We'll have a 2 night, 3 day stopover in Dubai in October and would like accommodation - 3 star level - near significant sightseeing areas and not too far from the airport.
You could try any of these hotels below -
Arabian Park Hotel - Bur Dubai
Palm Beach Hotel - Bur Dubai
Astoria Hotel - Bur Dubai
Avari Dubai - close to City Center Shopping mall
They are all centrally located and easily accessible taxi and about 10-15 minutes from the airport by cab. about 9 years ago
I stayed at Le Méridien Dar Al Sondos last year. Decent price for Dubai and good service. Has a roof-top pool and a shuttle bus to the beach. Each room has a kitchen. Very central in the city of Dubai. Not too far from the airport.
http://www.starwoodhotels.com/lemeridien/property/overview/index.html?propertyID=1904 about 9 years ago
Agree with an0 - try Arabian Park Hotel. It's well located next to the 'museum' which is interesting in itself. however, try walking a few metres to the waterfront and experience what must be the original Dubai waterfront with dhows discharging or taking on cargo as they did many years ago. Most will be going across the water to Iran and Bangladesh which is interesting. A taste of the real Middle East - troubles or not, trade still goes on as it did years ago. about 9 years ago