Spent one night in this hotel. Arrived very late in the night, reception was very helpful. The room was traditionally decorated and the bed was comfortable, slept like a baby. The morning brought a hearty breakfast, in a covered interior terrace, served by smiling and funny staff. I liked very much the idea of covered terrace- gives you the feeling of a "courtyard", although it is under AC. Without AC, the summer in Dubai is unbearable.The whole hotel is in a traditional arabic house, it was a good opportunity to learn about the architecture and the authenticity of the city. I am not impressed by the luxurious and opulent Dubai style, so this hotel fit exactly my style: comfortable,clean, easy to reach, with helpful staff.
The art gallery was very cozy, saw few pieces that I would have taken home and hang in my living room.
My time there was short, but I felt very, very good. I would definitely come back again and I will recommend it to my friends and to anyone looking for a nice accomodation in Dubai.
The only thing that I would have loved this hotel to have is their own parking. I arrived after midnight and the public parking close to the hotel was full. I needed to spend another 30-40 minutes in search for a parking place, in a completely unknown neighborhood. I know it is not their fault, they are in the historical area, but maybe they can convince the authorities to give them some exclusive parking.
- 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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