Zabeel House MINI: A Stylish, Affordable Hotel on Dubai Creek

Travellers en-route to the East or West who skip a Dubai stopover due to expense, now have no excuse. Stay at Zabeel House MINI by Jumeirah Al Seef and enjoy upscale luxury that will keep your wallet happy!

Affordable hotel on Dubai Creek

Anyone looking for an affordable luxury hotel on Dubai Creek will feel like they’ve hit the jackpot – Jumeirah has redefined the meaning of 3* hotels and this hotel is sure to keep your wallet happy! Prices at this hotel start from a very affordable AED 280 per night ($76). What’s more, it’s a quick cab or Uber from the airport and is located at Al Seef near the Al Fahidi historical neighbourhood. Perfect for a Dubai Creek dhow or abra cruise and exploring the city’s history – you can retrace the steps of the fishermen, pearl-divers and tradesmen as you wander through the streets  that line the water’s edge.

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It’s a quirky, stylish, affordable hotel and made for the social media savvy. Say goodbye to standing in long queues in the lobby and hello to self check-in. This lobby doubles up as a social hub and a place to hang out. Pass time on the swings while the roaming barista serves you the special Boon coffee blend (it’s Ethiopian and superb) or explore the courtyard where there’s always something going on. Every corner and object tells a story – from the quotes scribed on cushions and walls to the animals playfully dotted around. The giraffe reminds guests to look at the world from a different perspective while the flamingos are all about relaxing in style. If you want time alone, take a seat in the library café or find a quiet corner. If you want to explore Dubai Creek, borrow one of the skate boards, bikes or put on a pair of rollerskates!

Quirky, affordable hotel in Dubai

Greeted by ‘Dubai is always a good idea’ as you walk in, the 150 rooms are fresh, young and colourful – reminiscent of a hip city apartment complemented by cute features like the miniature Smeg fridge. Bulky wardrobes have been replaced by an open rail, a full length mirror can be found on the back of the sliding bathroom door and there’s a chair to relax on and put your feet up should you wish. There’s a small desk, flatscreen TV, WiFi, USB charging sockets, Bluetooth, tea and Nespresso machine. You’ll also find a vending machine on each floor. Everything about the hotel encourages exploration. From the arty city map on the bedroom ceiling – thoughtfully placed so you can plan your adventures while lying in bed, to the ‘suite pad’ iPad. From this you can order room service, arrange laundry pick-up or explore the A – Z of Dubai’s attractions – from Arabian nights to flamingo spotting and everything inbetween. Hop in a cab / metro and you’re 10 minutes from Dubai’s top attractions and Burj Khalifa which is the tallest building in the world.

Dubai Creek

The bathroom is bright, clean and compact. You won’t find a bath tub but there’s a decent sized walk in shower, basin, light (held up by a fish hook and hemp rope) and a toilet. There’s no valet parking so park underground if you have a car. If you need a quick dip, the roof top has a plunge pool, there’s also sunbathing area with bean bags and hanging chairs. Fitness fanatics can enjoy views of Dubai in the small but modern 24-hour gym.

Affordable restaurants on Dubai Creek

I ate in CU for breakfast, it’s a no nonsense affair. Table numbers made from old corks, cool slogans everywhere you look and there’s the chance to try local and international flavours – karak and cardamom tea or Cambodian ice dripped coffee, that said, don’t be afraid to ask for good old English breakfast tea if that’s what you fancy. Muesli and coconut / strawberry chia seed puddings sit alongside healthy juices and there’s a small a la carte menu. I had a giant waffle and it was pretty epic. The water is served in glass bottles with a sustainable ‘less plastic, more fish,’ message. MishMash offers street food from around the world and The House Trolley offers signature cocktails inspired by Al Seef. Also check out the Grab ‘n’ Go shop in the lobby for quirky souvenirs or a quick bite to eat.

The verdict

  • You’ll love the insta-worthy quirks, the Boon coffee, sociable lobby and upscale casual vibe
  • For those who won’t miss being chauffeured around in a Rolls Royce, this hotel changes previous misconceptions about Dubai – it gives the young and hip travellers more reasons than ever before to try a 2-3 night stay in the city
  • Expect comfy rooms, brilliant basics and some unexpected extras – it’s perfect for the explorer who wants to get out and about but have somewhere welcoming and lively to escape to.

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