The hotel is a small beautifully restored property in the sun-baked historic neighbourhood of Al Fahid. The immediate area of the hotel is a zone that is closed to traffic. Taxis do not know how to find this hotel, so have a map on hand and know where you want the taxi to drop you so you can walk in to the hotel. Have the hotel's phone # with you. All this being said, the journey is worth the effort ! The hotel also serves as an art gallery and its owner has filled the rooms and courtyard and additional gallery area with an eclectic rotating collection of works. The staff is all lovely. Breakfast and a café serves in the inner courtyard. In terms of hospitality, I think a special note is to be given to one of the managers, Iwan, who is knowledgeable in culture & art, helpful, enthusiastic, and genuine in his efforts to assist. A very personable hotel.
- 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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