Business travelers tend to stay on Sheikh Zayed Road, but these hotels also have extensive services for visitors who are on holiday, and they lie just minutes away from Jumeirah Beach and the best sights of old Dubai.
The old town consists of Deira and Bur Dubai. It's not as glitzy as Jumeirah Beach or Sheikh Zayed Road, but it has much more local flavor. The best hotels here overlook Dubai Creek, but they're also the most expensive in the area. For travelers seeking more moderate accommodations, Deira and Bur Dubai offer the city's least expensive options. Be cautious when choosing other hotels in the area-some are used for prostitution and are simply not recommended.
Just as the guests to Dubai's hotels seem to come from every corner of the globe, so too do the staff. Service has improved markedly, but the limited English ability and lack of familiarity with Western expectations among some of the staffs occasionally means that service isn't quite up to par with other tourist hubs. This is more the case with inexpensive hotels than with the expensive, international ones. Nevertheless, you can always get by with English, and for better or worse don't need to speak a word of Arabic here. As you might expect, you will find a significant difference between the attention you will receive at a five-star hotel and one more modest in quality and price.
Dubai hotels are expensive and unfortunately getting more so, especially for U.S. travelers who face falling dollar value in currency exchanges. Hotel prices tend to drop 30% to 40% in summer (late June to Aug), but Dubai is so hot then you may feel like you should be the one paid to stay during those months. There are occasionally discounts around some of the festival periods, as well. European and other travelers are likely to find the prices a little more manageable, but still high. I strongly suggest that you check Internet promotional rates before booking.
Most hotels will quote rates in dirhams but can easily convert that to dollars, pounds, or euros. Foreign credit cards are widely accepted. All rates are subject to a 10% municipality fee and 10% service charge.