XVA Art Hotel

Al Fahidi Neighborhood, Bastakiya Quarter, Bur Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 37304 - See map
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XVA Art Hotel

"The athmosphere is lovely, the place is full of beautiful art, rooms are decorated with lovely decorative items and textiles."

Linda - November 13, 2019

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Property highlights
Check-in/out [express]
Hassle-free check in
Close to Dubai Creek
Within 280 m of property
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Popular landmarks
Sahary Gate 10 m
Bastakiya Quarter 10 m
Bastakia Quarter 50 m
Majlis Gallery 80 m
XVA 90 m
Al-Musallah Post Office 150 m
Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding 180 m
Bassam Grocery 220 m
Dubai Museum In Al Fahidi Fort 250 m
Dubai Museum & Al Fahidi Fort 270 m
Nearby landmarks
Dubai Creek 280 m
The Dubai Mall 7.53 km
Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo 7.74 km
Burj Khalifa 7.85 km
The Dubai Fountain 8.03 km
Wild Wadi Waterpark 17.79 km
Burj Al Arab 17.87 km
Ski Dubai 19.25 km
Atlantis Aquaventure Waterpark 23.15 km
Dubai Miracle Garden 23.36 km
9.0

Exceptional

Location rating score

Inside city center
Popular neighborhood
  • 670 meters to public transportation

  • Airport transfer

  • Currency exchange

  • Located in heart of Dubai

  • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

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Value for money8.8
Distance to city center1.0 km
Location rating9.0
Nearest airportDubai International Airport (DXB)
Distance to airport6.7 km

Rooms available at XVA Art Hotel

Excellent
Room comfort & quality
8.7
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  • Room size: 18 m²/194 ft²
  • Balcony/terrace
  • 1 queen bed
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  • Room size: 10 m²/108 ft²
  • Non-smoking
  • 1 single bed
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              Frequently asked questions

              What time is check-in and check-out at XVA Art Hotel?

              Check-in is from 01:00 PM, and check-out is until 11:00 AM. You may request early check-in or late check-out during booking, subject to availability. Guests checking in or out before or after the designated periods may be charged an additional fee. The hotel offers luggage storage to guests for before check-in and after check-out. The front desk is always open, day or night.

              How do I get to XVA Art Hotel?

              XVA Art Hotel is easy to access from the airport. In fact, you can even book your airport transfer in advance for greater peace of mind with the additional charge of 150 AED. Just use the "Let us know what you need" section of the booking page to let the hotel know you want a ride, and they will contact you via the Agoda messaging service. For those who wish to drive their own cars, XVA Art Hotel has a car park that's close to the hotel. Parking is available for a fee of 50 AED per day. If you're looking for an easy way to get around Dubai with private transportation, the hotel can arrange both taxis or car rental.

              What is the smoking policy at XVA Art Hotel?

              XVA Art Hotel does not permit smoking in any of its rooms, but allows smoking in designated areas.

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              What people love about XVA Art Hotel

              • 8.8
                Excellent
                Location

                "Convenient location and nice food, a place you shouldn’t miss to explore ancient Dubai"

                Zhangqin

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                February 12, 2019

              • 10.0
                Exceptional

                "Really worth staying, away from the glitz and high rise hotels in the new Dubai."

                RALPH

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                February 7, 2020

              • 10.0
                Exceptional

                "I've stayed in the XVA on multiple occasions and it's wonderful every time."

                Linda

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                November 13, 2019

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              9.5/10
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              9.2/10
              Room comfort score
              8.7/10
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              Overall rating:
              8.8
              Excellent
              509 reviews
              Cleanliness
              9.2
              Facilities
              8.4
              Location
              9.0
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              What travelers say they love:
              Situated in the old part of Dubai this unique hotel incorpor...
              RALPH from Australia
              Business traveler
              More about XVA Art Hotel

              More about XVA Art Hotel

              Perfectly situated within the heart of historic neighborhood Al Fahidi or as formerly well known as Bastakiya, a boutique hotel offers elegant rooms which perfectly designed by famous designers which are Nada Debs , Karim Rashid and also another well- known artists Nada Debs (Gaia) & Karim Rashid (Gino).From here guests can enjoy the close proximity to Creek and many other attractions.

              Occupying the Majilis-style building, with three open courtyards, and original architectural motifs, these really make the hotel a truly stunning architectural hotel. Moreover, all the nine boutique rooms also feature modern amenities such as air conditioning, a private bathroom, and tea and coffee making facilities. Guests can explore the local stores with beautiful artworks, handicrafts, Turkish home accessories, handmade handbags, jewelry and not-to-be-missed is the fantastic work of international artists in XVA’s art gallery. Guests can also taste the mouthwatering dishes at the central courtyard’s award-winning cafe serving vegetarian gourmet cuisine at the award winning highly recommended Café in 2006 ,2008 and 2010 from Wallpaper magazine and the Luxe Guide. From Condé Nast Traveller, this boutique hotel is recommended not to miss spot in Dubai in 2006.Discover an engaging blend of professional service and a wide array of features at XVA Art Hotel.

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              Most talked about facilities

              Breakfast
              14 mentions
              Food & Dining
              7 mentions
              Internet
              4 mentions
              Taxi
              4 mentions

              What they offer

              8.4
              Excellent

              "Outside the rooms there are several nooks and crannies to re..."

              Russell

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              January 9, 2020

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              Food and dining

              Breakfast options

              American
              Continental
              Halal
              Vegetarian
              Full English/Irish

              Restaurants on site

              Restaurant
              Cuisine:International, Local, Middle Eastern
              Menu:Buffet, A-la-carte

              Nearby restaurants

              Arabic cuisine
              Arabic cuisine
              Al Khayma at Dubai Marine Beach Resort
              5.1 km Arabic, Halal, Lebanese
              The Market Place
              6.1 km Arabic, Asian, Halal
              Vista Bar and Terrace
              6.7 km Arabic, Bar, Contemporary
              American cuisine
              American cuisine
              Hardee's
              950 m American
              The Huddle Sports Bar and Grill
              1.7 km American, Bar, Pub
              Burger King
              1.9 km American, Fast food
              Mediterranean cuisine
              Mediterranean cuisine
              Samad Al Iraqi Restaurant
              2.2 km Mediterranean, Seafood
              Baku Caspian restaurant and cafe
              2.8 km Mediterranean
              Tajin & Tanjiah
              5.5 km Mediterranean, Moroccan

              What's nearby

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              Reviews of XVA Art Hotel from real guests

              Overall rating
              8.8
              Excellent
              From 509 reviews
              9.1Cleanliness
              9.1Location
              9.0Service
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              Cleanliness9.2
              Facilities8.4
              Location9.0
              Room comfort and quality8.7
              Service8.9
              Value for money8.8
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              8-9 Excellent (54)
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              <6 Below Expectation (6)
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              9.3
              Exceptional
              Andrew from Australia
              Couple
              Standard Room
              Stayed 3 nights in June 2013

              Historic Vacation”

              Location, close to major attraction

              XVA Art Hotel is beautiful, old style hotel situated in historic part of Bur Dubai in old district of Al Fahidi District (Bastakiya) and not too far from city center It is only five minutes walking from Dubai Museum and Al Fahidi Fort It is small hotel – only nine rooms. We recently spent three nights there in standard double room. Room is not very big, but for couple traveling light is perfect. It has all important airconditioning and ceiling fan and comfortable bed. Up stairs bedroom and terraces is accessible via narrow staircase. Breakfast is served in a courtyard and consists of delicious pancake or omelet, yoghurt with fresh fruits, traditional bread with humus, fresh orange juice and tea or coffee and optional lunch – that a selection of vegetarian dishes. Wi-Fi internet is free with good access in the hotel. Staff is very polite and the manager will help you with every thing. Only problem with this hotel - it is a lack of direct taxi access (hotel is located in very narrow alley about 150 meters from the street).

              Reviewed July 02, 2013
              10.0
              Exceptional
              Tina from United States
              Couple
              Standard Room
              Stayed 3 nights in April 2017

              The best experience!”

              This hotel is a hidden gem in Dubai! It is absolutely the most beautifully decorated and thoughtful hotel I have ever stayed at. The room we stayed in was so pretty and full of personality. The welcome note and the fruit platter was a sweet touch. The bathroom shower had great pressure! The common areas were relaxing and zen with daybeds and lounging beds and swinging chairs. There is art everywhere in the hotel making you want to explore the hotel and the surrounding area. The vicinity is full of cute artist shops and little cafes. Absolutely adorable and charming. The XVA cafe also has great vegetarian food! The complimentary breakfast was amazing...so delicious and fresh with more than enough food! The staff was great and so accommodating. They were all so friendly, often stopping to chat with us about our stay. Moses and Luma? were so helpful. My sister and I only regret that we weren't able to spend more time in the hotel itself since we were so busy visiting all the tourist attractions. If I ever am in Dubai again I would without a doubt stay at XVA hotel again!

              Reviewed April 18, 2017
              10.0
              Exceptional
              Irma from Philippines
              Business traveler
              Standard Room
              Stayed 3 nights in June 2012

              Quiet and cozy with efficient staff”

              Rooms are cozy but have everything you need. I like that they have no TV but have books and magazines in the room (good ones, too!)

              Entering XVA felt like being a house guest in an artist's abode. Interesting art works were everywhere. The room where we stayed was small but the bed was comfortable. The size of the bathroom was okay. The room seemed to be designed by an experienced and hospitable hotelier- it's not huge but it anticipated all my needs. There were enough clothes hangers, there was even a crisp, cotton/linen bathrobe. I was surprised to find an interesting collection of books in the room and some of my favorite magazines (like a recent issue of The New Yorker!) so I didn't mind not having a TV. There was wifi signal everywhere. And because it had only a few rooms we normally had breakfast alone in the courtyard with chirping birds as companion. The staff was friendly, courteous and efficient (it did help that a number of them were Filipinos like me but we are raised to be hospitable so that's no surprise :D). XVA is also walking distance from the Dubai museum and a few minutes from the old souk where shopping was quite enjoyable. It was also a water taxi ride away from the gold and spice souk (we were told)but we didn't have the time to go to these two other souks.I can't imagine staying anywhere else if I ever get the chance to go back to Dubai. XVA is home.

              Reviewed June 23, 2012
              10.0
              Exceptional
              Leonie from Netherlands
              Solo traveler
              Stayed 1 night in July 2012

              Little fairy-tale, good location, very cute/cosy”

              Exceptionally well decorated with nice furniture and artpieces

              i felt very comfortable during my stay in the xva arthotel! walking the way to the entrance trough the sand-castle-like heritage village feels like a fairy-tale. once inside, you immediately enter the beautiful courtyard and meet the friendly staff. i love the little gallery inside the hotel and actually my room was a little gallery too! decorated with nice little sculptures and paintings. the artbooks, watercooker, nicely assorted soaps, towels, bathing-wrap, the little plant in the bathroom and ofcourse the cool aircon gave me a perfect time after a extreme hot day in dubai! everything was very clean and exceptionally well decorated with nice furniture and artpieces. staff was really helpfull and the breakfast was good! despite i could stay only one day in dubai, but i will return and book this hotel again for sure! i would recommend this hotel to everybody, especially to people who prefer personal atmosphere to the anonymous mega-hotels which can be found in dubai. in my opinion for art-lovers it is a must to go here!

              Reviewed July 13, 2012
              9.6
              Exceptional
              Sandy from United States
              Couple
              Standard Room
              Stayed 4 nights in October 2016

              Great Spot in Old Quarter”

              We liked XVA three years ago and stayed here again in Oct, 2016, liking it just as well. The vegetarian-oriented meals were great. Particularly liked the middle-eastern dishes. Staff were unfailingly polite, friendly and helpful. You must realize that the XVA has traditional Dubai rooms (i.e., double entry doors with a slide bolt, traditional low interior doors where you better duck). The bathrooms are modern, but the entire suite still retains the old Dubai flavor. I like this, but others may prefer more modern rooms with polished stainless steel, etc. Another thing I like is that the XVA is located in old Dubai (Bastikaya quarter) - which means it is near Dubai Creek and the silk and gold markets - and not near the forest of modern sky scrapers. The nearest metro (Al Fahidi) is about a 10 minute walk via a safe and interesting neighborhood. So you can easily get to modern Dubai or the Airport via metro when you want to.

              Reviewed November 01, 2016
              8.7
              Excellent
              Glen from United States
              Couple
              Standard Room
              Stayed 2 nights in November 2012

              Very unusual and nice hotel”

              Unique, great breakfast

              The taxi driver had no idea where it was, hidden as it is in the heart of the Baskiyat district, but don't let that deter you from staying in this boutique hotel that is maintained in conjunction with the XVA art gallery. The rooms are nicely done, if a bit squeezed, but the price is right and the setting unique in Dubai. Staff is very friendly and the morning breakfast with fresh squeezed orange juice and your choice of either omelet or pancake is so much better than the crappy corporate breakfast buffets at the chain hotels. We'd definitely stay here again if we were in Dubai in the future.

              Reviewed December 07, 2012
              9.0
              Exceptional
              paul from United Kingdom
              Couple
              Standard Room
              Stayed 1 night in November 2015

              Must Stay”

              Location, Room, Ambiance.

              The hotel is perfectly located in the Bastakiya quarters of Bur Dubai. A perfect location... just a minute from the creekside, Museums, Galleries and Abra crossings. The metro is an easy 10 minute walk for access to the "otherside" of Dubai. The room were amazing with a great Arabian feel and a roof top lounge/chill out area. The staff were also so friendly and helpful. I definitely would stay here again and recommend it to everyone. Thank you XVA.

              Reviewed November 16, 2015
              10.0
              Exceptional
              Hua from New Zealand
              Couple
              Stayed 2 nights in September 2013

              Unique staying experience in a boutique hotel”

              Location, design, staff

              XVA is unique hotel in the traditional local style buildings with two courtyards decorated with many pieces of art works. The rooms are not your standard hotel room but each was different and nicely decorated. The staff was extremely friendly and helpful. Very accommodating for our extra requirements due to early arriving and late leaving. The manager was a great source of useful information and a pleasure to talk to. Short walk to Dubai Museum and local markets and restaurants.

              Reviewed October 14, 2013
              10.0
              Exceptional
              Gene from France
              Couple
              Standard Room
              Stayed 3 nights in November 2017

              Exceptional”

              We rarely give reviews of this sort and are doing so this time because we feel that this hotel is exceptional for all the above reasons, plus it preserves for the traveler some feeling of what must have been the historic Dubai before the monumental and surreal evolution of the place into a sort of Las Vegas East. We would also mention the unusually tasteful renovation and decoration, the esthetic quality of the attached art gallery and the disposition of the building compound with its different courtyards and terraces. The immediate neighborhood offers additional remnants of historic Dubai with some similar galleries and places to eat and stay, the old souk and Dubai Creek with traditional waterfront restaurants and the lively boat and ferry traffic.

              Reviewed November 13, 2017
              9.0
              Exceptional
              Margaret from Australia
              Solo traveler
              Stayed 1 night in May 2012

              Really lovely and hospitable change of pace”

              Great location; quiet; lovely courtyard; terrific breakfast included in cost; bathroom for guests to shower if leaving for a late flight after a day in Duibai

              xva hotel is a little gem in dubai. the rooms are small but beautifully furnished with aircon, tea and coffee making facilities and a good bathroom. the courtyard - open for breakfast and has a cafe during the day - can get a bit hot - but there is an airconditioned lounge if you need to be cooler. breakfast is simple but more than enough, fresh and well prepared and is included in the price. i had a late night flight and was able to shower etc before leaving for the airport without paying a late checkout fee. this is a fantastic service. the map provided is not great and could do with some improving. but the hotel has ambience and personality and is a much nicer place to stay than the big standard anonymous alternatives. has wifi in the courtyard but not the rooms.

              Reviewed May 20, 2012
              9.6
              Exceptional
              Chun from Malaysia
              Solo traveler
              Superior
              Stayed 1 night in February 2019

              Good location, clean, friendly staff~”

              Located in a quiet neighborhood in Old Dubai. Basically no way to reach at the hotel front buy taxi, need to walk through the alley, but it was fun. Nice atmosphere inside, you get to see big trees which is not something common in Dubai. Overall room is very clean, equipped with good toilet. I had the room on ground floor, would like to try upper floor next time. They provide good WiFi, and also map to go around the neighborhood. Will be very nice if they provide top 10 to do list. I spent few hours walking around, taking photos. I also walked to the souq (market) nearby, nice… also taking the 1 dirham boat to another side of the Creek. I also tried the restaurant, do not have a lot of meat option (I only can get tuna), but taste is good. Overall a good hotel to explore the difference side of Dubai, recommend to those who wanna explore old Dubai.

              Reviewed March 03, 2019
              10.0
              Exceptional
              Magdalena from Switzerland
              Solo traveler
              Superior
              Stayed 1 night in July 2017

              Amazing place”

              I have visited XVA Art Hotel several times and I absolutely love it! Beautiful rooms, small but cozy. Beautiful yards. Located in a historical district of Dubai. Very tasty breakfast. Very friendly staff.

              Reviewed June 04, 2018
              9.2
              Exceptional
              Eduardo from United States
              Couple
              Standard Room
              Stayed 1 night in December 2019

              XVA Hotel”

              Nice boutique hotel in the Old District, check in was simple and quick . We were in room 3, nice room, small. The staff was helpful, front desk assisted with the luggage. We were only here for 1 night in transit back to LA. I personally thought the room was bit overpriced at nearly $200 a nite, but we get it, Dubai. Overall, would recommend the XVA Hotel. Real quick Uber ride to airport.

              Reviewed December 08, 2019
              10.0
              Exceptional
              Ivon from Australia
              Solo traveler
              Stayed 1 night in July 2013

              A beautiful Oasis”

              Atmosphere, Friendly Staff and Food

              I only had one day in Dubai and wanted a peaceful and more trditional alternative to the shiny towers and beach resorts of Dubai. The hotel could not do enough for me including early check in (at a half day cost but essential if you are arriving very early and want breakfast which was included. Staff were really friendly and helpful and as this is a nine room hideaway they had plenty of time to sit dwon and talk history, art, eating and sightseeing options. There were lovely courtyards and cool rooms. Really glad I stayed there.. Tips, if taking the trains get a day pass and book a ticket early to go up the Burj Kalifa

              Reviewed July 08, 2013
              9.3
              Exceptional
              Heather from Australia
              Solo traveler
              Stayed 2 nights in September 2012

              An pleasant alternative to the large Dubai hotels”

              Location, staff, building

              xvz art hotel is in a great location by dubai creek. its close to the markets and the boats that cross the river. great restaurants and local craft shops nearby. getting taxis is easy. the staff are friendly and helpful. breakfast is huge and delicious. the building is beautiful - an old restored building in the old part of dubai. rooms are cute. a little small but have everything you need. the hotel is quiet and has a great atmosphere.

              Reviewed September 21, 2012
              10.0
              Exceptional
              Claudia from Germany
              Couple
              Standard Room
              Stayed 2 nights in March 2012

              Great Hotel.”

              Great Location, Great Atmosphere, Very nice rooms

              We loved our stay at the XVA Art Hotel. It made our stay in Dubai extra special and we enjoyed every minute of it. The staff is very helpful and the rooms are amazing.

              Reviewed March 22, 2012
              9.3
              Exceptional
              KRISTIN from Canada
              Solo traveler
              Standard Room
              Stayed 2 nights in December 2015

              Fabulous little boutique hotel in Bur Dubai”

              Small size, decor, comfortable rooms

              I absolutely love XVA, I stay here every time I'm in Dubai. It only has 14 rooms, a great little courtyard cafe, small gallery and very cozy Bedouin-style and artsy decorated rooms. It's in the historic/tourist village which is quite pleasant, and central. Staff are great. My ONLY complaint is the horrendous internet connections; it's off/on and slow every time I'm there. Highly recommend management to sort this out to give it a 100% rating. Otherwise, great little place.

              Reviewed December 09, 2015
              10.0
              Exceptional
              Alexine from United Arab Emirates
              Couple
              Superior
              Stayed 1 night in August 2018

              Gem in the old city ”

              Lovely boutique hotel by the creek in Bur Dubai. Steeped in history, culture & art, there really isn’t another like it. Don’t hesitate, book this hotel and explore the very picturesque neighborhood. Attentive staff and a lovely owner - thank you Mona.

              Reviewed August 26, 2018
              8.8
              Excellent
              Joseph from United Kingdom
              Couple
              Standard Room
              Stayed 4 nights in December 2016

              Lovely boutique hotel in Dubai Historical District”

              A fine oasis from the busy city which is Dubai yet close to all city attractions. Easy walking distance to Old Souk, the Creek, water taxis, and Metro. The Historical Area is well worth exploring with small museums and specialist shops offering genuine quality souvenirs reflecting trading history of Dubai. XVA hotel we can certainly recommend.

              Reviewed December 06, 2016
              9.0
              Exceptional
              Heather from United States
              Solo traveler
              Superior
              Stayed 2 nights in January 2013

              The hidden gem in old Dubai”

              Staff, the bathrooms, traditional Arab setting

              Titus is not my 1st time to stay at the XVA. And it is still as wonderful as ever. This is truly a hidden gem in Dubai. It sits right off the creek in the Bastikia. The rooms are charming with great linens delightful bathrooms and traditional Arab furniture. Breakfast is served in a wonderful courtyard and everyone there is so gracious and helpful. It is the most perfect place if you want charm, comfort and great service in a traditional old Arab setting.

              Reviewed January 21, 2013
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