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  • All hotels have supermarkets and grocery store around them, so you could avoid spending a bomb on consuming water, beverages and other snacks from the mini bar
  • Most hotels have local laundry services around as well, so use them for a saving some cash.
  • Many hotels do not allow guest after certain times, so please ensure you check that in case you are expecting guest at odd hours
  • Visiting guest are required to deposit/ or and show a valid ID - Emirates Id (resident) or Passport (tourist).

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There is a famous quote that is attributed to J.P. Morgan, the American financier and billionaire - "If you have to ask the price, you can't afford it". He was answering to a question about the price of one of the luxury yachts from his collection. While the same can be said for some of the suites in Dubai hotels - like the Royal Suite of Burj Al Arab - thankfully the city offers a wide range of excellent hotels for the budget traveller as well.

Budget hotels across the world are very similar – they are strictly “no frills”, have very little or no room service, a common area for facilities, basic amenities and just the essential staff. Some of them might offer a complimentary or paid breakfast within the hotel premises itself and have a convenience kiosk to pick up a few daily essentials. The rooms would be safe and clean, with minimum comforts that include beds, bathing/washroom facilities, an iron board, a TV and of course, air-conditioning.

Dubai’s budget hotels are no different, but they certainly live up to the hygiene standards expected in one of the most popular travel destinations of the world. They are usually located a little away from the main city and commercial establishments. In Dubai, the budget hotels can be roughly categorized into three segments: very economical: 150-450 AED; economical: 450-650 AED; mid-range: 650-850 AED, the figures being the tariff for one room night, usually for double occupancy, depending on the hotel rules. Usually costing around 30 % lesser than a regular 4-star hotel, the prices of budget hotels in Dubai do go up depending on the season; the tourist season in Dubai starts somewhere around October and ends in March.

Some budget hotels in Dubai like the Citymax in Al Barsha throw in a lot of goodies to attract the customers. These include free Internet access, a rooftop pool and modern gymnasium, as well as free bus service to the beach. It is also close to the Jumeirah beach, Mall of the Emirates and Dubai Internet City; the location and the tariff range of 200 AED per night make it a favourite. Another contender is the Ibis chain, with five good budget hotels in Dubai. The Ibis Dubai Mall of Emirates costs around 200 AED per night and is situated almost at the footsteps of the mall. A budget favourite around the world, the Holiday Inn Express at Safa Park, Jumeirah lives up to its reputation and offers accommodation around 225 AED.  Built in 2003 for the IMF and World Bank conferences, the Novotel Hotel World Trade Centre in Dubai is another no-nonsense budget hotel that is situated less than 10 minutes’ walk away from the financial centre; the rooms cost around 400 AED per night for two. Deira also has some decent 2/3-star budget hotels that include Al Jawhara Metro Hotel, Broadway Hotel, California Hotel, Champs Elysees Hotel, City King Hotel and others.

For those on a real tight budget, the Dubai Youth hostel may be away from the city (close to the airport), but provides great value for money accommodation at 100 AED per night and that too, with a swimming pool. You could also look at the Meena Plaza Hotel at Bur Dubai, considered by many to be among the cheapest hotels in Dubai.