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Orient Guest House
Ranked #2 of 65 Dubai B&B and Inns
Reviewed December 9, 2013

Great! I'm so happy to have stayed there!!!
I found the Orient Guest House a cosy and relaxing place for my 9-days holiday.
The traditional architecture and room interiors give a wonderful taste of old Dubai. My room was impeccably clean and nicely furnished (like other rooms as long as I could see). The courtyard was a quiet place where to read, so as the terrace upstairs. Breakfast was not the 5* hotel continental one, but still enough with little changes everyday. I found the service client-oriented and the staff friendly and ready to help (just English is not their strength).

I would suggest this Guest House to travelers who want discover Dubai at 360 degrees.

Close to the Guest House: Dubai Museum, old Bastakiya quarter, Dubai Creek, hindi lane, souks, abra, metro line (10' on foot).

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 7, 2013

This guest house is comfortable, and indeed a picture of past. The bathrooms too are "from the past". OLD and malfunctioning. The charges are 196 USD per day and so such bathrooms are not acceptable at all at this cost.All services are understaffed, especially the house keeping services. Rooms are not clean, and you really do not feel like walking barefoot. The floor is dirty. All equipment are old, furniture looks antique , but Tv, lamps, etc also seem to be ancient, there's almost no light in the room. It needs a lot of renovation in every department. we will not come back or recommend it unless this changes

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank devisj64
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Reviewed November 27, 2013

A charming and very quiet hotel in heart of old Dubai. If you want to be away from high rises and crowds (at least tourists) this is the place for you.

Walking distance (800 to 1600 meters) from hotel are Dubai museum, river cruises, gold/textile souk, abra (water taxi), metro.

There are maybe 10 rooms in hotel. The rooms are nice, clean, and traditional to give you a little taste of Arabia. The service and staff are friendly and good. This is by no means intended to be a fancy B&B. It is more authentic, simple and traditional (if you are looking to get pampered this is not it). My only beef is there are no windows in room but this is what you get for authentic feel (yes the TV is old school but really are you there to watch TV inside your room?!)...

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled with friends
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1  Thank Enchanted_Trees
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Reviewed November 7, 2013

I stayed at the Orient this past week for two days and was very glad I did. It had a great deal of character, as compared to another (chain) hotel I was in previously, and I very much appreciated its location - close to the Al Fahidi metro station and the Creek, within the very lovely Bastakiya, and close to great and inexpensive Indian food. They were also very accommodating, holding my luggage as I went to meetings on my last day (after checking out) and even letting me freshen up in an unused room before I went off to the airport for a midnight flight. I will definitely stay here again on a return to Dubai.

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled on business
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2  Thank aoakes4
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Reviewed November 2, 2013

After reading the rest of comments I am going only to point out what has been missed by other reviewers in our opinion:

- This guest house is cozy, and indeed a taste of the past, but for 196 USD /night the bathrooms are too "from the past". OLD and malfunctioning. They just cant have those bathrooms, not acceptable at all, more like a very cheap B&B elsewere.

- In general terms all services are understaffed, especially the cleaning services. Rooms are not clean, and you really dont feel like walking barefoot...again not acceptable at this price.

- All equipment is too old, furniture looks good being antique as it looks, but Tv, lamps, etc dont need to be that ancient, there's almost no light in the rooms!

- It needs some of the money being cashed from the expensive fees to be invested back, first of all in AC split units and refrigerators that are not noisy. Guests are faced with the choice between heat or insomnia in the night due to the noise of the AC....sorry to say but again not acceptable.

In brief: needs urgent works on the bathrooms, replacing equipment and hiring more cleaning staff. The standards are not met and it is a shame, we wont come back or recommend it unless this changes

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with family
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2  Thank 19JRS78
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Reviewed October 14, 2013

My sister and I stayed at the Orient Guest House for our one night transit stay in Dubai. It was lovely. Though a 15 minute cab ride to the heart of Dubai, such as the Burj Khalifa, the Oriental Guest House provided a glimpse of what Dubai was like years ago in a simpler life. And it was nice. The hotel itself was small and quiet, clean and well decorated with rooms surrounding the lovely courtyard. Our beds were comfortable and the rooms well appointed with a nice shower and all the amenities that go with it. The staff was eager to assist us, both with our luggage, as well as hailing a cab. A delicious breakfast was included which featured fresh breads, fresh squeezed juice and eggs made to order. The Orient Guest House is in more of the historical district and close to the Spice Market, though we did not have a chance to explore much. But it was a welcome respite after driving through Dubai with one skyscraper after another to find this quaint hotel at a reasonable price. It was perfect for our one night stay, and we would recommend it for stays in Dubai as an alternative to the large resorts and huge hotels, though perhaps for longer stays, a pool or beach hotel would be welcomed. That being said, it couldn't have been nicer.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with friends
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2  Thank G A
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Reviewed October 7, 2013

Found this little gem - only 10 rooms - nice decor - helpful staff - good if you want to try something away from the big new impersonal hotels. Great location - in old area - easy to walk to creek for abra ride - heaps of old heritage buildings, some house, some museums, some shops - little cafes - neat spice shop. No cars allowed - taxis easy if you want - but also metro only a few blocks away easy 10 min walk. Really enjoyed our stay here as we like to look at cultural historical - not cheap but nice experience - feels like you are in the old Arabia. Close to XVA - great mint lemonad slushies!

Room Tip: Can use pool and other facilities at Arabian Courtyard hotel - owned by them. Book a room upstairs.
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  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank jules53
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Address: Al Fahidi St | Bastakiya Heritage Area, Dubai 46500, United Arab Emirates
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Location: United Arab Emirates > Emirate of Dubai > Dubai > The Creek
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 65 B&Bs / Inns in Dubai
Price Range: $70 - $147 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Orient Guest House 3*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
he Orient Guest House is a traditional Arabian 2-storey villa that has been restored to its former glory to allow business and leisure travelers to Dubai to experience something new, yet something truly authentic. Arabian-styled rooms and a Majlis lounge provide a rare opportunity to get a taste of what life was once like in this part of the world, while the roof terrace gives guests a panoramic bird’s eye view of the bustling city below. Relax in the private courtyard, take light refreshments or Emirati specialties in our Courtyard Café, enjoy 24-hour butler service, and so much more. This boutique hotel in Bastakiya, Dubai is an ideal base for exploring the city of arranging your heritage experience. ... more   less 
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