Cool, trendy and unique hotels in Dubai

Top 20 Cool and Unusual Hotels in Dubai 2022

A coastal city in the UAE and a place like no other place in the world, the popular Middle Eastern travel destination grew from humble beginnings as a small Gulf trading centre to one of the world’s most glamorous and Instagrammed destinations. Dazzling, evocative, and futuristic in equal measures, the spectacular place is famously home to some of the world’s most expensive hotels, gasp-inducing shopping malls, and theme parks, and headline-grabbing mega-resorts.

Dubai is also now catering to an increasingly hip and creative crowd, with pockets of arty neighbourhoods cropping up such as Dubai’s new ‘Design District.’ Here are the best cool and unusual hotels to choose, from the glamorous and unique to the creative, quirky and hip…

 1. V Hotel Dubai – a fun, trendy and highly Instagrammable hotel perfect for millennials and Gen Z’s

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Avant-garde design and first-class service are combined to provide ultra-luxurious accommodation and lifestyle experiences in this flagship hotel. The 5-star exceptionally rated V Hotel Dubai is located in the Business Bay district of the city and overlooking the Dubai Creek and the Persian Gulf, visitors cannot fail to be impressed by the high standard and sheer volume of facilities on offer.

The sleek, futuristic-style 365 rooms and suites are incredibly opulent and the upgraded rooms feature Gulf views, round beds, whirlpool tubs and/or kitchenettes. 

The trendsetting Dubai hotel also offers no less than five contemporary dining venues, a W Lounge, WET® pool, FIT fitness centre, a signature spa, a swish outdoor pool with private cabanas and even its very own nightclub. The trendy Dubai place to stay is the type of ultramodern upscale hotel that perfectly reflects the very high standards of accommodation available throughout Dubai. Easily one of the coolest hotels in Dubai!

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2. Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort – a chic Thai-inspired resort with its own private beach

A Thai inspired resort hotel located on the Eastern crescent of the man-made Palm Jumeirah, the 5-star exceptionally rated Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort is perfect for those who like their beach life to be a little more luxurious. Complete with its very own private beach, the contemporary Dubai hotel also has a few awards under its belt and attracts a very exclusive clientele.

The beautiful Dubai accommodation is built around three lush lagoon pools, funky little tuk-tuks chauffeur guests around the resort that offers an international buffet, a cool retro-style cafe, a modern spa, a Turkish bath, no less than two gyms, an Asian restaurant amongst other culinary delights.

Even the standard bedrooms are comfortable and elegant, and if you upgrade to your own Beach Pool Villa you will have the use of your own private infinity pool on a sea-facing terrace – pure bliss! Thai cooking classes and water sports are available. Unique luxury and opulence await at the Anantara!

3. XVA Art Hotel – a creative Dubai boutique hotel with a boho style

A tiny boutique hotel full of Arabian artwork and classy minimalist touches, that attracts an eclectic crowd who come for exhibition openings, art fairs and film festivals. Located in the heart of the tranquil old Bastakiya quarter (11-minute walk from the nearest train station), the exceptionally rated XVA Art Hotel is the perfect place to discover the history and culture of the city.

With only 13 bedrooms on offer, each one has been decorated in a different style by local or regional artists and designers. Opt for an upgrade and expect private outdoor seating areas. They offer minimal facilities including free Wi-Fi, minibars, and tea and coffeemakers but plenty of character and atmosphere.

The creative Dubai abode also has an acclaimed art gallery and a design shop, three shady courtyards, a relaxed vegetarian restaurant with lush courtyards dining, or guests can head out and explore the surrounding neighbourhood to find traditional Arabian delicacies.

4. Aloft Palm Jumeirah – a hip, vibrant and contemporary hotel with gorgeous Gulf views

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Sitting on the eastern crescent of the picture-perfect Palm Jumeirah archipelago, the famous man-made island reaching out into the majestic blue water. The gorgeous Aloft Palm Jumeirah is designed for global travelers who are always looking for adventure. The funky loft-inspired design reaches across the 208 rooms, with glorious views across the beach and out over the water.

An opulent, exceptional property, you can enjoy a fully-equipped fitness center, a choice of seven restaurants and more. Rooms feature the latest technology for communications and entertainment, and they also pride themselves on offering a great service.

5. Lapita Dubai Resort – a chic Polynesian themed resort to stay in Dubai

A beautiful resort hotel offering Polynesian decor and flower-decorated pathways that also provides direct access to Dubai’s famous theme parks including Legoland and Motingate.

The 5-star and exceptionally rated Lapita Dubai Resort Hotel (part of the prestigious Autograph Collection) is undoubtedly one of the most luxurious hotels in Dubai, the chic Dubai accommodation offers beautifully decorated spacious bedrooms, suites and villas that have plenty of modern conveniences as well as balconies.

The gorgeous 3-bedroom upgraded villas offer private pools and complimentary minibars and the communal areas at this cool Dubai hotel take you away from the dust of the desert and into a Polynesian paradise. The lush resort offers a wealth of dining, shopping and entertainment options, as well as an extensive outdoor pool area and play park, spa and fitness centre and a trendy rooftop tapas bar.

6. Media One Hotel – a fun and funky hotel perfect for millennials and Gen Z

A cool, creative destination hotel in the heart of Dubai, located close to the Palm, the beach, the Marina, a metro station and the creative district of this fine city.

This is a fun and funky Dubai hotel with a huge personality, the highly rated 4-star Media One Hotel offers comfortable and contemporary sleeping quarters with floor-to-ceiling windows offering skyline or archipelago views and is jam-packed with modern conveniences including SMART TV’s, iPod docks and glass-walled bathrooms.

Upgraded rooms and suites are ultra-lush. The hip Dubai hotel is like a holiday resort all on its own with a Mediterranean restaurant, a cool rooftop bar and lounge with terrace seating and even its very own nightclub. There is also a casual cafe, a gym and an outdoor pool, a sauna and steam room and easy access to the very best bars and nightlife the city has to offer right outside its front door.

7. Rixos Premium – a trendy upscale waterfront hotel where glamour meets contemporary living

The 5-star exceptionally rated Rixos Premium is a hip and style-conscious hotel located on the Jumeirah Beach Residence a trendy waterfront neighbourhood along the Gulf, complete with its very own beach club and an impressive spa. The ultra-modern design sports angular glass towers, and a long sleek lobby that is home to high-end boutiques and a glamorous nightclub.

Bedrooms offer floor-to-ceiling windows, plush carpets and lots of silver and gold touches as well as touchpad room controls and internet TV, while bathrooms have stand-alone tubs and rainforest showers.

Guests can choose from no less than six restaurants serving Italian, American and Turkish fare, several bars or just opt for tea in the lobby with a live musical accompaniment. The contemporary Dubai hotel also has a beautiful infinity pool, a nightclub, a modern spa, and direct access to the private Azure Beach – gorgeous!

8. Hotel Zabeel House – a cool, hip and creative boutique hotel

Located in Al Seef, the new cultural district on the shores of Dubai Creek, the four-star exceptionally rated Zabeel House offers plenty of Dubai luxury but with a more laid-back vibe.

Part of a collection of eclectically designed hotels located in the most interesting neighbourhoods, bedrooms are cool and contemporary retreats perfect for the modern-day traveller and offer touchpad technology and sleek, contemporary comfort.

The bright communal spaces are designed to encourage socialising. With four very different bars and eateries to choose from, guests can enjoy authentic Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisine, or sip handmade cocktails at the bar. The funky Dubai accommodation also prides itself on offering flexible working spaces for those looking to mix business with pleasure.

9. Vida Downtown Hotel – a chic upscale boutique hotel 

Perfect for those looking to enjoy a spot of retail therapy in Dubai, the 4-star exceptionally rated Vida Downtown has a contemporary Arabian feel, and is just a short walk from the world-famous Dubai Mall (and just a 15-minute walk from Burj Khalifa skyscraper).

Bedrooms at this chic Dubai hotel are sleek and contemporary with plenty of traditional Arabian touches, from fishbowl-style bathrooms to ultra-trendy spacious suites with kitchens, dining areas and private terraces.

The onsite Japanese Izakaya-style restaurant Toko is one of finest in Dubai, but you are also only moments away from the bars and restaurants of the Sheikh Zayed Road if Japanese cuisine isn’t your thing. Other hotel highlights include also a fitness centre, a hip retro food truck a truly spectacular outdoor swimming pool surrounded by attractive cabanas.

9. Rove Downton – a cool and hipster-friendly high-rise hotel

For something a little quirky and unique in central Dubai, this funky hotel is a great option. With direct views of the Burj Khalifa, and just across the road from the Dubai Mall, this The Rove Downtown Hotel is one of the very best affordable hotels to be found anywhere in the city. Hip and trendy, the Rove Downtown is packed with quirky decor, stencilled walls and elegant contemporary Arabian touches.

Bedrooms are comfortable and fun and feature oversized wall slogans, bright colours and funky furnishings with lots of mod cons, while communal areas very much focus on the social elements of hotel living. There’s a hip international restaurant and bar offering open-air dining on a terrace with bench-style seating and plenty of power points and USB sockets for work-focused millennials.

The cool Dubai hotel also has its very own outdoor pool, complimentary parking, a trendy and sociable lobby lounge,  24/7 guest laundry facilities and a cool outdoor swimming pool. 

11. Nikki Beach Resort and Spa Dubai – a trendy and fun hotel perfect for party-loving millennials and Gen Z’s 

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A beachfront resort with breathtaking views, modern, tech-heavy style and 5-star service, Nikki Beach Resort captures the excitement and energy of Dubai.

With 117 rooms and suites, it has a more intimate feel than many of the super hotels, while the 15 private pool residences and 63 lifestyle residence units are the ultimate Dubai destination for the most discerning of travelers.

Wherever you are in the hotel, you can look out across the stunning blue waters, while events such as yoga on the beach make the most of the location to craft unforgettable experiences that make this such a unique place to stay.

12. Armani Hotel Dubai – the famous fashion brand’s upscale design hotel perfect for Instagrammers

Located in Burj Khalifa with spectacular views out across downtown Dubai, and interiors designed by Giorgio Armani this was always going to be a first-class hotel. With every design touch overseen by Armani himself, the trendy Dubai hotel exudes minimalist chic and has the designer’s signature neutral palette throughout.

The 5-star exceptionally rated Armani Hotel Dubai is set in a set in an ornate, high-rise glass tower and bedrooms are sleek and come complete with Itouch technology and every guest is assigned a Lifestyle Manager or personal butler-concierge for a really wow-inducing stay!

With a lush arrow-shaped outdoor pool, a contemporary indoor pool, a luxury thermal spa and a choice of 8 modern restaurants including the signature Italian Armani/Ristorante, the Armani Hotel is about as five star as you will ever find anywhere in the world!

13. Andaz by Hyatt – Palm Jumeirah – an upscale hotel that captures Dubai’s eclectic style and heritage

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Andaz by Hyatt is a stunning boutique hotel that brings together the old-school charm of traditional luxury hotels with the contemporary style that has made Dubai such a popular destination.

Found on the trunk of the fabulous Palm Jumeirah archipelago, it is perfectly placed for exploring the main attractions or seeking out the hidden gems that Dubai has in abundance.

With 217 rooms of spectacular modern style, a choice of five dining options covering the best of international cuisine, and a range of event spaces this gully featured hotel brings its own unique style to everything you do.

14. One&Only The Palm – true Dubai grandeur inspired by the architecture of a Moorish palace

As one of the most exclusive and secluded beachside resorts, the 5-star exceptionally rated One&Only The Palm is frequented by an exclusive and eclectic clientele. Situated in a quiet location at the tip of the iconic Palm Jumeirah, the sophisticated Dubai hotel offers unrivalled views of the Dubai Marina and the Jumeirah Beach Residence.

Five-star service comes as standard at this first-class resort that offers three restaurants by Michelin-starred French chef Yannick Alléno, a range of indulgent spa treatments in the UAE’s only Guerlain Spa and a spectacular pool.

The swish rooms and suites are surrounded by lush gardens, fountains, pavilions, and pools and offer free Wi-Fi, entertainment systems, and living areas, plus grand bathrooms with free-standing tubs. All have verandas with garden or gulf views and some even include a butler service.

Opt for a super plush bi-level, two-bedroom villas on the beach feature and expect bars and private pools. The One&Only is one of Dubai’s most family-friendly luxury hotels with a full program of children’s activities, a kid’s club and babysitting services.

15. Taj Hotel – blends luxury, an Indian heritage and a chic contemporary style 

The 5-star exceptionally rated Tai Hotel Dubai is an upscale hotel designed for those looking for a good range of facilities in a more intimate setting.

Situated directly between the Business Bay and Downtown Dubai, the chic and trendy Dubai hotel looks out directly towards the Burj Khalifa and Dubai Mall, and is perfect for those travelling for both business and pleasure. Interiors are comfortable and contemporary but do not overwhelm, while visitors can also spend time in the spa and gym or around the large pool and sunbathing area.

The hotel also offers the Bombay Brasserie Indian restaurant, the Eloquent Elephant gastropub and a nicely conceived pool bar serving light meals. In 2016, The Taj opened its very first nightclub, The Billionaire Mansion, that serves up cool cocktails and headline DJ’s to the young, rich and beautiful of Dubai. Other hotel highlights include a butler service, a breakfast buffet served up in a  trendy glass-enclosed restaurant, an art deco-style bar, and a rooftop lounge with plush sofas, a luxe spa and a fitness centre.

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16. The H Dubai – a contemporary upscale boutique hotel in Dubai

The 5-star exceptionally rated The H Hotel Dubai is an elegant, modern hotel just a short walk from the Dubai World Trade Centre, and within easy reach of the Burj Khalifa skyscraper and observation deck.

Offering sleek bedrooms with floor-to-ceiling windows and separate sitting areas, comfort and luxury is assured on every floor. If you upgrade to a suite or apartment you could also enjoy your very own private pool.

Situated in a state-of-the-art tower block, the swish 40th-floor rooftop cocktail bar is a great place for sipping a drink or two whilst taking in the superb views, and visitors can choose from three further bars and lounges as well as six restaurants including a British themed gastropub. There’s also a fitness centre, a well-appointed spa and both indoor and outdoor pools.

17. La Ville Hotel & Suites – a modern urban boutique hotel

Set in a striking monochrome complex, this delightful and unique Dubai hotel offers gorgeous views of the Burj Khalifa, as well as comfortable accommodation and a first-class service. The 5 star exceptionally rated La Ville Hotel & Suites (part of the prestigious Autograph collection) is located in the pedestrianised area of City Walk, where a wide range of swanky eateries, high-end shops, and cinemas are right on your doorstep at La Ville.

The plush 78bedrooms are spacious and calm, with plenty of crisp white linen, pillow-top mattresses and separate seating areas, while creamy bathrooms have wet room style showers and oversized bathtubs.

The lobby is designed with socialising in mind with a small cafe and elegant lounge, while the tranquil outdoor courtyard has decorative water features and low sofas.

Their classy restaurant Chival, offers all-day dining while the Graze brasseries opens out onto a swish courtyard for informal al fresco dining. There’s also a trendy wine bar, a gym and a lush rooftop infinity pool.

18. Fairmont Dubai – perfectly sums up the glamour of Dubai

Over the top and thoroughly indulgent, the 5-star very highly rated The Fairmont Hotel offers a lifestyle experience that will make your trip to Dubai complete.

With more than a dozen bars and restaurants, a state-of-the-art fitness centre, a large Roman-themed spa and a sensory experience where staff lead you to your table using night vision goggles, this gorgeous Dubai abode is the pinnacle of Dubai excess and exuberance.

An air-conditioned footbridge connects the hotel to the metro station opposite for guests to take the 10-minute journey to Downtown Dubai or you can stay at the hotel and laze around one of the two giant rooftop swimming pools.

The polished bedrooms offer floor-to-ceiling windows with panoramic views of the Arabian Gulf. The lobby is stunning with a library-style lounge room, and the service is first class at all times. Try opulence, Dubai style.

19. TRYP by Wyndham – a fabulous modern hotel with a unique design

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Situated in Barsha Heights, TRYP by Wyndham puts you at the heart of Dubai and everything it has to offer. 650 rooms of modern design make it a supremely comfortable place to stay, while a tech-savvy co-working space and meeting rooms offer great support if business is on the agenda.

Just 5 minutes’ walk from the metro station, whatever your plans in Dubai you can get around easily, and with a range if sustainability initiatives, you can enjoy the luxury and look after the planet.

A choice of three wonderful restaurants covering a range of international cuisine as extensive in-room dining and a vibrant café, TRYP has you covered for food too. A fantastic unique design hotel that gets you in the Dubai groove the moment you arrive.

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This is a gorgeous upscale contemporary Dubai that is mostly all about one thing – the seriously incredible panoramic city views! The trendy Dubai hotel has an adjoining sky bridge with a beautiful infinity pool, where you can swim up to the edge and just soak up the mesmerising views of Downtown Dubai and Burj Khalifa.

The design at Address Sky View is pretty special too with a contemporary chic and tasteful style. Nearly all the rooms take advantage of its wonderful position with floor-to-ceiling windows. Also offers a great position in which to explore the best sights Dubai has to offer!

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One Comment

  • reem zeyad

    16 July, 2018 at 12:37 am

    Hi, I enjoy reading about my favorite destination Dubai, It’s really interesting also your blog on one unique topic which is the nontraditional cool hotels at Dubai, I like them all really Its first time to me to know about Armani hotel, in addition to the beauty of Taj hotel and more Thanks!


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