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XVA Art Hotel

Al Fahidi Quarter, formerly Bastakiya, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Ranked #19 of 471 hotels in Dubai
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 2 days ago
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Toronto, Canada
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The hotel is a small beautifully restored property in the sun-baked historic neighbourhood of Al Fahid. The immediate area of the hotel is a zone that is closed to traffic. Taxis do not know how to find this hotel, so have a map on hand and know where you want the taxi to drop you so you can walk in... More

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Paris
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21 reviews 21 reviews
12 hotel reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This hotel is a great experience if you look for an "authentic" arabic experience. The hotel is in the middle of an old town complex (difficult to find by the way, make sure you print the hotel map before taking the cab/taxi). You would imagine that this is how Dubai was at the turn of the century. Compared to this... More

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Royston, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The fact that the manager knew our name on arrival and had the time to talk to us about what we wanted to do and make recommendations about where to go demonstrates the attention to detail he went to. The room, no 1 was as described, clean and perfectly presented, breakfasts where traditional, varied, well cooked where apropriate and completely... More

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Cebu Island, Philippines
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Comfortable Space. Charming Personality. Attentive Staff. I'm not a high maintenance person by any stretch of the imagination, but certain things make for an outstanding experience. From the reservations process, to possibly checking in early, to booking a desert safari tour, and even offering a shower room after my check-out and before my late-night flight made my stay at XVA... More

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Dallas, Texas
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6 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Prior reviews set a high expectation for the hotel and Staff It meets all of them. First the location is quite in a clean pedestrian only area. This requires a shot walk to the hotel. We arrived very late and the cab driver called and the night manager came to the cab to help with our bags Cab ride at... More

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IwanYamin, General Manager at XVA Art Hotel, responded to this review

Good morning James C, We are rather suprised how soon you wrote a review about us, practically when you were still staying with us. Thank you so much. It was our pleasure to have you with us and learned that you enjoyed the advices I personally gave you. These kinds of details I intend to give to all of my... More

New York, New York, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The XVA is a lovely surprise in the heart of old Dubai. The staff is terrific, the food delicious and the space is divine. This is one of a very few places where you can sense of what life might have been like before modern Dubai rose from the desert. And the best part: when you step out of your... More

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IwanYamin, General Manager at XVA Art Hotel, responded to this review

Dear PLC64, It is great to hear how you like our hotel. The combination of contemporary art is calm heritage setting has pleased you in many ways. We are in constant changing with the exhibition and the room decoration, you'd be suprised that next time you come, you'll soak in a different atmosphere. Enjoy your period in Abu Dhabi and... More

Melbourne, Australia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a fabulous, peaceful hotel in the middle of very busy Dubai. Close to the Dubai Creek and within easy reach of the Souks, XVA Art Hotel is a gem. Iwan and his staff are charming and so helpful. Be sure to try the mint lemonade. We will stay here again.

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IwanYamin, General Manager at XVA Art Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Alexandra T, We are gorgeously happy with your review, so compact and inviting. We shall keep it this way, maintaining our style and extending our smiles to the guests. Looking forward to welcoming you to our hotel. Have a nice day. Iwan Yamin Hotel Manager - XVA Art Hotel More

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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

First of all, we are very thankful and super happy that we found this place and every time we got back from exploring the crazy city of Dubai we were like "Oh man it's so awesome to be back here"! The hotel is in the old (rebuilt) city of Dubai and it's only a easy 2-minute walk from the entrance... More

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IwanYamin, General Manager at XVA Art Hotel, responded to this review

Hi Prapbc, Thanks a million for such a raving review. The way you write it is just like the way you made conversation with me. All made possible by the great XVA Team and the happy spirit of yourself. I hope you will pass by Dubai again - trying our mint lemonade - or getting some good tips from me... More

Atlanta, Georgia
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23 reviews 23 reviews
19 hotel reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

Pros: We stayed here for one night on our way to Delhi and were delighted to find it is in the heart of Bur Dubai and in a really cool artsy area with tons of character. It reminded us of a Moroccan Riad with the courtyard (the cafe eating area is here) and every corner of the common area has... More

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IwanYamin, General Manager at XVA Art Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Vette10, Thank you very much for your email and your admiration for our hotel and style. It is unfortunate that you found some issues during your stay with us. AIRPORT TRANSFER Our transfer charge is 150 AED and if you take a taxi would cost around 80 AED. This includes a reliable chauffeur that brings you door to door,... More

London, United Kingdom
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

Its a beautiful quiet calm oasis in dubai that makes you feel special, cared for and pleases the eyes wherever you look. Great for walking around and checking out souks in the old town. The service is great and the cafe in the central courtyard has lovely breakfasts. There are plenty of nice galleries and other healthy eateries in the... More

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IwanYamin, General Manager at XVA Art Hotel, responded to this review

Good afternoon Yogatinkerbell, Thank you very much for your concise review. The guests come and stay with us due to our location in pedestrian only heritage area. Our winning formula is that we exposed plenty of arts in any space we have. It is all about culture and arts. We do hope that you come and stay with us againin... More

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Additional Information about XVA Art Hotel

Address: Al Fahidi Quarter, formerly Bastakiya, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Location: United Arab Emirates > Emirate of Dubai > Dubai
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #19 of 471 hotels in Dubai
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A stylish and peaceful boutique hotel, XVA is set within the heart of Al Fahidi quarter, formerly known as Bastakiya, the oldest region of Dubai. Unique for its Persian architectural heritage, its maze-like alleyways and proximity to the Creek, Al Fahidi is viewed today as one of the cultural centrepoints of Dubai. XVA occupies a renovated traditional majilis-style building, boasting original architectural motifs and wind towers and three open courtyards, in which one can relax and soak up the exceptional atmosphere of this heritage space. XVA’s Art Hotel includes twelve boutique rooms, designed by well-established designers and artists from the region. These include Zayan Ghandour, Numa, Nada Debs & Karim Rashid (Gaia&Gino).The XVA Art Hotel is covered in many national and international travel publications. Featured in Condé Nast Traveller as one of the 10 hotels to stay in Dubai and in 2006 as the number 1 “Not To Miss” spot in Dubai, Wallpaper magazine mentioned us as a boutique hotel to stay. Lonely planet listed us twice in their recent Dubai guide as a place to stay and to have lunch. For transit travellers, this hotel is ideal due to its close proximity to Dubai International airport. ... more   less 
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