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“what to say? the XVA a place with spirit and soul” 5 of 5 stars
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XVA Art Hotel
Al Fahidi Quarter, formerly Bastakiya, Dubai, United Arab Emirates   |  
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Ranked #24 of 486 Hotels in Dubai
Zurich, Switzerland
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“what to say? the XVA a place with spirit and soul”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2013

was a big pleasure, happiness and a privilege staying at the XVA, unfortunately staid there for only one night and wished I could stay for more, moved to the ARMANI Hotel at Burj Khalifa what was a real disappointment.
XVA is a place to not miss in dubai for people who love life with spirit soul and aroma.
the service was great, the team was fantastic, a small big family... XVA is a real home away from home. anyone having the opportunity to say at this place should do it.

thank you very much for giving us the possibility to live real, to live old, to live in a place with past, with history.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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IwanYamin, General Manager at XVA Art Hotel, responded to this review, April 18, 2013
Warm Regards from XVA Art Hotel!

Dear Aicha_53,

Dubai is the perfect place in the world to do hotels hoping. All kind of hotels, designs, locations, endless choices and experience. I am so glad that our hotel made it to your list.

We offer our guests a "back to the past" experience with a modern and contemporary art twist. With a strong team and full attention to details, the spirit and soul of this heritage site remain intact.

Aicha_53, come back and stay again with us next time, perhaps at the same time. Special Event: we shall make a birthday lunch special for you at our cafe.

All the best.

Iwan Yamin
Hotel Manager
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2013

Awesome hotel. First we stayed in a newly build modern hotel in Marina district of Dubai but we also wanted something more authentic, cultural, cosy and romantic. XVA is all that! Located in the old part of town. This is the place where Dubai takes its routes from. You can learn a lot of history and culture from the nearby museums and souks. Rooms are specially designed and are very comfortable. There is a nice terrace where you can chill in the evenings. Staff and service are super nice. You get a real feeling of true hospitality here. There is also a very nice cafe that serves good quality vegan food, which is difficult to find around the town.
It all depends on your needs and what you are after for in Dubai but for a short stay we would recommend it to anyone.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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IwanYamin, General Manager at XVA Art Hotel, responded to this review, April 18, 2013
Hello Maxim777,

"The feeling of true hospitality" is one of the highest compliments that a guest ever wrote to us. Thank you from XVA team.

You both truly had a perfect mix of vacation in Dubai. The über trendy beach resort style hotel in the marina district and unique heritage style boutique hotel nearby the creek. Now you can say to everbody that Dubai has it all.

May I suggest something for your next visit? Stay in one of many luxurios desert resorts and go on a trip to Musandam in Oman. They are supposed to be very romantic and unique.

All the best from Dubai!

Iwan Yamin
Hotel Manager
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Beijing
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125 helpful votes 125 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2013

I stayed here for one night with my boyfriend and i have to say we made a right choice coming here. Dubai is full of sad 4/5 stars Hotels that can be anywhere in the world. This small boutique Hotel run by friendly staff is something particular that gives you a hint of what Dubai can really offer in terms of places..far from the opulent center, surrounded by a labyrinth of small streets in a cultural environment with small ethnic shops everywhere, two mosques and a perfect location right in front of the river, 10 km from the airport and a walking distance from the biggest suq. Don t expect luxury or big spaces. You will find a small and cozy courtyard, stylish small rooms and a very friendly service instead. The place itself is worth a visit. If you don't know where to go, this place won t let you down.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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IwanYamin, General Manager at XVA Art Hotel, responded to this review, April 4, 2013
Dear Zhufan,

We are delighted to be "the right choice" of accommodation for your one night visit to Dubai. The places of interest that the area offers are by far surpassed many location in Dubai.

Thanks to the old majlis style building, we can offer a unique atmosphere to our guests. Although our rooms are not spacious, we offer the extended space outside the rooms. Most rooms have outside seating area. This is a kind of hotel where you can enjoy the outdoor as much as the style of the room itself.

We suggest you staying for more days in Dubai next time. So much more to discover. For any assistance or queries about the hotel and Dubai, you can always contact me : iwan@xvagallery.com

Best regards,

Iwan Yamin
Hotel Manager
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Beirut, Lebanon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2013

The XVA hotel is a very charming and peacefull place making a huge contrast to the big hotels in modern Dubai. Sitting in the courtyard, you will forget time and traffic... The rooms are stylish but rather small for the price.

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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IwanYamin, General Manager at XVA Art Hotel, responded to this review, April 4, 2013
Dear Dani58000,

Thank you for your kind review.

Our rooms are stylish and not spacious, yet we offer an outdoor seating area. Some have peaceful views on the courtyard, some have a view over the Al Fahidi neighbourhood (formerly known as Bastakiya)

Our price are indeed rather steep during your visiting period due to the mild weather and conferences in the city. Try to come back in other months, the prices would be somewhat lower.

For your next holiday or stop over in Dubai, do not hesitate to contact me directly at iwan@xvagallery.com

Have a nice day!

Best regards,

Iwan Yamin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

A complete contrast from the brash impersonal style of the rest of Dubai. Completely restored old arabian-style house with mud walls, and shady courtyards (but modern bathrooms). Very friendly and helpful staff and manager. Had a very peaceful night here - literally not a sound, even though my room was I was in Rm 4 - giving straight onto a lovely courtyard with an ancient tree. My room had a Campbell's soup tins art installation, a large photograph and other original prints. It's simple and comfortable: bed, chair, wooden table, hanging space. Good shower. Lovely breakfast with fruit, yoghurt, arabian bread and omlette cooked to order.It is in the middle of the old quarter of Dubai (there's not much left), in a maze of narrow lanes with other houses open as museums, art galleries, restoration centres, and little restaurants with comfy chairs nearby. You are 10 mins walk from the Creek, the old Souk, the National Museum and the bustle of the boats. A bit further to the metro. Make sure you print out the map and take it with you as taxis can't drive up to the door (there's no vehicle access - but it's less than 5 mins walk from the main streets).

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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IwanYamin, General Manager at XVA Art Hotel, responded to this review, April 4, 2013
Dear Catherine S.,

Greetings from Dubai.

Your descriptive review is very useful for other travellers. You simply took away their worries about the noise, location and the comfort of the room.

I do not doubt your skills in taking the pictures. The photos you are posting here are simply stunning. As I work here everyday, I almost forgot how special it is, until your pictures appeared.

Have a great day and perhaps we will welcome you again in the near future.

Regards,

Iwan Yamin
Hotel Manager
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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2013 via mobile

A fantastic spot for a boutique hotel. After staying in shangri la hotel for business, it was an experience to dwell in the only old part of Dubai that is still in style and intact.
A must visit place, sleep and wake up in court yard covered by a 100 years old tree, sip your coffee and enjoy an authentic Arabic breakfast.
What a joy

I meet a smiling staff, who welcome me and got interested in my well being. Thanks to their dedicated manager, whose Asian European experience, offered me advises on contemporary art in Dubai.

Thanks Iwan and his team for a wonderful experience. I will be back, keep my favourite room ;)

Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
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IwanYamin, General Manager at XVA Art Hotel, responded to this review, April 4, 2013
Dear A.S.,

It is indeed a nice contrast of your visit, to stay in a five star deluxe hotel in downtown Dubai and a boutique hotel near the creek.

While other hotels offer sumptuous breakfast buffet, we opted for unlimited table service breakfast with Arabic flair with fresh fruits, juices and good coffee/tea. We let the guests enjoy the singing birds under the ancient tree.

We advise you to come again in mid March, where all the contemporary arts fill up Dubai.

Warm regards,

Iwan Yamin
Hotel Manager
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San Donato Milanese, Italy
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2013

Beautiful, traditional old arabic style structure which throws your imagination in the past centuries atmosphere. We were in room n 1, extremely cosy and comfortable. All staff were extremely kind and helpful. The hotel is a modern art museum itself and we wish we had more time available to see it around. Definitely to recommend for a "special" trip to Dubai, just make sure you know in advance how to reach it because it is hidden in a maze of old small suk streets!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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IwanYamin, General Manager at XVA Art Hotel, responded to this review, April 4, 2013
Dear Luigi 274,

Thank you for your time to write this review for us.

We are glad that you mentioned about the "ART" part of XVA Art Hotel. Although we are far from vein museum of modern art, we strive to showcase different exhibition every 2 months. The artist(s) are carefully chosen, we usually created a certain theme. Most of the artists live in Dubai, UAE while others are coming from other part of the world. The most important thing is that the art gives our guests another perspectives and enjoyment. A food for our mind.

We hope to see you again next time, maybe a few days stopover from a long flight to Asia?

Best regards,

Iwan Yamin
Hotel Manager
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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 Airport Transportation
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Ranked #24 of 486 Hotels in Dubai
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 13
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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