Hotels and hotel apartments in Sharjah offer a wide range of facilities and services for business travellers, tourists and visitors. In the city the beach resort hotels are mainly located along Al Khan beach. The 'in town' hotels are found around Sharjah, on the Al Buheirah Corniche and towards Ajman. On the east coast The Oceanic Hotel & Resort offers beachfront accommodation in Khor Fakkan. Hotel guests are split between tourists from Europe who come for the sunny winter months and Arab tourists from the other Gulf countries who visit for holiday breaks with their families.
The hotel apartments often offer a less expensive alternative to staying in a hotel. Bookings can be made on a short-term basis (daily or weekly) or for longer periods. A better rate may be offered for a long term stay. Many hotel apartments offer excellent accommodation, usually fully furnished and provide a more homely atmosphere than a hotel room. Some offer sports facilities, such as a gymnasium and swimming pool, as well as food outlets.
Most hotels and hotel apartments charge a small room tax on top of the published rate. Breakfast is not normally included.
It is common practice for discounts and bargain breaks to be given, subject to the length of stay, time of year and whether it is an individual or a corporate booking. Some hotels make discount arrangements with travel agents abroad, so it is worth enquiring at home well in advance of your trip. Online booking is becoming popular and discounts on the rack rate can often be obtained through the Internet.
Confirmation of a reservation by fax or email is necessary and most hotels require you to leave a credit card authorisation equivalent to the amount of one night’s stay and a copy of your passport.