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“Great Location in Traditional Dubai”
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Dubai Nova Hotel
Ranked #480 of 545 Hotels in Dubai
Manchester
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“Great Location in Traditional Dubai”
Reviewed January 21, 2010

Stayed here for 2 nights for a stopover enroute to Australia.
We just wanted a cheap option to experience the sights of Dubai without paying the extreme prices of hotels in the Jumeirah Beach area. The Dubai Nova Hotel was perfect for this, clean and comfortable and in a fantastic location just a few minutes walk from souks and the creek, where you can catch an Abra (traditional arabic boat) across to the Gold and Spice Souks, 1 UAE Dirham - approx £0.17p. Also a stones throw from the Dubai Museum which is worth a look.
The breakfast caters for the middle eastern market, if you want English food, stay in England!!!!!
In the evening the area around the hotel really came to life will the locals. The mosque is nearby and the sound of the worship carries down the streets, and you know you are in the real/traditional part of the city.
We pre booked a couple of excursions before we travelled and were picked up and dropped off at the hotel with no problems. The Desert Safari is a must, and the Dhow Cruise is a great way to relax with diner in the evening.
A taxi to the public Jumeirah Beach will set you back about 40 UAE Dirham - approx £7 each way.
I would recommend this hotel for a stopover, however if you are staying longer, perhaps on a holiday in Duabi, then you may want to look at alternatives.

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 31, 2009

I researched extensively for my middle eastern trip and found accomodation in Dubai to be quite pricey in general - there is no such thing as a cheap hotel or hostel in this city. Dubai Nova is one of the few relatively affordable and decent (no noisy/sleazy nightclubs) hotels in a well located part of Dubai - still on the 'Bur Dubai' side but close to the Deira side, near the famous souks and just around the corner from Dubai museum which is worth a visit whilst in Dubai. The room was clean and adequate with satellite TV.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled solo
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Melbourne
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Reviewed March 11, 2009

I stayed at the Nova Dubai in February 2009. I researched Trip Advisor first to get a feel for this hotel and can say that most of the reviews are correct. This is a clean, economical, well located hotel. A couple of blocks North and you are at the Dubai Creek area which has great restaurants on the river. Dubai centre is less than A$10 cab fare away (outside peak traffic). I stayed in a single room which was fine, but the only window was in the bathroom. I was on business so the room served only as a place to sleep.

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled on business
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Brisbane, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed December 11, 2008

I stayed at the Dubai Nova in November 2008 for 2 nights. It is situated in a good location, right in the heart of the Bur Dubai district. The great thing about staying in this area is that you experience 'old school' Dubai...a far cry from the massive constructions taking place at the other end of town.

The room was very large and clean, but dated. The bed was extremely hard, but I didn't have any trouble sleeping. Not much natural light in the room either.

The breakfast included was ok, but don't expect anything at all flash!!! I ended up just having tea, cereal and toast!

The staff were ok, but at times I felt they weren't really interested in being overly helpful. I lost my mobile phone at their hotel, and they didn't make any huge effort to look for it for me.

Overall, my stay at the Dubai Nova was ok. Not the flashest hotel in town, but in a very good location. Not sure if I would necessarily seek this hotel out again, but it was more than ok for what I needed.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Dated room, hard bed, breakfast
  • Stayed November 2008, traveled solo
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Perth
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed October 23, 2008

We have recently returned from our first visit to Dubai, where we spend three nights at the Nova on the recommendation of Trip Advisor contributors. We were looking for something cheap and cheerful to use as a jump point to our onward journey to Europe. The hotel staff were very pleasant and all parts of the hotel were extremely clean. Our room was massive, with a separate anti room and bathroom, however we did not have a window. This was not really a problem as we simply wanted a clean place to stay and the shower was great. Lots of hot water and pressure. We were on the third floor and at the 'back' of the hotel so everything was whisper quiet. This is a budget hotel - however it suited our needs perfectly. The bonus for me was the breakfast. This hotel is in the old part of town ( Indians rather than Arabians), and breakfast reflected this. After the first morning of having hot milk on cornflakes we opted for the Indian - naan bread and three different curries. I was in heaven. My other half had an omelete each morning - individually made with fillings of his choice. Being situated in the old part of Dubai we were able to walk everywhere and were two minutes from the textile souks and a short water taxi (A$ 1) from the gold and spice souks. The hotel is across the road ,almost, from the Dubai Museum, which is definitely worth a visit - spend 1 - 2 hours there.

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  • Stayed October 2008, traveled as a couple
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England
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed June 2, 2008

We stayed at the Nova because it had pretty good reviews here and i must say i wasn't disappointed.

the room was large and very well air conditioned, Its not 5 stars but for the price it's great.

the Breakfast was ok and catered for Asian as it included curry and parathas.

overall i would recommend it for the location and cheap price

Stayed May 2008
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Stockholm
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed March 12, 2008

Had never been in Dubai before and booked this hotel via internet. Turned out to be in the best of locations to explore Dubai city! It's just opposite Dubai Museum, a few minutes' walk from Dubai creek, the heritage area of Bastikayah and the souks.
We got an enooooormous room. Clean. Staff were friendly and helpful. Quiet.
Only downside was the breakfast. A very poor spread - BUT there is the most excellent breakfast place just two minutes' walk away - Basta café!
I would definitely stay here again. A very good choice if travelling on a budget.

  • Liked — The location
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  • Stayed February 2008, traveled as a couple
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Property: Dubai Nova Hotel
Address: Dubai Nova Hotel Al Fahidi St | Al Souq; 19 Street, 16, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Location: United Arab Emirates > Emirate of Dubai > Dubai > The Creek
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Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
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Ranked #480 of 545 Hotels in Dubai
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Hotel Class:2 star — Dubai Nova Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 84
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