Excelsior Hotel (formally Holiday Inn) Downtown Dubai, Al Rigga Road – Dubai – United Arab Emirates, Telephone: +971 4 228 888 

Hotel details: Excelsior Hotel (formerly Holiday Inn) Downtown Dubai is a 2-minute walk from Al Rigga Metro Station; 3 km from the Dubai Spice Souk and 11 km from the vast Dubai Mall.  This cosy, modern rooms feature flat-screen TVs, minibars, and tea and coffeemakers, plus Wi-Fi (fee). Upgraded rooms add free Wi-Fi and stereos. Suites include lounges, DVD players and free breakfast; some have dining areas. Room service is available.

Freebies include parking and a beach shuttle. There’s a top-floor international restaurant, and a laid-back sports bar with a billiard table. Other amenities include a spa and a rooftop pool, plus a sauna, a fitness room and a business centre.