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.
- 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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