The DNA: You would not expect a place like the XVA Art Hotel even to exist in Dubai. The boutique hotel with only 15 rooms offers a true alternative to the glittering luxury highrise hotels. It is located in the heart of the Al Fahidi neighborhood, the oldest community in Dubai, unique for its Persian architectural heritage, the mystery of its traditional maze-like alleyways, wind towers and proximity to the Creek. The riad-style hotel is set up as an art-oriented salon, a forum for artists and art lovers. Art can be be found throughout the rooms (set around three shaded courtyards, serenaded by birdsong) and the all-day café.
Your host: Mona Hauser.
✅ free Wi-Fi • size matters: 14 rooms (12-17m2) (129-183 sq ft) • hotel opened: 2003 ❌ no parking available • no pets allowed • 24-hour front desk • wheelchair accessible