Where did we stay in Dubai? And why…??
If you haven’t visited Dubai before, it’s good for you to learn more about what goes into booking the right room for your preferences. Dubai is a massive city, and it extends very far along the Gulf. Far enough that it is practical to stay in one area of Dubai and then move to another to cut down transit time. That’s exactly what we did. We stayed at two properties in different areas. While we were sightseeing in downtown Dubai we stayed at the Ibis One Central for three primary reasons:
Ibis One Central Dubai
Location: It’s only about a 3 minute walk to the nearest Dubai Metro Station, and only 3 stations away from the Dubai Mall/Burj Khalifa stop. Super convenient to sightsee downtown.
Price: It’s one of the cheapest hotels in Dubai. We were on a tight budget and we were looking for something clean, but affordable.
Verified Guest Reviews: With over 250 verified guest reviews and a review score of 8.1/10 we knew that it was a well managed property even though it was affordable. If it had a score closer to 7/10 we would have looked at other properties.
Would we stay there again? YES. It isn’t super fancy or anything, but for the price we felt the value was excellent. Really clean room, attentive staff. A great little budget boutique hotel in a convenient spot. Read more…our unbiased review of Ibis One Central.
The second property we stayed at coincidentally was also an Ibis property – Ibis Al-Rigga Hotel. We chose this property for different reasons:
Proximity to Airport: We ended our Dubai visit here, so we knew we wanted to be close to the airport. This property is only a few km away from airport making it very convenient.
Proximity to the Historic Areas of Bur Dubai and Deira: Bur Dubai and Deira are arguably our favourite areas of Dubai. Multicultural, vibrant, historical and bustling are words that come to mind. It also doesn’t hurt to have this property within a few minutes walking distance from a metro station.
Would we stay there again? YES. Overall, this property didn’t seem quite as well managed as the Ibis One Central, but it was still a good bargain for the price. It was also a bit older. The Ibis One Central has an overall review score of 8.1/10 whereas the Ibis Al-Rigga has an overall review score of 7.8/10. These scores are quite representative of what we experienced, with the Ibis One Central being a slightly better property.
***Please take note that neither of these hotels paid us to write about them. We never accept money from properties for hotel stays anywhere. This is our honest opinion.
How can you find the cheapest room prices in Dubai?
We were quite pleased with the two accommodation providers that we used for our trip to Dubai: www.booking.com and www.agoda.com. Both are reputable, and have extensive selections. Their prices are very competitive. Agoda was slightly cheaper because of their ‘money-back’ membership program. If you value cancellation policies and customer service, booking.com might be a better choice for you.
Below is a accommodation quick-link table that I have created to make it easier to navigate through all of Dubai’s hotels. Remember, Dubai literally has thousands of properties to choose from. This will speed up your search:
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