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“When a resort isn't your thing!” 5 of 5 stars
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XVA Art Hotel
Al Fahidi Quarter, formerly Bastakiya | Opp Musallah Post Office, Near Dubai Museum, Dubai, United Arab Emirates (The Creek)   |  
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Ranked #49 of 499 Hotels in Dubai
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“When a resort isn't your thing!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

We had a 3 day visit to Dubai and after much searching it was looking like we had to stay at a very expensive resort style hotel, not our thing and certainly not our budget.

Dubai is pretty expensive and the cheap options didn't look great.

This place was fun - as soon as we arrived we had a great first impression and then as we were leaving, we were sad to go.

The staff were excellent and the space is really nice - you can pretty much spend a day hanging out there in the courtyard, checking out the gallery havering a meal and then an afternoon nap. In fact they had a gallery opening the first night we arrived which we were invited to.

The room we had was pretty cool, very large and old world. There was wifi, aircon which is key in this part of the world and a comfy bed.

There is no TV if that is an issue for you.

Around the hotel is a bit strange, a half complete restoration program for the last remaining old part of town. None the less, it's very safe and accessible and easy access to the river and local shopping etc. food is easy to access locally.

There is an easy taxi pick up that can take you to the Burj, marina, shopping m airport etc and they are cheap. Walking around Dubai isn't really the best other than around the hotel - it's too hot!

There is no alcohol served in this hotel which was a concern to me initially because I am a drinker but in fact it didn't matter and you can byo apparently though we did not bother.

They make a cracking lemon/ mint drink which I got hooked on.

To experience Dubai without costing an arm and a leg - this place is perfect. If you want the 5 star experience or a resort to hang by the pool, this isn't for you.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 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, May 26, 2014
Good afternoon p_alewood,

So grateful with your detailed review. The readers will certainly fjnd it useful.

Some people consider our place as herirage resort in urban atmosphere as our art works are pretty quirky and from living artists.

Please whenever you pass Dubai, do come and stay with us. We guaratee you your favourite room.

Happy travelling,

Iwan Yamin
Hotel Manager - XVA Art Hotel.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014

What a great place! Full of real character and laid out as two, side by side dars (aka riads) in typical Arabic/Berber style, around central, open courtyards. The rooms open onto these courtyards or the roof terraces, so don't expect big windows and views. Instead, there is the intimacy and tranquility the original dars gave Emiraty families - buildings that look in on themselves and shun the outside world. As such it has so much more character than run of the mill office block styled hotels.
While the layout is inward looking, its proximity to the creek, old souk (now a terrible tourist trap tho!) and the abra station (water "taxis") make its location exceptional for getting to see Bur Dubai and Diera.
The service was wonderful, nothing was too much effort and everything was done with a smile.
Finally, don't be put off by it being in a pedestrianised area. This alone makes it much quieter than many other places. Just ask the taxi driver for the Al Musalla Post Office, cross the road, walk 30 paces and turn right after the Orient Guest House, first left and you are there - in your own oasis

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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 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, May 26, 2014
Hello Mr. Cambridgecave,

Thank you for choosing our hotel for both of your stay

Yes, standard room is indeed smaller than a deluxe room, yet room 2 has an outdoor seating to compensate the compactness of it.

For your next stay, I will allocate another fabulous room - perhaps the one with its own courtyard?

Happy travelling!


Iwan Yamin
Hotel Manager of XVA Art Hotel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014

It was a lovely and relaxing stay! The hotel is so charming, artistic and warm! The hotel staff were wonderful- so kind and helpful- and the food was delicious. My little room was quirky and adorable.
It was an unexpected treat to stay there -away from my hectic schedule in Dubai.
i cant wait to go back for a mini vacation!
Thank you all

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled on business
    • 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, June 1, 2014
Dear margaHalfMoonBay_CA.

Your mini vacation in Bastakiya, Dubai has been realised!
We thank you for such a nice review. Your presence in our hotel made the hotel special too.
Mind you, not every one has such a great taste as yours in choosing a hotel.

California is far far away from us, but once you cross all the oceans and again up to new adventures, you'll probably pass Dubai again. If so, do come back to us, it is your home away from home.

Have a fabulous summer!

Best regards,

Iwan Yamin
Hotel Manager of XVA Art Hotel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

This was the perfect choice of accommodation for our first trip to Dubai, and we will stay here on future visits as well. We selected this hotel based on a friends’ recommendation, and were encouraged by the many positive reviews here on Trip Advisor. They are all true! The property is wonderful, and Iwan and his staff really complete the experience.

We thought for this first trip (A short layover en route to Iran) that we would focus on Old Dubai, and ultimately selected this hotel because of its location near the creek. We ended up focusing totally on glitzy and new Dubai instead, and this hotel was still the perfect choice! In less than 2 minutes you can be to the main road and hailing a taxi for wherever you need to go, and taxis are very reasonable.

TIP: Cross the main road, and hail a taxi in front of the post office if you are heading toward Downtown or the main malls. You will be headed the correct direction, and save a lot of time if traffic is heavy.

After exploring the glitz and glam with the huddled masses, it was a true sigh of relief to be dropped off near the hotel and walk back into the calm and silence of the old town to the hotel.

I was a little worried about breakfast being good and filling enough, since I am definitely not a vegetarian. There was no need to worry – breakfast was amazing! Very tasty, filling, and I looked forward to it both mornings we were there. I forgot to try the famous mint lemonade, but am looking forward to it on my next visit.

I was also impressed by the excellent email communication ahead of time. Iwan is very prompt about responding to email, and was extremely helpful even prior to our arrival.

When I mentioned that we are light sleepers, for example, he directed us away from our first room choice to a room not facing the main breakfast area, in the back of the property with its own courtyard and no rooms around it (I think Room 12). It was small, but quiet and perfect. We loved it!

We were also really excited to visit the “At The Top” Observation Deck in the Burj Khalifa, but stupidly did not make our reservations ahead of time. All tickets for pre-paid visiting time slots during our stay were sold out by the time we got back to it. We were nervous about trying to get a same day ticket, and didn’t know what to do. Iwan had offered to answer any questions when he confirmed our room, so I thought “what the heck” and wrote to ask his advice. He pointed us to the AT.Mosphere bar and restaurant, located just below the observation deck, and warned us to call about a reservation instead of just emailing them. We were able to get a reservation for lunch in the restaurant, and are SO GLAD we took his advice – it was a beautifully clear day, and that experience was the highlight of our trip.

Iwan was spot on with other recommendations during our short stay for where to eat, what to see, and how to get there. THANK YOU again for helping to make our short layover so memorable! We will be back.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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, May 20, 2014
Dear Usa Travelinfoool,

What an amazing review you gave us - up close and personal.

I am so flattered but I must add that all the things I have done to fulfil the guests' wishes can only be possible with the full support of my team. They make sure that all the basics are in place and up to the standards, they help me with ideas and practicalities as well.

At the end of this month, I am leaving XVA for taking up another challenge. This review makes it hard to leave the hotel that I adore so much. The guests have been truly special. XVA allows me to do things that I am passionate about: delivering service with genuine intention. I am sure the team and the future management will continue delivering excellent service and improve it.

You should always "travel in fool" as it is the most fabulous way to reinvent life.

Warmest regards,

Iwan Yamin
Hotel Manager of XVA Art Hotel
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

Iwan and his team were great and most helpful. An oasis, delightful accommodation, clean, cool ,quiet and comfortable. Easy walk to the metro or just chill out in the courtyard with the very addictive MInt lemonade .
Jenny C

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 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, May 15, 2014
Good Day Jenny49melbourne,

Our team is so happy to read your review, thank you very much.

Hopefully we will welcome you again in the near future.

Best regards,

Iwan Yamin
Hotel Manager of XVA Art Hotel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

Lovely place for unwinding. Beautiful surroundings, very comfortable and helpful staff. The one small downside was that one of the bedrooms we had had no window, but it was a relatively small negative point. We will certainly return.

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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 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, May 15, 2014
Hallo Louis B,

Thank you again for staying with us and sharing your thoughts through this site.

We are moving forward and keep improving our products to suits our guests wishes.

Happy travelling!

Warmest regards,

Iwan Yamin
Hotel Manager of XVA Art Hotel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

After staying at the glitzy hotels in Dubai.We wanted something this time that was more authentic
We spent thee wonderful nights.The rooms are all different and divine very clean and comfortable
The staff are charming and Iwan the Manager was very helpful he was a source of information about where to go and things to do Nothing was a trouble He made one feel very welcome
I would highly recommend this quiet haven to stay it is just perfect

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 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, May 15, 2014
Dear Jill K,

We are honored to be the first review you wrote on tripadvisor. The word oasis can characterize our hotel; the trees, courtyards and birds.

It is my duty to serve the guests and try to meet their demands. It is only possible when my dedicated team supported me at all fronts.

Enjoy Paris and the beauty of Europe and when passing over Dubai, stay with us again.

Sincerely,

Iwan Yamin
Hotel Manager of XVA Art Hotel
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Address: Al Fahidi Quarter, formerly Bastakiya | Opp Musallah Post Office, Near Dubai Museum, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Location: United Arab Emirates > Emirate of Dubai > Dubai > The Creek
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #49 of 499 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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