11 Best Hotels near Dubai Airport

by Danni B

Have you been wondering what are the best hotels near Dubai Airport? I’ve got you covered!

Find yourself pondering the myriad choices of hotels near Dubai Airport. No need to spend ages looking through websites trying to find out if the reviews are real. Here are the best hotels from an experienced Dubai traveller.

I’ve checked into more hotels than I can count and Dubai sure does have a lot of them! From cozy to luxurious.

If you’re on a whirlwind stopover and you want somewhere close to the airport. Here are the best hotel choices for your needs, whether you’re a family, couple or solo traveller without making your head spin! We’ve all been there.

As your personal hotel confidante, let’s turn your layover into a mini-vacation you’ll cherish. Dubai has some of the best hotels in the world!

My Top 3 Picks: Hotels near Dubai Airport

#1 Top Pick


Le Meridien Dubai Hotel Royal Club & Conference Centre
0.9 km from airport

✅ Adults only & family outdoor pools

✅ Luxury Buffet Breakfast

✅ Spacious rooms

#2 Pick

Jumeirah Creekside Hotel
1.9km from airport

✅ Incredible gym & spa facilities

✅ Luxury Buffet Breakfast

✅ Allows Pets

#3 Pick

Aloft Dubai Airport
1km from airport

✅Co-working space

✅ Modern hotel

✅ Gym & Outdoor swimming pools

Best Hotels Dubai International Airport

1. Le Meridien Dubai Hotel Royal Club & Conference Centre

Luxurious swimming pool area with swim up bar at Le Meridien Dubai Hotel Royal

⭐️ RATING: 8.6/10 Stars | 📍 LOCATION: Opposite Terminal 1 | ✅ Book it!

Welcome to the lap of luxury at Le Meridien Dubai Hotel, your chic sanctuary just a stone’s throw from the airport. Imagine waking up in a plush room, knowing your flight is practically waving from across the runway.

This 5-star haven not only spoils you with its opulent rooms but also treats you to its selection of outdoor pools including an adults only pool and family friendly pools. Need some pampering? Their spa is a tranquil escape and the gym is there to remind you that “vacation bod” can mean sculpted too.

Oh, the dining! With several options, your taste buds embark on a global adventure without leaving the premises. There’s seriously too many restaurants to choose from! Their breakfast buffet is also amazing and one thing repeatedly guests say is one of their favourite things about the hotel.

“I had a fantastic stay at the Meridien Royal Club and conference center. The Royal Club Team, and in particular Michele, provided excellent service that truly elevated my experience. The attention to detail and warm hospitality made my stay memorable. Moreover, the quality of the hotel’s restaurants was top-notch, offering a delightful culinary experience. Thank you for an outstanding stay!” – Phillip (Read more reviews)

Less than a kilometre from the airport, this gem combines proximity with pampering, making every moment of staying in Dubai a dash more indulgent while still delivering good value in terms of the price per night.

When we stayed, the staff were absolutely amazing, very attentive and really went out of their way to make sure we had a great experience. One of the best hotel experiences I’ve ever had. The only downside was no hotel nanny service if you wanted to go the gym but didn’t have your partner with you but everything else about the hotel certainly made up for it.

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2. Jumeirah Creekside Hotel

Outdoor swimming pool with sun loungers at the back of Jumeirah Creekside Hotel

⭐️ RATING: 8.8/10 Stars | 📍 LOCATION: 1.9km from Airport | ✅ Book it!

The Jumeirah Creekside Hotel is a modern lifestyle hotspot in the heart of Dubai that overlooks Dubai Creek. The hotel has three restaurants, a spa, opulent rooms and suites with views of the city.

In addition, there are two outdoor pools, a gym, and free Wi-Fi available throughout the hotel. The gym is one of the best gyms in a hotel I have ever seen, features classes, lots of Technogym equipment and multiple levels.

The Jumeirah Creekside Hotel 5 star hotel, which combines unparalleled convenience and comfort, is situated in the centre of old Dubai, just a short distance from Dubai International Airport.

“Firstly, I would like to thank the management that responded to my request and for adding a spirit of hospitality to every corner of the hotel. The hotel is one of the most beautiful hotels in the city of Dubai, and the reason for this is the management’s interest in the green space and the diversity of sporting events. There is also a distinctive fragrance specific to the hotel that cannot be missed by your nose. Their attention to cleanliness is high, the breakfast is wonderful and complete, and the employees are all helpful, friendly and smiling” – Alseba (Read more reviews)

The hotel is a little outdated now and the rooms could do with a little bit of an update too but the hotel staff and amazing gym and spa certainly make up for it. The hotel staff will make you feel like a prince or princess.

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3. Aloft Dubai Airpot

Modern and contemporary room with king size bed and desk inside Aloft Dubai Airport

⭐️ RATING: 8.3/10 Stars | 📍 LOCATION: 1km from Terminal 1 | ✅ Book it!

Get ready for a vibe that’s as cool as the Dubai skyline at Aloft Dubai Airport hotel. your go-to for affordable modernity right at the airport’s doorstep.

Choose from not one but two outdoor pools, one situated on the roof and a second on the ground floor. The gym is also a good size and features modern equiptement. Perfect for a quick workout before you start your day or travel onwards.

The hotel also features trendy co-working spaces with a shop area for snacks. Ideal for those needing to do some work and grab a coffee while on their layover in Dubai.

Nestled just a kilometer away from the airport and close to Terminal 1. Aloft marries convenience with contemporary flair. I also really like that their hotel rooms are very well designed and thought out, with international plug sockets and USB charging points fitting into the bedside tables.

It’s a great wallet-friendly option, as it’s a 4-star hotel but still has many luxury amenities. The breakfast is also decent but I wouldn’t say wow but they are good at dealing with dietary requirements such as gluten free.

“Clean, spacious, great facilities, comfortable, and great location. The shuttle bus to the airport was a plus.” – David (Read more reviews)

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4. Premier Inn Dubai International Airport

Colorful, modern lobby area with lifts and seating area inside Premier Inn Dubai International Airport

⭐️ RATING: 8.3/10 Stars |📍 LOCATION: 0.8km from airport | ✅ Book it!

The Premier Inn is located just opposite Dubai International Airport. It is a great option for both business and leisure travellers for those who want a no-thrills hotel at a reasonable price. It has a small basic gym and a small outdoor swimming pool too.

The hotel also offers free bus shuttle services from Terminal 1 and 3 of Dubai Airport. So if you’re purely motivated by price and want a great value hotel, you’ll definitely be pleased with the Premier Inn.

The hotel is renowned for its excellent location, comfortable spacious rooms and delectable breakfast. It’s also one of the cheapest close to the airport while still offering a very decent hotel stay.

“This hotel is a great choice for layover in Dubai. The hotel is clean and has all you need for a short stay. The shuttle is great. The breakfast is good as well” – Mariana (Read more reviews)

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5. Park Hyatt Dubai

View of private terrace with sun loungers with a view of the private beach for hotel guests along with the scenic tropical gardens surrounding the property

⭐️ RATING: 9.0/10 Stars | 📍 LOCATION: 2.5 km from airport | ✅ Book it!

Welcome to the epitome of luxury and family indulgence at Park Hyatt Dubai, where every moment is a treasure. Nestled alongside the tranquil waters of the Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club. This exquisite hotel offers an unparalleled blend of opulence and comfort.

Imagine waking up to stunning views of the marina from your room, enjoying a leisurely afternoon at the award-winning Amara Spa, or relishing culinary delights at the array of onsite restaurants.

For families, it’s the ideal luxury hotel with its lagoon-style swimming pool and the Camp Hyatt kids’ club promise of endless entertainment. It’s also the only hotel with a private beach close to the airport.

Now, here’s the catch; the Park Hyatt is undeniably a dreamy escape, but it’s no budget-friendly option. As one of Dubai’s most luxurious accommodations, it comes with a price tag to match but if you’re looking to treat you and the family. This is an incredible option worth every dirham,

“I would say we had the best family holidays so far. From the superb breakfast to the wonderful pools and spa. It was a very calm and relaxing atmosphere. The service was amazing. You can ask for pretty much everything you can imagine and it will be provided for you. I would like to say a big thank you to the staff at the hotel. They are amazing” – Andrii (Read more reviews)

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6. Element Dubai Airport

View of Element Dubai Airport room with a large screen television, sofa and entrance to the kitchen area

⭐️ RATING: 8.3/10 Stars |📍 LOCATION: 1 km | ✅ Book it!

Families, meet your cozy haven at Element Dubai Airport hotel. A top-notch choice that balances comfort and value. Nestled just a kilometer from the airport, these apartment-style rooms offer the perfect retreat for your family.

Imagine the convenience of your own kitchen for whipping up kiddo-approved snacks and the joy of a rooftop swimming pool with panoramic views.

While it might not be the absolute first choice if money is no option, it’s a stellar one with a commendable 8.3 out of 10 rating. This mid-range gem ensures your family getaway is not only stress-free but also budget-friendly.

Pack your bags, splash into relaxation and enjoy a stay that exceeds expectations without breaking the bank.

” Second time staying at this hotel, very close to airport. Early check in and late check out. The rooms are super clean, kitchen utensils were available at the room” – Ekaterina (Read more reviews)

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7. Millennium Airport Hotel Dubai

Photo of the inside of the now dated rooms at Millennium Airpot Hotel Dubai, large bed and sliding doors to the bathroom

⭐️ RATING: 8.2/10 Stars | 📍 LOCATION: 1.3 km from aiport | ✅ Book it!

Yet another great option for families in the middle price range, you get the perfect blend of convenience and comfort at Millennium Airport Hotel Dubai. Generous-sized family rooms are available that ensure everyone has their own space and facilities making this accommodation a haven for a delightful family retreat.

The resort itself is a playground and even has a children’s playground onsite, complimented by a very large outdoor swimming pool that promises endless fun under the sun. But that’s not all, with a whopping seven restaurants on-site, satisfying even the pickiest eater in your crew is a breeze.

It’s also located close to the metro, perfect for those who want to save money while visiting Dubai instead of renting a car.

“Lovely convenient hotel with excellent facilities, and a personal touch applied by all the staff to make you feel comfortable. Nice barrs and restauarants and food is good qiuality and well priced. Close to Metro and Airport” – Trevor (Read more reviews)

While rooms are spacious, it’s worth noting that the decor might be a tad dated for some people’s tastes. The helpful and friendly staff more than compensates. So, if you’re after a family-friendly hub with room to roam and a myriad of dining options, Millennium Airport Hotel Dubai is your affordable welcoming oasis in the city.

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8. Holiday Inn Express Dubai Airport

Modern twin hotel room with a desk and window view overlooking Dubai Airport at Holiday Inn Express Dubai Airport

⭐️ RATING: 7.9/10 Stars | 📍 LOCATION: 0.9 km from airport | ✅ Book it!

For the savvy business explorer, Holiday Inn Express Dubai Airport is your strategic retreat that values practicality without compromising comfort. Just a short stroll from the Emirates Metro Station, your commute is a breeze.

Need to catch that early flight? The airport shuttle service has you covered. If you want a quick workout before your flight, there’s a good-sized gym offering the perfect space to break a sweat while enjoying panoramic views of Dubai Airport.

While it might not boast the fanciest hotel with a multitude of facilities, this hotel is your practical yet welcoming home base. So, if you’re in the market for a cost-conscious stay that checks all the boxes for a business trip.

“The location was ideal. The transport to the airport was good, with the driver being friendly and punctual. The hotel did exactly what it said in the advert. I was very happy with everything” – Diane (Read more reviews)

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9. Movenpick Grand Al Bustan Dubai

Outdoor swimming pool at the back of Movenpick Grand Al Bustan with bright red sunloungers

⭐️ RATING: 7.4/10 Stars |📍 LOCATION: 1.2 km from airport | ✅ Book it!

A delightful haven where couples and families can create lasting memories in Dubai. Picture this, you’re relaxing in an outdoor temperature-controlled pool, with the sun on your face while your other half enjoys a refreshing swim. Sounds ideal right?

For families with kids, there’s a dedicated kids’ pool and even tennis courts for a friendly match. Plus after a day of exploration or travelling if you’re fresh from the airport, you can unwind at the spa complete with sauna and steam facilities.

If yiou’re tired from all the flying, don’t worry you won’t need to travel far for something to eat with seven restaurants inside the hotel.

“Fantastic service, as expected of a 5* hotel. Staff couldn’t have been more welcoming & helpful. Big bedroom with comfortable bed and sound proofing seemed good (or hotel was quiet that night!) Nice pool area for a couple of hours’ relaxation with lots of staff around to arrange your deckchair and bring drinks. Buffet restaurant had plenty of choice for the one meal I had there (dinner). Fantastic that it’s just 3 mins from the airport, worked very well for a one night layover – I would not stay there for a holiday” – Olivia (Read more reviews)

Decor might carry a touch of nostalgia, but fear not, because the rooms are generously spacious, providing a comfy retreat after a day of adventures. Mövenpick Grand Al Bustan do have plans to update the hotel though, so be aware that this could impact staying here.

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Hotels at Dubai International Airport Terminal 3

If you’re looking for hotels that are inside Terminal 3, the options are limited. These are the only two options without leaving the airport for transit passengers.

10. Dubai International Airport Hotel

Inside a large double room at Dubai International Hotel with modern Arabic decor

⭐️ RATING: 8.7/10 Stars | 📍 LOCATION: Inside T3 | ✅ Book it!

Welcome to the epitome of convenience and comfort right inside Dubai International Airport. Your secret haven within Terminal 3 for treating yourself during a layover.

Enjo a fully equipped gym to shake off the travel fatigue and spacious rooms where you can stretch out and relax. Don’t forget to relax those tense muscles in the spa after, where you can indulge in a touch of pampering complete with a hot tub, sauna, and steam room. Yes, you read that right, all within the airport premises.

So, whether you’re squeezing in a workout, unwinding in the spa, or simply catching up on some well-deserved rest, this hotel is a layover necessity. So you can arrive totally refreshed at your next destination. The downside? It is a bit pricey but why not spoil yourself?

Another great option is using an airport lounge, many have nap areas and shower areas. Of course it won’t be as good as large hotel room with a full spa but you can get access to lounges all around the world for the price of one night!

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“We had a 8-hr layover and were flying with checked luggage on different airlines, so we were contemplating whether to stay in DIH or to take our luggage and stay landside. We chose DIH and it was an excellent decision. DIH provided a complimentary meet and greet service which guided us to the transfer desk and ensured our luggage got properly retagged to the next flight, and the room was spacious, clean and came with all amenities needed for a transit stay. It was definitely worth us spending the money for a worry-free transit” – Anthony (Read more reviews)

Be aware this is inside terminal 3 and is for transit passengers. When landing in Dubai you won’t be able to exit the airport or collect luggage. This option is best for those doing a transit only. If you arrive in terminal 2, you’ll need to take the bus transfer.

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11. Sleep ‘n Fly Sleep Lounge

Inside the sleep area with a view of the bed in a Sleep N Fly Lounge at Dubai International Airport Terminal 3

⭐️ RATING: 7.1/10 Stars |📍 LOCATION: Inside T1 & T3 | ✅ Book it!

Meet Sleep n Fly Lounge, your go-to haven for a quick recharge without stepping out of the airport and perfect for those on transit through Dubai.

With locations in both Terminal 1 and 3, it’s the ultimate solution for those on a mission to catch some Zs during a layover. Think no-frills, think compact. A little tucked away sleep oasis in the midst of travel chaos, akin to a capsule hotel experience.

The rooms might be small, but hey, you’re here for a nap not a party. Embrace the simplicity, enjoy the free WiFi, and catch up on those much-needed zzz’s. So if your layover is screaming for a snooze, Sleep n Fly Lounge is here to turn your transit into a peaceful pitstop.

“Easy to find. Quick check in. Friendly staff. Room very small but comfortable. Slept well” – David (Read more reviews)

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Be aware this is inside terminal 1 and 3 and is for transit passengers only. When landing in Dubai you won’t be able to exit the airport or collect luggage as re-entry won’t be permitted until 3 hours before departure time. If you arrive in terminal 2, you’ll need to take the bus transfer rather than exiting the airport.

Helpful Dubai Tips for your stay

Using Dubai Metro

Dubai’s metro is the perfect way to get around the city, it’s connected to Dubai International Airport and can take you to the main attractions such as Dubai Mall and Burj Khalifa.

Here are a few tips for using Dubai Metro:

1. Get a Nol Card:

  • Before you embark on your metro adventure, grab a Nol card from a kiosk or a ticket machine. You must purchase this card to travel and can top it up with cash or card. It is a rechargeable card that is your key to seamless travel on the metro and other Dubai public transportation.

2. Plan Your Route:

  • Dubai’s metro system is colour-coded and straightforward, with two lines: the Red Line and the Green Line. Plan your route using the metro map, which is available online and in stations if you get lost! Apps like RTA Dubai can also assist.

3. Mind the Timings:

  • The metro operates from 5:30 am to midnight most days, with extended hours till 1 am on Fridays. Check the schedule in advance, especially if you’re planning a late-night trip. Dubai also extends the metro to 1 am when important events are going on in Dubai.

4. Boarding & Exiting:

  • Stand behind the designated line on the platform and to the sides of the doors when a metro arrives. You’ll see markings on the floor for where you should stand. Make sure to let passengers exit first.
  • Once inside, be courteous and offer your seat to those in need. Certain seats are designated for the elderly, pregnant and people of determination (as they say in UAE) also known as disabled passengers.
  • When your stop approaches, head towards to the doors.

5. Be Aware of the Carriage:

  • On each train there is a carriage reserved for women and children, this will be at the front or the back depending on the direction. Again it is labelled with stickers on the floor, so if you’re male make sure to avoid this carriage.
  • The other carriage to be aware of is the Gold carriage. This is more expensive to travel in and you’ll need to buy a special gold Nol card if you want to use this carriage. It has slightly better seating and can be less crowded at times.

6. Obey the Rules:

  • Eating and drinking is strictly prohibited on the Dubai Metro and can land you a 200 AED fine, this includes drinking water. So take a quick sip while waiting but not inside the carriage.
  • Chewing gum is also banned so don’t get caught out chewing. This also can land a 200 AED fine. Dubai is an incredibly clean city and these rules are what help keep it so pristine!

FAQs About Hotels near to Dubai International Airport

Is there a hotel inside Dubai Airport?

Yes there is only one hotel called Dubai International Airport Hotel, also known as Hotel DXB inside Terminal 3. This is a 5 star hotel with a spa, gym and generous-sized rooms. There are also Sleep N Fly lounges which if you’re just wanting a space to sleep, can be a good more affordable option.

Are there transit hotels in Dubai Airport?

Yes, within Dubai International Airport, the only transit hotel inside is the Dubai International Airport Hotel in Terminal 3. Additionally, there are Sleep N Fly Lounges available for transit passengers looking to rest or you can venture slightly outside the airport with various nearby hotels to choose from. Emirates also offer a complimentary hotel stay for passengers in transit on qualifying flights with Dubai Connect.

🤩 Le Meridien is an ideal luxury escape close to Dubai airport

Final Thoughts: Best Hotels near Dubai International Airport

As we wrap up our journey through the best hotels near Dubai International Airport, let’s seize the opportunity to turn a layover into a cherished memory.

For both families and business travelers on a short Dubai escapade, these hotels offer not just comfort but a gateway to the city’s dynamic charm.

While summer may gift you incredible deals, the heat might shy you away from the full splendor of hotel facilities. Consider the sweet spots of September to October or February to May for a perfect blend of favorable prices without the peak-season rush.

And as the curtain falls, my top pick remains steadfast: Le Meridien Dubai Hotel. With its luxurious offerings, proximity to the airport, and an array of family-friendly amenities. It stands as the quintessential choice for a remarkable stay.

Here’s to turning layovers into mini vacations and making every moment in Dubai a chapter worth remembering. Safe travels, explorers!

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