Are you looking for a good hotel or a good deal? Well, according to a recent report by TripAdvisor, you can save up to 49% on hotel bookings, depending on where you’re planning to go and what time of year. So, what about Dubai hotels? You’re in luck since Dubai is a popular travel destination; it has plenty of options for every type of traveler and budget. From luxurious world-class hotels and resorts to budget-friendly hotels in the heart of the city, Dubai has it all! This also means plenty of offers you can enjoy all year round!
So, if you want to make the most out of your trip, check out a few tips that’ll make your trip worthwhile.
Book at the right time
The best time to get a good deal on hotels in Dubai is during the summer. Since the temperate soars between May to September and most activities take place indoors, hotels tend to drop their prices to attract more visitors. Even if you book last minute, you probably won’t have to search very hard for reduced rates and possibly even enjoy add-ons such as complimentary breakfast, discounts on spa treatments or other activities.
Use your credit card
While it depends on who you bank with, credit cards can be extremely helpful when it comes to booking hotels and holiday experiences. They’re usually affiliated with travel agencies, travel programs or international hotels and offer attractive rewards or discounts. So, swipe your credit card when booking and get discounts, free-night stays, earn miles or at the very least get discounts on food and beverages or other activities during your stay.
Start looking and don’t stop
Since Dubai has one of the highest occupancy rates in the region (77.7% in 2017), it’s probably best you start looking around 40 days in advance. Especially if you have a particular hotel or resort in mind or it’s a popular choice, the best way to get your desired hotel at a lower price is to track the prices with regular checks. For example, during the summer months, peak season or public holidays such as Eid, popular staycations spots in Dubai and other emirates get booked pretty quickly. So, the sooner you start looking, the better your chances of getting a good hotel at an optimal price during your desired period.
Compromise on the view
If you’re tight on budget but still particular about the hotel you’re staying at, a good way to reduce the cost is to opt for a room with a less appealing view. Usually, beach facing rooms or rooms that overlook famous landmarks such as the Burj Khalifa will cost you a little more. Don’t worry though; even if you go for a cheaper room, you won’t be disappointed with the lively, glittering views the city has to offer.
Book a room at a new hotel
With a predicted 83 new hotel launches for 2018, there’s no shortage of great hotels in Dubai. Therefore, with stiff competition, you can easily find a hotel that suits your budget and even better, a super fancy new hotel which is willing to offer you a really good rate to drive customers and expand its reach.
Mix and match
Resorts are likely to be cheaper during the weekdays and more expensive on the weekends. On the other hand, city or business hotels tend to be cheaper during the weekends and more expensive on weekdays. Consider planning your trip in such a way, where you stay at luxurious hotels or resorts especially in other emirates during weekdays and enjoy the city vibes during weekends.
Browse, browse, browse
If you have enough time before your trip, spend a few days shortlisting your top three hotels and regularly check their rates on various booking sites. This way you’ll get a good idea of the rates and deals you can snag especially since hotel rates change frequently. In fact, if you keep your eyes open, during the summer months, you’ll get affordable rates for the best hotels such as Anantara hotels, resorts, and spas.
It might be a little risky, but paying upfront or selecting the non-refundable option especially from booking sites will save you money. So, if your 100% sure about your trip and your hotel, go ahead and book it and make sure you always read the small print and account for all the additional taxes imposed such a service and VAT.