellers or couples who want a more lively hotel.

Guests can enjoy access to their Palm Jumeirah Beach Club which is a lovely extra and includes transportation. The hotel is also very popular for its buffet breakfast.

All rooms have bathtubs if you’re a bath kind of person. The outdoor pool is heated and they have a small gym along with a spa.

“Really cool hotel! It suited me and my partner as it was a chilled vibe by the pool, and service was good. Nice cabana beds, as well as sun loungers, and they played Tropical House music, and not party music, or too loud – which was exactly what we wanted! They also have a bar there, and a massive screen to watch sports (english premier league, cricket, etc). Taxis were easy to get from the hotel too, max 5 min waiting time (if that), and i’d say average 25-30 mins to get anywhere in Dubai, which is pretty standard from JVC. Would stay here again!.” – Kiran (Read more reviews)

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12. Mercure Dubai Barsha Heights Hotel

Unique purple and white interiors with an image of a camel and the Dubai skyline on the art in the room at Mercure Hotel Barsha Heights

⭐️ RATING: 8.6/10 Stars | 📍 LOCATION: Barsha Heights | ✅ Book it!

Located in the dynamic area of Barsha Heights, Mercure Dubai offers modern, spacious suites designed for comfort. Positioned conveniently near Dubai Internet City, Media City, and Knowledge Village, the hotel is directly opposite the Dubai Internet City metro station.

The suites feature expansive living areas, balconied bedrooms, and well-appointed bathrooms with walk-in showers and bathtubs.

Guests can savour a diverse range of dining options, including an all-day dining restaurant, lobby cafe, pool bar and sports bar. The property boasts a gym, spa, salon, outdoor swimming pool, and a kids’ club. There is also a jacuzzi and kids’ pool, making it a great choice for families.

Some of the extras compared to other hotels are fitness classes and a free shuttle to other locations such as the popular Kite Beach and Outlet Mall.

“Everything is good also nice room and nice view staff specially Suresh from concierge so helpful and friendly I will come again.” – Ahmed (Read more reviews)

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13. Millennium Place Dubai Marina

View from the outdoor swimming pool at Millennium Place Dubai Marina, looking towards Jumeirah Lake Towers

⭐️ RATING: 8.5/10 Stars | 📍 LOCATION: Dubai Marina South | ✅ Book it!

Millennium Place Marina Hotel is in an excellent location and is part of the Millennium Hotel chain, you know the type of service and style you can expect from this international hotel chain.

Dubai Marina is a great location for a classic Dubai holiday, where you can enjoy the beach within walking distance and many restaurants, bars and nightlife in the area. However, you are on the opposite end of Dubai from the airport and historical plus cultural spots.

The hotel is known is its comfortable beds and extra nice touches like rainfall showers. Facilities include an outdoor heated swimming pool, gym and spa.

Foodies are also in for a treat, two well-known Dubai restaurants are located here, Japanese restaurant ‘Ikigai’ and the ‘Masterchef restaurant’ are located inside.

“My room was superb. Big bed, great pillows. I had a small balcony. The room was light and airy, with a great shower and bath. Staff were first class. Food amazing. Breakfast was very good.” – Mark (Read more reviews)

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14. Ramada Downtown Dubai

A double room with a view over Dubai Fountains lit up at night at Ramada Downtown Dubai

⭐️ RATING: 8.5/10 Stars | 📍 LOCATION: Downtown Dubai | ✅ Book it!

This hotel is in a good location in Downtown Dubai, close to Burj Khalifa and Dubai Opera so you can get a wonderful view of the Dubai fountain.

You can walk to Dubai Mall through Burj Park in about 10 minutes, however for At.mosphere or Armani in Burj Khalifa I recommend a taxi since their long driveway isn’t very pedestrian friendly.

This hotel in Dubai is a dry hotel, meaning they do not serve alcohol. I recommend this hotel for families, as they are hotel apartment rooms. This means they come with all the luxuries of a hotel such as maid cleaning and room service but also a full kitchen so you can cook.

In addition, the rooms are lovely and spacious for a family along with private balcones. Facilities in the hotel include a gym, outdoor swimming pool, spa, and hot tub.

“Room was huge and comfortable, large kitchen for longer stays. view on the Burj Khalifa and the Dubai Mall fountains amazing. Spa is nice, likeable staff and pleasant service. very practical location.” – Gregoire (Read more reviews)

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15. Tryp By Wyndham Dubai

Modern interiors with Dubai theme elements at Tryp by Wyndham with a king bed

⭐️ RATING: 8.5/10 Stars | 📍 LOCATION: Downtown Dubai | ✅ Book it!

TYRP by Wyndham offers modern and stylish interiors throughout the hotel. The central location offers ease of access to both Dubai Marina & Palm Jumeirah.

It’s an ideal option for families, with babysitting services available, so what more can a parent ask for? In case you need to step out for an urgent task or just fancy a night off. Ideal for families.

It is part of the Wyndham chain which has hotels worldwide. They also allow pets. In addition, a free shuttle to the beach is available for guests.

“We loved everything about our stay at tryp. The hotel is nice and clean, the staff are amazing and very helpful and pay attention to every detail you ask for. everyone is very welcoming. breakfast was various and very good. The room is big enough and the balcony was amazing and big. we loved the beach access at riva. totally recommend it..” – Wafi (Read more reviews)

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Before you go, check out our other helpful articles about Dubai below:

19 of the best hotels close to Burj Khalifa and Dubai Mall
The best eating options for families; family-friendly restaurants in Dubai
How to spend 24 hours in Dubai: Classic Dubai or desert adventure
Which area should I stay in Dubai? Your complete Dubai area guide
Fun things to do at Kite Beach for all the family; Dubai’s popular free beach

Dubai offers luxurious hotels as well as luxurious apartments to stay in all over the city. There is no lack of accommodation but picking one out of many can be a task. Location plays an important role. This article should help you in deciding whether you should go for a hotel or a hotel apartment type of accommodation. Whatever you choose, book in advance to get a good deal. You don’t want to miss that ‘perfect’ room!

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