Since the 2003 inauguration, heritage and history have merged to create a constantly evolving designer haven called the XVA Art Hotel. The inspired owner, Mona Hauser, has created 13 unique and individual guest rooms which showcase architectural and cultural motifs of the region. Within an internationally acclaimed art gallery, the hotel also boasts an award-winning restaurant. The hotel is located in the heart of the Al Fahidi Historical Neighborhood, the oldest community in Dubai. Unique for its Persian architectural heritage, the mystery of its traditional maze-like alleyways and proximity to the Creek, Al Fahidi is viewed as one of the most important heritage sites in Dubai. XVA occupies the former home of the Seddiqi family.
The public areas consisting of three courtyards, which are air-conditioned in the summer months, are tree-shaded and tranquil, offering quiet corners for poets, artists and visitors alike. Many of the works on display, including those by resident artist, Halim Al Karim, provide an insight into the art of the Middle East for which XVA Gallery is known.
With its three original wind towers, a sumptuous lounge and starry rooftop for the solace-seeking guests, this centrally located hotspot is the city’s sexiest and best-kept secret retreat.
Condé Nast Traveler featured XVA as the no.1 place “not to miss” in Dubai. In Wallpaper Dubai city guide, XVA is listed as THE boutique hotel in which to stay whilst visiting Dubai. Qantas In Flight magazine listed XVA high on their “10 reasons to visit Dubai list.“
The people working there were friendly and helpful. They did not keep us waiting if we needed anything.
The first night of our stay we got beautiful rooms that were simply but tastefully decorated. The last night we only needed a place to put our bags so we took the least expensive room which was small. The decoration was strange and inelegant. There was too much clutter on sink, ugly fake flowers & tissue box. There was no shower curtain in the bathroom. I would recommend a shower stall instead of the tub.most people these days prefer a shower and less water is used. Bed & wall decoration not of suitable for high end traveler, only for luggage. Needs to be simplified, which would cost almost nothing. Hotel does not have many rooms and therefore every room no matter how small should be a jewel!
You are right in the middle of the true Dubai area, with lot of restaurants, Souks and sights to visit. Fantastic to hear the calls to prayer.
No alcoholic refreshments after a full day out in town, we had to go to another hotel for a drink.
The staff, esp the indian manager; the fresh simple breakfast; the room; the courtyard
lack of a car park was a real nuisance
My favorite thing about the hotel is the building itself, especially the courtyards--and the way they are decorated: simple, whimsical, and totally peaceful. The location is also fantastic--right next to the Creek.
The location was very good for walks nearby. Very quiet apart from the morning prayers!
Lights in the bathroom poor! Pricing vis a vis facilities of hotel quite expensive!