From the moment you leave the bustling streets of old Dubai and enter into the courtyard of this beautiful little hotel you are in an oasis of calm. There's birdsong, a warm welcome, tasteful understated Arabic decor and the best fresh mint lemonade you will ever taste.
The hotel is built along the lines of traditional Arabic houses, with a central courtyard and thick walls to keep the heat out. The rooms are located on two levels. We stayed in a standard room on the first floor, which though on the small side, was compensated for by the table and chairs on the covered verandah outside the door where you can sit and chat or read while sipping your Turkish coffee.
We were there in May, so the heat wasn't yet unbearable, which meant we only had to switch the (blissfully quiet) air con on for an hour before we went to bed for a comfortable nights sleep. Nice little touches everywhere, from handmade soap and toiletries to the artwork on the walls. You even get used to the calls to prayer hailing (rather loud) from the 3 mosques in the vicinity.
The vegetarian menu is simple and delicious (try the eggplant burger...sounds yuk, tastes great), with superb coffee and fresh juices on offer. For me, breakfast was just right- fresh seasonal fruit, fresh orange juice, an omelette or pancakes, yoghurt and arabic bread along with your coffee/tea. The staff were just the right combination of warmth and efficiency.
The whole place is kept spotless at all times.
Other plus points:
Close to the underground (Al Farhidi) but also easy to hail taxis.
5 minutes walk from Dubai Museum and the Creek and water taxi
Good reasonably priced restaurants nearby.
To sum up...this gem of a hotel is a welcome antidote to the glass and concrete and bustle of modern Dubai....a restful place we were happy to come home to every night..
Lovely to meet you Saleem and Iwan and please pass our thanks onto your superb staff.
Cath and Nick
- 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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