Where (Else) to Stay in Dubai: Hyatt Regency Dubai

If you read my first post recommending where to stay in Dubai, then you may recall that we split our five night stay in the UAE with two nights at Centro Barsha – a hotel located between Deira (Old Dubai) and the Dubai Marina, one night in Abu Dhabi at Southern Sun, and two nights at the Hyatt Regency Dubai in Deira. While the original motivation for booking the second part of our Dubai stay at a hotel in Deira was due to my general need for a change of scenery, it turned out to be a good move in terms of convenience as doing so gave us easier access to sites and attractions in the older, more authentic parts of the city.

If you regularly read my Where to Stay series, then you know that I’m a self-professed boutique hotel girl and that I typically don’t stay at chain hotels although I make exceptions when traveling here in the U.S. or if a chain hotel offers a really good deal. While planning our UAE trip, I came across a great pre-paid rate at the Hyatt Regency Dubai. So I booked it, keeping in mind that its location in Deira would give us a different perspective of the city.

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This map should give you an idea as to how spread out Dubai is

One of the biggest turn offs about chain hotels is their cookie cutter aesthetic, but as soon as we walked into the lobby of the Hyatt, I knew that it was unique. Our stay coincided with the beginning of the Christmas season, and although the UAE is an Islamic country, the lobby décor reflected the holiday spirit with palm trees draped in white Christmas lights and a huge gingerbread cookie house.

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During check-in, the front desk clerk was extremely polite and asked where we were from while mentioning that the majority of the staff are expats from various countries around the world. When she made note of my Hyatt Gold Passport number so I could earn credits for our stay, she asked if we had breakfast plans for the next morning. Upon confirming that we didn’t, she invited us to enjoy complimentary breakfasts for the duration of our stay in the Regency Club lounge, and we happily accepted since, in an effort to cut costs, we usually try to book hotels that include breakfast in the rate.

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We were pleased when we walked into our room and saw how spacious it was, complete with a little office area, a mini fridge, and a comfortable bed. The bathroom with modern amenities was an added bonus.

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The capsule shower was kind of tight, but it got the job done

After settling in a bit, we headed back downstairs to find an ATM which we found in the hotel’s mall area. The mall features a variety of clothing and souvenir shops, an ice cream parlor, and a small grocery store, all of which surround the ice skating rink in the center. In Dubai’s desert heat, ice skating rinks and malls with powerful A/C are a welcome reprieve, so the Hyatt wisely incorporated both into their Deira hotel.

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Rodeo Drive…that’s cute

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As I mentioned earlier, one of the best parts about our stay at the Hyatt Regency Dubai is its convenient location to sites like the Gold Souk, the Dubai Creek, the Dubai Deira Fish Souk, Al Bastakiya and the like. With the Palm Deira metro station just a short, five minute walk from the hotel, getting around the city – both Old Dubai and the city’s more modern sites – is a breeze.

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The Palm Deira metro station nearby

Looking towards the Gold Souk area from in front of the hotel

Near the front of the hotel looking towards the Gold Souk area

Overall, I wouldn’t hesitate to stay at the Hyatt Regency Dubai again for its convenience, warm hospitality, and comfortable rooms.

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Does the Hyatt Regency Dubai look like the kind of hotel you’d like to stay at in Dubai? And which do you prefer – chain hotels or boutique brands?