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Need a break? Whether you travel overseas or within UAE, hotel accommodation is the first thing that comes to your mind. Depending on your budget you need to decide whether you need a star or a budget hotel?
A budget hotel can often be a blessing in disguise. It not only offers you the opportunity to spend less, it also caters to your basic needs while travelling. A little research on various travel sites would throw up hundreds of options stating the best deals in town.
If you are still pondering over the pros and cons of a budget hotel, there may be a few points to consider: value for money, and a nice and clean room with basic amenities. Besides, their being small can be counted as a plus point. It allows the staff to take good care of the guests who can expect personalised services. Add to it the homely feel that immediately puts guests at ease and their lower rates.
While the UAE is known for a huge number of luxury hotels, it has budget hotels spread all over as well.
In Dubai, areas such as Bur Dubai, Deira and Barsha are top picks for tourists looking at budget options. Average rates start at Dh180. In Sharjah, Al Qassimiya, Al Sharq, King Faisal Street and Al Khalidia are some of the places known for affordable hotel rooms. Average rates can start at around Dh150 for a twin-sharing room. However, room rates in Abu Dhabi are slightly higher and may begin anywhere around Dh230 for a standard room. Hamdan and Electra Streets and Al Zahiyah (formerly called Tourist Club Area) are some of the areas to look out for.
Most budget hotels offer rooms on twin-sharing basis and provide amenities such as free Wi-Fi, parking area, restaurants, a pool and fitness centre. Rooms are equipped with air-conditioners and a satellite TV connection, among others.
• Budget hotels in the UAE have an average rate starting at Dh150
• In Dubai, budget options are mostly found in Bur Dubai and Deira
• Budget hotels offer basic facilities including free Wi-fi, parking
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Source: Shabnam Mondal, Special to Properties
The writer is a freelancer