Luxury Downtown Hotels Curated by Perfect Views

Written by Silvana Fitzpatrick

Dubai is the Middle East’s biggest tourism market, a city that is already known for making the fantastical a reality, always finding new ways to stand out.
And that is precisely what an ensemble of luxurious hotels are doing each year in Dubai. Hotels in the city are busy, buzzing with occupancy rates exceeding 75 % for 2022, according to Dubai’s tourism department.
Downtown Dubai casts its magic lifestyle appeal to millions who visit, work, or live here. Also known as "The Centre of Now", it is the city’s trendiest district boasting several superlatives and having transformed the emirate's skyline.
Downtown Dubai is the epitome of architectural largesse, where Burj Khalifa stands as an anchor in the most famous square kilometre of the city.
Emaar’s flagship 500-acre project features world-class assets dotted with distinct attractions such as Dubai Mall, the world’s largest shopping destination, Dubai Opera, Souk Al Bahar, and some of the most luxurious hotels worldwide.
If you’re looking to visit Dubai this year and wish to be based in the heart of the city, there is a tempting array of options competing for the attention of global travellers, in terms of value, service, views, dining options, and comfort.

​Read on for a list of our top choices that pretty much tick all the boxes.

The Address Downtown Dubai

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The glorious skyscraper exhibits a new art form in hospitality by treating each visitor's stay as a unique experience.
It is the top lifestyle destination for travellers thanks to its first-rate amenities, like the seven swimming pools, an immaculate spa, stunning Burj Khalifa views, and superb attention to detail.
The Address Downtown Dubai has been renewed into a lavish five-star hotel and serviced residence with a minimalistic design and elegant flair throughout, redefining the concept of luxury, hospitality, and business travel. Towering 63 storeys above Downtown, the flagship hotel brings an exceptional range of guest experiences, with a signature Spa leading the way.
The venue boasts 196 elegant rooms and 626 serviced homes flanked by unmatched Burj Khalifa views, with Dubai Mall and Dubai Fountains within five minutes’ walk.
The hotel’s award-winning Spa is one of the highlights at the venue and “a must try”. The Spa at Address Downtown won the title of World's Best Hotel Spa Suites 2021 and reserves nine rooms for its world-class treatments amidst a tranquil environment and picturesque views.
Guests can choose from nine unique restaurant concepts within the hotel, taking diners through a variety of Asian, Middle Eastern, and Latino cuisines serving a-la-carte specialties.
​After a memorable meal, it is worth checking out the in-house Neos Bar on the 63rd floor and toasting a drink to the sweeping views of the ever-changing Dubai skyline visible from each angle.

The Address Dubai Mall

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The famous five-star hotel is continuing its focus on delivering exemplary experiences that will keep it on the map as one of the best luxury hotels in Dubai. The venue offers 245 rooms and suites well-appointed, elegant, and chic, where luxury meets comfort in a contemporary setting and soothing décor.
The hotel is treating guests to a special fusion of traditional Arab hospitality in the most cosmopolitan setting. Shopaholics will be delighted to know that the hotel is connected to Dubai Mall and adjacent to Burj Khalifa, so you can leave your room and reach Fashion Avenue within a few minutes.
Address Dubai Mall welcomes guests with an impressive 21 metre water wall adorning the entrance, as well as one of the largest infinity pools in Dubai, overlooking Burj Khalifa.
The pool’s allure is complemented by the exotic Cabana restaurant where you can enjoy an open-air dining experience that includes cocktails and a selection of grills.
​The pool grounds and lounging deck also provide an excellent vantage point to take in the magnificent city views beyond the Burj Khalifa panorama.

The Palace Downtown Dubai

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With its almost colonial air and classic elegance, the hotel’s beautiful architecture bridges a gap between contemporary glass skyscrapers and a sultanate palace oozing irresistible Arabian charm at the heart of the city. 
When it comes to location, it doesn’t get more prime than where Palace Downtown is located. Nestled below the spire of the world’s tallest building looming above, the hotel rests in Burj Khalifa’s shadow, reserving front-row seats to enjoy the famous Dubai Mall light and fountain spectacle.
The traditional palatial residence welcomes guests with a long palm tree-lined driveway leading to the hotel’s entrance, where the Arabian accents dotting the exterior continue throughout the grandiose lobby.
You have now arrived in a tranquil oasis where the feeling of calm that prevails throughout the residence is in contrast with the bustling Downtown and its towering skyscrapers.
The hotel provides many options for fine dining with four different restaurants offering Argentinian dishes, Thai curries, and an all-day buffet of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean dishes.
​The Palace Downtown has the best reserve of leisure facilities, featuring an Arabian-style spa, a palm-fringed outdoor pool, a Hammam, hot tub, monsoon showers, and a gym with personal trainer. Souk Al Bahar and Dubai Mall are literally around the corner from the hotel, as are many other entertainment venues such as the lakes around Burj Khalifa, and Dubai Opera.

St. Regis Downtown Dubai

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St. Regis Downtown Dubai is situated on the expansive Dubai Water Canal, a short walk from Burj Khalifa and the Dubai Mall.
It has been welcoming guests in typical St. Regis style, with the legendary butler service, and classic décor with ornate detailing and polished dark wood.
The classic aesthetics extend throughout the rooms, which depending on the side of the hotel you’re staying on, will either overlook Burj Khalifa or Dubai Water Canal.
St. Regis in Downtown Dubai draws on the brand’s rich tradition and heritage while reinterpreting it in a truly modern, Middle Eastern fashion. This is clearly seen in the contemporary artworks in the lobby and the elegant fabrics of the rooms and suites, as well as the infinity pool, the indulgent Rituals spa, and the exemplary butler service.
Exceeding expectations on all levels, the St. Regis butler service is all about offering guests discreet personalised attention down to the last detail.
​The St. Regis Spa is the first of its kind in the Middle East spreading across six therapy suites. It offers distinctive treatments including a purifying 24-carat gold facial (this is Dubai, after all), floating pod therapy, and a traditional Moroccan Hammam.

Sofitel Dubai Downtown

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Sofitel Dubai Downtown has been welcoming guests since 2014, with a fusion of urban sophistication and elegant luxury. The five-star residence offers panoramic views of Burj Khalifa and Dubai Fountain and is just a few minutes’ walk from the Dubai Mall.
Guests can indulge their stay with a complimentary shuttle bus going to Kite beach, heart-warming service, delicious treats, impressive venues, innovative cuisine, and rejuvenating spa treatments.
The Les Cuisines restaurant offers a gourmet tour of the four corners of the world and the hotel’s La Patisserie creates distinctive desserts that will transport you to French cuisine and flavour.
​Along with concierge services and rental car options on-site, Sofitel Downtown guests can splash out on the 5th-floor pool terrace where views of Downtown Dubai complement the urban oasis experience surrounded by a lush lawn with sun loungers and a poolside bar.